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A Relatively Short Sojourn in Egypt

A Relatively Short Sojourn in Egypt My unexpected invitation from Mazen El Gharabawy, president of the Sharm El Sheikh International Festival for Youth (SITFY) to represent the UK on the Jury for the Ensemble Production proved to be an enlightening, inspiring and transformational experience for me. Like most people, I was feeling the heavy load of my impotence regarding the …

Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Part Three

Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Dartington Hall June 2022 (Part Three). We got drenched with Sarah Hyde leading a Participatory Movement Ritual in another meadow. We were drenched in dreaming and the silence of grasses. It reminded me of times as a child when I just gave in to the rain and got wet through. The session was a deep work …

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Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Part Two

Navigating Sentient Performativities Symposium Dartington Hall June 2022 (Part Two). In Part One I wrote mainly covered Sunday and Monday of the Symposium with an extension into the rest of the period to account for the Amerta thread of work running through from the Animate-in-Animate Collective. Tuesday morning was focused on getting through my Disrupted Meadow presentation in Studio 6. …

The man is in his counting-house counting out his money

The man is in his counting-house counting out his money J:“… Data Protector/Accountant in The House…. emerged from your exploration of the pressure to perform value inside a system that is squeezing the life out of you. The figure of the Data Protector/Accountant echoes my experiences of trying to support social theatre practice in various ways as an evaluator by …

The Southport born Suffragette

Please note that I updated this post in November 2021. I originally produced the entry as part of a contribution to some Sefton Borough of Culture research in early 2020. I was thrilled to discover the original blog post was used as a major source of research for a Southport Visiter article by local historian Susan K.Stacey. I am glad …

The Gift Horse – on volunteering

The Gift Horse – on volunteering The casualisation of the creative workforce is like the pandemic. It is highly contagious, spreading fast and creating a sub-culture of artists, makers and artist-academics who are not only taken for granted but are being utterly exploited and expected to be grateful for that exploitation. Having several years experience working in sometimes unpaid collaborations …