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Andrew Doyle on Forrest Reid

The acerbic writer and stand-up is determined to spread the word about his gay literary hero – who died 70 years ago. Most GT readers will know Andrew Doyle for his stand up comedy; as a frequently hilarious, sharply intelligent, and fearless stage presence, ready to push audience tolerance of “bad taste” to the limit. […]

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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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Claire Cunningam on ‘The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight’

How do we look at each other? How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? These are some of the questions raised by a new work by acclaimed Scottish disabled artist Claire Cunningham, who will be performing – for the first time […]

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Scottish Government invests in Employability

Disabled people looking to work will benefit from some £20 million of additional support from the Scottish Government, as it prepares to use new devolved powers from 1 April 2017. “New powers on employability are among the most exciting of the new areas to be devolved as it gives Scotland the chance to create something […]

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