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BRIGHTON 20 – 25 MARCH 2017
QUICK VIEW PAGE
BEFORE I DIE CANDY CHANG
VIEWFINDER DISABILITY ARTS ONLINE
HUMAN YANN ARTHUS-BERTRAND
I AM BLACK THOMAS F. DEFRANTZ
ON THE COUCH VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE IDENTITIES
GUIDE GODS CLAIRE CUNNINGHAM
TO BELONG KOEN DE PRETER
LIVING LIBRARY DIS-LABELED
STAFF STORIES BSMS & BSUH
ON THE COUCH PAINFUL NARRATIVES
THERE IS A LIGHT:BRIGHTLIGHT CONTACT YOUNG COMPANY
DAUGHTERS OF THE CURRY... AFREENA ISLAM
MY FATHERâ€™S KITCHEN TONI-DEE PAUL
ASTEROID RK1 JAMIL KEATING
#NEGROPHOBIA JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO
FIVE EASY PIECES MILO RAU
THE GAME THEATRECLUB
TRAUMBOY DANIEL HELLMANN
FRACTURED MEMORY OGUTU MUYARA
AMERICAN MAN HETAIN PATEL
A very warm welcome to SICK! Festival 2017, delivered in partnership with the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), the University of Sussex and Brighton & Sussex Medical School (BSMS). SICK! Festival celebrates life, death and survival, exploring subjects that are hugely important to all of us, however difficult they may be. The challenges we face in our daily lives are about the people we are and the society we live in. This year, the festival programme takes particular account of our relationships with the communities around us. It explores how we construct our identities through our choices, hopes and actions, and how for better or worse, we are shaped by the world we live in. The programme presents artists and speakers whose work combines depth and integrity with a real commitment to social agendas. We present major international artists, like Milo Rau and Koen De Preter, alongside the most outstanding early career artists, including Afreena Islam, Toni-Dee Paul and Jamil E-R Keating, presenting an exciting and varied showcase of new work from around the world. The festival would not be possible without the fantastic contribution from Laura McDermott, Creative Director at ACCA and her wonderful team. The programme is also built on the exceptional knowledge, support and guidance of our academic partners, in particular Prof. Bobbie Farsides of Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Dr. Sara Jane Bailes and Dr. Jason Price of the University of Sussex, and the work of the Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts. Events will take place in various spaces within the newly reopened and beautifully refurbished ACCA and other locations across the University of Sussex Falmer Campus. We hope you enjoy the festival and look forward to meeting you along your journey. Helen Medland, Artistic Director/CEO Tim Harrison, Director of Development Siobhan Harwood, Programme Manager & the SICK! Festival team
BEFORE I DIE
SANDRA ALLAND & LISA MATTOCKS (UK)
Image credit: Still of Mark Barber from Wake Up in a Dream (Shadowlight Artists)
Image credit: Trevor Coe
CANDY CHANG (TW/US)
Before I die is a participatory public art project that invites people to contemplate death, reflect on life, and share their personal aspirations in public. After losing someone she loved, Chang channelled her grief and depression into this project covering a crumbling house with chalkboard paint and stencilled it with the prompt, “Before I die I want to _____.”
PUBLIC ART WORK
The project has now been created in over 70 countries, including Iraq, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and South Africa. Revealing the community’s longings, anxieties, joys, and struggles, it explores how public space can cultivate selfexamination and empathy among neighbours and compassionately prepare us for death and grief.
Sandra Alland and Lisa Mattocks have created five new short documentaries. In this collection of films, disabled and D/deaf people are taking back the camera or the stage or the poem, moving away from the pity, tragedy or supercrip inspiration narratives that are so common when speaking about disability – we’re telling our own stories in our ways. In addition, Sandra and Lisa have co-curated the Viewfinder programme of ten short films, Unapologetic Self-Portraits, with SICK! Festival.
