My research concerns millennial politics, philosophy and aesthetics in theatre and performance, and the advent of metamodern structures of thinking in contemporary art and culture. I am also interested in performing archives, docu-theatre and active engagement within theatre for young audiences.
Like Lions is an upcoming performance project that will engage millennial participants around the UK as part of my doctoral research. The piece is based on the political, economic and human concerns of British millennials in the advent of the financial crashes, Brexit and the General Election. A series of workshops (What Now?) will be run around the UK before a performance is developed with Pregnant Fish Theatre in late 2018.
What Now?is a series of workshops for 25 - 34 year olds in conjunction with the generation sigh. performance project. Each workshop is an opportunity for participants to voice their opinion on things that matter to them in the world we live in, and work together to see how we could solve these problems (if we can!). The workshops consist of friendly discussions, simple practical exercises and friendly debates. For more information, please visit these eventbrite pages.
Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?is a project with Pregnant Fish Theatre supported by the Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service. The piece questions what part theatre has to play in our current cultural fascination with true crime. What can theatre offer that podcasts and documentaries can’t? How can you stage an ongoing mystery? How can you bring archives (dead, inactive boxes of paper) to fresh and urgent life onstage? Part docu-theatre, part verbatim drama, part physical performance, Pregnant Fish’s new show pushes the boundaries of theatrical research and enlists the audience to help us answer the question that’s been puzzling the police for 70 years – who put Bella in the wych elm? For more information on the process, see co-writer Leah Francis' blog.
Horizontal Transaction: Plan Bwas a series of workshops in 2016 that engaged with millennials in East London. The workshops offered a space for participants to air their worries, issues and anger in performative discussions. The project became a performance piece, Plan B - a life-sized, audience played board game.