The other day I was at a festival attending a Q&A session for a theatre performance that had been presented by a South African company by black female actors. I sat and listened to the questions being asked by a group of predominantly white women, and in doing so was reminded just how important better… Continue reading Why representation on screen and stage really matters.
Today I watched a piece of theatre in a community centre space. It was so exciting for me to see such a high quality piece of work with full set and top-class performers, taking place in an every day space, full of families and children. It made me think how often we see work of… Continue reading What happens when you take theatre out of the theatre?
There’s no denying that language plays a massive role in our day to day communications, but what problems can language cause when it comes to tackling more difficult subjects with a wider group? I have spent the last 5 or so years entering in to discussions about race, identity, privilege and, more recently, unconscious bias.… Continue reading The importance & problem of language
“I’m not the decision maker.” “I’d love things to change but I can’t control what happens at the top.” “Until people in power change, we can’t expect things to be different.” These are just some of the things that I’ve heard and sometimes felt for myself over the past couple of years when discussing change… Continue reading Harnessing Your Power
I have been amazed at the generosity of leaders in the sector. Having reached out to a number of individuals I’ve been able to learn more from an hour speaking with them, than days of reading leadership books or researching online. What has this taught me? Don’t be afraid to ask. Before now, I never… Continue reading Don’t Ask; Don’t Get
Last month I attended the Uncommon Ground event at The Lowry in Salford. Among other things, the speakers and fellow delegates were questioning our role and motives as arts practitioners and producers working in and around social engagement. Are we really ’engaging’ audiences and making an ‘impact’ - or are we more focused on data collection… Continue reading How can honesty shape practice?
Face the fear... This is something that I have been doing much more of over the past 12 months. I realised that in order to grow personally and professionally I had to stop holding myself back. A session on limiting beliefs was a major eye opener for me to understand why I 'think' I can't… Continue reading Face the Fear