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A Guide to Theatre Access

Provides a step-by-step guide for venues working on captioned, audio described and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances.

Access to live music for disabled audiences

How can access to live music be improved for disabled audiences? Two contrasting organisations, Glastonbury Festival, the world's largest greenfield festival, and Band on the Wall, a 340-capacity venue in Manchester, outline two approaches and suggest ways any live music organisation can become more accessible.

An introduction to Deaf and disabled arts in the UK

Garry Robson (Fittings Multimedia Arts), Tony Heaton (Shape) and Jenny Sealey (Graeae Theatre Company) provide valuable insights into the context in which UK Deaf and disabled artists have emerged to become key international names.

Artists in Conversation: Liz Carr

Actor, comedian and disability rights activist, Liz Carr talks about her Unlimited-commissioned theatre production, Assisted Suicide the Musical. This ‘TED Talk with show tunes’ explores the serious issue of assisted suicide but through the glitz and mischief of a modern musical. Carr uses that musical form as a metaphor for the ‘clap-along’ nature of the assisted suicide debate.

Artists in Conversation: Oliver MacDonald

In the first of our Artists in Conversation series, we speak to sculptor and conceptual artist, Oliver MacDonald, recipient of the 2016/17 Adam Reynold’s Memorial Bursary (ARMB), organised by Shape Arts. The prize includes a three-month residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate between February and April 2017. MacDonald discusses his ideas for the residency and his practice, with input from CEO of Shape Arts, Tony Heaton and Director of Turner Contemporary, Victoria Pomery.

Arts and disability in Scotland

Jori Kerremans (Scottish Dance Theatre), Claire Cunningham (artist), Maggie Maxwell (Creative Scotland), Caroline Bowditch (artist) and Robert Softley (artist) uncover the infrastructure that has helped nurture Scottish artists to mainstream international success.

Arts, disability and international exchange

Garry Robson (Fittings Multimedia Arts), Maria Oshodi (Extant), Stine Nilsen (Candoco Dance Company), Claire Cunningham (artist) and Caroline Bowditch (artist) explore the importance of international exchanges for artistic and organisational development.

Australia Council for the Arts

From the top: taking a strategic approach to disability and the arts, the Australia Council for the Arts launches its Disability Action Plan.

British Paraorchestra’s guide to stress-free touring

British Paraorchestra's Producer, Sarah Hickson reflects on a recent tour in Qatar and offers some tips to other companies on how to minimise the problems inherent in international touring.

Celebrating 20 years of Per.Art

Per.Art, the learning-disability theatre company based in Novi Sad, Serbia is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a programme of performances at Gallery of Matica srpska 13-15 December. Joe Turnbull spoke to Artistic Director Saša Asentić about the company’s development over the years.

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