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Live Eels and Grand Pianos

“Live Eels and Grand Pianos” is both a family memoir and a significant contribution to the social history of the twentieth century. It tells the story of the author's parents, Charlie and Kathy Bradford.

Charlie and Kathy were seriously disabled by Polio when they were young children. Charlie contracted the disease in 1909, when he was three, and Kathy in 1913, when she was ten months old. “Live Eels and Grand Pianos” tells the story of their extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.

In the 1940s the idea of seriously disabled people marrying and raising children was so unusual that the author’s birth was reported in the national Sunday newspapers. This book tells how Charlie and Kathy managed to find work and raise a family, and about the prejudice and hostility they suffered, as well as the kindnesses they encountered and the campaigns that they took part in.

It includes over twenty black and white photographs of the author’s family taken between 1920 and 1980.

In 2008 I wrote a short story about my parents, who lived in Edmonton and who became seriously disabled by Polio when they were young children. I entered this story into a competition run by the Millfield Theatre, and it was then dramatised by Face Front.

 The Challenge 2012

Face Front is delighted to be part of The Challenge 2012 - a community engagement programme led by the challenge network
The Challenge Network was founded in 2009 with the mission to connect and inspire people to strengthen their communities.

The Challenge Network designed and executed The Challenge, a summer programme aimed at creating a rite of passage for 16 year olds, promoting social mixing and supporting community engagement.  

During summer 2012, 10,000 young people will take part in The Challenge across London, the West Midlands, and Greater Manchester.
In October 2011, The Challenge Network launched The Challenge Society, which supports Challenge graduates and their wider circle of friends in on-going volunteering and social action opportunities.

The Challenge Society operates year-round, thus transforming The Challenge Network from an organisation that delivers a summer youth and community project to one that delivers on-going, year-round impact.

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Artistic Vision

We have developed a multi-accessible style of performance which is distinct and exciting.

Founder Members

In the late 90s a group of artists started to experiment with different ways of working in Theatre.


Our board members bring a range of experiences and points of view to what we do.


Face Front was begun by artists who were all committed to working inclusively within their particular art form.