Sharing Experiences of Stroke R&D Image

This is Who I am Nw

A good pal and former colleague, Richard Tall, shared his photos from the R&D sharing ‘This is Who I am Now…’  I thought I would put this one up as it is rather lovely.  It makes me hope I can find funding to continue the project.

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New piece @ Hull Truck Theatre

I am delighted that my new solo show, The Violent Justice in My Heart, will be a part of the Grow Festival at Hull Truck Theatre (on the 24th June).  It’s part autobiography and part theatrical documentary – a response to the difficult choices we make about violence, terrorism and war.  It’s serious, but I think it’s exciting too.  I’m looking forward to hearing what people think.

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Storytelling and the General Election

I started writing something about storytelling and politics.  And then I couldn’t stop.  It jumps from Ira Glass to Jerome Bruner to Adam Curtis to Hannah Arendt.  So there’s something for everyone… It’s called ‘I am who you are‘.


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Sharing experiences of life after stroke

I went to meet with a Stroke Association Communication Support Group this week – talking about what life is like after stroke.  It was pretty humbling.  The conversation was the first stage of a project that seeks to find ways of representing some of those experiences using storytelling, dance and music.   I will be collaborating with the saxophonist Jesse Bannister and the dancer Annika Kompart.

There will be a presentation of work in development in the Donald Roy Theatre at the University of Hull on April 21st at 7:30pm.  It will be followed by a discussion with the audience and stake-holders.

This project is kindly supported by the Ferens Educational Trust.

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The Violent Justice in Our Hearts @ Hull Truck

Violent Justice Image

I was pleased (and nervous) to present the first draft my new piece, The Violent Justice in Our Hearts, in the Hull Truck rehearsal room on Wednesday.  I got some lovely and helpful feedback from the game and sympathetic crew that came to watch.  Very much looking forward to presenting the finished item at the Grow Festival in June.  Slightly panicking about having to learn 6000 words – even if I did write them.

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The Surfaces of Understanding @ Ferens Art Gallery in Hull

On Wednesday (7th January 2015) I’m installing my new piece The Surfaces of Understanding at the Ferens Art Gallery. It is a 3D audio video piece presenting an integrated portrait of five different people. It will be in the foyer of the Live Art Space and is free.

Skin and facial health therapist Dr Katerina Steventon has provided an accompanying guide to the piece which encourages participants to make links between the installation and other works in the Ferens’ collection.

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Being Human Festival Starts Today!

Roving Soul Arcades Photo Web

The Being Human Festival starts today. My piece, A Roving Soul: Walking the City with Walter Benjamin, is the University of Hull’s contribution. It’s a loose adaptation of Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project, inviting you to put on headphones and take a walk through urban space. It asks you to look at the city through Benjamin’s eyes and become the roving soul expressed in his philosophy.

Download the file here, get some headphones and get walking!

Thanks to the University of Hull, the School of Advanced, Study, University of London, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

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