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WE ASK THESE QUESTIONs
OF EVERYBODY

Find a disabled community, they will save your life.

They will teach you many things. 

How to survive in a world that’s not made for you. 

 

Hannah needs help. She meets Lynn. Lynn works the Department of Work and Pensions. An assessment takes place...and then something else.

This is an encounter between two women, an audience, and a riotous chorus of disabled voices. We Ask These Questions of Everybody transforms a benefits interview into opera, and shares radical and surprising disabled perspectives on society and on ourselves. A 50 minute digital operatic event sharing disabled people’s experiences under austerity in the UK, performed by an exceptional cross-genre, all-disabled ensemble.

'Astonishing: elegant, enraging, restlessly inventive'  The I ★★★★★ 

’Staggering urgency and grace’ Theatre Weekly ★★★★ 

 The Stage ★★★★ 

A Younger Theatre ★★★★

The UpComing ★★★★

A soundfestival commission supported by Help Musicians, Mahogany Opera Group, Ignite Ticket Fund and Creative Scotland.

behind the scenes

 

Together! Disability History Month Festival

25 November 2021. Catch up until 9 December.

Soundfestival

29 January 2021. Catch up until 28 February.

PAST DATES & VENUes

This work is fully captioned and includes integrated audio description. 

It includes some difficult subjects in disabled people's lives. Please click here if you would like to read a list of content warnings. 

 

Victoria Oruwari - Lynn

Steph West - Hannah, harp

Clarence Adoo - sampler

Sonia Allori - clarinet

Amble Skuse - composer, electronics

Toria Banks - writer, director

Laura Spark - video & captions

cast & creative TEAM

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victoria oruwari

lynn

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sonia allori

clarinet

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steph west

hannah, harp

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amble skuse

composer, electronics

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laura spark
video and captions

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libby welsh

design intern

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nat henderson

marketing design

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dylan howells

web developer

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clarence adoo mbe

sampler

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toria banks

writer, director

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joe strickland

digital producer

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dina rider &
sandra-mae lux
personal assistants
& tech support to
ms oruwari

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eluned charnley & karen pritchard
rehearsal live captioning
& audio description

with thanks to

‘Hannah’, who let us use her story, her words, and her transcript.

All of the interviewees, who spoke to us, and who allowed us to use their words.

Antti Saario

Roberta Mock

Hannah and Jack, for providing a calm sonic space for Steph to work in.

Sound and Music

and Sound Festival, Creative Scotland, Ignite Ticket Fund, Help Musicians, and Ally and Freddie at Mahogany Opera for supporting this project.