Imagine there was a soundtrack to those small moments when you find yourself alone, brushing your teeth, in the bath, watching the rain stream down your living room window, or when you’re tucked up in bed unable to sleep.
Everyday Moments is a series of podcasts from different artists inspired by their favourite everyday moment, designed to be listened to at a particular time and in a particular place. A new episode will become available for each listener biweekly.
Everyday Moments was originally presented by Fuel and Roundhouse Radio in 2011. Originally funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England.
The Litten Trees were eight gifts to local communities around the UK: temporary light sculptures in everyday public settings that were seen by communities as they enjoyed an evening walk during the long lockdown winter just passed.
Lighting designers who in normal times would be working in our theatres were brought together to ask people to look again at the landscapes they passed each day, to see the resilience and tenacity that has been so necessary in this last year reflected in nature.
The lighting designers chose trees somewhere close to where they lived in lockdown and to which they felt an affinity. The resulting designs were a public celebration of tenacity, resilience, and optimism on the last days before the official end of winter and the easing of lockdown in March.
They are now the stars of a short film by filmmaker Hugo Glendinning.
Signal Fire (n): a fire or light set up in a prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.
Originally presented as part of the nationwide Signal Fires project in 2020, which gathered together storytellers and audiences to signal the importance of touring theatre and celebrate our fundamental need to tell stories, Fuel’s Signal Fires is a series of audio pieces with a new piece becoming available to each listener every week.
The series features five stories written by international and local writers: Devon’s Alice Oswald alongside Kim Scott from Australia, Kiki Katese from Rwanda, Hemabharathy Palani from India, and Sara Sharaawi from Egypt. Their stories respond to the duality of fire, creating warmth and community as well as danger and destruction, as a symbol for this time.
Signal Fires premiered live in south Devon in October 2020 and was presented by Fuel and Coombe Farm Studios in collaboration with Woodlands Presents. Signal Fires by phone was presented by Fuel and Eden Court Highlands in November 2020. Signal Fires was supported by CVC.
We are thrilled that Producer Farm is returning to Coombe Farm Studios in Devon for 2021.
Kicking-off Sunday 20 June, the week-long residency for Creative Producers is a joint initiative by Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Coombe Farm Studios, Dance Umbrella, Fuel and In Between Time. Now in its sixth year, the programme aims to provide time and space for ten UK-based producers who have been working professionally in contemporary performance for the past 10-15 years and wish to expand their capacity and capabilities as creative producers.
Previous speakers have included Cesc Casadesus (Mercat de les Flors), Inua Ellams (Poet and Playwright), Jenny Sealy (Graeae), Tania Harrison (Latitude), Craig Hassal (Royal Albert Hall), Magda Osman (Queen Mary University), Selina Thompson & Emma Beverley (Artist and Producer) and Stella Kanu (LIFT Festival). Participants in previous Producer Farm programmes include Katherine Jewkes (Freelance Curator & Creative Director), Daniel Kok (Cambridge Junction), Lisa Maguire (National Theatre Wales) and Jackie Wylie (National Theatre of Scotland).
Chloe Courtney is the Health and Science Producer at Contact in Manchester, an arts venue which supports young people to become creative leaders. Chloe produces and programmes work that explores health and science topics.
A Freelance Producer and consultant interested in outdoor, inclusive, socially engaged practice. Claire specialises in producing outdoor arts that promotes and delivers good access and inclusion.
Emily is an independent theatre producer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Since 2014 she’s worked with the internationally renowned Spymonkey to create and present their mid-scale productions, alongside managing the company and overseeing their artist training programme.
Faith is an experienced producer working across artforms, making and delivering projects since 2005. Faith has been Executive Producer with TalkShow (formally TOOT) since 2012 and Co-Artistic Director of The Spire since 2013.
Laura is passionate about people, causes and ideas that make positive impacts, working to achieve these through creative producing, consultancy, and facilitation. Laura is a core member of two artist-led companies: Light Ladd & Emberton, Wales’ foremost dance collective; and Gentle/Radical, a hyperlocal arts-and-community-development company, who have just been nominated for the Turner Prize.
Lily Einhorn is an artistic and strategic consultant, creative and cultural producer, writer, and coach. She specialises in community and participatory arts. Organisations Lily has worked with recently include Stratford East, ENO, Studio 3 Arts, Crafts Council, Company of Others, Bounce, Donmar & CPT.
