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The Unlimited Festival blog engages with artists, producers and audience at one of the biggest exposures of Disability Arts ever to happen in London. Coinciding with the Paralympic games, the festival runs from 30 August – 9 September, 2012

Nina Muehlemann celebrates the last day of the Unlimited with 'Reasons to be Cheerful'

10 September 2012

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The last eleven days, during which the Unlimited Festival happened, were more amazing, exciting, and exhilarating than I could have ever imagined. And, fittingly, they ended with a massive bang. Graeae and the New Wolsey Theatre’s hit musical ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ saw an extremely diverse cast perform a coming-of-age story while playing, with a full band, the greatest hits of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. As we get to our seats in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the cast is...

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Gary Thomas blogs about his first live Bobby Baker experience - Mad Gyms & Kitchens

5 September 2012

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I sit waiting in anticipation of seeing my first Bobby Baker Show. A sign led us to meet at the ticket office, the guide telling us they're expecting 50 people. We’re going on a 'story tour' of the Southbank Centre first, but I wonder if this is actually part of the show. My thoughts are unfounded as I overhear staff say 'the artist will take them down’. The tour wasn’t really a tour but a brief walk down to The Blue Room, via Bobby Bakers drawings that she...

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Unlimited artist Chris Tally Evans blogs about what it’s like to have his storytelling project and film, Turning Points, as part of the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank Centre

4 September 2012

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It’s day one of the Unlimited Festival and I’m on the balcony of the Southbank Centre with London in all its sunshine glory as a backdrop. And I’m surrounded by a gang of teenagers, all thrusting things purposefully towards me. No I’m not being menaced. Far from it. This is a group from Roundhouse in North London doing a summer media course and they’re interviewing me on film and audio simultaneously for their website project. How good is this? What more proof can...

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Unlimited: Dive Deep - podcast from Roundhouse Radio

4 September 2012

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Reporters from Roundhouse Radio caught up with Unlimited artists Dean Rodney (Dean Rodney Singers) Joel Simon (Macropolis) Sophie Woolley and Barnabee (aka Daniel Alun) (Bee Detective) and Chris Tally Evans (Turning Points) and also Jessica from Southbank Centre’s Learning and Participation team. Listen to their podcast Unlimited: Dive Deep or read the transcript. The reporters are: Lula aka Cycle Squid Hani aka Phil the bus driver Tori aka Ocotogirl Brooke aka Dori Sagal aka...

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DAO reader Katie Fraser celebrates how an Unlimited production, In Water I'm Weightless, transforms and challenges her perceptions... about herself

3 September 2012

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This wonderfully written piece by Kaite O'Reilly challenges society's preconceptions about disability. It is a joy to watch from the very beginning and it transforms thinking right from the start when the actors  Nick Phillips , Dave Toole , Karina Jones,  Sophie Stone, and the very lovely Mat Fraser (my friend!), sadly minus Mandy Collleran  because of injury, come bounding on to the Purcell Room stage. Taking my seat right near the stage, I got a really good view. And...

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Richard Downes on the Unlimited discussion: 'Art On The Edge'

2 September 2012

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Jo Verrent, Katherine Aroniello, Noemi Lakmaier, Simon McKeown and Janice Parker talked about Art and Artists Pushing Boundaries For me, this panel was not as successful as others I attended. My third of the day... maybe I was too tired. Maybe the panel was mismatched or maybe the chair felt as I did. Regardless it became difficult to say where or what the edge was. Some panelists wouldn't accept there was one, others would say if there is, it's not within me but, the beholder. Maybe...

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Richard Downes on the Unlimited discussion, 'Changing Priorities Ahead'

2 September 2012

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Led by Sarah Pickhall, Clare Cunningham, Marc Brew, Mat Wandsworth and Jon Adams talked about - Disability, Art and Impairments. Some think Disability Arts is not what it was; not because the values we once applied are no longer valid but, because the culture we live in has changed. Disability Arts as was depended on political ideals ensconced in the Social Model and a sense of pride. It helped us to succeed and break down the barriers that excluded us. The change we made stimulated diversity....

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Nina Muehlemann reviews Mat Fraser's burlesque show 'Criptease'

2 September 2012

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The Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom is packed, and there is a constant stream of people who still look for a good space, even if it means sitting on the floor. As Mat Fraser enters the stage, singing and dressed in a dandy-esque suit, the Clore Ballroom is instantly transformed into a hip up-market night club, which is quite a feat, considering that the space is mostly populated by playing children during the day, while their mummies are having a cup of coffee. BSL interpreter Jaqui...

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We want you for our Unlimited @ Southbank blog and gallery!

22 August 2012

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As you can see from the blog description "The Unlimited Festival blog engages with artists, producers and audience at one of the biggest exposures of Disability Arts ever to happen in London. Coinciding with the Paralympic games, the festival runs from 30 August – 9 September, 2012" Unlimited @ Southbank is not only about the art but about the people.  We are after short blog entries (or longer if you feel inspired) which record not so much reviews of the art but...

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