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Transcription of Disability Murals' video from Norwich

Opening shot is of a man walking out of a red brick building.

Next, there is a group of people sitting down at a table inside the building. There are two women and a man looking at drawings on a table.

Woman is speaking and explaining the drawings. Her name is Paula Thatcher, she has short hair and dark glasses

Now Paula is sitting down speaking to camera

Paula: We've come today partly to help prime the boards but also to see the draft, put our input in. Yep, we're happy with how the original bit's gone, few bits of changes, our own opinions on top, just to improve it a bit. Everybody else got their bits in, we're just getting our last little bits in, rearranging it and it should go very well.

Shot of a new woman. She is sitting in a wheelchair. She has jaw length hair, glasses and a black top and is holding a mug and speaks to camera, her name is Lisa Dunham

Lisa: Um, yeah, I think now we've changed the words a little bit, it's now given a lot more powerful message across to everybody.

A group of 3 women; Paula Lisa and another woman are sitting at the table discussing drawings with Andrew, the artist. Andrew is wearing glasses and a light blue shirt.

Andrew (pointing at the drawing on the table): Does it work with this hand pointing like that, or do we need a person?

Lisa: No, the hand is more powerful.

Andrew (off screen) You know the ones I mean though don't you?

ALL: yep, yes, yep

Lisa: The hand is a lot more powerful, it comes across more powerful than, if you had a person, 'cause it just looks like then the person's pointing

Paula: Whereas the hand can go..

Lisa: Whereas the hand's going like that (points with finger/clenched fist)

Andy (talking to camera): I've been really pleased with how this discussion's gone this morning. We've had really really useful discussion about design and about the issues that come out of it, so really great, couldn't be better.

Paula and another woman (who is off camera) Are sitting and discussing drawings at a table.

Paula: Where you have got everything where it is and where you've got words on here, it might be easiest to have it white so the words show up easier.

The camera is filming people working on the mural, priming the boards. Some people are in wheelchairs, some are standing and Lisa is sitting on the floor with another woman. Paula is painting the edges of the boards sitting down. Everyone is painting the boards, priming them ready for with designs of the mural to be painted.

The shot is of another day when the designs are beginning to be painted onto the primed boards. People are working on different parts of the mural painting the detail onto the boards.

Annika Musgrave speaks to the camera, Annika has long brown hair tied in a pony-tail and is wearing a grey cardigan

Annika: I've been along to some of the planning workshops where, in groups together with other people, we kind of discussed the things that were important to us and what was difficult and what we would like to see happen to overcome it. And, um, yeah kind of just tried to, and then from there tried to come up with ideas and images that could help, um, illustrate the discussions that we had.

Off camera, interviewer: And now you're painting, um, how's that going?

Annika: Well. Yeah, it's exciting to see it being transferred from something like an idea, that's a discussion, a verbal discussion into something that's visual. And I think it's quite a feat! (laughs) um, for you know , and to have been able to transfer those ideas.

Off camera, interviewer: Are you looking forward to seeing it finished?

Annika: Yes. Yeah, yeah. It'll be interesting to see, you know in sort of, in the context of the park, where it's going. Yeah.

There are shots of the blank walls of the cafe in the middle of the park, where the murals will be placed.

There are shots of people installing the finished mural.

There are shots of people starting to gather in front of the finished mural and a red ribbon being placed across it.

New Speaker, Mark Harrison- Mark is sitting in a wheelchair, in front of the mural and he has grey hair and a beard: I just want to give a bit, a bit of background because Rebecca and Andy, er, have done this before. They've done it before in Bolivia.

(Camera cuts away to screen with the words: What's disability to me? on it)

Mark Harrison: That's how we got involved in it, before I was Chief Executive I used to work in Development Studies at UEA and Rebecca did a research project with us. So the project has been running now for over a year. The first mural done in the UK was in Frome, in Somerset, and the second one is in Norwich (Mark points to the mural behind him), we have it here. So we're very proud that, er, we're the second mural in the UK.

Camera cuts away to Cllr. Amy Stammers. She has long curly brown hair and is wearing a light coloured scarf and is standing to the side of the mural.

Amy Stammers: Speaking to Rebecca quite a lot, how much work has gone in to, not just putting the art-work together, but also getting it up here today, for everyone to see. Um, so, I'd like to express my warmest thanks to Rebecca and to Andy and to everyone that has been involved with this project. I hope that everyone who comes to Chapelfield Gardens will be able to observe it and appreciate it and respect it. So, it gives me great pleasure to be able to pull the ribbon, not cut it, and open the mural officially.

Everyone claps. There is a shot of the mural.

