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The Ruptured Duck

Theatre Project 

About the project:

The Ruptured Duck Theatre Project is a collaboration between Alfie James Productions and Artist Sophie Weaver. The project aims to explore disability and accessibility within the arts industry. This four-month pilot study will see us create an exciting seven-part video podcast series where we will interview some of the leading Artists who are working in the arts and have either worked alongside disabled people or have a disability themselves. We will discuss some of the positive examples of accessibility and inclusion, how they have achieved this and the challenges faced. As well as the impact which Covid has had upon their work. We will then work with a group of artists to devise an audio play inspired by Sophie Weavers personal experiences using a range of different artforms to tell a story of a young disabled girls journey in becoming a performer.

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Sophie Weaver

Sophie has been performing in the theatre, music, and stand-up comedy scene since an early age. Despite my struggles with Still's Disease which has left her dependent upon a full-time carer and the use of a wheelchair, she has remained an active artist. Sophie has performed regularly on stage with The Mercury Theatre Company in productions including “Grapes of Wrath”, ““Aftermath” by Nicola Werenowska and “Happy Families” by Alfie James. She was also a founding member of the Mercury Theatre's Dis:play group for performers with disabilities where Sophie helped shape the foundations of the project, modelling new access strategies. Recently, Sophie voiced the characters of Little Red Riding Hood and The Little Match Girl. She shares our artistic vision believing that theatre and performance is a place where there are no boundaries and a place which should be accessible to all including artists and audience members.

 

The Podcast Series

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STARTING MONDAY 14TH JUNE 

NEW EPISODE EVERY

MONDAY & THURSDAY

FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH:

 

Award Winning Director Jordan Hogg

Musical Sensation Mik Scarlet

The Baked Bean Theatre Company

Award-winning Film Director Jane Gull

Award-Winning Actor Mark Beer

Actor, Mentor Ross Grant 

EPISODE ONE: JORDAN HOGG 

EPISODE TWO: MIK SCARLET 

In this, our second episode we are delighted to welcome award-winning TV Presenter, Broadcaster, Musician, broadcaster, journalist, actor, commentator and bon viveur. Mik Scarlet. Best known for playing in the band Freak UK, presenting Beat That, starring in Brookside, The Bill and 2:4 Children. 

Credits: 

Presented by Sophie Weaver

Produced & Directed by Alfie James

Edited by James Cartmell

Music by Ben Battle

EPISODE THREE: BAKED BEAN COMPANY

In this, our third episode we are delighted to welcome James, Irene and Wayne from The Baked Bean Company. The Baked Bean Company was set up 1997 with the express purpose of providing outstanding services for people with learning disabilities. Since its opening it has become a successful and popular addition to the community. Services include drama, Musical Theatre, Singing, Dance, DJing and Life Skills.

Credits: 

Presented by Sophie Weaver

Produced & Directed by Alfie James

Edited by James Cartmell

Music by Ben Battle

EPISODE FOUR: JANE GULL

In this, our Fourth episode we are delighted to welcome Jane Gull. Jane’s debut feature film MY FERAL HEART, 2017, became the UK’s most successful ‘cinema-on-demand’ film of all time. It won best director and best film at the Lift-Off awards and gained recognition at film festivals worldwide. Its main actor Steven Brandon won best actor at the National Film Awards, beating Michael Fassbender, Daniel Radclife and Eddie Redmayne. In Mark Kermode’s 2016 Film Review, it was described as “richly rewarding” and “beautifully directed”.

Credits: 

Presented by Sophie Weaver

Produced & Directed by Alfie James

Edited by James Cartmell

Music by Ben Battle

In this, our first episode we are delighted to welcome BAFTA award winning Director Jordan Hogg to speak to us. Jordan has Cerebral Palsy and has directed Shameless (Channel 4), Casualty (BBC), Coronation Street and Emmerdale (ITV), Death in Paradise and Ackley Bridge to name just a few.

Credits: 

Presented by Sophie Weaver

Produced & Directed by Alfie James

Edited by James Cartmell

Music by Ben Battle