The back of a woman on the left hand-side corner of the photo; she looks towards the centre of the photo, where six people stand in pairs and create a triangle in the space. Another person in the background is on a small stage, pushing a theatre chair.

The Trouble with Access

Early in September we held an extraordinary week-long creative laboratory exploring fresh ways of layering access modes into theatre-making. We worked with award-winning playwright and radical theatre artist Lachlan Philpot, CEO of Playwright…
Jacqui Beckford performing for 'The Called' in front of a video projection. Photo credit: Stephen Rudder. Photo description: A light skinned Black woman stares down towards the floor. Her dreadlocks piled high on her head, her arms are raised, elbows out as if she is pushing a great weight down. Performer and BSL interpreter Jacqui Beckford with video projection across her white clothing. The projector casts an overbearing shadow of her body onto the wall behind.@ Stephen Rudder

The Called - Creative Lab

In April  2018 we worked with writer and poet, Omikemi, on a research and development theatre piece exploring race, disability and medical history. Our team included a remarkable array of talented creatives and BSL interpeters led by our…

DisArt Festival streaming live from Michigan

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This week our Artistic Director Julie McNamara is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to talk about the work of Vital Xposure and deliver a key note speech at the Disability Arts Symposium 2017. Tune in to the LIVE STREAMING on 6, 7, and 8 April DisArt…

The Lancet: Exceptional and extraordinary artists

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The Lancet: Exceptional and extraordinary artists JUN 04 2016 When he attended a school for deaf children in the 1970s Mark Smith had to use sign language in secret to communicate with his friends. At the time, he had no idea why sign…

Blue Pen, film preview: Breaking the silence

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Article by Russel Parton First published on East End Review and Hackney Citizens, 24 August 2016 Inspired by the tragic story of war reporter Dorothy Lawrence, Blue Pen looks at the lives of women journalists whose voices have been silenced A…
Picture of Dorothy Lawrence against a white wall.

Censorship of Women's Voices: Interview on Blue Pen

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Why Blue Pen? Julie McNamara talks about censorship of women's voices in this experimental short film co-directed with Caglar Kimyoncu. Interview by Emilia Teglia In Autumn 2015 we toured a theatre production: The Disappearance of Dorothy…

The Big Issue North: Interview on Hold the Hearse!

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The Big Issue North Blog: Julie McNamara, Hold the Hearse! JUN 06 2016 Three weeks into rehearsal and I’ve spent most of my time pinned to a specimen jar in one of the zaniest, most challenging stories I’ve presented. Hold the Hearse…

The Making of Hold the Hearse!

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In conversation with Julie McNamara: the making of Hold the Hearse! In June, Vital Xposure’s new production Hold the Hearse! will tour medical museums around the country. The play was commissioned as part of Exceptional and Extraordinary…

Exceptional & Extraordinary - Unruly bodies and minds in the medical museum

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PRESS RELEASE For immediate release: 23 March 2016 EXCEPTIONAL & EXTRAORDINARY: UNRULY BODIES AND MINDS IN THE MEDICAL MUSEUM Unique film, dance, performance and comedy commissions draw on museum collections to explore our problematic…