DIY: 2019 – Ania Bas & Amy Pennington: Performance for shy people. Playwriting for dyslexics.

Two day experiment at performance production by shy people and performance writing by bad spellers.

Deadline for applications: 2pm, Thursday 20 June
This DIY is supported by Heart of Glass

Project summary

A two-day adventure that will be filled with provocations and exercises undertaken in the context of St Helens that will result in performances and scripts, conversations and exchanges, collaboration and daft laughs.

This DIY is for people who want to perform but battle with feeling inadequate when on stage; it is a workshop for people who struggle with language but want to write. We will experiment and navigate around our shortcomings making it into strengths.

We will use theatrical forms and methods of playwriting, stage directions, acting and directing as our methodology and apply it to the contexts of this DIY

How to apply

We are keen to work with people who are: shy but interested in performance; people who want to work with text but have to navigate around obstacles such as dyslexia, second language and more. All levels of experience welcome.

Dates, times and location

Dates: Monday 18- Tuesday 19 November (10am – 5pm)
Location: Heart of Glass, St Helens

The artists

Ania Bas is an artist and arts project producer, experienced educator and facilitator. She worked with the major contemporary art galleries and arts organisations in the country on their learning and engagement programmes. Her work has been commissioned by Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, Art on the Underground, Yorkshire Artspace and Whitstable Biennale. She is a co-founder of The Walking Reading Group. She led DIY projects in 2010 and 2018. She is Open School East Alumni (2013- 2014) and Faber Academy Alumni (2018).

For 10+ years Amy Pennington has developed a socially engaged practice working in institutions as well as self-organised groups & in the public realm. She is currently on an artist residency in an envelope factory with The Festival Of Making and has been commissioned by TATE Liverpool,  SLG, Home Live Art and PEER. Amy has been funded by ACE: in 2014 setting up ‘Mildmay Collective’ with care home residents and in 2016 for a 6 month residency at the trans-led Queer friendly hairdressers ‘Open barbers’.

For questions about this DIY, please contact the artists.

Banner image credit:

#14daysofwashingup; Amy Pennington, Putney Foreshore Hoardings Commission; commissioned by Tideway; London 2017.

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