THE BAD DISABILITIES CLUB :
This funding pot was provided by Interactive Soup: https://interactivesoup.mailchimpsites.com/
The Bad Disabilities Club is looking for a producer and access consultant to provide support prior to a funding application.
Payment for both positions is £60 for a maximum of two hours work; with a single meeting lasting an hour and a half and an additional half an hour for personal admin time.
This meeting will focus on developing an access support plan, in addition to looking at how we can better support a producer through this more fluid process. We are flexible with dates but would hope to have had the meeting by the end of April.
Acknowledging that interests and work commitments change, it would be really great to work with people who have a long-term interest in the project.
The Bad Disabilities Club is a semi-improvised performance where dialogue, staging, music and (some) narrative is improvised live every night. The world of the performance is set, and the audience are able to interact with aspects of the show.
The hope is to work with a team with a number of people with 'bad disabilities'; disabilities or illnesses which are stereotyped as 'bad', or who do 'bad things'. For example acute/active addictions, personality disorders, psychosis, bipolar disorder, intrusive actions or thoughts, and other similar disabilities. (For clarity please see below.)
We don't need a diagnosis and this process will not reveal who from the team has a disability or experience of prolonged illness in order to protect those working on the show.
The hope for the initial research and development period is to create a foundation world for the performance; to trial different personas and ways to engage with the audience; and to establish a team and payment process/process where different members are able to pick up areas of work when someone else needs to be absent. (This might mean having some people on the production team who are happy to perform and vice versa, or potentially having a pool of workers to draw from.)
The time period for the R&D is very flexible. This project has received support from CPT, Interactive Soup and The Recreate Agency.
We appreciate that the flexible nature of this show will impact which forms of disabilities are able to work on it.
Please send a quick email with 1 or 2 sentences outlining your interest and any links to work that you might like us to look at. If you struggle with writing, or with periods of difficulty working, please feel free to send information in bullet points, messy/unclear sentences, voice notes, video recordings and other ways not outlined.
If you have lived experience of a 'bad' disability, please copy and paste 'I have lived experience of a 'bad' disability or illness' into your email.
Please send this to: email@example.com by the 9th of April.
It would be great if you could also fill out our equal opportunities monitoring form.
This can be found here: https://forms.gle/yF35SwHmYRqMpcHMA
We wanted to list the lived experience of those currently on the creative team so that those applying could judge whether they felt safe with the team. Please note this may not necessarily mean that the creative team want to make work or talk about their experiences: middle class, working class, criminal class, white (british, european), mixed race/black (british), disabled, queer, bisexual, straight, non-binary, care experienced.
If you are not a producer or access consultant but are interested in the project, please feel free to contact us on the email above. We will be looking at wider support from other creatives in the future.
'Bad Disabilities' Expanded Explanation:
Due to the complex and often superficial nature of diagnosis, we do not need an official diagnosis.
We are looking to support:
- People with a heightened fear of revealing their diagnosis potentially even within disabled spaces.
- People who may have experienced perception shifts or 'erratic behaviour' or uncontrolled mood changes, (inclusive of the perception shifts in addiction).
- People who have had consistent long-term relationship difficulties.
- People who experience involuntary behaviour or experiences like hallucinations or involuntary thoughts, and uncontrolled movements/behaviour.
We are not necessarily limited to these experiences, and we are aware that many disabilities cross over, and are very happy to work with other access needs.