As an actor and spoken word artist, I aspire to build the bridge between both of these disciplines and have an open space for creatives to share stories through poetry, music and acting. Similar to Gig Theatre, I am currently working on a Creative Research Project incorporating the form of improvisation on top of the mediums to enable an immersive experience for both actors and audience alike. I have always been interested in natural impulses, as I have found the moment itself to be more to the truth rather than a memory. Currently completing my BA (Hons) Degree in Performing Arts, I have had access to various workshops, one of which was with the likes of Deanna Rodgers back in 2019. This led to the discovery of free-writing, a method I still use today in order to cater to new projects, and one I urge others to use in order to generate ideas based on their experiences. This is because it had also allowed me to connect with parts of my life that I would usually keep hidden on the underside of a dice, allowing me to accept my experiences and focus in the moment. It has enabled me an escape and the freedom in creativity. With one of my first pieces entitled ‘Thoughts Aloud’, spoken word had unlocked a route from which stories wouldn’t have to be contained in the structure of song and contemporary acting. Having been inspired by Spoken Word Artist George the Poet, he states in one of his podcasts, “We now provide the fuel for a multi-billion-dollar storytelling industry (rap) and all we have to show for it, is new versions of the same story…instead of retelling, we should rewrite it…”. This plays a key component with the piece I am currently writing, exploring questions “Can you Teach Performance?” and “Can “performance” enhance teaching?”. The piece will be delving into the rhythm of the education system and what separates everyday life to a performance.
Alongside spoken word, I have been heavily invested in acting since 2013, beginning with the role Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors”. I have had the privilege to be able to perform at numerous theatres such as the Bush Theatre (2015) – playing the Landlord in Cartwright’s “Two”, Soho Theatre (2017) – playing Samuel in Extremism by Lustgarten, and the most recent being a piece of Gig Theatre, through the process of devising at Stratford Circus Theatre (2020), entitled “Dear Mya”. This experience was the unravelling on type of theatre I have now developed a deep love for.
Intending to create a safe space for creatives to share their side of the dice, I am currently building the brand “Desire to Inspire”, working on numerous speeches and scripts exploring controversial topics of today. This will also be a be a point of access for connections with other creatives to enable a sense of collaboration but also unity throughout all four corners of the industry.
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