Artist / Activist / Theatre Maker/ Writer / Director / Producer / Facilitator
My practice as a theatre maker / activist / organiser / writer / producer / facilitator revolves around creating work that leads towards social change. Alongside theatre work, I'm an a core organiser with Focus E15 Campaign for 4 years, and Radical Housing Network.
My practice as a theatre maker and facilitator focuses on using theatre as a transformative space : one of self expression, self reflection, a place to unpick the claws of society and work through oppressions experienced in the outside world. I aim to facilitate a space for people to be creative.
My work is based on the idea that theatre is not owned by institutions or the elite, theatre is for everyone, that is ours, and its power lies in the hands of people. Theatre happens on the streets, in our communities, at our protests, and is a tool for us to choose our narratives rather then having them dictated to us by our politicians and media.
My work involves Theatre of The Oppressed methodology, verbatim, music, street performance, satire and comedy. I collaborate with professional and non professional performers. My work occurs in community centres, shopping centres, in theatres and in daily life.
In the words of my mentor Ali Campbell, "Stop talking and Just Fucking Do it".
I am co writer, and co-directed the critically acclaimed 'Land of The Three Towers' (2016), winning Arts Council Funding twice to take this political verbatim musical on tour to estates facing demolition around London, with accompanying workshops on campaigning and theatre practices for local communities.
Other work includes PLEASE HOLD, a Arts Council funded performance project exploring how to resist violence at the hands of the state, Womb with a View, Winners of Unique Festival Arena 2017 from the independent Association of Festivals Awards. Other Writing and Directing credits include successful runs at Edinburgh Fringe with 'DEPRESCOS' (2014) and 'A Riot Act : Mums Go To Iceland' (2013).