Shoreditch Town Hall
Old Street, EC1
"The history of the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities being locked away in long-stay hospitals is very recent, with the changes that were long fought for being forgotten and the progress being vanished from the public consciousness," says Nick Llewellyn, artistic director of Access All Areas.
His company's new show MADHOUSE re:exit cross-references the past with the current climate where no joined-up support structures for people exist and the four walls of the hospitals where people were locked away are now being replaced with the four walls of people’s bedrooms and there are no opportunities for engagement or support.
An innovative production by learning disabled artists, the show is set in a corporate care facility promising a "revolution" in social services, where the five artists wait for a change that is forever promised. Illusionist David Munns questions whether the Victorian label of freak persists today, choreographer DJ Hassan spins between joy and loneliness, Dayo Koleosho asks how easy it is for learning disabled people to live independently, Imogen Roberts celebrates the ancient Olmec tribe who worshipped those with Downs Syndrome as gods and acclaimed performance poet Cian Binchy imagines himself as London’s oldest baby.
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
March 29-April 1
This large scale outdoor event by National Theatre of Scotland features original music and words from punters, poets, playwrights and pensmiths from across North Lanarkshire.
With a cast of over 100, Shift tells the stories of the many "shifts" put in by the workers who built our world and created our future.
Told through, song, poetry and prose it focuses on the ordinary people and the extraordinary leaders who shaped and tested our society by hard graft. Through performance, sound, light, video and design, Shift aims to spark debate on how we live and work.
Jane Eyre’s journey to overcome the odds, one of literature’s finest love stories, gets the dance treatment in this production by Northern Ballet.
Choreographed by Cathy Marston and with music played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, the company's dance-actors bring this tale of romance, jealousy and the dark secrets to life in what should be a powerful reworking of Charlotte Bronte's novel.
Tours nationally until June 9 after these dates in Leeds.
Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money
Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street
Until March 18
For Meticulous Observations, 2017 Turner prize-winner Lubaina Himid has selected work by women artists from the Arts Council Collection, along with 20 figures from her major installation Naming the Money, at the centre of which is her 1987 series of watercolour drawings, Scenes from the Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, about the former slave who led the Haitian revolution.
The full installation Naming the Money, gifted by the artist to the International Slavery Museum, addresses how Europe’s wealthy classes spent their money and flaunted their power in the 18th and 19th centuries by using enslaved African men and women.
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