Viewfinder is an initiative led by Disability Arts Online and supported via funding from Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, to fuel the development and distribution of socially engaged arts practice. All films captioned – selected films with audio description and BSL. www.sickfestival.com
PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS FEB - MAR 24 HOUR PRESENTED AT BRIGHTON & LIBRARY SQUARE, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX FREE
UK PREMIERE PRESENTED WITH DISABILITY ARTS ONLINE & ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS MON 20/03 – SAT 25/03 11AM - 9PM
ACCA CAFÉ, ACCA FREE SICK! FESTIVAL COMMISION
ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS MON 20/03 – TUE 21/03 THU 23/03 - SAT 25/03
3.30PM - 7PM
210 MINS FEEL FREE TO COME & GO JANE ATTENBOROUGH STUDIO, ACCA FREE CERTIFICATION TO BE ANNOUNCED
+ DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS MON 20/03 4.15PM
40 MINS + 30 MINS
DEBATING CHAMBER, FALMER HOUSE, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX £5
HUMAN was the first movie to premiere in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, to an audience of 1,000 viewers, including the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. This film is suitable for Deaf and hard of hearing.
YANN ARTHUS-BERTRAND (FR)
Image credit: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
HUMAN is a collection of stories and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the other people who share our world, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal.
The discourse of race in contemporary performance falls apart when whites try to understand black performance. This manifesto-lecture offers strategies for acknowledging how artists of colour and their collaborating audiences of colour operate in several keys simultaneously, but are compelled to reduce their work and experience to the unknowable, shameful category of ‘race.’ Thomas F. DeFrantz is Chair of African and African American Studies and Professor of Dance and Theater Studies at Duke University, US. The presentation will be followed by a Question & Answer session with Prof. Thomas F. DeFrantz.
Image credit: Christopher Pierce
I AM BLACK (YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO NOT KNOW) THOMAS F. DEFRANTZ (US)
We all carry many different labels of identity: Religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, some of which we claim for our selves, others which are imposed upon us. We may choose to proudly represent some of the identities we adopt through our actions, words and the way we present ourselves in our appearance. But the immediate visibility of these categories is obviously very variable. In this On The Couch discussion, we consider what ‘visibility’ means and reflect on how the visibility of different categories of identity effects the way in which people relate to themselves and others.
ON THE COUCH
VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE IDENTITIES
Chair: Juliet Jacques (Journalist)
LIVE DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS MON 20/03 5.30PM 60 MINS DEBATING CHAMBER, FALMER HOUSE, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX £3
Panel: Yaa Asare (University of Brighton), Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (US. Curator, Cultural producer, Community organiser, Artist and Poet) and The Vacuum Cleaner (Artist & Activist).
Claire is disabled. Is it the will of a higher power? Is she paying for the mistakes of a past life? Is it a test for her, or a punishment for her parents? Could she, should she, be healed? Is she welcomed by all faiths or will it all prove just too inaccessible? Using dance, live music, humour and interviews with religious leaders, academics, deaf and disabled people, Claire goes on a perilous quest to explore how the major world faiths view deafness and disability in this witty and illuminating show.
CLAIRE CUNNINGHAM (UK)
Image credit: Brian Hartley
The performance is BSL interpreted. Post-show discussion with Claire and members of the local faith community will follow the performance, reflecting on the complex relationship between disability and religion, and other issues raise by Claire’s performance. * SEE WEBSITE FOR DOUBLE-BILL DEAL www.sickfestival.com
PERFORMANCE + POST–SHOW DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS MON 20/03 7PM
60 MINS + 30 MINS MEETING HOUSE, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX * £12/£10 CONC * £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE 14+ SICK! FESTIVAL COMMISION 9
DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS MON 20/03 9PM
50 MINS + 30 MINS AUDITORIUM,
ACCA * £12/£10 CONC * £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
To Belong is a dance performance about solidarity, about what it means to be part of a group. What brings people together, what connects them? Meditating together in silence? Or dancing together to phat beats? What causes people to care about one another? Why and when do they feel connected and when do moments of struggle occur?
KOEN DE PRETER & THEATER STAP (BE)
Theater Stap’s actors are dancing the experience of being a member of a group using both pedestrian and poetic movements; But what happens if one falls outside the group, if one doesn’t belong? Koen De Preter is both choreographer and performer. In his work, he has a fascination for performers of all kinds of ages and backgrounds. He strives for the human touch instead of looking for technical perfection. The use of eclectic soundtracks are a constant in his creations. Theater Stap is a professional theatre company creating performances in which learning disabled people take centre stage. The performances’ artistic quality legitimises the company’s unique position within Flander’s mainstream theatrical landscape.
