Links to Videos of My Past Work

 

2002 Commonwealth Games Artist-in-Residence

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Method Lab at Cultureshock. Copyright Paul Floyd Blake.

I’ve been working as a freelance poet, director, playwright and singer for many a year.

One of my best gigs was as 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games Artist-in-Residence for the six-month-long Cultureshock arts pre-Games festival.

I worked with animators raid and musician Tim Browne to create poetry films for a lovely book about the festival, Aftershock.

These links lead to two of my favourites, Peacock In The Rain and Human Butterflies

 

Heart’s Core

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Copyright Maria Gabriella Ruban.

My most recent work as director was for Heart’s Core, the first play for the Community Arts Northwest [CAN] Women’s Refugee Theatre Programme.  Wonderful experience.  The women created a show as full of joy and music and dancing and unflinching portrayals of some of the difficulties of their lives.  Highlight of my year.   This will lead you to the Heart’s Core trailer.

 

Another Country 

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Another Country was part of CAN’s Exodus Festival.  Eight emerging artists, refugee and host community.  As Artistic Director for the project, I challenged them to create an experience that would make the audience feel the loss and confusion of landing in a country where you don’t know the language or the rules, expecting a safe haven but confronted by officials who seem to want rid of you.

The audience was the Protagonist in Another Country:  the audience went on the journey; the audience had to make choices.  To help a refugee or not to help.  To stand up for a person in pain or to save themselves.  It was a wild one.   A reviewer testifies to its power here.

The play was included in the Arts Council England’s 2011 Decibel Performing Arts Showcase, and the Decibel folks made a film of it.  You can watch it here.