I'm sending out such heartfelt congratulations to one of my previous Komedia Brighton comedy course graduates. The amazing Liz Carr. She won an Olivier Award for her role in "The Normal Heart" at The National Theatre tonight. I could not be happier for Liz, or more blown away by this incredible achievement.
I've had the great fortune to teach two inspirational kick-ass disabled rights activists on my stand-up comedy courses. Francesca Martinez taught me everything I know about making my comedy course accesible back when I was teaching my stand-up comedy course at the City Lit. Liz Carr joined my comedy course when I moved it to Komedia Brighton. She helped me make my comedy course properly wheelchair accessible. It's always been very important to the Komedia that their venue is fully accessible to all and Liz was the perfect person to help us make sure that's the case. I'm pretty sure Liz inspired them to replace their old lift with the current super shiny one as well.
I loved working with Liz. She was a superb sit down comic. Sadly Liz couldn't continue with stand-up because so few comedy venues are wheelchair accessible. But her acting career really took off and we've seen her in many productions, including a long stint in "Silent Witness." I love that her acceptance speech at the Olivier Awards pointed out that the awards ceremony could do be with being a bit more accessible. She also eloquently made the point that disabled people can and should be seen in theatre, film and television. Liz and Francesca are both actively engaged in giving disabled people a voice and visibility. And I guess I would describe it best, as - just living their lives without limitations.