A Woodside Home - reminder

Shropshire and Telford Disability Arts group Arty Party are preparing to present the public with a fabulous and thought provoking show all about home and community.


The show includes physical theatre, dance, storytelling and film, with performances by Arty Party Physical Theatre and Contact Dance Company, live music, and wonderful storytelling by Peter Chand.

Disabled and non-disabled performers will be working hard over the next couple of weeks to create this show, which aims to make us think about how precious our homes and communities are.

Arty Party are inviting people of all ages, from the Telford and Shropshire region, to come along and enjoy the show at;

7:30pm on Thursday 24th July at The Phoenix Academy Theatre in Dawley.

2pm on Friday 25th July at the Park Lane Centre, Woodside, Telford.

Tickets for both performances are £3 and available on the door.

During the event Arty Party will reveal the winners of a poetry competition. People are being asked to write poems about what home means to them.

It is not too late to enter! Please send your poems about Home to Arty Party, Park Lane Centre, Woodside, Telford TF7 5QZ.

This show has been made possible through funding from the BBC Performing Arts Fund and the Community First Fund.

If you would like further details about the show please contact Arty Party on 01952 327227.

A Woodside Home - event in Telford

Full of exciting and thought provoking performances about home.


A fabulous showcase of performances including physical theatre, dance, storytelling and film, with performances by Arty Party Physical Theatre, Contact Dance Company, live music, and wonderful storytelling by Peter Chand too!

Disabled and non-disabled performers will be working hard over the next couple of weeks to create this show, which aims to make us think about how precious our homes and communities are.

Arty Party are inviting people of all ages, from the Telford and Shropshire region, to come along and enjoy the performances.

7:30pm on Thursday 24th July at The Phoenix Academy Theatre in Dawley.

2pm on Friday 25th of July at the Park Lane Centre, Woodside, Telford.

Tickets for both events are £3 at the door.

Talk with Sean Burn

There was an artists performance/talk with sean burn at celf in llandrindod wells on Wednesday 2nd July.


Writer, performer and outsider artist sean burn delivered his own particular brand of 'reclaiming the languages of lunacy' to celf at lunchtime on the second of july.

he presented some short humorous interventions that make serious points about stigmatising language before reading excerpts from tattooing...

For information on other events and activities with Disability Arts Cymru, visit http://www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/

Mayfest at Arnolfini

'Few festivals sizzle quite so deliciously as Mayfest, which always succeeds in feeling both very local and completely universal.' - The Guardian.


Arnolfini and Mayfest present five works as part of the festival in 2014.

See mayfestbristol.co.uk for the full programme at Arnolfini and across the city. Here's some of the selected highlights:

Action Hero, Slaptalk:

Inspired by the self-aggrandising of boxers at the pre-fight weigh in, Slap Talk is a verbal sparring match that is both a linguistic version of the fight itself and a reflection upon the violence present in everyday language.

Greg McLaren, ATOMKRAFT:

ATOMKRAFT is a work in progress performance event that continues to explore the many layers of power production and distribution in our world.

Deborah Pearson, The Future Show:

The Future Show tells the story of performer Deborah Pearson's future, starting from the end of the performance and going until the end of her life.  An existential twist on the autobiographical monologue, the script expires the moment it is spoken, and is rewritten for every performance.

Silvia Gallerano in La Merda, by Cristian Ceresoli:

Winner of six major awards, La Merda caused a big sensation at its 2012 Edinburgh Fringe World Premiere, returning in 2013 for a sell-out Fringe run. A 'young', 'ugly' and literally naked Silvia Gallerano captivatingly reveals her revolting secrets, as she struggles with obstinacy, resistance and courage for her own celebrity breakthrough in the society of Thighs and Liberty.

Laura Dannequin, Hardy Animal:

A tender solo that looks at chronic pain and human resilience, Hardy Animal is a goodbye letter to a former self and an ode to dance. Concerned with the human body and its failings, it tells of a dancer's journey into immobility. Interweaving text and movement, it retraces a brutal journey of loss, and hope, and looks at our need to create meaning in a baffling world.

Mayfest across the city:

Alongside the Mayfest programme at Arnolfini, you'll find further theatre taking place including: The Roof (Millennium Square), The Worst of Scottee (The Cube), Landscape II (Tobacco Factory Theatres), The Ted Bundy Project (Bristol Old Vic), Gym Party (Bristol Old Vic Studio) and I Wish I Was Lonely with Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe (The Island) & much more...

Laurence Clark at the Arena Theatre

Find out why Laurence Clark - star of BBC1's documentary We Won't Drop The Baby and London 2012 comedian of choice - hates being called "inspirational".


Laurence Clark is Inspired!

Friday 2nd May at 7:30pm.

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton.

He says, "I love to inspire people with my stand-up comedy but don't call me inspirational for just getting on with my life!"

