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Christian O’Reilly: A Conversation about Unspeakable Conversations

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Writer Christian O’Reilly (‘Inside I’m Dancing’, ‘Sanctuary’) joins us in conversation about his exciting new project...

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University of Atypical, first floor board room

Ages 18+

Writer Christian O’Reilly (‘Inside I’m Dancing’, ‘Sanctuary’) is joined by Chris Ledger, Chief Executive Officer of University of Atypical, to discuss the genesis of his forthcoming theatre piece ‘Unspeakable Conversations’, developed with disabled people.

‘Unspeakable Conversations’ is a stage play adapted from the writings of, and correspondence between wheelchair-user and disability activist Harriet McBryde Johnson and Princeton academic and philosopher Peter Singer. Peter Singer argued that it should be legally permissible to euthanize disabled infants; Harriet Johnson, who had Muscular Dystrophy, disagreed. After they clashed initially in Harriet’s home town of Charleston, they continued their argument by email and their ultimate and final battle took place on Singer’s home turf at Princeton University.

Moving from film work in which the lead characters were played by non-disabled performers, to embedding disabled people within the writing and production of new work, this is a conversation not to be missed for those interested in genuinely championing the rights and abilities of disabled practitioners in cultural media.

ABOUT BOUNCE

Bounce is the annual arts festival produced by University of Atypical that showcases outstanding new work by D/deaf and disabled writers, producers, actors, dancers, musicians, and directors.

We make Bounce events as accessible as possible to disabled and D/deaf audiences, but Bounce is for everyone. The festival is perfect for people with open minds and an appreciation of diverse and unique creative talent.

Join us from 5 to 8 September for a fun and eclectic long weekend of new experiences, stories and memories.

Thank you from the staff and board of University of Atypical to the artists, volunteers, venues, technical staff, funders and partners that have helped to make Bounce 2019. Particular thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Department for Communities, Black Box, Brian Friel Theatre, Victoria Square, Belfast City Council, Central Library, CQ Trust, The MAC, UsFolk and EU Erasmus partners from Turkey, Belgium, Croatia, Cezech Republic, Poland, Germany and Northern Ireland.

TICKETING AND AGE RANGES

All tickets for Bounce are available from the University of Atypical website by visiting www.universityofatypical.org/bounce. Where events say ‘Free’ you will have the option to make a small donation at the door if you wish, which supports disability access costs. Free companion tickets are available for disabled people needing essential assistance.

Where events are deemed most suitable for a particular age range, this is marked at the top of the event. If you have questions about age ranges or access please discuss with University of Atypical staff. You’ll find contact and access details for all venues at the back of this brochure. For more information please visit www.universityofatypical.org/bounce or contact a member of staff on info@universityofatypical.org or by calling 028 9023 9450. Deaf people can text us via 07517 132554.

ACCESSIBILITY

University of Atypical aims to make Bounce Arts Festival as accessible as possible to all attendees. We offer the following facilities:

  • Accessible entrances at all venues
  • Accessible toilets at all venues
  • Wheelchair spaces at all venues
  • Access dogs welcome at all venues
  • Loop systems at all venues
  • Free companion tickets for disabled people needing assistance
  • Free carer tickets for those needing essential assistance
  • Directions, parking, maps and public transport information for each venue available on venue website or by contacting University of Atypical
  • Braille programme information available on request to University of Atypical
  • Extended toileting/changing/hoist facilities, audio description, touch-tours, BSL translation, and captioning are available. Advance requests for these access services is essential - contact info@universityofatypical.org, 028 9023 9450 or 07517 132554 (text only).
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