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What I do:
perform
A little more about me:
I create performances, theatrical experiences and events which aim to entertain, question and confuse in equal measure, ranging from street theatre and interactive happenings to pervasive games and full scale productions.

My work is focused on exploring ways to engage and activate interaction with time, place, history and people, blurring the boundaries between thoughtful, calculated precision, and joyful chaos.

Approaching audiences with curiosity and playfulness is central to my practice, which in turn engenders agency, trust and mutual support between participants.

The Situationists and Henri Lefebvre's Rhythmanalysis are important touchstones to the development of my reflective, community-facing practice.

I work as a freelance practitioner, collaborator, and as co-director of ShellShock Theatre Co, UK.
Location:
Swansea
Projects I’m working on:
Last Orders / Gorchmynion Olaf (ShellShock Theatre) (March 2019)
Performing Britain Live Art Festival, Live Art Bistro (Leeds, UK) Funded by Arts Council England
Performer / Producer
Designed and performing a 24 hour performance inviting EU member state citizens to openly discuss notions of post-Brexit British Identity post-EU referendum, engaging the public discussion on identity, EU regional cohesion.

The Infinite Lawn (Mat Hutchinson / Stephen Donnelly) (February 2019)
Part of TERMINALIA International festival of Psychogeography,
Swansea UK, Leeds UK / Various Worldwide
A durational participatory intervention in to urban space: a derive inspired walk, where participants attempt to cross the city by only permitting grass, moss or other flora to pass underfoot.
Taking a cue from Italo Calvino's novel Mr. Palomar, Infinite Lawn is a serela, playful exploration of the questions the novel raises around the symbolism and perceived homogeneity of the well manicured lawn, and the use of managed horticulture as public and private status symbols and boundaries.
Personal Website/CV:
http://https://stdonnelly.wordpress.com
Twitter @username:
@stdonnelly

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Sore Thumbs ACW R&D

Hello There, how's it going?

I’m Steve, a performer and theatre maker based in Swansea. In January 2018 I will be working on an Arts Council Wales research project to develop a new piece of work; Sore Thumbs.

Sore Thumbs is a project about connecting research, memory and performances to place in order to unlock and encourage conversations and pockets of experience linked to the human experience of death and grief. 

Stemming from my own…

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Posted on January 8, 2018 at 2:09

Calling all low-down-dirty-sinners & butter-wouldn't-melt-winners! #endbyur

A CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS FROM Elysium Artspaces and ShellShock Theatre ...

THE END IS BY YUR

  

Calling…

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Posted on January 11, 2017 at 0:19

THE END IS BY YUR, MUSH - A CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS FROM Elysium Artspaces and ShellShock Theatre

A CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS FROM Elysium Artspaces and ShellShock Theatre ...

THE END IS BY YUR

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Posted on November 21, 2016 at 14:28

February's playARK After Dark is ready to rock...

Hello Everyone,

I've been working with PlayARK on there gaming meet ups at the WMC; there'll be interactive game play, werewolfs and a situationist inspired, culture-jamming game of follow-the-leader on the 25th of Feb. It would be great to see some of you there, there's a bit more info on the event below,

Cheers x…

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Posted on February 18, 2016 at 15:26

if you missed this months play_ARK After Dark then you missed out...

playARK’s DIY Gaming session @WMC Jan’16

IMG_2855.jpg …and there goes the third instalment of playARK After Dark’s gaming sessions at the WMC.

Since November playARK have been running their monthly After Dark game…

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Posted on January 29, 2016 at 13:35

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At 14:58 on September 25, 2010, Teifi Emerald said…
Hello friend! Thanks for taking the (imagined) pressure off ;)
See you Sunday!
At 8:59 on May 16, 2010, Leona Jones said…
Good to hear you might be visiting Cardiff, Stephen. Let me know details. And we're definitely organising another open air reading - I'll let you know when the date's sorted, but it'll be in June. All the best Leona
At 19:08 on August 17, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
On 4 September we have a visiting artist coming to do a presentation and have a chat with us all at national theatre wales. She is going to be coming to the Sandpit the night before so we would like to give you guys, who are making games for the Sandpit, the chance to also meet and talk to her with us. She is called Naomi Alderman and is a writer. She is interested in sharing her way of working and in learning others' processes, possibly so she can bring 'pervasiveness' into her work. It would be great if you could make it. The talk will be for 2 hours from 11.30am - 1.30pm.

Please can you let me know if you are able to make it? x
At 8:46 on August 13, 2009, RJK said…
Hi Steve - Hope all is well with you.

I assume you got the message about Barnardo's from Matt

Keep in touch - and tell Sian to get in touch with me about paying her for the Van etc.

Richard
At 9:57 on August 12, 2009, Holly Gramazio said…
Yep, NTW offices - see you there!
At 17:20 on August 8, 2009, Holly Gramazio said…
Great! How's 12 noon on Friday the 14th?
At 11:25 on July 28, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
Great, can you please send me your email address and phone number so I can give to hide and seek to liaise direct with you and arrange development time? Or on second thoughts, if you browse Holly Gramazio on this social network, she's the one who you will need to give these details to, she will be doing the development with you, so probably best to go to her direct x
At 17:49 on July 27, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
Hiya, would you guys be around round about the first week of August or second week to discuss game development for the cardiff Sandpit on 3 September? We are trying to organise getting you together with Alex and Holly from Hide and Seek x
At 15:51 on July 13, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
I will forward your info on to Rosie at Hide and Seek - I'm sure setting up 2 'storyboards' will be okay but we don't know yet if the Sandpit will be in Cardiff, it depends on who wants to deliver games at it! Developing a new game for September means that you would have to meet with us at NTW and Alex or Holly from Hide and Seek to start developing the game. Alex and Holly are giving us a total of 3 days between them to help with development, dates TBC. Of course, since Sandpit is to try out games, it may be that we actually need little more than a 'scratch' of an idea. I will see what Rosie says! x
At 12:31 on July 13, 2009, Catherine Paskell said…
Hiya Thanks for your message, really glad you enjoyed Sandpit! Great you want to run your Swansea project at Sandpit, thats fine, but do you also fancy devising a new game for it in conjunction with Hide and Seek? We are looking for some Welsh artists to devise a brand new game with Hide and Seek which could become a full production in National Theatre Wales' first production year. Let me know if you're interested in this too x
 
 
 

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