An interactive series of performances, presentations, exhibitions and workshops exploring disabled and ‘re-abled’ humanity in the future is to be held at the New Vic.

This free Borderlines-run event, which takes place on 24 March, is an opportunity to examine the outcomes of research conducted as part of the AHRC Connected Communities funded D4D project Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, Dis/enfranchisement, Dis/parity, and Dissent. The research project investigates the evolving ways in which disabled and non-disabled people express, perform, experience and practice ‘community’.

On the day, participants will be invited to get involved with a variety of workshops including immersive VR experiences, creative crafts, zine making, forum theatre and the opportunity to contribute to an art installation. This will be alongside an exhibition displaying artworks from artists involved in the D4D research, and live performances incorporating theatre, poetry and music.

Those involved are encouraged to contribute throughout the day with their own questions, ideas, and observations about the work D4D has undertaken and help identify new directions in which to take this important research.

We encourage attendees to contact Borderlines in advance if they have accessibility needs, to ensure the experience on the day is as exciting and meaningful as possible. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and BSL interpretation will be provided.

Future Perfect Future Imperfect: Hybrids, Scroungers – Or Just Phased Out? will take place at the New Vic from 11am to 4pm on Tuesday 24 March 2020. The event is FREE but please register your interest via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2vO8ALR, and contact Adhia Mahmood, Borderlines administrative assistant, by emailing amahmood@newvictheatre.org.uk or call 01782 381368, if you need to discuss your needs during the event.

The following partners have made important and valuable contributions to the research undertaken as part of the D4D project: Bath Spa; Bristol Robotcis Lab; University of Bristol; Connected Communities; Designability; Disability Arts On Line; Liverpool Hope University; Manchester Metropolian University; UCL Institute of Education; UKRI; Arts and Humanities Research Council; University of Brighton; University ofLouisville; UWE Bristol.