Ever since Laurence was a child he has been told he is inspiring for doing everyday stuff. He was labelled inspirational and brave the day his son was born, yet compared to his wife, his contribution seemed easy.

But then a tweet from a comedy fan sparked a fascinating journey of self-discovery involving absurd logic, death-defying stunts and unusual varieties of crisps.

From mountain climbing to Doctor Who, via the Swedish chef from The Muppets, this inimitable comedian sorts out once and for all what's truly inspiring.

Tickets are £10 full price or £8 concessions.

To book tickets call the Arena Theatre Box Office 01902 321 321

Or visit our website www.arenatheatre.info (there is a £1 transaction fee for online bookings.

Supported by Black Country Touring and Outside Centre.

In Conversation with Terry Riley OBE

Terry Riley has been an advocate for British Sign Language for over forty years and has been instrumental in bringing it into mainstream society.


In 2000, he became the first Deaf Editor of BBC's See Hear and helped show that deaf people have an indigenous language, culture and identity.

He was instrumental in setting up the European Deaf TV & Video network and is currently the Chief Executive Officer at British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT).

He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Wolverhampton in 2011.

Tuesday 29th April at 7pm

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, Chaired by John Hay MBE.

This event is accessible to BSL users and non-signers - Interpreters: Eddie Moriarty and Mike Ballinger.

This event is free, but advance booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email arena@wlv.ac.uk or call 01902 321 321

For more information visit the Arena Theatre website:


Call for disabled performance artists

Expressions of interest are sought from performance artists who are living and working with disability, who would like to participate in a workshop and performance event.


Taking place between the 9th and 11th of May as part of the MPA-B 2014 programme to be hosted by SAVVY Contemporary, Neukolln, Berlin.

This project is intended to offer group activities and dialogue whilst supporting individual approaches to making work within a small informal friendly group. The workshop will result in a manifesto of some kind that addresses the participants concerns, needs and desires in relation to disability and performance art and will result in a performance platform/sharing event/and or discussion as an outcome to be shared with an audience within MPA-B 2014.

The project supports SAVVY Contemporary's ongoing work as a laboratory of forms and ideas engaging with conceptual, intellectual, artistic and cultural development and exchange.

English and German will be spoken within the workshop. Participating artists will also be offered a communal meal prepared with love by Joseph Patricio. The project is curated by UK based performance artist/curator Rebecca Weeks, and supported by UK artist led organisation CAZ, UK based artist/graphic & web designer Ian Whitford, by Berlin based artists Marcel Sparmann and Joseph Patricio and MPA-B and the project will be hosted by SAVVY gallery, Berlin.

TO APPLY EMAIL: rebecca@artdept.org.uk by 15th March.

Successful applicants will be notified of the result of their application in April.

Please email Rebecca with a brief statement outlining: your contact details, your performance practice, your interest in participating in the project, and what you hope to achieve through participating, a CV/biography and a few photos of work as jpegs.

Rebecca is interested in hearing from emergent, mid career and established artists in order to encourage cross - generational dialogue. The level of support that we can offer is limited. Those requiring one to one specific support and medical/personal care will need to bring a support worker/carer with them throughout the workshop. It would be very helpful if applicants could briefly outline any particular medical/physical needs or risks or concerns beyond the routine that they anticipate and how they plan for these to be met.

For more information about CAZ: www.cazart.org.uk
For more information about MPA-B: www.mpa-b.org
For more information about SAAVY: www.savvy-contemporary.com
For more information about Rebecca Weeks & Ian Whitford: www.weeksandwhitford.co.uk
For more information about Marcel Sparmann: www.marcelsparmann.com
For more information about Joseph Patricio: www.nowherekitchen.com/about

Sing Something Simple

Touring comedy on the way to Shrewsbury - written and produced by Dark Horse, a national touring theatre company based in Huddersfield.


Sing Something Simple was a huge hit with audiences when it first toured early in 2013. The play is a heartfelt story filled with warmth and humour and features lots of fantastic songs - some of which the audience is invited to sing along to. 

With a focus on family, friendship and fame, Sing Something Simple sensitively explores the modern obsession with talent and celebrity in a conflicting world of TV talent shows and international politics. Whilst the show is sure to provoke discussion - it's also great fun!

Sing Something Simple is being performed at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, on March 29th!

Dark Horse are very excited about the Sing Something Simple tour and the more people we can reach the better! Please visit the Theatre Severn website for more information and event details.

Emil and the Detectives - Red Earth Theatre and mac, Birmingham

Accessible Performance for Children at the Arena Theatre


Based on the classic children's adventure story set in 1930s Berlin, Red Earth's new show contains creative captions, graphics and visuals to improve access for Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

The show is most suitable for children 8 years + but will appeal to theatre lovers of all ages.

Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

Wednesday 16th October

11am and 1.30pm

Tickets are £5.