Philippa Nichol


Name: Philippa Nichol

Creative practice/s: Actor, Writer, Performer, Producer, Theatre and film maker

City: Melbourne

Do you identify as disabled and/or Deaf and/or with disability?

Yes I am a wheelchair user full time except when I am at Fitzroy swimming Pool, then I am a stretching water dancer and a Very very happy keep fit woman.

What are you looking for?

I have no desire at the moment to perform and I am happy with the life I am pushing myself to work at the moment.

What’s still with you from the workshops? What do you remember?

How I wish I had taken more time in my life to dance.
How happy I was dancing at the workshop with all who attended. Thank you.

What’s the legacy for you - creatively or with contacts?

The legacy for me is with the contacts made, and opening up of myself to dancing as a community pleasure.

The memory of the man playing guitar after lunch Saturday, with his wonderful fingering sounds so happy and so quick, what a musician. Name forgotten so sadly.

What makes a good workshop for you?

Organisation is paramount to a good workshop, experience people keeping the workshop moving.

The arts industry and you - how do you feel about where you are professionally? Where would you like to be?

The Arts industry is very important as a release for people from every day restrictions, especially the peoples with disabilities who need so often to rely on others for everyday living activities. That we have hidden in our minds so much creativeness and desires are one of life’s great wonders, for those who want to perform publically one needs teachers and choreographers, just as all troops of dancers need.
Well done Team of Organisers.
Arts industry for people living with disabilities is extremely important if the world is to see all of us as equal thriving people performing a whole living experience as art.