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Simon Startin has worked as a professional theatre-maker since 1991, with such companies as Graeae, Red Shift and Fittings. His first play, Revolting was funded by London Arts and was a dark satire on models of disability. Since then he has worked with London Bubble Theatre Company, writing nine pieces for them, five of which were awarded the Time Out Critics' Choice. The most recent of these, Blackbirds is also published by Aurora Metro. Simon is Co-creative Director of the The Big Lounge Collective; a production company that promotes the work of emerging disabled artists.