CELL - a new play about Motor Neurone Disease

After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Ted goes on the trip of a lifetime... and so does his pet fish!

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Little Cauliflower Theatre:

CELL

Wednesday 15th April at 7:30pm

Tickets are £10 full price and £8 for concessions.

As the disease starts to cause his mobility to degenerate, Ted rushes to experience a world outside his comfort zone; from the markets of Lille to the romance of Venice.

Humorous, heart-warming and uplifting, CELL features charming puppetry, physical theatre and an original musical score to tell the story of one man's final adventure.

CELL is the outcome of a new collaboration between two of the most exciting young companies in the UK. Having lost their Grandfathers to the disease, the subject of MND is close to the hearts of those involved.

This project has been supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

collector of tears by sean burn

We're delighted to announce that sean burn's play collector of tears has been chosen as best north east new play of 2014 by the british theatre guide!

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Please see;

www.britishtheatreguide.info/features/the-ne-s-best-of-2014-111

Many thanks to all of you who supported the tour last autumn. the script (published by aurora metro - http://aurorametro.com/products-page/new-titles/collector-of-tears-and-other-monologues-by-sean-burn/) is still available from the publishers or directly from us.

We would love to re-tour collector of tears and will be looking in to the possibilities of this. if you are interested in seeing the work in 2015/16 please get in touch.

best wishes for 2015!

sean (burn)

 

Collector of Tears is that very rare bird, "a flawless fusion of writing, performance, design and lighting", so it gets my accolade for best North East new play of 2014. 

Peter Lathan. british theatre guide, 11/01/15.

Let Me Stay

Living with dementia? You're having a laugh!

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Created and performed by Julie McNamara. Directed by Paulette Randall. Designed by Libby Watson. Lighting Design by Crin Claxton. Visuals by Caglar Kimyoncu...

"A journey of connection, forgiveness, comedy and compassion." - New Zealand Listener.

A tender and unique exploration of the impact of Alzheimer's on family relations. Julie McNamara has recorded her Mother's songs and stories, filmed and photographed her in all her glory over many years. The result is a compelling piece of theatre, an extraordinary love letter straight from the heart welded with a wicked underlying humour.

Arena Theatre
Wolverhampton 
on 14th October at 7.30pm. Click the linked text to book!

collector of tears

sean burn presents his latest play, which tours nationally this autumn. he would love to see you in the audience!

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collector of tears is an epic love story told across four centuries by a woman who cannot age until she has cried. instead tanya sealt collects tears from moments of radical english history, slowly learning to fight for human rights and understanding and naming her own bisexuality forged across time.

wherever she goes she carries with her an amazing collection of glass tear bottles which she unpacks and tells their stories. on the day of maggie thatchers resignation, (22/11/1990) tanya finally stands her ground and fights those who have hunted her and her lovers down through time; finally learning how to cry. aurora metro are publishing the script of collector of tears alongside other monologues of seans

sean burn is currently one of just five disabled writers nationally on a year-long development programme (2014) with graeae / soho / royal court and national theatre studio and is really excited by this recognition for his writing.

'sean burn's collector of tears is a sweeping epic of a monologue that traverses centuries yet concerns itself with the most intimate of emotions. full of surprising poetry, an artful weave of half-remembered myths, it is a theatrical orlando for our times.' - colin teevan on collector of tears.

http://youtu.be/0-ZHLm5xB9k - promotional film for collector of tears by sean burn, a full-length monologue touring nationally october/november 2014 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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:

www.arenatheatre.info