The Great British Stage Swindle is a Disability Arts Online Covid Commission proposed by theatre and screen writer/director, campaigner and activist Vici Wreford-Sinnott. It acts as a follow-along writing workshop featuring Vici and other theatre-makers Simon Startin, Cheryl Martin and Bea Webster. The workshop has captions (toggle on/off using the CC button), BSL and audio description.
Vici trained in theatre direction at University of Kent and set up her first feminist theatre company, cirque des femmes, in 1992. A longstanding figure in the UK disability arts movement, she is Artistic Director of Little Cog, a disabled-led company based in the North East of England and working nationally, internationally and digitally.
Vici is joined by experienced playwrights, theatre-makers, actors and directors Simon Startin, Cheryl Martin and Bea Webster to explore both some practical writing exercises and also discussion about key themes around disability, and its many absences, on our stages.
This isn’t a ‘how to write a play’ workshop, instead, it hopefully gives food for thought for other disabled writers who can work along with the session in real-time, or listen to the discussions, about methods, processes and journeys into narrative, voice, character and structure, with each of the guest sharing exercises and ideas.