It is the product of experiences in the real world or as actor, Emma Selwyn says, "Autobiography to begin with, then we move on."
The workshop interrogates key scenes from the Not F**kin' Sorry production with Liselle asking directors and teachers to give their gut reactions to what they are witnessing. It elicits powerful visceral responses. She says, "From rehearsal to full production and workshop, through every stage of the working process, we are conducting a continuous and ongoing research project into institutional and societal prejudices, and the complex impact of these prejudices upon those discriminated against using both popular and more avant garde theatrical technique."
Liselle is co-programme leader BA (Hons) in Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance at UEL. Her work has been staged in partnership with theatre company Access All Areas, Soho Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, Duckie, LADA (Live Art Development Agency) and the South Bank Centre. She co-founded the Diploma in Performance Making for adults with Learning Disabilities & Autism (RCSSD) with Access All Areas, winning the Guardian University Award for Student Diversity and Widening Participation. Liselle also regularly presents her research at international conferences, most recently in Israel and Singapore as well as through publications.
The Not Your Circus Dog Collective is collaborating with the playwright, actor and director, Neil Bartlett, on Princess, produced by Duckie, another radical collective. It is scheduled to open in September 2021. In the show, audiences will travel, from site to site, around Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to encounter an interconnected programme of performance installations that reveal the social archaeology of queer and crip (the word taken by the disabled community as a self-empowering title) in underground Georgian London.
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