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Changing Hearts and Minds with Verbatim Theatre: Director Sue Moffat on the D4D Project

Sue Moffat is the Director of New Vic Theatre and a Research Fellow at Keele University. As part of her work she manages New Vic Borderlines – the theatre’s award-winning outreach department, which responds directly to the needs of the local community, and to national and global issues that have an impact on ordinary people’s lives. As a theatre director, Moffat’s work focuses on collaborating with individuals, groups and communities who exist on ‘the borders’ and are marginalised for various reasons. Natasha Sutton Williams spoke to Moffat about her role as community co-investigator for the D4D project, her cultural animation workshops, and collaborations with researchers across D4D’s workstreams.

Offering a Place at the Decision-Making Table: Researcher Agnes Bezzina on her D4D project Performing Inclusion and Community

Agnes (Aggie) Bezzina is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work with Adults at the University of Bristol. She has 18 years’ experience of social work practice, research and education in mental health and disability. Her research highlights the wealth of cultural, historical, social and illness-specific service-user knowledge in order to educate health-care and social-care practitioners. Natasha Sutton Williams spoke to her about the joys and challenges of leading the D4D workstream Performing Inclusion and Community.

Ableism and Scholar Activism: Researcher Lucy Burke on her D4D project Now You See Us

Dr Lucy Burke is a Principal Lecturer for the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. She identifies as disabled and teaches literary and cultural disability studies, critical medical humanities, critical and cultural theory, and contemporary literature and film. Her primary area of research explores cultural responses to dementia and representations of learning disability in contemporary society. Natasha Sutton Williams spoke to Burke about ableism, scholar activism and her D4D project stream Now You See Us.

Sending Robot Doubles to Downing Street: Professor Martin Levinson on the D4D Project

Martin Levinson is Professor of Cultural Identities at Bath Spa University. He works in Educational Anthropology, and his research centres around minority, marginalised and disadvantaged groups. As Principal Investigator on the D4D project, he is responsible for co-ordination across the different workstreams. Natasha Sutton Williams chatted to him about his ethnographic research, genetic screening, and changing perceptions around disability.