Eight things to do at the Together! 2019 Disability History Month Festival

Everyone is welcome at the Together! 2019 Disability History Month Festival, taking place until 13 December. The Festival is located in the main Paralympic Host Borough of Newham, which in 2012 had the lowest cultural engagement rate in the UK, and is produced by Together! 2012 CIC, a social enterprise set up by locally based […]

Eve Leigh: ‘I created a virtual body to bring a very private experience to the public’

Experimental playwright Eve Leigh: the digital body offers a virtual experience for anyone whose body can't make it to the performance© JOHAN PERSSON

Tonight I am not going to the theatre. I’ve been looking forward to the show I’m supposed to be seeing for ages – years, actually, since I first heard about it on Twitter. It’s by an emerging Manchester-based artist with whom I’ve collaborated – I was crossing my fingers that she’d get the funding to […]

Black History Month: Your reading list for 2019

It’s nearly the end of Black History Month, the annual event created to highlight the achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK and shine a spotlight on Black history. You can keep the celebration going all year by adding some Black British authors to your reading list. Here are 11 of the greats: […]

Anna Jordan: ‘The decline in pub culture shows a decline in our communities’

Anna Jordan’s play Yen won the Bruntwood Prize 2015 for playwriting. She is also a director and acting tutor. Her show We Anchor In Hope about pub culture runs at The Bunker until 19 October. Writing this play was a real labour of love. I wanted to explore what ‘the pub’ meant in this day […]

Polly Wiseman on ‘Femme Fatale’ and why we need a feminist manifesto for 2019

Polly Wiseman is the writer and performer of Femme Fatale, which tours Sussex 21st September to 3rd October before arriving at The Omnibus Theatre, London on 8th – 28th October. “Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, […]

Stella Duffy: ‘Here’s why we need to stop ’empowering’ people’

Fun Palaces: Dance, talk or be lifted up

Stella Duffy is the co-director of Fun Palaces which works with local communities to create projects. Fun Palace weekend is 5-6 October. Here she writes for Visionary Arts about how everyone is creative, and the words that we use that sometimes get in the way of that creativity. Let’s stop empowering people. Stop enabling. Don’t […]

The BFI Musical film season: why we need musicals now more than ever

Singing in the Rain

The last few years have seen a major resurgence in the popularity of the musical film, with La La Land, The Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again  taking a combined global box office of more than $1.25 billion. Movie execs have talked about a second Golden Age of Hollywood, when MGM musicals […]

Spotlight on… Fleabag producer Francesca Moody

Where are you now and what are you doing today? In Edinburgh, in my office/bedroom getting ready to kick off the Fringe 2019. I’ve just emerged from an early morning tech for one of my shows Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd which is on in Roundabout @ Summerhall.  Fleabag. Are you tired of being asked about how […]

Spotlight on… Gillian Dean: ‘Disability discrimination is a far bigger issue in society than non-disabled people realise’

Gillian Dean plays Thomasina in the Red Lion’s upcoming production of Crystal Clear, about a man with diabetes who loses his sight and finds love with a blind woman – Thomasina. Dean is visually impaired and wants to see more blind and visually impaired people’s stories on stage and screen. Here she talks to Visionary […]

12 top shows with a social impact to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Burgerz Travis Alabanzer’s piece is not brand new, but it’s receiving a long run-up in Edinburgh this year as part of the excellent Traverse Theatre’s season. Burgerz takes its starting point from when someone threw a burger and a transphobic slur at Alabanzer, prompting the performance artist to explore everything they could about the meaty […]