Halifax comedian and poet Josh Dunn is the recipient of the Imagination Award, a $2,000 award created by reachAbility to reward creative ideas intending to increase the inclusion of persons living with disabilities.
Unquestionably known around Halifax, Josh is a young, multi-talented artist with cerebral palsy who struggles to have his voice heard. “Though anyone’s journey as an artist is extremely difficult and success is often rather scant, cerebral palsy, both due to its physical complications and its unfortunate social status as other, has made that journey even tougher for me,” says Josh.
Last year Josh received a creation grant through Arts Nova Scotia to create a one-man-play based on his life story living with disability. With the help of co-creator Howard Beye, he premiered “The Sh*t Show: Misconceptions and the Nuggets of Truth” at the Halifax Fringe Festival, and has now, with support from reachAbility and the Imagination Award, created “The Sh*t Show: Version 2.0.”
“The Sh*t Show: Version 2.0” is sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing and always inspiring. It forces its audience to consider things previously not pondered and assumptions are simply obliterated. The audience will find that Josh’s uniqueness isolate him even more than his cerebral palsy.
“My life story of living with cerebral palsy, and how the world reacts to my disability is not an easy one,” says Josh. “The audience is in for an hilarious, frustrating, heartbreaking, inspiring journey where they will learn to value courage above all else.”
reachAbility will be presenting “The Sh*t Show: Version 2.0”, at the BusStop Theatre on March 25, 2014. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the show is pay-what-you-can with a suggested $10. All ages. Proceeds go toward reachAbility.
Find the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/664566676940799/