Natasha Player & Co. has evolved out of Natasha Player’s 20 years experience as a freelance creative, producer, & project manager and since 2019, an independent changemaker. Natasha is dedicated to creating change and increasing ethnically diverse representation in the arts.
Having been a freelance artist for many years and then a Producer, Reena understands both sides of making work. Now at Artsadmin, Reena’s work is concentrated on support for artists; creating projects, free opportunities, and holding space for underrepresented groups.
Shihui Weng is a creative producer, cultural broker and English – Chinese translator based in London. Shihui is the Director of Tempest Projects Limited providing cultural consultation, producing and representation for theatre, dance and live performances.
Tracky Crombie (she/her) is an independent creative Producer and Programmer with over 11 years experience working in the creative and cultural sector in London and the UK. Tracky has undertaken roles ranging from programming festivals, to making a community centre fully accessible, producing companies & organisations to one-off films & events.
Alex is a certified and experienced business coach. After a successful career of 20+ years in the creative industries, Alex decided to leverage all of her experiences, knock-backs, bounce-backs and learnings and focus on helping others to shape their own professional journeys. She is working with professionals, leaders, CEOs and boards of organisations who are all looking to break through their own perception bubble and help them to explore how to lead successful, resilient and responsible professional lives in a world of perpetual change. Alex is also the co-founder of Truth&Spectacle, a creative business consultancy that works with organisations to examine their organisational truth and how this translates across everything they create to stay authentic whilst growing. Alex is also an associate at the digital think tank Doteveryone, a fellow of the RSA, and storyteller in residence at SIX, the Global Social Innovation Exchange.
François Matarasso is a community artist, writer and researcher. Between 1979 and 1994 he worked in theatre and visual art with communities in London and the English Midlands. He subsequently began to explore the theory, experience and outcomes of people’s participation in art through research, such as Use or Ornament? (1997). His work has been widely published and translated. He has served as trustee of NESTA, Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation and held honorary professorships in the UK and Australia.
He continues to combine community arts practice with research and writing, and has worked in many countries, from Colombia to Kyrgyzstan. Between 2011 and 2015 he produced a series of short books on undervalued areas of cultural life under the collective title Regular Marvels. His latest book A Restless Art, How participation won and why it matters, was published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2019. He is a partner in TRACTION a Horizon 2020 project linking community opera and digital technology.
arestlessart.com / @arestlessart
Gaylene is a Creative Director, broadcaster and writer who designs interactive art projects and spaces that generously connect us with ourselves, each other and the world. She explores the healing and growth potential of sharing space, stories, ideas and knowledge through her artistic, writing and consultancy practice. She believes the transcendent moments that art and culture creates can change how we are in the world. Her projects have been commissioned by and performed at the Tate, V&A, Arts Catalyst, Vivid Projects, Selfridges, h club, Moderna Museet Sweden and BAM, New York. Her projects are produced by her creative company The Space to Come.
She is also an arts broadcaster for the BBC, a published fiction writer, a facilitator, cultural reviewer and a Cultural Ambassador for London appointed by Mayor Sadiq Khan. She has been a cultural leader for 25 years heading up major cultural institutions and projects including Head of Cinemas at BFI Southbank and producing, programming and consulting for the Arts Council, Toronto International Film Festival, National Theatre, Young Vic and Bernie Grant Art Centre amongst others. She is on the Artistic Advisory Board for Brixton House, the Advisory Board for the Decolonising Arts Institute, University Arts London and a Trustee for ANU Productions.
Lou Platt is a UK based pioneer of Artist Wellbeing. Being an Artist Wellbeing Practitioner is a unique synthesis of Lou’s 16 years working as a qualified & registered integrative therapist, clinical supervisor and independent theatre maker/performer.
Through use of compassionate therapeutic techniques, open dialogue and psycho-education, Lou strives to enable artists to not only take radical care of their mental health and wellbeing, but to also reach and maintain their fullest creative potential.
Lou has worked as an Artist Wellbeing Practitioner within theatre, film, TV, dance, visual arts, writing and the music industries .
For quality assurance, Lou is registered with the Health Care Professions Council, is a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists and has public liability insurance. She regularly takes her artist wellbeing practice to clinical/process supervision, and also engages in Continual Professional Development through on-going certified training and learning practices.
