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Body of Doubt: Fundraising to further develop work from EBI's Feel It Festival

Body of Doubt

Body of Doubt in rehearsal

26 June 2017

Last year the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute commissioned two performers to make a short original circus work for our Feel It Festival at Circomedia. Maddie McGowan and Ziggy Slingsby worked in collaboration with Professor Havi Carel from University of Bristol, using text, images, and experimental aerial choreography to respond to her writing on the philosophy of illness, and how the world changes when a person develops a chronic condition.

Maddie and Ziggy are now fundraising to support the next phase of an exciting artistic project, Body of Doubt, which builds on the piece performed at the Feel It Festival last November.

"Body of Doubt is a circus show about the relationship we all have with our body, health and illness. And what happens when the innate trust in our body is challenged. Chronic illness cripples people's lives and is poorly understod, yet it effects millions of people in the UK alone. We want to encourage dialogue and understanding around these issues, and by putting this work on stage, make the invisible visible. 

We have been invited by Jackson's Lane Theatre in London to do a week long artistic residency in which we get access to a fully equipped theatre space for six days (worth £1000), time to develop our ideas, and a platform showing to a public audience on 1st July. This is a crucial opportunity to build on the work that started last year - we just need the funds to make it happen!"

Maddie McGowan and Ziggy Slingsby

They have until 7 July 2017 to raise funds to take this project forward.  For further information and to donate please go to

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