Interviewer, (Off camera) to Amy Stammers: What do you think today, having seen it for the first time, up on the wall?

Amy Stammers: It's so impressive, um, I'm really pleased to have been involved with the project, or, to have been invited to come along here today to speak and to open it. I mean, I've been speaking to Rebecca quite a lot about it and it wasn't until I saw the pictures, only last week, that I, sort of, really got an impression of what it really represented, and , um, seeing it on the wall is even better today. It really, the lady in the cafe said 'it really brightens up my little cafe' you know, and hopefully that's the opinion that a lot of people will have.

Interviewer, off camera to Lisa Dunham : What do you think?

Lisa: Brilliant! (smiling) Absolutely brilliant.

Interviewer, off camera: As good as you thought it might be? Even better?

Lisa: No, no, no,no,no- that's absolutely perfect, and I think that's really, um, quite a strong , a lot of strong points on there. So hopefully people will understand.

A man and a woman are standing in front of the mural. The Man is wearing glasses and a black coat and the woman is wearing a blue hat and dark glasses he is called Sean Hobbs and the woman is called Rachel Riches.

Sean Hobbs: I think it's brilliant. Love it. I mean the drawing I did, was like something a six year old would do, but like, this is spot on, brilliant.

Interviewer, off camera: Do you think it is getting the message across?

Sean: Yeah, Alec's Easter Island heads are there. Yeah, definitely, life is a minefield. And it is for ex-servicemen. Every time you put your foot down, it explodes underneath it.

Rachel Riches: This is the one I like. (points to a part of the mural that has an interpretation of Munch's painting, The Scream)

Interviewer, off camera: Do you know what that is?

Rachel: Yeah it's Scream that is. That was made by a famous artist who was completely mad. He was a lunatic and, um, that's what, that's what he used to dream about. And we probably all dream about this man (points to the figure in the mural that is screaming). At one point or another he has come into our dreams. Depression and anxiety. You know and we've all got to be them three there (points to figures in the mural). We've all got to try and fix in a box and we've all got to be like this (points at images on mural of square pegs being hammered into round holes) and you know, it's not nice at all.

Sean: No.

Interviewer, off camera: Do you think it's important that people walking through this park are gonna have to stop to think?

Rachel: Yeah, I think it's important that Average Joe knows what's happening to disabled people, 'cause Average Joe could be related to someone who's disabled, have a disabled kid, you know, have a stroke - end up disabled, anything can happen to anyone. And they need to know what we're going through. They need to know it could be them.

Interviewer, off camera: So it's quite a powerful tool for that?

Sean and Rachel: yeah.

Sean: Yeah. And the fact that this is a big project, that it's actually all over the country, in fact, it's international, er, it brings the whole of the disabled community together. (shots of man and woman standing back and looking at different parts of the mural) To give them a voice to actually say; look, this is what's happening to us! Please, stop it!

(Sean speaks to camera) I run a group called Navigator, which is a self-help support group for ex service personnel, with mental health issues, mostly PTSD. Er, Myself and a couple of members of the group wanted to get involved in the art project, so we went along with Rebecca and we came up with small drawings and little creations to express how we feel about the way we are treated. Er, how the general public actually interfaces with ex-servicemen. And this, this, you know, this optimises what life's like for us now. This is not a soldier's life, this is a civilian's life. This is ex-soldiers coming out and finding that every time they have to approach a service, to get something they're entitled to, it's a minefield. They don't understand it, there's nobody prepared to help them, er, and it's really sad. Because, these are people, ok I'm going to be a bit politically incorrect, but these are people that have been prepared to put their life on the line for you. Nobody else, you sent them, your government, who you elected sent them to do a job of work. They've done that job of work to the best of their ability, sometimes to the cost of their lives. And they come back here and they're spit at. People call them murderers. (points ) You're the murderer, you sent us, we just did a job. We did what you asked, now we demand, right now, recognition for that. We need to be treated equally, if not better. We've done our bit. We shouldn't have to fight for everything we entitled to out here, it's bad news.

Rebecca Yeo is standing with the mural in the background, talking to camera. She has short grey hair and is wearing a blue scarf.

Rebecca: Yeah, I think the opening went well today. Er, they're weren't as many people as we would have liked, but, um, we've had all sorts of problems getting the planning permission here and getting permission from parks to, um, install the mural. And so we only got permission, finally at two days before we were going to go ahead with it, so that's why basically we had fewer people than in the other places. It was still good, the, um, people seemed to be pleased with it. I think it's a brilliant mural. I think it's one of the best.

Shot of a crowd of people, some people are standing and some are in wheelchairs , gathered around looking at the mural and chatting.

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