SMASH! OPEN: Create Your Own Access Rider by Vijay Patel

Location: No. 93 Wellbeing Centre (93 Church Ln, Manchester M9 5BG)

Date: Friday 17th May

Time: 10:30 – 12:30pm

Duration: 2 hrs


Image Credit: Holly Revel

Create Your Own Access Rider

Vjay Patel of Brotherly, Otherly, Disorderly, presented as part of SICK! Festival 2024, leads this workshop on creating access riders (a document that communicates your access requirements). This session is open to all, including d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people. Anyone who needs adjustments in the workplace, including for long covid, period pain, perimenopause/menopause symptoms and more.Vijay will cover a range of areas including how to identify your access requirements and how to design an access rider that fits you.

This event is being presented as part of SICK! Festival’s SMASH! OPEN programme. An introduction to our SMASH! year-round mental health arts programme which aims to help to improve how you feel and provide opportunities to meet others facing similar challenges.

Artist Bio:

Vijay Patel is a performance artist, writer and neurodivergent access consultant, crossing live art, performance and queer club/cabaret surrounding cultural identity. The work he makes is autobiographical and political to shift perceptions and uplift those from marginalised communities and intersectional identities.

Their debut solo show, Pull the Trigger, exploring Indian corner shop culture, work, migration and queerness, was supported by Arts Council England funding, and was seen throughout the UK.

He has also worked alongside artists/companies including: Sh!t Theatre (I Need to Cher, Sing-Along A Muppets Christmas Carol), Greg Wohead (Celebration, Florida) and Scottee (Queer Commune), Duckie (Border Force 2015, Family, Saturday nights at the RVT).

Currently, Vijay is working on a new show with their younger sibling, called Brotherly, Otherly, Disorderly, with commissions through Unlimited. Brotherly, Otherly, Disorderly debuted in 2022, and will be part of SICK! Festival 2024.  

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