I Think I’m On Another World With You [May 2019]

‘The prison has become a key ingredient of our common sense… It has become so much a part of our lives that it requires a great feat of the imagination to envision life beyond it.’

– Angela Davis

I Think I’m On Another World With You is about asking questions; to ourselves, to each other and with each other.

It’s about asking questions that might not have answers, to see if we might be able to imagine another world.

It’s about The Naughty Step. It’s about prisons.

full recording of the performance – thanks to Owen Davey

I Think I’m On Another World With You was created as part of my second semester studying MA Contemporary Performance practice at the University of Salford.

I wanted to explore, and try to communicate ideas around prison abolition. This was something I’d read a little bit about before – and something that just makes sense to me as an idea. I wanted to try and see if and how I could convey this understanding in a performance.

I also made a zine that was given out after the performance.

I Didn’t Want To Join Your Stupid Cult Anyway [January 2019]

cw: images/sounds/descriptions of physical (and structural) violence

“I Didn’t Want to Join Your Stupid Cult Anyway is a performance/installation that seeks to challenge existing narratives of militarism and imperialism in our society, through the repetition and repurposing of different texts and media associated with the British Army.”

a short extract of the 150 minute performance/installation

I Didn’t Want To Join Your Stupid Cult Anyway was created during my first semester studying MA Contemporary Performance Practice at the University of Salford. It was designed to be durational, with the audience coming and going as they pleased, and staying as long as they liked. The version I performed ran for 150 minutes, but it could easily have been longer. 

The piece was made up of a series of ‘texts’ that were repeated at random over the duration, constantly being recontextualised and reinterpreted, some read or written live by me, and some fixed to loop.

These ‘texts’ were:

  • the advertising brief for the British Army’s 2018 media campaign ‘This is Belonging’
  • the lyrics to the Every Time I Die song I Didn’t Want To Join Your Stupid Cult Anyway
  • an Armistice Day post by the Facebook group Crimes of Britain
  • a playlist of the five ‘This Is Belonging’ ads mixed with footage of violence committed by British soldiers
  • a fitness routine delivered by some men from a Gurkha unit

_old project_ A Room Full of People present: NOTHING

‘I have never been able to relate.
This is not an experience I understand’

Seven voices calling out over the noise of the world. Seven people who have run out of words to say. Seven bodies and seven brains desperately seeking to connect with something, but reaching nothing

Bristol performance collective A Room Full of People present NOTHING by Lulu Raczka, an unexpectedly human exploration of the line between emotion and total apathy in the current social climate.

Through a deconstructed performance, a dissection of Raczka’s uncompromising text and through heavy manipulation of sound, A Room Full of People deliver an experience that is suffocating, inescapable and uniquely intimate.’

poster was done by Tom Stockley

In 2018, myself and Rachel Eames recruited a collective of Bristol based performers, actors, dancers, musicians, writers, poets and artists for a devising project which would end up being A Room Full Of People present: NOTHING.

Beginning with mine and Rachel’s specific creative vision based on our shared tastes and structured by Lulu Raczka’s 2014 play, we devised with the entire collective for two months before presenting the final outcomes at the Exchange, a music venue in Bristol, in early July.

The resulting performance was a surprising, uncompromising and unexpectedly human exploration of apathy, emotion, and our search for something.

(Personally I thought it was brilliant. I’m so proud of what we did and love everyone involved to bits)

You can still look at images from our process on the A Room Full Of People Instagram (or in the gallery below), and read reviews of the performance by Annie Philbin at One of Those Lives and by Naomi Curston at Inching Forwards​

A Room Full of People

from left to right:
Saili Katebe, Sean Addicott, Bridgette Hall-Smith, Aisling Rachel Madden, Kimberley Pennell, Naomi Nehemen Palacios, Tim Lo, Eddie Cunningham

on the floor:
me, Rachel Eames, Adele Le Gallez

The project would not have been possible without Iwan Best and all at Exchange, Creative Youth Network and the team at The Station. Thank you x

_old project_ A Magnolia

Me and my friend Anna McComish formed A Magnolia as a way to keep making strange, intimate, poetic things together after our degree.

We made three pieces of performance as well as curating an instagram of pictures and poetry, and a twitter feed, which you can also see below.

128 Alexandra Road [December 2017]

‘…perhaps the End of the World, one that we could FEEL, is the loss of our homes, our friends, our lives, through nothing more drastic than numbness.’

Presented as part of Creative Youth Network’s The End Of The World Cabaret, 128 Alexandra Road saw two beings sorting through utterances, overheards and misunderstoods from a dead world, searching for what used to be there in the debris.

Corner [April 2018]

‘You are you and I am me and we love each other. We can both hear the world looking.’

A durational performance consisting of an attempt at a jigsaw soundtracked with repeated clips of commentary from football videogames, Corner meditated on the love between friends under observation by the world and its expectations. Performed at Alumnight at The Station.

(Í)sland [May 2018]

‘Untangling the delicate thread of magic that connects Identity, Iceland and Islanders.’

Commissioned by Alderney Performing Arts Festival, (Í)sland told two stories from Iceland – the ancient saga of King Hrolf and His Champions and a blow-by-blow of the 2008-2011 Financial Crisis. Exploring how the people who live somewhere identify themselves through story, and how to balance heritage and modernity, (Í)sland also attempted to probe the proud but hesitant cultural identity of Alderney, the island it was performed on.

pictures and words