Past Projects

Theatre

Scadding

Directed by Alex Bulmer and Jennifer Brewin and produced by Common Boots Theatre for the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival, this series of 6 mini site specific audio plays bring to life the hidden world of one of Toronto’s beloved Arts and Recreation Centres, Scadding Court, bursting open the box of radio drama. 

May I Take Your Arm

Emerging from audio recorded walks between Alex Bulmer and storytellers who provided sighted guide, Alex ‘takes us by the arm’ to walk, listen, and share stories of place in this tactile installation. Journey through this multidimensional piece that considers the past, illuminates the present, and evokes possible futures.

Created by Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, Triston Whiston and Katie Yealland, and produced by Red Dress Productions, MITRA has toured across Canada, and is being adapted for digital presentation as part of Luminato Festival Toronto: Virtual 2020 and Festival of Live Digital Art (FoLDA).

Maddie and the Invisible Band of Groovers

A young girl who lacks confidence, her grandfather, a bus driving owl, a baby with portable ears, and a band of invisible musicians come together to tell a story about dreams, listening, and the power of the imagination. Written and co-directed by Alex Bulmer, and produced by her UK Theatre Company, Invisible Flash, Maddie and the Invisible Band of Groovers toured the UK in April, 2016.

Breathe

A play about breath and the power of the human spirit, written and dramaturge by Alex Bulmer, Breathe opened the Sailing Events at the 2012 London Olympics.

Smudge

A one act play about a woman’s journey toward blindness. Nominated for Dora Awards for Best New Play and Best New Production, and a Chalmers Award for Best New Play in Canada and named Time Out Magazine’s Critics Choice in the UK, Smudge was written and co-produced by Alex Bulmer. It was published by Playwrights Canada Press in the anthology Lesbian Plays: Coming of Age, and will be re-published by PCP in an upcoming anthology of work by disabled writers, edited by Jessica Watkins.

First presented by Nightwood Theatre at Tarragon Extra Space in 2000, the late, great Jon Kaplan wrote that Smudge “shines with theatrical illumination and heartfelt reality”.

Film and Television

Awake

Written and Directed by Michael Achtman, starring Alex Bulmer and Margo Cargill who shared the Best Actor Award at the Moscow International Disability Film Festival.

Anna, a woman who’s chronically ill, is visited by Doreen, a door-to-door proselytizer who makes herself at home and stays the day, slowly defrosting her non-welcome. Both women are blind, played by blind actors Alex Bulmer and Margo Cargill in this existential comedy.


Finding A Sky

Written by Alex Bulmer, in this short film an ex-sea captain with alzheimer’s befriends a blind woman in a seniors home, determined to teach her the way to the garden. Finding A Sky won Best Drama at the Picture This Festival in Calgary, Alberta.

Cast Offs

Six disabled people are stranded on a desert island and attempt to survive while the camera’s roll in this six part mockumentary. Alex Bulmer was one of three writers on this ground breaking television series for Channel 4, nominated for BAFTA and the Royal Television Society Awards.

Beauty

Alex Bulmer’s debut short film, Beauty is a twelve minute reflection on seeing others without clear sight. It won Best Documentary at the Toronto International Disability Film Festival. To order a copy of Beauty, select this link and search for Alex Bulmer.

Radio

Sounds Like She

Co-created by Alex Bulmer, Sounds Like She is a creative fusion of real voices and music exploring three transgendered women’s experiences. A finalist for the Aria Prize, UK, Sounds Like She is a challenging look at modern notions of voice and gender. Listen to Sounds Like She here.

Noise

Written by Alex Bulmer, Noise is a relationship thriller about a woman’s battle to regain the truth following severe memory loss. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as the afternoon play.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Alex Bulmer’s gripping original adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel for BBC Radio’s Classic Series, The Hunchback of Notre Dame won the AMI Award for Best Radio Drama.