Francesca Martinez invites four Disabled writers and the mother of a Disabled teenager to share their powerfully personal experiences of lockdown. These compelling and fascinating stories highlight the precarious situation faced by those with complex health issues, and the many challenges involved with keeping safe during a global pandemic. During the first wave, shockingly, Disabled people made up nearly two thirds of UK Covid-19 deaths.
Gareth Berliner shares how being a Disabled person has given him the resilience and motivation to find a new creative challenge during lockdown.
Athena Stevens thought she had a cold that she tried to ignore, but it turned out to be Covid-19. Here she reflects on how we have all put ourselves and others at risk with the choices we’ve made during this pandemic.
Rick Burgess coped with the death of his mother in February 2020 by immersing himself in the task of protecting his community from Covid-19 and challenging the government's failure to protect and support elderly and Disabled people during the pandemic.
Jane Holmes talks about the challenges of caring for her Disabled daughter while working and trying to stay safe during the pandemic.
About the contributors
Francesca Martinez is a wobbly performer, writer and campaigner whose work is known for challenging preconceptions, questioning norms and passionately celebrating human diversity. Her first play, "All Of Us" explores the impacts of austerity and opens at the National Theatre's Dorfman space next year.
Carrie is a Queer, Neurodivergent and emotionally driven illustrator with a personal awareness of the social impacts of disability and mental illness. Her work addresses discrimination, stigmatisation and ignorance. Carrie is currently an inclusion playworker with Disabled children, and volunteers at Mind Outcome, facilitating online art sessions. She’s an advocate of psychological awareness and reflection, and expresses a strong love for the therapeutic powers of art as she pursues a career in art therapy.
What does it mean to be human, now?
How we can care for ourselves and for each other during extraordinary cultural, social and political shifts? Our programme brings multiple perspectives and voices both into the building and across our digital platforms, based on our collecting and commissioning activities during 2020.