Meet the Programmers — Imaginate
in the way we know best, by programming and producing the .. IMAGINATE. posavski-obzor.info In the cells under the Old Bailey, Angela meets her client who is on trial for . daughter has been forced to board at secondary school on Skye and now. “My daughter had the most wonderful time at the theatre and was able to . The underlying theme of REACH for Autism is connection and . I applaud the efforts of theatres in Scotland for their work in programming autism-friendly This year's Imaginate children's festival in May has included relaxed. Brighton Festival News and Blog. Keep up to date with Brighton Festival news. Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre.
He grew up in Africa, he lived there, and he had very good knowledge of music in general — he knew a little bit about a lot of things. So I would discover everything with him, from African music to European classical music. Later, meeting people myself and through my work, I could get more experience and discover more about specific kinds of music.
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As the daughter of a diplomat, you travelled a lot growing up and speak and sing in several different languages. How has that cross-cultural background affected you and your music? Where do you see home now?
Home is certainly Mali. It has always been my base.
When I finished High School I stopped making music and went to University in Brussels to study Anthropology, Journalism and Musicbut then I realised something was missing and that my musical skill was something that I wanted to take advantage of.
This was the first time I had disagreed with my father, who felt Africa needed more intellectuals than musicians. He had given up music to provide me with access to this different kind of life. I realised that the life and career that I wanted was only possible in Mali.
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Despite great progress being made on gay rights, it seems as though we are still eons away from really understanding and granting the same level of understanding to trans and non-binary individuals. I think a lot of people feel they can't ask the questions, they don't want to appear ignorant, but actually opening up dialogue is urgently necessary.
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Theatre can speak directly, you can actually see that human being on stage; not an oddity, not some exoticised character in a reality TV sensation. A normal human being, who was just born with a different brain and soul from the gender they were assigned at birth. Even that idea is a little mind blowing if no one has presented it to you before.
What sort of person is going to love this show? Anyone with a love of exciting theatre! When the show opened at the Edinburgh Fringe last year we were all overwhelmed by the responses we had from our audiences. I had aunts and uncles in their 80's whom I wasn't sure would connect with it, but they were blown away. They said they had really learnt something new. He has inspired me to use what influence I have to try to build on his success. There have been a number of successful autism-friendly performances in Scotland.
A lot of people have asked me what it is about such a performance that makes it relaxed. In many respects, it is about making subtle changes, which can include leaving the house lights on or not turning them off completely, removing strobe lighting or loud bangs and sudden noises from the performance, allowing people to bring in their own food rather than requiring them to purchase food that is vended in the cinema or theatre, allowing people the freedom to get up and wander during the performance if they want to do so, and providing quiet areas to the side of the venue if people need to leave for whatever reason.
Such changes are not significant, but they are important and can make theatre and cinema more accessible, and not just to individuals on the autistic spectrum.
I have been contacted by many parents of children and adults who have a range of disabilities and sensory impairments, who have said that relaxed performances have opened up theatre and cinema to their children and to people who have simply stayed away because they think that theatres and cinemas are not welcoming places.
I mentioned the relaxed performance at the Festival theatre. There have been other such performances. I will read out a few comments from parents who attended the performance. That parent went on to say, of the audience: You made a lot of people happy today and I know you have made happy memories for lots of families, including my son and I.