Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival
6th – 11th September 2016
September sees the much-anticipated return of Unlimited – Southbank Centre’s festival that celebrates the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists.
Join us again for a festival of theatre, dance, music, literature, comedy and visual arts that celebrates difference with a spirit of artistic adventure, honesty and humour.
There is a huge variety of performances and events to choose from by some of the best companies and disabled artists in the UK. An opportunity over one week to see Candoco, Jess Thom, Neomi Lakmaier, Baluji Shrivastav, Heart n Soul, Aaron Williamson and many more.
Here are a few of the highlights I have picked out but for the full festival programme please go to:http://unlimited.southbankcentre.co.uk/events
Kaite O’Reilly Tuesday September 6th 2pm – 3pm
Royal Festival Hall
Join multi-award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly as she presents her latest work.
Published by Oberon, Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors is the first of its kind. A collection of six dramas – monologues, performance texts, and naturalistic plays – it redefines notions of normality and expands the scope of what it means to be human, while exploring disability as a portal to new experience.
The collection includes O’Reilly’s 2015 Unlimited commission, Cosy, a darkly comic portrayal of three generations of women as they share the joys and humiliations of getting older.
Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors also features O’Reilly’s play In Water I’m Weightless, an Unlimited commission for the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival. This play is inspired by the imagination, experiences and attitudes of disabled people across the UK.
‘An invaluable and long over-due collection of untold stories that deserve to take centre stage.’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)
Claire Cunningham September 6th and 7th 7.30pm – 9pm
Royal Festival Hall
The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight
The Way You Look (at me) Tonight is a social sculpture – a sensory journey for two performers and an audience.
Dancing, singing, telling stories and asking questions, Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis combine performance, original live music and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.
The work is performed by leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis, who first introduced Cunningham to movement, in collaboration with Dr Alva Noë, a philosopher of perception at the University of California, Berkeley.
Unlimited Video Lounge Friday 9th September 10am – 11pm
Flatmates (Richard Newnham)
See two friends move into their dream pad, only to find it’s actually a dump.
Flatmates is a surreal and energetic comedy from the brilliant mind of Richard Newnham, an actor training at Hijinx Academy in Cardiff. The film follows the exploits of the two friends – played by Newnham and his co-writer Daniel Sean – as they make increasingly desperate attempts to bring some semblance of order into their bizarre and unruly lives.
Flatmates is supported by Unlimited Impact, which assists artists and venues in celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Spirit of 2012. Richard Newnham is supported and mentored by Hijinx.
Assisted Suicide: The Musical
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 7pm – 8.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Disabled activist, actor and comedian Liz Carr has chosen the spectacular world of musical theatre as the backdrop to exploring the complex and controversial subject of assisted suicide in her new show Assisted Suicide: The Musical.
On 11 September 2015, MPs voted overwhelmingly against legalising assisted suicide. Opinion polls would have you believe that the majority of the UK population believe it’s a humane choice to legalise assisted suicide for terminally ill or disabled people, but Liz Carr and many other disabled people disagree.
Confronting the lack of creative work exploring this most topical taboo, she joins director Mark Whitelaw (Duckie, Ursula Martinez, New Art Club), composer Ian Hill (Duckie) and a cast of performers to express an important and often unheard perspective through the medium of musical theatre.
Liz Carr is known for playing forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery on the BBC drama Silent Witness. She is a regular in the comedy line-up Abnormally Funny People, co-hosted the irreverently funny BBC Ouch! podcast with Mat Fraser and has MC-ed and performed in many a cabaret at the Royal Festival Hall. Liz is also a member of Not Dead Yet, an international network of disabled people opposed to the legalisation of assisted suicide.