WalesOnline’s 100 Greatest Welsh Women of all time

Massive congratulations to @DACymru members Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds and Beverley Lennon for featuring in @WalesOnline’s 100 Greatest Welsh Women of all time. DAC are incredibly proud to be associated with such outstanding women

Rosie Moriarty –Simmonds is a long standing member of DAC.  She is a superb ambassador for all matters related to disability and has been a terrific campaigner for disability rights and for disabled people in general.  Rosie‘s work has been included in DAC’s annual open exhibitions and she was a cast member in the USS production of  Birds at the Sherman Theatre.

“I’ve embraced life wholeheartedly and, despite the circumstances, I’ve achieved an awful lot. Who knows whether I would have gone to university or been a feisty campaigner for disability rights, if I hadn’t been disabled?”

‘Rosie runs her own business, has written her memoir, became a mother and works as an artist.

Producers of Call the Midwife used her biography for inspiration after she wrote to demand the BBC drama tackled the subject of those affected by thalidomide.’


Beverley Lennon is one of our newer members.  She has recently submitted a poem in response to our call out for poetry dealing with experiences around mental health and that work has been included in our poetry anthology ‘ Out of sight- Allan o’r Golwg’  which will be launched on 31st March 2108 at an event in Colwyn Bay.


‘Beverley moved to Wales from Brixton in 1987 after literally sticking a pin in a map in search of somewhere to start a new life.

She never imagined she’d become the first black female Welsh teacher in Cardiff.’


See the full article here

The Llanarth Group

richard III redux

or Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III

Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate. Or is he? What if he is she? What if the ‘hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple’ is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis?  How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses? How would previous star vehicle Richards measure up? Olivier, McKellan, Pacino, Sher – watch out – the mighty richard III redux has you in the frame.


Riotously inventive and joyously irreverent, richard III redux is not a production of Shakespeare’s classic, but an interweaving of stories about acting, difference, and a maligned historical figure told by unreliable narrator Sara Beer. She takes on Richard as a solo performer in a number of guises, interspersed with video and live camera sequences. The production premiered at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018 and has had great reviews – see


The production incorporates creative captioning.

2018 Tour Dates

 16,17 March: Chapter Theatre, Cardiff

14, 15 March: Aberystwyth Art Centre Studio

19, 20 March: Theatre Clwyd, Mold

21 March: The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

23 March – Small World: Theatre, Cardigan


Cast and Creative Team

Performer: Sara Beer

Playwright: Kaite O’Reilly (Follow Kaite on Twitter: @kaiteoreilly)

Director: Phillip Zarrilli

Videographer: Paul Whittaker

DAC Annual Poetry Competition – we have a winner!!


Lee Green  !!






Thanks to all  of you who entered our annual poetry competition

We are pleased to announce that Lee Green’s poem  ‘Simmering Limerence’ has been judged to be the overall winner . Congratulations Lee!

In addition to the overall winner  the following poems were highly commended by our judge Dominic Williams.

‘A song to the Vinyl Siren’   by Giles Turnbull

 ‘Letter to my daughter ‘ by Rhian Elizabeth

  ‘Voices’ by Siobhan Davies

The above poems together with some of the other entries will be included alongside images from our 2017 visual art exhibiton in an iBook – more details to follow shortly.

Thanks to our judges Dominic Williams  and Sion Aled for their work in judging the entries


DAC are recruiting!

North West Wales Regional Officer – Disability Arts Cymru

Salary – £23460 per annum (£11730 pro rata)

17.5 Hours per week  




Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) is looking for a highly motivated Regional Development Officer to help us widen the impact of our work in North Wales; establishing development programmes and disability arts networks across the region. The successful candidate will focus their work across Conwy, Gwynedd, Anglesey and will have a shared responsibility for North Powys.

We believe in…. Opening up access and opportunity, celebrating diversity, nurturing embryonic and established high-calibre disabled practitioners, and inspiring change throughout Wales.

Our vision is a simple one: to make the arts in Wales creative and diverse in equal measure, with disabled and Deaf people at the very core. 

Closing Date for applications – 5pm, 12th April 2018

Interviews – 23rd or 24th of May 2018

To apply contact:

Tel: 02920 551 040    –

Disability Arts Cymru – Fundraising event – please come along and join in the fun

Horse racing evening

Mackintosh Residents community Centre Cardiff CF4 3JW


If you like a twinkle on the gg’s this one’s for you!! Please join us on Feb 2nd for a fundraising race night at Mackintosh Community Centre. There will be 8 races in total with 8 runners in each race. You or your company can sponsor a race for £25 or name a horse for £2. Both receive a credit in the programme and if your horse wins you get a bottle of prosecco.

All bets are just a  pound and there will be a bar so don’t worry if your luck runs out. 

All proceeds will help us to support our talented disabled and deaf artists throughout Wales.

For more details contact  or Tel 02920551040

Disability Arts Cymru

Postal/Email vote


Just a reminder to our members that,as there were insufficient members present at our Annual General Meeting on 27th October , it has been necessary to ask members to return their votes for the election of  Committee members and the Special Resolution by post/email.

If you have not done so, please could you return your voting forms as soon as possible and no later than 1st December 2017. 

If you did not receive our original request, please contact the office and we will provide you with the voting forms and back up information regarding  the  Special Resolution and nominees for the committee

  Tel 02920551040



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There are no catches or hidden charges and Jerusalem Baptist Church will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Annual poetry competition

Closing date – 20th October 2017  – send in your entries!!


We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together:  we want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration



For more details on how to enter  email

or phone 0292055100

Annual Poetry Competition


New Closing date – send in  your entries!





We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together:  we want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration.

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at:

There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2017                                

The Judges are Dominic Williams and Dr Sion Aled  Owen


For full details click on