Overview

Unlimited commissions exceptional art by disabled artists. In March 2017, it announced 24 ambitious new commissions and awards across all art forms, giving over £945,000 to artists. These include a performance exploring female desire, sexuality and neoliberalism; a roving installation celebrating mind-wandering and magic carpets; disabled performers form a House of Vogue ball; and a dance between two bodies of air – a helium balloon and a dyspraxic roller-skating dancer.

Unlimited is delivered in partnership by Shape Arts and Artsadmin, with funding from Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012.

In the press

“Changing the critical discourse around work made by disabled artists, in terms of quality and the quantity of work” The Guardian

“Art has the power to bring about widespread social change; Unlimited is a great example of this process in motion.’
Jess Thom, Touretteshero, Disability Arts Online

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Current productions

Assisted Suicide: The Musical

Artist: Liz Carr

‘A TED talk with showtunes’, this show provokes by subverting notions of choice, dignity, compassion and quality of life through music, comedy and shared humanity. Liz, with director Mark Whitelaw, composer Ian Hill and a cast of actors share an important and often unheard perspective on this most topical taboo.

Grandad and the Machine

Artist: Jack Dean

A poem on the rise and fall of the British Empire re-imagined through the lens of a modern fairy-tale. As cities are torn, the island musters its might against a mechanical monster, unaware that the key lies with a small girl and her father, and a dark family secret.

Jeremiah

Artist: Jack Dean

A loud, rambunctious new show with live music with rap storytelling. It will tell the incredible true story of the much misunderstood Luddite rebellion – a movement that spanned the whole North of England, had more British soldiers fighting it than Napoleon, and made the destruction of machinery a capital offence.

Available from Spring 2018

Jumble Soul

Artist: Jackie Hagan

Benefit cuts are hitting disabled people hard. Featuring the real voices of skint disabled people living on the fringes and the spaces in between, Jackie weaves narratives together with poetry and anecdotes, celebrating the weird, the wonky, and the resilient. Expect audience interaction and one underclass amputee steering the show.

Just a Word…

Artist: Stammermouth

This is a one-man play with a stammer, and Nye Russell-Thompson’s speech is lost as a nagging pile of thoughts won't stop interrupting him. A darkly comic grapple with the awkward task of expression, inviting you into the mind of a person who stammers. In spoken and written English.

One Way or another

Artist: Aby Watson

A new solo ‘duet’ between two bodies of air: a deflating helium balloon, a dyspraxic woman on roller-skates. Through choreographic language that is unique to the brain and body processes of dyspraxia, we see majesty in the qualities usually considered failures in dance: slipping, falling, wobbling, forgetting.

Available from Spring 2018

One Way or another (Aby Watson)

A new solo ‘duet’ between two bodies of air: a deflating helium balloon, a dyspraxic woman on roller-skates. Through choreographic language that is unique to the brain and body processes of dyspraxia, we see majesty in the qualities usually considered failures in dance: slipping, falling, wobbling, forgetting.
Available from Spring 2018

Reflective Moves

Artist: Helen Hall

Solo dance and spoken word examining visual impairment and dance, playing with light sources and the sharing of personal viewpoints. Helen inhabits a world every day that few without visual impairment would understand. She invites the audience to share her experiences and the reality of living with a visual impairment.

Reflective Moves (Helen Hall)

Solo dance and spoken word examining visual impairment and dance, playing with light sources and the sharing of personal viewpoints. Helen inhabits a world every day that few without visual impairment would understand. She invites the audience to share her experiences and the reality of living with a visual impairment.

The Adventures of Snigel

Artist:  Caroline Bowditch

A new outdoor travelling work for under-fives and their families co-commissioned with Northern Festival Network. With a huge shell attached to her electric wheelchair, Caroline becomes a snail and takes us on a non-verbal journey through her day – complete with audience participation, bubbles and (of course) a snail trail.

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight

Artist: Claire Cunningham

A social sculpture, a sensory journey, for two performers and audience. Working with international choreographer/performer Jess Curtis, Claire combines performance, original music, and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world. How do we look at each other?

Transitions

Artist: Owen Lowery

New published poems dealing with the subject of personal and metaphorical transformations supported by film, music, and theatrical interpretation, explored from a personal, and a more objective and philosophical viewpoint. The subject is of personal relevance as Owen experienced spinal injury and became paralysed and dependent on a ventilator.

VELOCITY

Artist: The British Paraorchestra

A long-form composition devised by Paraorchestra musicians with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory to be danced as well as played, with noir-ish electronic soundscapes, plangent melodies and obsessive rhythms. The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first large-scale professional ensemble of disabled musicians.

Available from May 2018

Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip

Artist: Fittings Multimedia Arts

A fusion of disabled performers with the gloriously extravagant world of vogue ball culture. The formation of a “House” of disabled performers for the Legendary House of Suarez Vogue Ball, and a documentary juxtaposing the history of the balls with the lives and experiences of The Unlimited House of Krip.

Available from Oct 2017, film from Jan 2018

We are Fucked

Artist: Jo Bannon

A large-scale performance exploring the internal and external experiences of female desire, sexuality and neoliberalism. Investigating embodiment, psychology, biology and politics, Jo interrogates the modern feminist experience of both personal and political penetration. In addition, Sex In Public Places – a participatory programme of events, podcasts and publications exploring her research.