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The Sick of the Fringe presents Care & Destruction

Past
  • Festival
Photograph of the atrium at Wellcome Collection showing people lying on beds in the foreground attended by people wearing nurses uniforms and people watching in the background.
Sick of the Fringe, Michael Bowles. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

Join a weekend of performances and conversations exploring care and destruction. Choose from a programme of events created by artists who are looking at health and social justice at a time of great and nerve-racking societal change.

The events at Wellcome Collection are part of the wider The Sick of the Fringe programme, which also takes place at The Place and Camden People's Theatre.

About your collaborators

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The Sick of the Fringe

The Sick of the Fringe is a strategy, an ethos, a community, which makes the world safe (or safer) for challenging art and challenging realities. The challenges we are particularly interested in fighting include inequality, inaccessibility, elitism and mediocrity. We fight on behalf of artists, audiences and the public good, each in different ways.

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DH Ensemble

The DH Ensemble is a deaf- and hearing-led theatre company who will provide BSL interpretation for select performances at the Sick of the Fringe festival.

Dates

Past

Events

    Saturday 6 April 2019

    • Performance

    As Far as Isolation Goes

    The Atrium

    Drop in to experience a newly commissioned work by artists Basel Zaraa and Tania El Khoury about the health experiences of refugees. This performance will use painting, touch and sound to connect you with the emotional and mental health hardships faced by people in detention centres and will evolve over the weekend.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    The Situation Room

    Williams Lounge

    Get involved in this performance and discussion by Lois Weaver, which takes place around a table reminiscent of the War Room from Kubrick’s 1964 film ‘Dr Strangelove’. You can share what is worrying you, from the personal to the geopolitical, then discuss, listen and come up with playful solutions to the issues at hand.

    • Discussion
    • Speech-to-text

    Care and Destruction of a Childhood

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Hear from poet Lemn Sissay as he discusses the care system, drawing on his own childhood and recent Channel 4 documentary ‘Super Kids’, where he helps young people in the care of their council to express their experiences through poetry.

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language

    An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

    The Forum

    Join Laurence Clark as he tackles important issues like how best to balance crutches on his son’s baby walker to make him look like a Dalek. His “incredibly mischievous” stand-up show explores what it means to be a father with a disability. BSL interpretation will be provided during the Saturday 6 April show.

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    Our Other Body

    The Studio

    Watch Boaz Barkan “dig” into a living naked body in an intimate and playful performance about internalised racism and how we carry it with us in our bodies. BSL interpretation will be provided during the Sunday 7th April show.

    • Performance

    I Tried To...

    Reading Room

    Experience a new piece of experimental performance work by Travis Alabanza called ‘I Tried To F*ck Up the System But None Of My Friends Texted Back’. You’ll join Alabanza’s internal dialogue and reflect on loneliness, intimacy and the secrets you didn’t think you would ever say out loud.

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    White Feminist

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Watch Lee Minora in character as talk-show host Becky Harlowe as she gets you laughing and thinking about gender, race and privilege. You’ll be the live studio audience for a playful, satirical show.

    Sunday 7 April 2019

    • Performance

    As Far as Isolation Goes

    The Atrium

    Drop in to experience a newly commissioned work by artists Basel Zaraa and Tania El Khoury about the health experiences of refugees. This performance will use painting, touch and sound to connect you with the emotional and mental health hardships faced by people in detention centres and will evolve over the weekend.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion
    • Speech-to-text
    • Relaxed performance

    Soaps & Society

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Join the audience as Brian Lobel hosts a panel conversation with the ‘Hollyoaks’ team and series consultant Gary Carter to get a behind-the-scenes take on how they produce, cast and write stories about health and diversity, and how they work with charities to impact wider society.

    • Discussion
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    Who Cries Wins

    Williams Lounge

    Join a discussion about artists making autobiographical work on pain and trauma. Martin O’Brien, Mele Broomes and Amelia Stubberfield will open up conversation about the tense line between raising visibility and exploitation, and ask whether there is such a thing as competitive trauma.

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language

    An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

    The Forum

    Join Laurence Clark as he tackles important issues like how best to balance crutches on his son’s baby walker to make him look like a Dalek. His “incredibly mischievous” stand-up show explores what it means to be a father with a disability. BSL interpretation will be provided during the Saturday 6 April show.

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    Our Other Body

    The Studio

    Watch Boaz Barkan “dig” into a living naked body in an intimate and playful performance about internalised racism and how we carry it with us in our bodies. BSL interpretation will be provided during the Sunday 7th April show.

    • Performance

    I Tried To...

    Reading Room

    Experience a new piece of experimental performance work by Travis Alabanza called ‘I Tried To F*ck Up the System But None Of My Friends Texted Back’. You’ll join Alabanza’s internal dialogue and reflect on loneliness, intimacy and the secrets you didn’t think you would ever say out loud.

    • Performance
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed performance

    White Feminist

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Watch Lee Minora in character as talk-show host Becky Harlowe as she gets you laughing and thinking about gender, race and privilege. You’ll be the live studio audience for a playful, satirical show.