Ahead of her Pit Party, we spoke to Touretteshero about what audiences can expect from Brewing in The Basement.
Being able to meet, laugh and create with disabled and non-disabled people is what helped me most
‘When we set up Touretteshero almost eight years ago one of our big aims was to put on exciting inclusive events. I know from my own experience how important it is to have positive experiences to draw on when things feel tough. Being able to meet, laugh and create with disabled and non-disabled people is what helped me most as my tics intensified and had an increasing impact on my life. Discovering the vibrant disability arts scene rescued me from my own misconceptions and made me feel confident to be myself, exactly as I am.
Our first event was a playful party for children and our second was a club night for adults, but it’s only now that we’re combining the two and concocting our first fully intergenerational event. We’ll have daytime activities for schools and families, and a not-to-be-missed cabaret evening featuring radical disabled and non-disabled artists.
This celebration of creativity, imagination and neurodiversity is for disabled and non-disabled people alike
Here’s everything you need to know about Touretteshero’s latest creative extravaganza, Brewing in the Basement. We always want to hold events in amazing places to make sure disability culture isn’t hidden away. This time we’re mixing things up at the Barbican over the Guy Fawkes weekend. Brewing in the Basement is for everyone. This celebration of creativity, imagination and neurodiversity is for disabled and non-disabled people alike.
Our amazing line-up includes:
- Daytime activities extend a warm invitation to children, young people and families. Express yourself and create experimental wearables with PERKY, look into Kimatica’s magic mirror and sing your heart out with Sound Like Chaos’s clickbait karaoke, take on Loki’s multi-sensory challenges, including mazes, music and mayhem. The Saturday night Basement Bash cabaret has a more adult focus, but children and young people are welcome to attend with their parents/carers.
The Saturday night line-up includes:
- Bradford’s bipolar superstar Captain Hotknives who’ll be performing his finest selection of Anarchist rock anthems and ludicrous lullabies. Expect classics such as The Pigeons Told Me To Shoplift and I Hate Babies. This solo set will be surprising, uncompromising and undoubtedly hilarious – it’ll probably contain some strong language too!
- A Brewing in the Basement exclusive: Heart N Soul’s ever poplar five-piece band The Fish Police will be débuting some eagerly anticipated new material. Listen and dance as this incredible learning-disabled band mix their love of computer games, cartoons, and fast food to create a sound that sets them apart.
- PERKY is a creative collaboration between artists Ono and Holly, one with a learning disability and one without. They are feminists who believe that learning-disabled women have been left behind by the movement. They’ll be getting us all thinking about womanhood with a playful conversation on learning disability, identity and mermaids!
- Radical youth-led company Sounds Like Chaos will be hosting their Click-Bait Karaoke – an interactive and immersive game show hosted by young people and led by the audience. It examines the links between the virtual world and the ‘real’ one, through short performances that the audience can select and move between.
- Sufficiently Compact Mass, one half of UK party-starting collective PLU will be dishing out delicious discs and spinning rebellious records. PLU’s safe-space parties are now the stuff of legend to those in the know. Sufficiently Compact Mass will close our Saturday night with an unforgettable DJ set.
Attending a Tourettes event for the first time?
See you at the Barbican for exploration, self-expression and some raucous rebellion!
Touretteshero Pit Party: Brewing in the Basement takes place 3 & 4 November in The Pit.
Watch scenes from the Touretteshero Superhero Party for children:
Listen to The Fish Police
Meet Ono and Holly from PERKY