Jackie Hagan is one of the artists and companies who have won 2017 Unlimited commissions.

Benefit cuts are hitting disabled people the hardest. Half of people in poverty are disabled or live with a disabled person. The future looks grim, so how can we get people to sit up, listen and care and not keel over with empathy-fatigue? Jackie Hagan’s way has been to make a new solo show that features the real voices of proper skint disabled people who she’s got to know in and around Manchester.

Jackie has conducted 43 interviews with people living on the fringes and the spaces in between. They are not sob stories, they are fully rounded lives full of the spiky humour and the complicated weirdness of being human. Jackie weaves these narratives together with poetry and anecdotes, celebrating the weird, the wonky, the unruly, and the resilient.