2013 Disability History Month Festival

A young woman in a wheelchair is looking up at a young woman who is standing next to her but looking away.

Members of Act Up theatre company in Changing Attitudes, performed at Ascension Church in Custom House on International Day of Disabled People 3 December 2013.


Click here to read the Festival Blog, or follow the link from each date below.
Click here to read further details of each event on Facebook.
Click here to read a review of the Festival on Disability Arts Online

All events are FREE; click here for venue details. All venues are wheelchair accessible and will have hearing aid loops; most events will have British Sign Language interpretation.

You can download an A4 PDF of the full Together! 2013 Disability History Month festival programme. Check back here for updates and late additions.

Workshops require pre-booking on info@together2012.org.uk / 07973 252751; otherwise just turn up. All welcome.


22 November-19 December: Together! 2013 open exhibition by locally based disabled artists. Old Town Hall, Stratford.

Friday 22 November 6.30-9pm: Private View of the Together! 2013 exhibition / Festival launch party with Live Art by Katherine Araniello. Old Town Hall, Stratford.

Saturday 30 November 11.30am-3.30pm:  Winter Sale & Art Hive with Cooltan Arts. Buy art and craft work by disabled people and make artwork on the theme of ‘Hope’. St Johns’ Church, Stratford.

Thursday 19 December 6.30-9pm: End of festival party with Live Art by Katherine Araniello. Old Town Hall, Stratford.


Friday 6 December (6-8pm)-Saturday & Sunday 8 December (12-8pm): DIY Disability Film Festival. UEL Docklands. Click here for full programme details.


Tuesday 10 December 11am-3pm: Local History Day with Newham Association of Disabled People and Allies. St Mark’s Community Centre, Beckton.

A man sits and plays a guitar in front of a projection of the Together! logo.

Robin Surgeoner aka Angry Fish at the Music Club on 2 December 2013.


Sunday 15 December 3pm: LGBTea Party with Regard. Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Stratford.


Monday 2 December, 7-9pm: Together! Music Club with special guests Clare Summerskill, Angry Fish and VJ Mouse on the Telly. RC Centre, Canning Town.

A group of people are sitting around a long table in a conference room.

The Disability Arts Touring Network meets at the Old Town Hall Stratford on 13 December 2013.


Wednesday 11 November, 2.30-4.30pm: Newham Disability Arts Network, McGrath Centre, Stratford.

Friday 13 November: 11.30am-3.30pm: Disability Arts Touring Network, Old Town Hall, Stratford.


Monday 16 December, 7-9pm: Together! Pop-Up Poetry Café with guest poets John O’Donoghue and Allan Sutherland. Garden Café, Custom House.

A small blonde woman operates a large puppet of an Inuit woman as she sits in her wheelchair. Behind her are two more Inuit puppet characters, and a wall hanging depicting Inuit myths,

Sophie Partridge performs Song of Semmersuaq at Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton on 30 November 2013.


Wednesday 27 November, 2.30-4pm: Liz Porter’s one-woman show ‘Learning to See’ + Q&A session. St Mark’s Community Centre, Beckton.

Saturday 30 November from 11am: Mask & Puppet-making workshop with Theatre Royal Haymarket, followed by Sophie Partridge’s puppet show Song of Semersuaq. Richard House Children’s Hospice, Beckton.

Saturday 30 November 6pm & Sunday 1 December 3pm & 6pm: Blue Sky Actors  presents Panto Panto: Sleeping Jack Beauty!, Stratford Circus. NB: This is not organised by Together! and there is an admission fee of £2Concs/£4.

Tuesday 3 December, 2-4.30pm: International Day of Disabled People celebration with Act Up theatre company’s ‘Changing Attitudes’, Signdance Collective International’s ‘Peyrot’s Stolen Dolls’ & Ju Gosling aka ju90’s ‘What’s Normal Anyway?’ Compere: Don Biswas. Church of the Ascension, Custom House. Doors open 2pm.

A group of people are sitting around a table in a studio theatre. In front of them are bottles of water and pieces of paper. One man is reading to the rest.

Clare Summerskill leads a Comedy Writing workshop at Stratford Circus on 24 November 2013.


To be sure of a place, pre-book workshops on info@together2012.org.uk / 07973 252751

Sunday 24 November, 2.30-5.30pm: Comedy workshop for disabled people with Clare Summerskill. Stratford Circus.

Friday 29 November, 2-4pm: Story telling workshop for disabled people with Liz Porter. St Mark’s Community Centre, Beckton.

Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 December 11am-4pm: No-budget film-making workshop for disabled people. McGrath Centre, Stratford.

Thursday 12 December 11am-4pm: Fashion ‘upcycling’ workshop with the McGrath Makers. McGrath Centre, Stratford. Bring old (clean) clothes or clothes that don’t fit properly and give them a make-over ready for the festive season.

Thursday 12 December 1-4pm: Have-a-go DJ-ing with Starpad DJs.  McGrath Centre, Stratford. 

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