Monthly Archives: November 2015

Low Tech Solutions to Complicated Problems

Walking Video Guides by Ben Stephen

Click here to access the guides.

For people with limited mobility and poor eyesight all routes to the Albany have a variety of obstacles.

We had been wrestling with the challenge of producing a simple guide for 18 months and getting nowhere. We needed to create clear instructions for getting to the Albany, but with so many public transport options we faced a complicated task.

After discovering that paying for an app was beyond our means, we tried different ways of representing the routes to the theatre, but it became clear that this was almost impossible on our limited budget.

Then we had a bit of a ‘lightbulb moment’ when noticing that Network Rail had just installed lifts at New Cross and Deptford. Whipping out a smart phone, we put in our headphones and walked to the Albany, describing what we saw along the way. Watching the videos back we discovered that these were really simple to follow.

We planned routes from the three nearest train stations with lifts by walking them through and looking for the smoothest, flattest routes with the highest number of pedestrian crossings and lowest number of obstacles. We used shortcuts where they were wheelchair friendly, but avoided them if they were not.

Once we’d recorded the routes we realised they were quite lengthy and there was a lot of background noise as we’d recorded them on a windy day. So we borrowed a computer from the Albany’s youth engagement team and had a go at editing it. We re-recorded the sound with the same smart phone and added a few captions.

Uploaded to our YouTube channel and embedded onto the Albany website, the video route maps are now available to everyone.

After some very positive feedback our video map idea is being championed by Attitude is Everything, and looked at by other arts organisations across the country. Our next task is to look at how to make a map for driving to the Albany and extend the route maps to include bus stops.

Our low tech solution to a complicated problem cost us almost no money and was incredibly simple to achieve.

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Lizzie Emeh: My Life in Pictures

Award-winning artist Lizzie Emeh will be performing at the Albany on Friday 13 November at 7.30pm as part of EFG London Jazz Festival. Click here for details and booking information. 

Lizzie & her mum

Lizzie & her mum

I grew up in a big family with an Irish/Nigerian background. Growing up in Ladbroke Grove I didn’t have a choice but to love music, I used to go to the Notting Hill Carnival all the time.

Company of Friends early 00’s

Company of Friends, early 00’s

After I joined Heart n Soul I went on tour performing shows with the other artists from the company all across the UK and Europe, we went all over. We did loads of shows including Large, the Heart n Soul Experience and this – the Company of Friends. This is in my younger days, we loved being on the road, and we didn’t have a care in the world.

I Like the Bass music video, 2006

I Like the Bass music video, 2006

We did this video in one day in a multi-storey car park, we had so much fun! The song came about as I had a songwriting session with Minika (left) and we were playing some beats and she said ‘I like the Bass’ and that was it.

Celebrity Shotgun, 2007

Celebrity Shotgun, 2007

We did this to see what it’s like to do a film. I loved it. My character’s name was Temptation Honey.

Loud & Proud, 2009

Loud & Proud, 2009

I broke the disability barriers for people with learning disabilities with this album. I wanted to show if I could do it, so can you. I felt so proud.

London Paralympic Games opening ceremony with Beverley Knight, 2012

London Paralympic Games opening ceremony with Beverley Knight, 2012

I sang with Beverley Knight at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, it was an amazing experience. In the rehearsal I was so nervous, but when it happened for real it was like a walk in a park, I loved it. Beverley was lovely, she likes a cup of English tea and biscuits.

Liberty – with The Raging Horns, 2012

Liberty – with The Raging Horns, 2012

I’ve performed at the Liberty Festival lots of times, but this was a brilliant experience. I was still on a total high from the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. I love the Raging Horns and I love writing for them, every time I write a new piece for them I feel really proud. I love them, they make me sound sexy!

The Clan, 2015

The Clan, 2015

I’m so proud of my new music, it’s all about my experiences. The first EP is called The Clan and it’s about family, togetherness, love and happiness. Now I don’t feel like I have to shout I’m loud and proud, I am who I am and proud of it and if you don’t like it, well tough luck! With my new music it’s not about disability, it’s about me as an artist. This is me at my latest photo shoot. We took photos in my local area in West London, it was great.

Lizzie Emeh

New Music: See Me, Part 1, The Clan, released on Friday 6 November, EP launch @ The Albany on Friday 13 November. Click here for details and booking information. 

More information: www.lizzieemeh.com

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