Post-show discussion chaired by Dr Jason Price (University of Sussex) with Jonathan Meth (Goldsmiths University) will follow the performance asking the question: Who has the right to represent whom, and by what means? * SEE WEBSITE FOR DOUBLE-BILL DEAL
Image credit: Bart Grietens
This performance is suitable for Deaf and hard of hearing.
Nearly all of us become disabled, if only through the aging process, but how does actually living as a disabled person impact on identity and sense of self? What impact does that label have on a person’s outlook, the way they relate to society, the way society relates to them? Some choose to identify as disabled as a political position, others feel it is a label unhelpfully thrust upon them by administrative systems.
DIS-LABELLED, THE MULTIPLE MEANINGS OF DISABILITY
Living Library – Dis-labelled gives you an opportunity to meet people with unique, often challenging stories, and others who work with them. Visitors to the Living Library have 15 minutes for frank, open conversation, to listen, ask questions and reflect.
ONE–ON–ONE EXPERIENCE PRESENTED WITH DISABILITY ARTS ONLINE & ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS TUES 21/03 3PM – 7PM 15 MINS VENUE TBC: SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS FREE
A BSL interpreter will be available during this event.
Taking place before a public audience for the very first time at SICK! Festival, Staff Stories is a regular event at Brighton & Sussex University Hospital. It’s an opportunity for staff working at the front line of public healthcare to share their stories. It provides a forum for supportive reflection on the many challenges, stresses and ethical dilemmas they face on a daily basis, in the course of providing compassionate care.
Image credit: Ian Williams
In this unique event, the public is invited to join this process, gaining a profound insight in the the lives of our healthcare providers and participating in an open conversation about the experiences presented. The event will be chaired by Prof. Bobbie Farsides (BSMS).
LIVE DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS, BRIGHTON & SUSSEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND BRIGHTON & SUSSEX MEDICAL SCHOOL TUES 21/03 4.15PM 60 MINS BSMS LECTURE THEATRE, BSMS TEACHING BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF
LIVE DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH BSMS AND ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS TUES 21/03 5.30PM 60 MINS BSMS LECTURE THEATRE, BSMS TEACHING BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX £3
What are the opportunities and limitations that narrative offers in dealing with traumatic experience, for individuals, artists and clinicians? The arts have always employed narrative as a means of understanding human conditions. Scientific methodologies have, perhaps, a more complex relationship with the telling of stories: Integral to the understanding of a patient’s experience, yet easily dismissed as anecdote, unreliable in comparison with large, rigorous data. As narrative medicine and psychology gain increasing credibility, artists have come to question personal narrative as a reliable way of understanding oneself and one’s history.
ON THE COUCH
Chair: Prof. Bobbie Farsides (BSMS) Panel: Dr. Dawn Edge (University of Manchester), Sue Maclaine (Artist), Ian Williams (Physician, Comics artist and Writer)
DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS TUES 21/03 7.30PM AUDITORIUM, ACCA £12/£10 CONC £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE 12+
An original performance inspired by the findings of BRIGHTLIGHT, the first major study of its kind, There is a Light: BRIGHTLIGHT presents young patients’ perspectives on specialist cancer care in England.
CONTACT YOUNG COMPANY (UK)
Directed by award-winning artist Adura Onashile the show is a collaboration between Contact Young Company and Artist, Performance maker and Academic Brian Lobel. Post-show discussion will follow the performance featuring Professor Faith Gibson (Assistant Director of Nursing for Research, Great Ormond Street Hospital) and one of the core researchers for BRIGHTLIGHT.
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THERE IS A LIGHT: BRIGHTLIGHT
Image credit: Joel Chester Fildes
DAUGHTERS OF THE CURRY REVOLUTION AFREENA ISLAM (UK)
“When I was little, I used to hang out at my dad’s restaurant every weekend, back when they used to stay open until 5am. After a hard days’ toil running round like I owned the place for a bit, I would fall asleep to the CCTV; my body on the chest freezer, and my head resting on a pile of tablecloths.”
