Kaleidoscope Festival

A week-long festival celebrating disability and challenging stereotypes
  • Storyhouse

Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of human bodies. We have invited 23 local disability led charities and organisations to choose what happens across Storyhouse this week, in order to celebrate life with a disability and challenge stereotypes.

We believe a more equal world is a better world. 13.9 million people in this country live with a disability – 1 in 5 of us. But if you live with disability, your life chances – to access employment, justice, education, culture, transport, healthcare – are not equal in the UK today. You are more likely to face unfair treatment at work, you are 30% more likely to be the victim of crime, you are twice as likely to be unemployed as a non-disabled person. You are less likely than a non-disabled person to access decent accommodation, visit the theatre or a library, or be able to get on a train. There is a lot to challenge.

Come and join us: sing, sign, knit, drum, dance, act, laugh – be inspired and energised by the extraordinary programme we are proud to host, which allows Storyhouse to speak directly with the many voices of local people living with disability

Activities Kaleidoscope: Makaton #mynameis Booth
Storyhouse

Take a seat in the booth and record yourself signing Makaton – a language programme that gives everyone a helping hand to talk.

Activities Kaleidoscope: How I Found the World When I Was Young by Alex Lowery
Garret Theatre

A multi-award-winning immersive Virtual Reality (VR) project which allows users to access world of blindness experienced by John Hull in an exploratory, user-led experience.

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Activities Kaleidoscope: Makaton Rhyme Time
The Den

You may have watched Mr Tumble on CBeebies – now it’s your chance to have a go at singing some rhymes using Makaton, just like he does!

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Activities Kaleidoscope: Life in Pictures – Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Garret Theatre

A fascinating screening about Esther Lowery and her life with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, an ‘invisible’ illness that causes her chronic pain.

Activities Kaleidoscope: Makaton Storytelling
The Den

Join Amanda from Inclusive Teaching Matters as she tells your favourite stories with Makaton.

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Cinema Kaleidoscope: Notes on a Blindness (U)

1 hr 28 | In 1983, when writer John Hull goes blind just before the birth of his son, he starts making a diary on audio cassette to make sense of all the changes. The screening has integrated Caption Subtitles and Audio Description.

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On Stage Candoco Dance Company: Face In and Let’s Talk About Dis
Storyhouse Theatre

Candoco Dance Company presents a dramatic and powerful new double bill, challenging notions of identity and appearances, with daring and uninhibited dance.

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On Stage Stopgap Dance Company: The Enormous Room
Storyhouse Theatre

In the latest epic production from Stopgap Dance Company, we follow a father and daughter gradually coming to terms with the loss of Jackie – their wife and mother. Thoughtful, moving and uplifting, this is a show about saying goodbye and moving on.

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Festival Blink Festival
Storyhouse

A two day festival exploring the highs and lows of becoming a parent. Blink and you’ll miss it…

The Wizard of Oz

Storyhouse’s 2018 Christmas show! A major new stage production of the classic MGM musical motion picture, featuring all the favourite songs, including Somewhere Over The Rainbow and We’re Off To See The Wizard.

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