an artist immersed in a wide variety of art-forms, whose work continues to defy pigeon-holing crossing visual, performance, literary and digital art forms with ease and uncomforting elegance. An abiding concern within his work is the disconnect between hierarchy and human rights. Often playful to the point of frivolous, as in his series of work that ‘may contain nuts,’ he is also capable of writing and producing arresting theatre that cuts to the quick as with his epic love story told across four centuries ‘Collector of Tears’, which received the accolade of Best North East new play of 2014 by the British Theatre Guide.' colin hambrook, dao (disability arts online)
Projects I’m working on:
joey - a play.
1981 c.e. savage cuts, hatecore press, race-hate, riots, terrorist attacks, a royal wedding ... but louder guitars, better lyrics. & playground chants ov spaz change to joey cos joey deacon who lived with cerebral palsy appears on blue peter. friend plays stiff little fingers loud, wears dm's with red laces & day after deacon appears on tele declare they are now to be called joey - reclamations still blowing our minds tho they do runner that day. this play then spirals into better possible futures (merched beca takes place once more but in the mid 2030s to bring about real change) to ask how we want to live now
fill yr gob first then speak for maximum effect - a performance.
with an austerity crutch (only one, apparently hard-working families demanded it) coal & a quantity of red-tape this performance examines erasures of memories to discover poetic truths - remembering now more urgent than ever. inspired by one of our closest friends who was taught by her miner-dad before world war two : ‘never speak with yr mouth-half full. fill it first & then speak for greatest effect.’ developed thanks to bursary support from camden peoples theatre for their common people festival.
still alone in her voices is a haunting visual exhibition spiralling out some our experiences living with psychosis. at its core are twelve large white-painted wooden panels, weighty yet fragile, covered in layers of charcoal writing - languages you can 'see' but cannot 'read'. putty-rubber erasings make fragile fragments of poem across these panels. made anew for each venue as were constantly being erased & having to write ourselves back in. touring - versions so far seen at mental health collective newcastle, arc stockton, isps liverpool, adf belfast, alma zevi venice
complimenting this is tree from throat & spine - a spokenword performance y from one ov our three full-length poetry collections. tree from throat & spine tells of our worst sectioning & its aftermath combined with visual poetry, creative resistances and genuine art prizes to 'reclaim the languages of lunacy' creatively, inviting all to reclaim language & build mad solidarities at a time of so much warring against us all