Karen Sharp at The Verdict

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Brighton is buzzing. ‘The Verdict’ had a great atmosphere and it was full of people. I liked the lighting and remember the pictures of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker on the walls. There are pictures of jazz albums on the tables. The beer is good. I shook hands with Dennis, then went downstairs.   I really […]

Creative Minds North: an arts conference with a difference

Amber Okpa Stother leads Breaking down the Walls workshop at Creative Minds North. Credit to Martin Livesey, Venture Arts

Creative Minds North in Manchester was the first ever arts conference entirely devised and delivered by learning disabled artists. Last month, over 200 attendees from learning-disabled and non-learning-disabled arts organisations across the North, including West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Lowry, met to consider four themes: How is great art created? What does the term professional […]

Freefalling for 15 years

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Freefall Dance Company celebrated 15 years of entertaining people with a mixed programme performed to a sell-out audience at Birmingham Hippodrome performed on November’s 9th. The evening began with a short film directed by Sima Gonsai called Outside In. Set in the lovely setting of Lunt Fort in Coventry, it offered an opportunity to two […]

Hanging in the Balance by Spectra

Paige Holloway, a founding member of BecauseWeCanCanCan and has written a review of our recent show, Hanging In The Balance. Paige is a Creative Enabler, and she works closely with Open Theatre Company, supporting other young people with learning disabilities (YPWLD) to be involved in creative activities. She is fantastically honest, passionate, and determined.   I thoroughly enjoyed Spectra’s […]