Campaigning for people with learning disabilities to live as they choose
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Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon’s tryst. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple – they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker. By attempting to be intimate, they aren’t just breaking the rules – they’re breaking the law. By the brilliant Blue Teapot Theatre Company
Having kids is not an easy decision: Now imagine making these decisions if you have a learning disability. Woah – wait a minute… learning-disabled parents? Erm, can they do that? Do they even have sex? Yes, yes ‘they’ do. Fast moving, raw and eye-opening, Mia explores the truths and myths about learning disability and parenthood in today’s society. Mia challenges the often taken for granted idea of ‘being a parent’.
Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School & Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts & disability in Ireland.
Director Sarah Barton tells a largely untold story, charting the history of the disability rights movement in Australia, the US and the UK.
Brilliantly-executed Indian movie about a young girl with cerebral palsy who falls in love. MWAS is deeply moving, a philosophical film which makes you wonder if the body is a palace or prison -
A delightful short film about a disabled dog which leads to job offers from Disney
Fred is just a regular guy. He wants to do is be like everyone else: a job and a nice girl. He just wants to fit in. But Fred is a puppet. Threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance) Fred’s life spirals out of control. Hijinx theatre
Mind the Gap Theatre company is bold, cutting-edge theatre that can hold its own with the best proving that an intellectual disability is no barrier to creativity.
There must be a radical shift in the way people with disabilities such as journalism student Kyle Gunn are treated on and off screen says Frances Ryan
Christopher Ecclestone the A word actor says when it comes to disability, ethnic minorities and women on TV we’re still dinosaurs
"I think I connect with acting because of how I always had to put a face on in public. I was never really myself. I was always playing a character.” Read more
THE SHAPE OF WATER a film about inclusion won the Best Movie Oscar 2018: A mute woman, played with great skill and charm by Sally Hawkins, a closeted gay man, a black woman, and a fish-man with a heart and magical powers who could be anyone who is different or has a disability. The film’s only villain is a bitter, cruel power figure who takes pleasure in torturing a creature he does not understand because he can’t see beyond its/his outer form. It’s a beautifully produced fantasy, a little comfortable in its skin to be powerful in a way that, say, Ken Loach’s movies are, but it makes the point. Hollywood’s heart is usually in the right place and it likes to broadcast the fact by wearing it on its sleeve.
Inspired by a refusal to be silent, and a history of being ignored, five learning disabled artists take us on a wondrous adventure underground.
A goddess, a baby, a bird, an eater and a ghost guide us through a maze-like institution, growling to be heard, and waiting for the revolution that is forever promised.
As they tear back the walls to their lives, past and present spin together in a powerful expression of what it feels like to have a learning disability today.
A powerful and moving film about disability hate crime and the effect it has.
Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre- breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage.
Fauve Alice and Spare Tyre A performance exploring sex, desire and violence. Nights at the Circus is a Spare Tyre co-production, supported by Arts Council England.
Abnormally Funny People Show made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005. Each night featured a line-up of talented, award winning, disabled comedians with a token non-disabled one (you've got to give them a chance).