In this intimate performance, Afreena Islam invites you to take a seat around her dinner table as she serves up second-hand stories of her father’s past, present, and what little she imagines is left of his future.
Exploring what it means to be her dad’s daughter in the context of the anti-immigration rhetoric she is surrounded by, Afreena follows her dad’s journey to this country, and his journey to this day.
Image credit: Tamsin Drury
Afreena has worked closely with Manchester’s ground-breaking theatre, Contact, for a number of years, both as an artist and now as a board-member. Daughters of the Curry Revolution was developed through support from Divergency and through a hÅb/Contact Works Ahead commission. Works-inprogress have been seen at Domestic II, at Camden People’s Theatre, and at Forest Fringe 2016.
PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS WED 22/03 5.30PM & 7.30PM STUDIO SPACE, ACCA £7/£5 CONC £4 SUSSEX STUDENTS EARLY BOOKING RECOMMENDED DUE TO LIMITED CAPACITY
ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR CREATIVE ARTS WED 22/03 5PM, 6PM & 7PM 30 MIN STUDIO SPACE, ACCA FOR £5/£3 CONC £2.40 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS EARLY BOOKING
It revisits their journey 12 years on, whilst simultaneously reflecting on hundreds of years of Jamaican history through memory and poetry. Toni-Dee is a theatre maker, collaborator, writer and performance artist from Leeds. Her practice explores identity politics, memory and culture using auto-biography as stimulus for her work thus far.
RECOMMENDED DUE TO LIMITED CAPACITY
PERFORMANCE PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR CREATIVE ARTS WED 22/03 6.30PM, 7.30PM & 8.30PM 30 MINS STUDIO SPACE, ACCA FOR £5/£3 CONC £2.40 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
MY FATHER’S KITCHEN
TONI-DEE PAUL (UK)
Asteroid RK1 was developed with men who have slept on Manchester’s streets and the city’s Mustard Tree charity, Jamil presents a performance about outer-space and our inner-city streets. Asteroids and addictions. Meteorites and human rights. Comets in the night sky and care in the city. Jamil’s performance balances an infectious enthusiasm for the absurdities of life, with a profound enquiry into social problems. Jamil E-R Keating is an emerging theatre-maker, writer and performer from Manchester. He works regularly with Contact and hÅb and has been an emerging artist in residence at the Whitworth.
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Image credit: Tamsin Drury
My Father’s Kitchen explores home-cooked food and family trees, whilst delving into the stories that unfold in her father’s kitchen, Toni-Dee Paul’s performance My Father’s Kitchen examines the relationship between an 8-year-old girl and her estranged father.
Image credit: Tamsin Drury
JAMIL E-R KEATING (UK)
#negrophobia examines the erotic fear associated with Black bodies inside the context of the contemporary American project. The work is both performance lecture and ritual séance. Jaamil Olawale Kosoko juxtaposes interior and exterior landscapes to expose a confessional identity-mashup where visual and performance aesthetics collide in a face-off of self-revelation, ecstatic theatricality, and discomfort.
JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO (US)
Revealing contradictory feelings of desire and fear, #negrophobia references issues related to grief, misogyny, trans identity, and Black patriarchal constructs of masculinity. Together with model, performance artist, and night-life personality Imma, and composer Jeremy Toussaint Baptiste, Kosoko presents the audience with powerfully staged bodies, forcing them to contemplate how they might also be involved in the construction of forms of racism.
PERFORMANCE + POST–SHOW DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS WED 22/03 9.15PM
70 MINS + 30 MINS CREATIVITY ZONE, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX £12/£10 CONC £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE 14+
Image credit: Dajana Lothert
Originally from Detroit, MI, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American curator, producer, poet, choreographer, and performance artist currently based between Philadelphia and New York City. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and a 2011 Fellow as part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Post-show discussion chaired by Dr Sara Jane Bailes (Centre for The Study of Sexual Dissidence, University of Sussex) and the artist will follow the show reflecting on the themes of black identity, masculinity and the representation of the body.