Rachel’s 20+ years in the creative sector have included work with many high-profile and grassroots arts organisations designing, developing, and running creative programmes for communities, developing artists, producing events and shows, and working with strategic music funders, including setting up and developing the PRS Foundation for New Music in 1999. Recent senior roles in the performing arts as a programmer and producer include Head of Creative Programmes at The Albany in Deptford from 2017-2019, leading a team of producers managing the theatre’s youth and community engagement and award-winning gig programmes. As Senior Producer at the Roundhouse in Camden, she led on many high-profile productions including collaborations with the Royal Opera House, Akram Khan Company and Daniel Kitson, Imogen Heap’s Reverb Festival, and three editions of the UK’s largest spoken word festival, The Last Word. In 2008 she developed the ArtsTrain programme offering creative music-making opportunities to young people across Bromley, Bexley, and Lewisham, which joined the Arts Council’s National Portfolio in 2018.
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses drawing, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He has won several recognitions including the TD Diversity Award 2017, “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine 2005, and the Steinert and Ferreiro Award 2012. He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020).
Yemisi is an accomplished and highly regarded creative industries consultant and independent producer supporting people and organisations develop their amazing cultural change and social impact businesses, projects and ideas. She is best known as the founder of “Out of Africa” through which she hosted some of the UK’s largest and most prominent African arts festivals and live events. To date, she is the co-founder of the “Asa Baako festival” in Ghana, co-founder “Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative” in Nigeria and co-producer “Oliva Tweest: An Afrobeats Musical” in the UK. Her further credits include festival production for Shoreditch Trust, Amnesty International at Edinburgh Fringe and for the boroughs of Camden, Tower Hamlets and Kensington & Chelsea. As a consultant, her clients have included; Arts Council England, British Council, Goethe-Institute, Historic England, Institut-français and Kings College London.
www.hatchideas.co.uk | www.hatchafrica.com | @findingyemisi
An Evening with an Immigrant post-show talk, 9.05pm on 16 June.
Access: Captioning is available. Please let us know if you have any other access requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: You need to book a separate ticket to see An Evening with an Immigrant here.
Join Fuel Director Kate McGrath and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) Campaigns and Communications Director Minnie Rahman.
Building on what you have seen in An Evening with an Immigrant, this talk will give you a grounding in the UK’s current immigration policy and what you can do to support JCWI’s campaigns. Minnie is a writer and campaigner specialising in migrant’s rights, climate change and social justice.
First performed in 2016, Inua Ellams updates the script of An Evening with an Immigrant as a global change occurs. “I have to keep the text new so it always feels current.”
The show continues to be meaningful to audiences in multiple ways; those with their own immigration or migration stories connect on a personal level while others gain understanding and insight into the issues around immigration through the personal experiences shared by Inua.
JCWI in its own words:
For more than half a century, JCWI has been challenging policies that lead o discrimination, destitution and the denial of rights. And we’ve been providing much-needed legal and advisory services to the people who need them most. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people secure their status, keep their families together and escape poverty. And we’ve consistently been one of the leading voices for a fairer, more just immigration system that works for everyone.
We Are Here is the JCWI campaign for simple, workable reforms to help break the cycle of insecure immigration status.
Find out more here.
Please note: A portion of the zoom with the panelists will be recorded to be shared-attendees and q and a will not be recorded. If you have any questions about this please contact email@example.com.
Hosted by writer Maddy Costa, Theatre Club is an open, friendly space for audiences to meet post-show and share what they thought. It’s not like a Q&A – no one who made the show will be there – so we can ask each other questions and say what we really felt, whether we were fascinated, bored, annoyed, confused or anything in between.
|Thursday 17 June 2021||9.10pm||Book here|
|Thursday 22 July 2021||TBC|
|Thursday 23 September 2021||TBC|
|Thursday 25 November 2021||TBC|
Please note: booking a place at Theatre Club does not give you access to the show! You need to book a separate ticket to see An Evening with an Immigrant here and to be able to join the Theatre Club conversation you should watch any performance from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 June.
Running time: Roughly 1 hour
Theatre Club is open to all and aims to be as accessible as possible: there will be captions by Otter at all conversations, and if you need BSL interpretation to be able to participate please let us know here.