Our Staff Picks...

Below is list of recommendations from the Headway East London staff to keep you busy, educated and entertained during the Covid-19 lockdown. We hope you find something new to enjoy right now, or look forward to in the coming weeks...

Staff Picks
National Theatre

Thursday Night Theatre

The National Theatre has delved into the archive and is showcasing some of their most popular productions, free to watch from the comfort of your own sofa. They're kicking it off on Thursday 2nd April at 7pm with family favourite 'One Man, Two Guvnors', a joyful, laugh-out-loud comedy staring James Corden. There's more to follow over the next two months, including Q&As with the cast and production team. Click here for the best seats in the house!

  • April 2 - One Man, Two Guvnors
  • April 9 - Jane Eyre
  • April 16 - Treasure Island
  • April 23 - Twelfth Night

Joining the National Theatre in free cultural screenings are The Royal Opera House and The Royal Shakespeare Company

Opportunities for Neurodiverse Artists

Curator and friend of Headway East London, Lisa Slominski, has put together a list of opportunities for neurodiverse artists, covering the visual arts, storytelling and much more:

Mainspring Arts is launching Two Metres ApART, an online exhibition, showcasing the very best of neurodiverse art. They are uploading a new exhibit every week for 12 weeks until the 29th June and welcoming submissions from visual artists, poets, writers, comedians, musicians and everything in between. Exhibiting artists are given £100 and their work will be shared far and wide. Information on how to apply can be found here.

You can read the full list of opportunities here.

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Music To Your Ears

Below is a list of calming and uplifting recommendations to fill your home with the sound of music and chatter as you while away this time of social isolation.

Tune into Radio Headway East London, there are 9 episodes to catch up on, covering themes of art, migration, music and life as a brain injury survivor, complete with soulful soundtracks from resident DJ K-Line. They're all available to listen here: www.mixcloud.com/ThreadsRadio/playlists/radio-headway-east-london

First up, on the topic of Covid-19, Elizabeth Day is joined by author Mo Gawdat as they discuss how to ease feelings of anxiety and isolation during this time. A soothing listen for anyone who's feeling overwhelmed: howtofail.podbean.com/e/how-to-fail-m-gawdat-c19/

For anyone using this time to get creative, the Museum of Modern Art in New York have put together a playlist of songs all about works of art: www.moma.org/magazine/articles/258 While you're there they also have a programme of virtual exhibitions and a catalogue of online courses. Cross the virtual pond and get your paintbrushes out!

Explore the BBC Sounds archive for an array of podcasts and radio shows. Some favourites include: Three Vicars Talking, an insightful and often humorous sharing of stories between 3 vicars. You're Dead To Me, history podcast for people who don’t like history… and those who do. Short Cuts, a series of short documentaries and adventures in sound.

For families and bookworms, while the schools are closed, Audible have made 100s of audiobooks free to listen, from Winnie The Pooh, to Harry Potter and Jane Austen to your favourite Nursery Rhymes, there's something for everyone. You can even listen in French and Spanish.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Mental health charity, Mind, have put together a helpful and practical resource for looking after yourself and mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic. It includes tips on how to stay active, connected and safe, you can access it here.

Parasport are uploading workout videos that are gentle and accessible. You can also check out brain injury survivor Kavita Basi's YouTube channel, where she shares her thoughts on the importance of getting some exercise while maintaining social distancing

The Mindfulness phone app Headspace has a free selection of meditation, sleep and movement exercises, called 'Weathering The Storm', designed to support you during the current global crisis.

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We end this blog with one final soothing recommendation, enjoy...