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Out of Our Minds?

                         Legal equalities notwithstanding, being LGBT in a Straight world can still lead to mental health issues—and existing support services are just not fit for purpose, says Paul F Cockburn. Half a century on from the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual sex in England and Wales, […]

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Solar Bear break new ground with a production of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Love and Information’

                         A new touring production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information is an excellent showcase for its young cast from the UK’s only performance degree for D/deaf actors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in collaboration with leading Scottish company Solar Bear. Review by Paul F […]

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Jo Lewis on #sugarwater

In 2016 Graeae Theatre Company took their production of  The Solid Life of Sugar Water to the National Theatre. Paul F Cockburn speaks with the filmmaker Jo Lewis who documented what happened. #sugarwater, a film documentary following Graeae’s arrival at the National Theatre, was a very personal project for the award-winning writer, director and producer […]

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The Aesthetics of Access

Arts and equalities journalist Paul F Cockburn asks how the consideration of accessibility has influenced the aesthetics of disability theatre and performance. Necessity, according to the old proverb, is the mother of invention—and performance is no exception. Soon after Jenny Sealey MBE become Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company in 1997, she faced a significant […]

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Mock the Weak?

Diversity continues to be an issue in the mainstream media, but what can be done to improve the representation and portrayal of disabled people? Back in March 2016, when the actor, writer and broadcaster Sir Lenny Henry made national headlines about the lack of diversity in the UK’s mainstream media—and, in particular, within public broadcaster […]

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Starting from Scratch

When it comes to general health matters, prevention—as your doctor may well tell you—is more effective than cure. Following the same line of reasoning, it’s better—and we don’t just mean cheaper—to make sure that any potential new home matches your access needs before it’s built, rather than having to spend additional time and money “renovating” […]

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Home Adaptations

Paul Young (and before him Marvin Gaye) once sung about how home was wherever he lay his hat. However, choice and location of headwear notwithstanding, for most of us “home” is actually somewhere much more important. The American psychologist Susan Clayton has gone as far as saying that, for many of us, our homes are […]

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