Final Report

Well, the beast is finally done and published on the Churchill Trust website. It can be downloaded here: Churchill Report Enjoy! Advertisements

Thanks RUCKUS!

Was good to be back with the RUCKUS peeps!  They thoughtfully bought me a cake and an orchid to say welcome back! Along with love and hugs as only RUCKUS know how. And I thought they sported their Captain hats I got them from my Croatia sailing trip very nicely! Good to be back Captains!

I’m back!

Touch down on Sydney’s fair shores and time to adjust to reality! A marvelous adventure filled with good people that work extremely hard to try and achieve equality and ensure the basic human rights for every human being. Thank you to all the great companies and people who spent time talking with me and sharing…

Organisations I visited

As the research part of my trip comes to a close & before I head off to Croatia & Italy for a holiday I got counting- so do you want the stats?? Probably not, but here they are anyway! I went to 2 festivals, saw 25 shows, 2 dress rehearsals, 2 schools shows, presented at…

Good bye & thank you Almu & Renee

I was very fortunate to have found on Air bnb such a nice place, in a good location with a great view and to top it off lovely hosts as well!  Alumdena and Renee, my hosts made my stay and my memories of this Churchill Fellowship adventure a memorable one. They were welcoming, friendly and…

Books I bought- that are now heavy to travel with

These books are super! I bought them in London and now am paying for it as I have to carry them for the rest of my travels- but they’re worth it! Click on the titles to rad omore about tem or purchase them yourself. Theatres of Learning Disability: good, bad or plain ugly? Atypical Play…

Goodbye London!

I spent my last night London with my lovely friend Thomas Moore (not to be confused with the Saint- although he is a pretty saintly one) and his lovely partner Simon! I first met Tom many moons ago at Shopfront Theatre, out local youth theatre company in Carlton in Sydney where we would tread the…

Thanks Katie!

Big thank you to the very friendly, bubbly and knowledgeable Katie for having me stay in her sweet little cottage in Matlock whilst visiting Level Centre and giving me a great tour around the area, with a few funny tales in there as well. Small town choirs, is all I will say. Was nice to…

Level Centre

I spent two days with Katie, Level Centre’s Participate & Create Manager who has devised the SENSE project, a largely digital project that uses all five senses to engage an often overlooked part of the sector, those with profound and/or complex needs, in the UK they call these people with Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)….

Hotel Room Readings #3

Long time activist and writer Penny Pepper writes about what has changed in the arts and disability sector in London and how she sees Unlimited Festival as part of this change. Read her article here Will we always need disability arts festivals? Jo Verrant Senior Producer of Unlimited explores this question here

Don’t weep into your whopper

My Day 8:45am leave my friend Dave’s place in Huddersfield (North England) 20 minute walk to station, catch train, catch cab, observe forum theatre show, observe a hair cut for charity, observe dress rehearsal, catch cab, traffic jam, catch train, catch another train, catch the tube, eat dirty Burger King, catch train, catch bus, walk…