March – May 2018 Brighton Festival – Your Place Artist in Residence
In 2018 I was artist in residence for Your Place at Brighton Festival. The project was called Random Acts of Neighbourliness and involved me talking to people about how they felt about their neighbourhoods. It culminated in an exhibition and you can read about it here.
May 2017 – The Elephant in The room – Cascade Creative Recovery
For Brighton Fringe 2017, I directed The Elephant in The Room, by Nou Ra, a play about recovery and the nature of addiction. The cast and crew were all artists in recovery and the piece was performed as part of Another Brighton, a partnership between Invisible Voices and Cascade. You can read our rather excellent review by Fringe Guru here.
2015 onwards – Brighton People’s Theatre – Associate Director
Since 2015 I have been working with the exciting new theatre company Brighton People’s Theatre. Our first show was performed at The Dome in Brighton in November 2016 and then as part of The Brighton Festival in 2017. The show is performed by a cast of participants from Brighton Unemployed Centre and uses theatre, songs, storytelling and movement to explore the effects of austerity in and on the city.
June 2016 – not a séance – Brighton Women’s Centre Fulfilling Lives Pilot
Using the performance not a séance as a stimulus, I worked with nine women with multiple and complex needs in Eastbourne to explore their lives through theatre and creative writing using vegetables as metaphors to access thoughts, feelings and experiences that might have been hidden or difficult to access. The project culminated in a performance of work for a small invited audience at Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre in Eastbourne. What they said: ” a fun and light-hearted way of making sense of the nonsense”, “a great start for people who do need counselling, it could edge you into other things” ” although we all have different problems, we all have so much in common”
2015 – “Our Own Stories” – Safe Ground.
Safe Ground, an educational charity working in prisons, were commissioned by Novus, a prison education provider, to create a brand new personal development programme for women in prison using techniques from theatre, therapy and group work. I was employed to create and trial this programme in consultation with women in prison and other stakeholders. The programme was piloted in HMPs Askham Grange, Holloway, Low Newton, Styal and Send.
December 2012 – “Where do I begin?” – a devised performance about Survival with a group made up of six young men from The Men’s Room, six university drama students and a professional actor performed at The Martin Harris Centre, Manchester University. This work was made in collaboration with a visual artist and a musician and was part of a larger multi- arts project Survival. Survival was a project supported by Arts Council England, Granada Foundation and The Tudor Trust. In addition to the performance the event included the launch of a book created with the young men.
June 2012 – Mancansi – a collaborative project between The Men’s Room, The Royal Exchange, Manchester Museum, and The Moss Side Afro- Caribbean Elders Group. Directed and devised a performance updating the Anansi stories to modern day Manchester, performed at Manchester Museum and The Afro-Caribbean Elders day Centre.
January 2012 – Fish is England/Northern Soul – Royal Exchange Studio Theatre. Working with the Royal Exchange Community Team, we created a project that involved the young men in working with a professional playwright to create a play “Thirsty” that was then performed by professional actors. I devised and directed Fish is England with the young men as a companion piece that they performed alongside Thirsty.
2010/2011 – Trouble Saying Sorry/Merry Fucking Christmas – The Comedy Store, Manchester. There were two performance events showcasing work with three different community groups. All produced work on a theme. The groups were; The Men’s Room, MASH (a charity working with female sex workers) and Riverside Face-it (A community drama group I co-founded working with people with experience of street homelessness.
2009 – Down not Out – Kings Church Manchester. A conference about experience of homelessness, drug use and mental health delivered in partnership by the Men’s Room and the NHS Dual Diagnosis Team. Young men from the The Men’s Room and Face-it drama group co-created this performance based conference where PowerPoint was banned.
2008 – The Lowry on Walkabout – Humphrey Booth Centre – I worked through theatre and creative writing with a group of people over 50 from a Day Centre in Salford to create an exhibition as part of The Lowry Theatre’s community initiative Walkabout.
2006/7 Path with Heart/BLINK – TiPP, Cheshire Dance and HMP Styal. For two years running I collaborated with a dance artist and created high quality theatre and dance performance with young offenders and adults at HMP Styal.