DISCUSSION UK PREMIERE PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS THU 23/03 7.30PM
100 MINS + 30 MINS AUDITORIUM, ACCA £12/£10 CONC £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE 16+ DUTCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES SICK! FESTIVAL COMMISSION
In Five Easy Pieces Milo Rau worked with seven children to explore the emotional and political absurdities and bottomless pits of the adult world. It asks how children can understand the significance of narrative, empathy, loss, subjection, old age, and the horrors sometimes inflicted on them by adults. How do we react to them acting out scenes of violence or romance? What does that say about our own fears and desires? This makes for a confrontational experience. Swiss theatre director Milo Rau and his International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM) have conquered the biggest international stages in recent years with their matchless political theatre. Their works are based on testimonies and reconstructions of true stories and mercilessly break through the taboos of our age. This performance is suitable for Deaf and hard of hearing. Post-show discussion with Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) and members of the cast follows the show, inviting the audience to reflect on the performance and the challenging themes that it raises. Production: CAMPO & IIPM
FIVE EASY PIECES
MILO RAU (CH) / IIPM (CH/DE) / CAMPO (BE)
Image credit: Phile Deprez
Co-produced by: Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels 2016, Münchner Kammerspiele, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Kaserne Basel, Gessnerallee Zürich, Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), Sophiensaele Berlin & Le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création and SICK! Festival.
The Game by THEATREclub, explores the act of buying sex and the subculture of prostitution; its rules, its language and its power structures. It is a play that’s also a real-life game, with levels and consequences. Five men from Brighton have volunteered. These men have never played The Game before. They’ve no idea what they’re about to do, they won’t be given a script. They are doing this to be part of an event – a symbolic act – that calls us all to consider, to think and to review.
All you have to do is watch. The Game will give audiences an insight into a world that sits uncomfortably beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives. How we legislate makes a statement about our values. The legal status of prostitution is a measure of our society. Laws around the world are changing. We’re all affected by those changes. Come and see why.
PERFORMANCE PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS FRI 24/03 7PM 80 MINS AUDITORIUM, ACCA * £12/£10 CONC * £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE 18+
Post-show discussion with Dr. Tanya Palmer (University of Sussex), Luca Stevenson (Sex Workers’ Open University), members of THEATREclub and Daniel Hellmann will take place following the performance of Traumboy (see over page) which follows this performance.
Image credit: Fiona Morgan
* SEE WEBSITE FOR DOUBLE-BILL DEAL
PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS FRI 24/03 9PM
85 MINS + 30 MINS AUDITORIUM, ACCA * £12/£10 CONC * £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE 18+
PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS SAT 25/03 7PM 60 MINS AUDITORIUM, ACCA * £12/£10 CONC * £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE 16+
Post-show discussion following The Game and Traumboy, Dr. Tanya Palmer (University of Sussex) and Luca Stevenson (Sex Workers’ Open University) join the artists to explore issues of consent, gender and power dynamics raised by these two performances.
How can one deal with an inherited history that is full of complexity? Weaving together literary text, video and storytelling Ogutu Muraya reimagines the congress of Afro-intellectuals, writers, artists, philosophers and theorists, at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1956, described in James Baldwin’s essay Princes and Powers. Ogutu embraces a multiplicity of perspectives, historical archive materials and personal experience. Examining the legacy of the congress, the performance shifts perspectives, seeking a new vocabulary for dealing with uncomfortable truths. ‘…it is with great pain and terror that one begins to assess the history that has placed one where one is, and formed one’s point of view.’ James Baldwin * SEE WEBSITE FOR DOUBLE-BILL DEAL
DANIEL HELLMANN (CH)
He slips into different roles that he plays for his customers (or for the audience?). Spectators are challenged to scrutinize their sexual ideals and to take a close look at the sexual being that they consider themselves to be.
* SEE WEBSITE FOR DOUBLE-BILL DEAL PERFORMANCE
Image credit: Raphael Hadad
Daniel is a sex worker. In the solo performance Traumboy he reports on his experiences as a male prostitute. Without shame, honestly and interactively, he questions the double standards of our capitalistic, hypersexualized society.
