Vital Spark
by Tara Lopez

Vital Spark is a national initiative aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people. Tara Lopez tells the story.

As a child of mixed race, I remember my mum handing ethnicity data forms back to my school, saying, “There’s no box for my daughter so I won’t be completing this.” Back then, ‘mixed’ wasn’t an option. Today the country’s attitudes to ethnicity have evolved, not least because mixed ethnicities are among the fastest-growing and youngest minority groups.

But what of disability in society? Attitudes are gradually shifting and technology has brought new ways for D/deaf and disabled children to engage with culture. But there still hasn’t been enough progress, and the representation of D/deaf and disabled artists on stage and behind the scenes still falls short.

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