DAC News

Farewell and Thanks to Denni Turp

Our North West Wales Regional Officer is retiring at the end of this week. We are extremely grateful to Denni for all her amazing work for DAC over the past 5 years. She will be missed by the team and all the members, especially those members within NW Wales who have worked closely with her throughout her time at DAC. The North West Region has benefited enormously from Denni’s passion and energy and leaves a wonderful legacy in the publications she has been instrumental in creating.

Many thanks Denni and very best wishes for a long and happy retirement from us all.

Arts and Business Award for DAC’s Treasurer

Congratulations to our Honorary Treasurer Joanne Taylor

Jo was awarded the 2018 Grant Stephens Family Law Adviser Award at the Arts and Business Cymru awards last week for her outstanding contribution as a Board member of DAC. Jo has advised and supported DAC since joining us as a Co-Opted Trustee in September 2013 and becoming our Treasurer in October 2015. Jo has shown her commitment to the organisation through her input to business plans; action plans; structural review; and attendance at away days, meetings and events; working hard to establish a long-term future for DAC. In addition to helping the organisation introduce transparent, streamlined financial processes, Jo has recently led the organisation through registration as a CIO and helped recruit a new Finance Officer and a New Director. Jo is a Charities and Not for Profit Senior Manager for Broomfield Alexander in Newport and we are thrilled that her input has been recognised by the awards panel at Arts and Business Cymru.

May we also take this opportunity to recognise the enormous input that Jo Taylor has made to the future stability of DAC, to congratulate her on her award and to extend a huge thank you to her.

Raise funds for DAC when you shop at Amazon

DAC has now registered with Amazon smile . 

If you shop at Amazon and nominate DAC as your selected charity then we will receive a small % of your purchase.

How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting smile.amazon.co.uk, customers are prompted to select a charitable organisation. Amazon will give 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and other shipping fees) of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organisations selected by our customers.

Please consider supporting DAC in this way.  Thank you

DAC membership -urgent reminder

Please complete forms before the end of May to retain your membership

You may be aware that rules surrounding Data Protection are changing and therefore, to enable us to retain your personal details on our membership database and continue to correspond with you it is essential that the enclosed form is completed and returned to us before the end of May 2018.  If the form is not received by that date then under the new rules we will be required to remove your personal data from our records.

Membership forms  were sent out by email in March 2018 – please complete and return as soon as possible.  If you need a further form for completion please email [email protected] 

or telephone us – 02920551040

DAC North East Wales Network Group meeting – an open invitation

Disability Arts Cymru cordially invite Artists, Creative Practitioners & Makers to the next DAC Regional Network Meeting 

Theatre Clwyd – Haydn Reece Suite, 15th May 2018, 12-2pm

We will be welcoming North Wales’s extraordinary talent,  sculptor, Nick Elphick who will give a candid account of his career success to date and, explore the challenges of being an artist  with severe dyslexia as well as his personal journey with mental health. 

This event is free of charge but booking is necessary.  To book your place at this event, please contact Lowri-Mair Owen DAC Regional Officer for North East Wales. 

We strongly recommend you book a space as soon as possible as we anticipate this will be a very popular event.   For more information contact [email protected]

 

DAC Membership renewal

Please remember to renew your membership before  the end of May 2018

 

 

You may be aware that rules surrounding Data Protection are changing and therefore, to enable us to retain your personal details on our membership database and continue to correspond with you it is essential that the enclosed form is completed and returned to us before the end of May 2018.  If the form is not received by that date then under the new rules we will be required to remove your personal data from our records.

Membership froms were sent out by email in March 2018 – please complete and return as soon as possible.  If you need a further form for completion please email [email protected] 

or telephone us – 02920551040

 

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 http://disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/richard-iii-redux-sara-beer-not-richard-iii/

and https://weepingtudorproductionsblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/review-richard-iii-or-sara-beer-is-not-richard-iii-chapter/

The production incorporates creative captioning.

2018 Tour Dates

 16,17 March: Chapter Theatre, Cardiff  https://uk.patronbase.com/_ChapterArts/Productions/REDU/Performances

14, 15 March: Aberystwyth Art Centre Studio https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/whats-on-all

19, 20 March: Theatre Clwyd, Mold  https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/

21 March: The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven  http://www.torchtheatre.co.uk/whats-on

23 March – Small World: Theatre, Cardigan  http://smallworld.org.uk/

 

Cast and Creative Team

Performer: Sara Beer

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

Director: Phillip Zarrilli

Videographer: Paul Whittaker