What is Play Radical?
Play Radical is a space to explore and share ideas about inclusive play and communication. It exists online in the form of this website and blog and offline in the form of workshops and play spaces.
Play Radical Aims to;
- Create space to celebrate and recognise the infinite ways we play, communicate and relate to each other as both children and adults. In particular lift up those types of play which are often unseen or ignored and ways of communicating or relating which often aren’t valued by wider society.
- Share practice, experiences and collaborate with others to improve inclusivity in play for all children and young people.
- Advocate for the right of every child to have joyful, challenging and meaningful play experiences.
- Advocate for acceptance and understanding of disability and neurodiversity.
- Facilitate and engage in conversations about playwork, disability and inclusion which allow for complexity, vulnerability and unlearning for a truly reflective and radical practice
- Stoke the fires of the inclusive play revolution
Who is Play Radical?
Play radical is run and written by myself, Max Alexander, a playworker, consultant, artist and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I split my time between working with disabled children and young people in an adventure play setting and my independent practice. On the playground I can be found creating things out of junk, jumping in puddles and facilitating messes of fantastic proportions. Off the playground I can be found thinking, talking and writing about play (as well as making slightly smaller messes).
Let’s work together
If you share some of the aims above perhaps we can work together! I am keen to collaborate with play workers, artists, child care and educational practitioners and anyone else with a passion and interest in inclusive play. You can find information about current my projects here but I’m always open and interested new ideas and opportunities. Please get in touch with any ideas or queries. You can contact me here.
[photo shows a sculpture made up of large cardboard tubes. It’s held together by elastic running through the tubes. It’s a geometric structure with a lot of triangles making up its shape]
A photograph showing a large sheet of paper on the ground covered in different colours of paint. There is a small tyre in the corner with a bamboo pole through the centre which extends either side of the tyre to cover the width of the paper. The tyre is also covered in paint as it has been used to make marks on the paper
A montage of four photographs of a parachute den play space. The first shows the den from a distance. You can see it is built from two colourful parachutes hung together creating a high sloping ceiling. A comfy blue mat pokes out from the den. The second shows the inside. There is a pile of story and fact books on the mat. Loose pieces of fabric a piled up and a small drum hangs from the ceiling. The third shows a upright board within the den which has been covered in paper for drawing. Assorted coloured pens lie on the floor and you can see there are lots of drawings that have been done including one which says “beware of zombies!”. The fourth is a close up of a drawing which says “yard” in a blue cloud with red hand drawn underneath
A photograph of a man with pink hair and glasses. He is wearing a black suit with a skeleton on it. He has a teddy bear attached to him by pieces of fabric. His wrists are linked to the Teddy’s wrists, his ankles to the Teddy’s ankles and a piece of fabric loops round his neck to support the Teddy’s head.
A drawing of two mountains and on top of each mountain is a simple human-like figure, they have long arms stretching across the gap between the mountains to hold each other’s hand. There is a large sun in the corner of the drawing which has the words “Be a Pal” written inside it.
A montage of four photographs of a play space in a gym hall. The gym hall is filled with different structures and loose play items. The first shows large cardboard tubes standing on edge with colourful balls balanced on top. The second shows a bunch of colourful balls in a bag of bubble wrap attached to a cardboard tube. The third shows a close up of a blue net with balls trapped underneath. A beach ball and a cardboard tube structure are in the background. The fourth shows a long shot of the space. You can see all the various pieces and their positions in the hall.
. A drawing of a Venn diagram with three circles. The title is “Expression”. The circles are labelled “Emotional”, “vocal” and “physical”. The middle of the diagram where all the circles meet is labelled “laughter”.