Disability Arts forces us to rethink and defy the stereotypes

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Dance

Eurythmy is an expressive movement art originated by Rudolf Steiner and Marie von Sivers. Colours and movement flow into each other to create a unity of spirit and purpose. A performance art, it is also used in education, especially in Waldorf schools, and for therapeutic purposes.

Brewing up a storm

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

Whoa! A parent with a learning disability?

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’.

Great company (Video)

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.

Defiant lives (Video)

Director Sarah Barton tells a largely untold story, charting the history of the disability rights movement in Australia, the US and the UK. 

Margarita with a straw

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 - 

The present

A delightful short film about a disabled dog which leads to job offers from Disney 

Fred meets the benefits system

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

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.


reviews and comment

We need a radical shift in culture

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 

Good start, long way to go

Christopher Ecclestone the A word actor says when it comes to disability, ethnic minorities and women on TV we’re still dinosaurs

Travis Smith talks about the A Word

"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

Can non-disabled actors play disabled roles?

Most depictions of disability by non-disabled actors fail because the don’t understand the culture. David Proud is an actor and the author of The Art of Disability

Hollywood celebrates inclusion

Loving the difference

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.

madhouse re:exit

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.

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I am Me

A powerful and moving film about disability hate crime and the effect it has. 

A force for change

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre- breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage.

Night at the circus (Video)

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 (Video)

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).