OGUTU MURAYA (KE/NL)
Image credit: Thomas Lenden
Visual artist and performance maker Hetain Patel presents his fifth show for the stage. Following an international tour of exhibitions and performances, including the Venice Biennale and the Holland Dance Festival, this new one-man show follows his critically acclaimed American Boy.
HETAIN PATEL (UK)
American Man imagines a not too distant future where celebrity power and political correctness have reached new heights; where Barack Obama’s post Presidential job is the new head of Apple computers and where Stephen Hawking provides live translation for political speeches and rap concerts. Combining seamless vocal and physical impressions with his characteristic wit and humour, Hetain presents a personal, sometimes dark, outlook on a World that bombards us with contradicting ideas about who and how we should be, and where freedom walks hand in hand with guilt.
PERFORMANCE + POST–SHOW DISCUSSION PRESENTED WITH ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS SAT 25/03 9PM
60 MINS + 30 MINS AUDITORIUM, ACCA * £12/£10 CONC * £8 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AGE 14+
“Patel shapeshifts with delicious dexterity” The Guardian This performance is BSL interpreted. Post-show discussion with Laura McDermott (Creative Director, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts) and Hetain Patel will follow the performance exploring identity, representation and the media.
Image credit: Hetain Patel
* SEE WEBSITE FOR DOUBLE-BILL DEAL
NAVIGATING THE FESTIVAL
SURVIVORS’ NETWORK: Reducing sexual violence and its impact on survivors’ lives. www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RA
MIND: Advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. www.mind.org.uk
For a map of Sussex University campus, please download the PDF at www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/findus
ALLSORTS: Supporting young people under 26 who are LGBT or unsure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. www.allsortsyouth.org.uk RISE: Helping people affected by domestic abuse. www.riseuk.org.uk SAMARITANS: Supporting anyone in distress, around the clock. www.samaritans.org MACMILLAN: Supporting cancer patients throughout treatment and beyond. www.macmillan.org.uk
BUS NO: 25 & 25X TRAIN STATION: Falmer Station LOCAL TAXI: 01273 202020
SCOPE: Provide support, information and advice to disabled people and their families. www.scope.org.uk
ADVISORY GROUP Thanks for all your guidance and support: Afreena Islam, Dr. Arianne Shahvisi, Dr. Ben Fincham, Prof. Bobbie Farsides, Clare Best, Colin Hambrook, Prof. Daniel M Davis, Prof. Gillian Bendelow, Prof. Ian Parker, Ira Melkonyan, Prof. Jackie Stacy, Dr. Jason Price, Prof. Jeanette Edwards, Julie McCarthy, Dr. Kathleen Stock, Prof. Kathryn Abel, Khalid Ali, Laura McDermott, Matt Fenton, Melih Gencboyaci, Prof. Michael Brady, Richard Brown, Richard Gregory, Dr. Sara Jane Bailes, Wendy Gallagher and Dr. Yaa Asare.
SPECIAL THANKS In addition to those included in the programme and who participated in the Advisory Group, we would like to thank: Alan McCarthy, Alice Holland, Alison Clark, Amanda Jones, Anna Scrine, Ashley Hofman, Bethan Prosser, Bobbie Farsides, Cate Canniffe, Cath Willmore, Ceri Davies, Chloe Barker, Clare Mitchison, Colin Hambrook, David Hodgkins, Dianne Smith, Deborah Best, Fabia Bates, Fran Swatton, Jason Price, Jamie Watton, Jonathan Best, Keir Rumsey, Keith Evans, Laura McDermott and all at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Lara Moloney, Lisa Mattocks, Marijke Vandermissen, Mark Ball, Mat Keller, Nicola Jeffs, Richard Golds and all at Gemini, Ruth Watson, Sam Walker, Sara Jane Bailes, Sandra Alland & Trish Wheatley.
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SICK! Festival Brighton / Manchester, UK
The Basement 24 Kensington Street Brighton BN1 4AJ
+44 (0)1273 699 733
Published on Jan 13, 2017
SICK! Festival 2017 is delivered in partnership with the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), the University of Sussex and Brig...