Creating an inclusive electric cello experience

I am thrilled to work on this new project, ‘Engage and Interact’ (2018/2019). It is a research and development project led by Jo-anne Cox, an exceptional cellist and a great person to work with.

The aim is to create a multi-sensory and interactive cello performance, where access features are enhancing the aesthetics of the show and offer new ways for audiences to experience and engage with the performance.

The process is exciting and each step is revealing something beautiful in this project. Below is a short clip from the first development day in November 2018:

For further details and updates, visit this link or simply get in touch

A hand shadow production on tour

A new collaboration with hand shadowgrapher Drew Colby (Finger and Thumb Theatre) to produce ‘My Shadow and Me‘.

The show premiered on 16th September 2017 at Junction, Goole and since then it has been touring across the UK and abroad.  For updates on the tour,  go to:

In the meantime, get a glimpse into the magic world of ‘My Shadow and Me’ by watching the trailer below (subtitles included). We loved it and we hope you like it too!

Below is an interesting review of the show’s accessibility for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences by Teresa Garratty:

Teresa Garratty: Find out about the UK’s only hand shadowgrapher!

We also created a short film about the show and the collaboration with Junction in Goole:

visits4u: strengthening inclusive tourism

Throughout 2016 – 2017 I worked on ‘visits4u’, an 18-month project on inclusive tourism, on behalf of  the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE). It was co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union.

The pillar of ‘visits4u’ was to build capacity of the tourism sector across the partners’ regions in six European countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Spain and the UK. This was achieved through training activities that increased awareness and skills in developing inclusive tourism provision.

Following on from these activities, a series of online tools and resources has been developed, which are available for free via the project’s website: Access Guides, Case Studies and Online Training Modules for tourism businesses.

The project also introduced the use of information in Easy Read and Sign Languages (national ones and International Signs) in the production and promotion of tourism packages. Click here to find out more.

Read more:

Published articles in the Access by Design journal, written by Foteini Galanopoulou, European Project Manager for CAE: Issue 146, in PDF and WORD (text only) – Issue 147, in PDF and WORD (text only).

Final project conference: Accessible Tourism for All, 7th December 2017, Latvia, Rigavisits4u presentation.

A changing landscape. Pause till further notice

The 1960s’ industrial building on Cremer Street that has been home to the late-opening events locked its doors on 3rd March 2016. It will be demolished, alongside adjacent buildings, to make way for a new development, which it is said to include a 20-storey tower block. Resident artists and creative agencies had to evacuate the premises in search of a new affordable London studio. Inevitably, filmpro lates have been affected and the showcase / event potential at the filmpro office are yet to be confirmed.

The events were featured in the ‘Access by Design’ Journal (Issue No 144) as an example of an inclusive art project; you can read the article in PDF and in WORD.

Before you leave this page, it is worth checking Lotta’s post, a moving piece about the soon-to-disappear artists’ studios on Cremer Street.

Get in touch if you wish to find out more.

Doctors, injections and bubbles at ZombieyeZ!

The final event for 2015 was a truly exciting roller coster, working closely with Extant, a professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. Extant premiered their film called ‘Z EyeZ’, the final product of an impromptu collaboration with other visually impaired theatre companies when they met at the ‘2013 Blind in Theatre Festival’ in Zagreb.

Z eyeZ poster. An eye chart with letters Z, EYE, Z

Z eyeZ poster. An eye chart with letters Z, EYE, Z

It was no coincidence that the event date was the 3rd December, the UN’s International Day of Disabled People. The film itself offered a witty insight into attitudes towards visual impairment, blending science (through the power of bubbles!) and perceptions of sight restoration. 

This time, the space was converted into a clinic, the London branch of Zagreb’s Sloboda Clinic! Staff included a nurse at reception and three doctors whose names were no cause of concern: Dr What, Dr Witch and Dr Wherever!

Dr Witch's desk ready to welcome patients

Dr Witch’s desk ready to welcome patients

The event was an absolute thrill and this excellent review by Extant says it all: