On a plain burgundy background is a image of Erin Enfys, a non binary performer, with a mic lead between their teeth. There is a pink wash over the image and a white textured outline

Disabled + Disobedient Festival

Afternoon Workshops from 11.30am, Evening Cabaret 7.30pm
Sat 6 Jul 2024, 19:30
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A brand new mini festival celebrating deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists and creativity

British Sign Language Interpreted by Jill Blackadder, Sue Maclaine and Kim Wyer. Additional access information is included in the orange panel

Join us for an afternoon of free workshops, talks and networking sessions, as well as an exciting evening cabaret, hosted by Erin Enfys.


Free Workshops

Places on each workshop are free, but you need to reserve a spot as places are limited. Please email tom.day@brightondome.org to book your space, and include your name, email address, telephone number (if preferable) and any access requirements.

All workshops will be BSL Interpreted and are wheelchair accessible.


Building Connections | 11.30am–12.30pm, Brighton Dome Gallery Bar

An informal drop-in for deaf, disabled and neurodivergent creative people. Bring your own snacks, sandwich and coffees. 

'Starting From Somewhere' with AFLO. the poet | 12.30–2.30pm, Anita's Room

Sometimes, poems can feel like grand mansions that leave us wondering how you would ever build one for yourself. This workshop reminds us that even the biggest houses start from somewhere - bricks. And even the best poems start from somewhere - words! 

Join AFLO. the poet for a relaxed and supportive poetry workshop for beginners and experienced poets alike. 

Demystifying Arts Council England (ACE) Funding | 3–3.45pm, Anita's Room

Join Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings MBE (Diversity Relationship Manager for South East), and Claire Soper (Relationship Manager Theatre for South East) to find out more about:

  • Who are Arts Council England?
  • Access support for bid-writing and projects
  • National Lottery Project Grants
  • Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP)
  • What you can / can't apply for
  • How ACE make their decisions
  • Which fund is right for you

After the session, Omeima & Claire will be available for further questions or conversations in Brighton Dome Gallery Bar.

'A small performance adventure' with Kate McCoy | 4.15–5.45pm, Anita's Room

A playful workshop, exploring what we bring to performance and how we connect to others. This workshop is great for:

  • Aspiring performers looking to work towards their first performance
  • Early career performers who are looking to feel more embodied in performance
  • Experienced performers interested in exploring truth in performance
  • Anyone, really!


Evening Cabaret

This isn't just a cabaret; it's a full-throttle, genre-bending celebration of defiance and creativity. With an explosive line-up of spoken word, drag, musical theatre, dance and more, our acts thrust rebellion into the spotlight.

Your lineup, in no particular order:

Elspeth McColl
Alex Fincher
Calliope Wood
Erin James
Lucy Clark


Disabled + Disobedient aims to benefit and platform local deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists, creatives and audiences.

Co-programmed by Brighton Dome and Erin Enfys

Erin, a white non-binary person, biting a microphone cable faux-aggressively. They are wearing a suit with the Sound of Music curtain fabric.

Erin Enfys

Erin Enfys trained in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music and has had a diverse career in theatre, film and musicals. They create authentic, community-driven, compassionate work that is informed by their own lived experience as a disabled, neurodivergent and queer non-binary performer. They provide vital safe spaces for disabled and neurodivergent representation in musical theatre.

Elspeth looks towards the camera. She has long blond hair with dark roots and wears a leopard print coat

Elspeth McColl

Elspeth (she/her) is a theatre maker originally from the depths of South East London, but who abandoned the big smoke in favour of the big blue. A lot of her work revolves around: dismantling class stereotypes, confronting injustice, all through that dark sense of humour her mumma gave her. Her work is informed by experience as opposed to theory. Or the more “Salt of the Earth” approach, a phrase she’s trying to reclaim from certain theatre “professionals”.

She works with the military community with Bravo 22 (a recovery through the arts programme), continues to make messy and chaotic theatre with her company Skin and Blister, and f*cks about with spoken word every now and then.

Her work has been shown at an array of venues including: The Almeida, The Arcola, The Pleasance, The British Museum and The North Wall.

Alex Fincher looks towards the camera. They have dramatic makeup, wear a big necklace and have tightly plaited braids

Alex Fincher

Introducing Alex Fincher, a multi-talented artist breaking boundaries in the world of music and entertainment. This singer-songwriter, music producer, and mesmerising drag performer is a force to be reckoned with.

A black and white image of a white nonbinary person. They are outside and surrounded by trees

Calliope Wood

Calliope in both name and nature is an ethereal poet and performer. One who frolics among language and prose as if it was a playground to summon musings that touch the soul. 

A passionate activist and an open mic organiser and extraordinaire, you can find them performing and campaigning in and around Brighton, London and the South West. Their disability and advocacy for accessibility spurs them toward their passions and a better world.

Erin is stood behind a mixing deck. They are a nonbinary person with lots of dark curly hair

Erin James

Erin James is a Brighton / London based multi-disciplinary artist, hoping to change the world "one poem at a time". Their framework for creating manifests as the merging of art and activism through their practices. Erin is passionate about using their art forms, such as poetry and sound, creative facilitation, zine making, DJing and Photography as a vessel for social change and decolonial healing.


Image credit: El Halahan

Theyvid is wearing blue velour suit and they have mid-length red hair. They are posing and looking out to the left of the image


Theyvid (Catriona Judt) is a singer, actor, playwright and drag artist. Along with over a decade of musical theatre experience, they have co-written and perform in new musical Idle Women, and are co-founder of local queer art collective: The Fools. They enjoy glam rock, growing plants, and watching sci-fi/fantasy shows over and over again.

Lucy, a white woman with ginger hair tied back in a ponytail looks directly at the camera, smiling. She is in a dance studio, and a barre can be seen on wall in the background

Lucy Clark

I am a disabled dance artist creating work which combines my lived experiences with elements of neuropsychology in order to produce performances that educate us, connect us, and initiate conversations that usually remain unspoken.

As part of fuse collective, I have created works which have been performed across London and South East England and most recently completed a traineeship with Vincent Dance Theatre for their production PLAY.

Currently, I am creating a new work 'Baggage' under Dance Hub CIC's artist development programme 'A Space to Call Home' which is due to premiere at The Dance Space in July 2024.

Image Credit: Zsófia Benedek