Disability

Christmas with my brother

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Ever since I was a child, I’ve associated Christmas with my mentally disabled brother Chris. Technically, he’s my half-brother —…

Circus routine rather than theatre: Noises Off reviewed

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Michael Frayn’s backstage comedy, Noises Off, is the theatre’s answer to Trooping the Colour. Everyone agrees that it’s an amazing…

I like Brassic but the reason it’s getting such glowing notices is depressing

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Brassic (Sky One) feels like the sort of TV comedy drama they last made about 15 years ago but would…

Second coming: Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge

I’ve never seen Coogan better or Partridge funnier: This Time with Alan Partridge reviewed

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Steve Coogan is back as Alan Partridge but frankly who cares? Like Ali G, I’ve long thought, he’s one of…

Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre isn’t a bad show – and it contains a star in the making

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Hampstead has become quite a hit-factory since Ed Hall took over. His foreign policy is admirably simple. He scours New…

The dangers of taking a blind friend to see Fifty Shades of Grey

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Audio description, or AD, as it is fondly called, is coming of age. Once consigned to the utility room of…

Tiny Tim by Harold Copping

Time to update our notions of disability and quit with the pity – and Tiny Tim

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Here we go again. Partridges in pear trees. Lovely big Christmas turkey. The Queen’s speech. And then, at some point…

Lifelong friends: P.T. Barnum and General Tom Thumb

Showman, con man, family man: P.T. Barnum’s many faces

16 December 2017 9:00 am

‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’ That was the P.T. Barnum battle cry. It has come to have a ring…

François Cluzet as paraplegic billionaire Philippe and Omar Sy as his carer Driss in Untouchable (2011)

Does disability make a difference to art – or does art transcend disability?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The moment you invite friends to some new ‘cutting-edge’ disability theatre or film, most swallow paroxysms of social anxiety. What…

‘I could do many things... but I could not listen to Bach’

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Six years ago, on Good Friday, the journalist Melanie Reid was thrown off her horse while on a cross-country ride…

How my disabled son has changed my mind about political correctness

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Here’s another stock joke for your collection: Pembroke College, Cambridge, has cancelled a fancy dress party themed on Around the…

The blind boy who learnt to see with sound

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The deadline for Radio 2’s 500 Words competition falls next Thursday. Children between the ages of five and 13 are…

War, socialist tyranny and the oppression of the handicapped - welcome to the new dance season

19 September 2015 8:00 am

If there’s one thing scarcer than hen’s teeth in serious choreography nowadays, it’s a light heart. When was the last…

The way we were: Dame Peggy Ashcroft as Queen Margaret, with Donald Sinden and cast members, in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Wars of the Roses’, Stratford, 1963

Shakespeare's Wars of the Roses is being staged without a single black actor. So what?

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Trevor Nunn is staging Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses without a single black actor. So what, says Robert Gore-Langton

Charles Moore’s Notes: Who benefits from Prince Charles shaking Gerry Adams’s hand?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Who benefits from Prince Charles’s handshake with Gerry Adams? Not the victims of IRA violence, including the 18 soldiers who…

The mobility scooter plague

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The mobility scooter plague

Why I’m thankful that Atos found me fit to work

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Being found ‘fit for work’ changed my life for the better

Many more Germans were displaced in 1945 than Indians during partition

8 November 2014 9:00 am

What Radio 3 needs is a musical version of Neil MacGregor. The director of the British Museum and now a…

I know that Richard Dawkins is wrong about Down’s syndrome, because I know my son

6 September 2014 9:00 am

I know that people with Down’s syndrome are not better off dead, because I know my son

The terminal confusion of Dignity in Dying

5 July 2014 9:00 am

The closer you look at the campaign for ‘assisted dying’, the less reassuring it all becomes

Don’t you dare tell me to check my privilege

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Welcome to feminism in the age of intersectionality