Invisible Festival
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Friday, April 20, 2018 - 19:30 to 23:00

Janine takes the Disaffected Middle-aged Women to this excellent event ...

Celebrating the culture and unique talents of people with invisible disabilities, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and synaesthesia, this groundbreaking show will feature spoken word, comedy and live performance art by highly acclaimed artists with invisible disabilities. 

Venue: Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

THE PROGRAMME 

7pm 
Doors open 

7.30pm 
Introduction and performance art by Jon Adams

8-9pm 
Performance poetry by solo artists Jamie Hale, Janine Booth and Callum Brazzo

9pm 
INTERVAL

9.30pm 
Stand-up comedy by Don Biswas

10pm 
Performance art by Annette Foster 

10.30pm 
End of show

11pm 
Doors close

THE ARTISTS

Jamie Hale: recently performed at the Barbican Centre in London, Jamie is a neurodiverse, queer/trans performance poet who is in a wheelchair due to paralysis and severe physical impairment. The artist's work explores the subjectivity of multiple disabilities, queerness, and transness, and the place of embodiment within that.

"Most remarkable though were the several interventions by poet Jamie Hale whose full-on engagement with the daily meaning of what it is to be disabled, queer and trans both commanded our attention and found form in writing of exquisite delicacy and linguistic precision." - Tim Hochstrasser

http://jamiehale.co.uk/

Jon Adams: Royal Society of Arts Fellow, National Autistic Society cultural ambassador and Associate artist of New Theatre Royal, Jon has Asperger Syndrome (an autism spectrum condition) and experiences synaesthesia, a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sense leads to automatic, involuntary responses in a second sense, for example, ‘seeing sounds’. The artist’s work explores sense and sensitivity through the ‘hidden’ and plays with perceptions of normal and the inaccessible.

Jon Adams featured in the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/19/autism-diagnosis-late-in-life-asperger-syndrome-john-harris

Callum Brazzo: autistic poet, author of "Movement: Performance poetry written down" and Ted Talk speaker. For Callum, poetry was a form of escape and communication tool throughout his life as he dealt with issues such as his parents’ divorce, depression and anxiety as well as struggling to understand his identity as a neurodiverse individual.

Callum on Ted TV - https://youtu.be/mJJ4j50ufFI

Don Biswas: a neurodiverse stand-up comedian who has performed at the Comedy Store and Comedy Cafe in London and has been a guest on BBC Asian Netwirl Comedy Night, BBC 3 Online and BBC Asian Network Radio. Don's comedy covers a wide range of subjects, ranging from autism to politics and razor-sharp one-liners.

www.donbiswascomedy.com

Janine Booth: a performance poet and author of "Guilty and Proud of it: Poplar's Rebel Councillors and Guardians 1919-1925", "Plundering London Underground: Private Capital and Public Service 1997-2010" and "Autism Equality in the Workplace: removing barriers and challenging discrimination". She is a Marxist, trade unionist, socialist-feminist. Her poetry is sharp, original and brings humour to politics.

Annette Foster: performance and live artist concerned with portraying the human condition in her work, Annette explores her autobiographical experience of being neurodiverse. Her work radically explores her personal experiences of being a woman on the autism spectrum through performance art. 

ACCESSIBILITY 

This is an autism-friendly, wheelchair accessible, BSL interpreted performance. 

CONTENT

Some performances at this event contain strong language and nudity. 

FOR MORE INFO AND BOOKINGS
https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/festivals/invisible-festival