2) that thing she does with her hand when she is nervous/can’t see her notes is exactly what I do… I think this is a moment of what the person in that last video i posted called “lust of recognition”…
3) I don’t know if anyone else thinks it’s a bit patronising when she gets applause straight away when she can’t find her notes and has to stop? or is it just encouraging? would that happen for a non-disabled speaker? (I don’t like applause anyway, I think that would have made me more nervous/embarrassed than anything else… not that I could ever speak to an audience anyway…)
3) I LOVE it when at about 6.40 she says about always getting characters who have overprotective mothers who are afraid of them having sex
4) I’m not quite sure about the “see the actor, don’t see the disability” stuff, it feels a little bit like denying disability - but I get and agree with the idea that disabled actors shouldn’t just be given stereotypical “disabled” roles but should get to play “ordinary” roles too… though the ethics/politics/whatever of acting and representation is complex and I find it hard to think too far about it… I definitely agree with the conclusion “free to be all we can be” though :)
Firstly, Sarah Gordy is *gorgeous*. (And I love/want that dress.)
Secondly… I know this is the Daily Mail, they’re a nasty Tory tabloid whose stories about disabled people fall into 2 categories, hatred of disabled people for being “burdens on the state” or disabled people as saintly “inspirations” (usually the ones who are from rich families or have enough money to not need to depend on benefits), and like all newspapers they misquote people or distort what they said to their own ends… so she could easily have been misquoted. But I still think what Sarah’s mum says about her is really dodgy and upholds stereotypes of disabled people as “innocents” that I really don’t like, especially because they tend to have the knock-on effect of getting us regarded as “sexless” and getting people who are attracted to disabled people regarded as “exploitative” or “perverted”.
(edit to add the actual quote from her mum: ‘She has a highly developed sense of empathy and she’s very bright, but she’s got no comprehension of evil. It just isn’t in her make-up.’)
Nonetheless, I might actually watch this season of “Upstairs Downstairs” if Sarah Gordy plays a major character in it, despite my general dislike of pretty-but-shallow dramas about the family and social life of rich people.
Sarah Gordy is a beautiful and talented actor. I would love to see her live on stage.
These photos are part of a set taken by Richard Bailey which are based on paintings by the Renaissance artist Vermeer, but updated to feature modern clothing and objects (eg. a laptop where the original painting showed a book).