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Snails & Ketchup

Based on a novel by Italo Calvino, Ramesh Meyyappan’s touring production, Snails & Ketchup, explores dependance and independence. Paul F Cockburn reviews this  Unlimited commission, produced as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Published originally in 1957, the Italian writer Italo Calvino’s award-winning novel, Il Barone Rampante (The Baron in the Trees), explores ideas of independence […]

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Spasms - photographer Karen Sutherland

Robert Softley Gale, If These Spasms Could Speak

Paul F Cockburn recently spoke with Robert Softely — co-creator of last year’s National Theatre of Scotland show Girl X — as he prepared to return to the stage with If These Spasms Could Speak. The new show, running as part of the Behaviour festival of live performance at The Arches in Glasgow, is a collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories […]

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Bad News All Round?

Disability 12 – Bad press Disabled people are being demonised in the UK press, according to disabled people, campaigning groups — and even the National Union of Journalists. What is going on, and why? Paul F Cockburn asks those in the know. It was genuine public outrage at the illegal actions carried out by some […]

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Paul Cunningham (Edward Sheldon) and Laurie Brown (John Gielgud). Photograph by Eamonn McGoldrick

Alison Peebles, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company

The Man Who Lived Twice is a new play from Glasgow-based Birds of Paradise theatre company, a “dramatised account” of what took place between Sheldon and Gielgud. In the run-up to the show’s launch at The Arches in Glasgow, before a Scotland-wide tour, Paul F Cockburn spoke with director Alison Peebles and writer and actor […]

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Stuart Sandford, Bodybuilding

On 1 January 2012, visual artist Stuart Sandford — possibly best known for his photography capturing the sexual and cultural connotations of the male form — began a year-long project, Bodybuilding, during which he aims to transform himself from an artist to an athlete. Two months on, how is he doing? PPcom: What were the […]

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Maria Oller and Kenneth Dempster

This March, Scotland’s leading group for performers with learning difficulties, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company, presents a new version of Sophocles‘ ‘Antigone’, the classic story of a young woman standing up against society for what she believes is right. Combining drama with live music (performed by members of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland) and new […]

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You’ve Got To Laugh!

Paul F Cockburn asks if there’s such a thing as ‘disability comedy’ and whether disabled comedians still face unsurmountable barriers to a professional career. Can disability be funny? Given all the stress and strains that disabled people face every day — thanks to inaccessible buildings, unreliable support services and genuine hostility — you might think […]

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