‘Not Getting Lost’ is a cycle of transcription poems based on a series of interviews with the writer and theatre director Vici Wreford-Sinnott, Artistic Director of Little Cog Theatre Company.
The poems describe Wreford-Sinnott’s background in the North-East, the influence of punk on her life, her discovery of theatre and subsequent training at the University of Kent.
She describes her six-year period as CEO of Arts Disability Ireland, and her work with leading Irish disabled artists, following which she returned to the North-East to become Director of Arcadea (formerly the Northern Disability Arts Forum).
She discusses her subsequent work with Little Cog, including ‘The Art of Not Getting Lost’ and ‘Butterfly’. She taks about her working relationship with ARC in Stockton, including the three-year project ‘Cultural Shift’
Wreford-Sinnott also discusses her commitment over the years to theatre with learning disabled adults. She outlines how her own mental health issues have affected her life and work, and the factors that have been involved in coming out as disabled.
She discusses her recent work including ‘Another England’, the play that led to contacts with the National Theatre and the Royal Court.
More information about my work in transcription poetry can be found in the conference paper ‘Transcription poetry as a vehicle for documenting the lives of disabled people’.You can download a PDF copy by clicking on DSC Paper 2010 D2Previous examples of my transcription poetry work can be found on Disability Arts Online
- ‘Paddy: A Life’ http://disabilityartsonline.org.uk/paddy-masefield
- ‘The Explorer’ http://www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk/The-Explorer
- ‘Neglected Voices’ http://www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk/Allan-Sutherland-Neglected-Voices
Other outcomes of this piece of work include archive materials such as sound recordings and interview transcripts. With its distinctive voice and clear narrative line, transcription poetry lends itself well to live reading and we shall be organising a number of readings as part of ‘Electric Bodies’.