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Gamelan

That’s Life are the proud owners of a set of gamelan instruments from Surakarta in Java, Indonesia. The gamelan is a set of tuned percussion instruments, including gongs, drums and different types of metallophones.  We have used these instruments in a variety of musical contexts including group workshops, shadow puppetry and projects such as' In Flow', fusing gamelan with elements of electronic music. In Flow was performed in March 2023 as part of a theatrical event at Nun's island Theatre in Galway.

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Bounce

Bounce is a club night for people with ID, which is held one Monday a month in the Roisin Dubh, Galway. Bouce also goes on tour, and recently held a club night at Number 45, a safe space run by the Sligo Centre for Independent Living.
Our aim is to create a fun, safe and accessible space for young adults with intellectual disabilities to socialise, listen to music and dance in a club environment. All our DJs and VJs with intellectual disabilities are supported by experienced Galway DJs and VJs and play a wide range of music including pop, rock, hip-hop and r'n'b.

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Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams are a pioneering pop band which supported by That's Life. A diverse bunch, the band’s sound sits snugly in between pop, RnB and indie, and their music comes with a message of inclusion and community.

 

The band released a debut album, Behind the mask in 2019, bringing their unique brand of feel-good grooves and catchy hooks to a wider audience for the first time.

'Crisp beats, sparkly guitars and melodic synths come together with upbeat lyrics to make for an unforgettable sound'.

Entirely written and recorded by the band in the That's Life studio, the six track album was polished off by veteran producer Bob Macciochi of SC Mastering, UK.

You can buy or stream their debut album 'Behind the Mask' on: Spotify iTunes  or Bandcamp

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Club Tropicana

Club Tropicana is an annual midsummer club night which for the last two years took place during the hugely successful Magic Garden Festival, held at the walled garden at Kilcornan House, Clarinbridge.

 

In the weeks leading up to the event a huge group of prop makers collaborate with members of the That's Life team to transform the venue into a fun and engaging space. Bounce DJs train and prepare their playlists,  the VJs create new visuals and Electric Dreams rehearse their new songs.

 

"Club Tropicana is the most amazing, entertaining and accessible club night for people with intellectual disability and friends. Galway City Arts Office is so delighted to be associated with this event"

James Harrold, Galway City Arts Officer.

 

“Every year we look so forward to Club Tropicana.  It is the best night of the summer and we never want it to end" 

Elizabeth McCormac, club-goer

Trickster

Ignite commission - Jes Colborne & Mind The Gap in Collaboration with That's Life performers. 

Mind the Gap is England’s premier learning disability performance and arts company, breaking barriers and celebrating diversity.

At Mind the Gap, we are committed to pushing boundaries, challenging perceptions, and empowering individuals with learning disabilities and autism in the world of performing arts. For over 30 years, we have been at the forefront of advocating for inclusion and diversity in the arts, and we are proud to have paved the way for individuals with learning disabilities and autism to access and excel in the performing arts sector.

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