Held online in February 2022, our second Arts for Social Change Showcase brought together 10 quick-fire presentations exploring participatory arts projects, passions and practice. Each presenter had 5 minutes and no more than 15 slides to share the theme, project, issue or community that they wanted to showcase. Watch back the presentations and the question and answer sessions here.

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All things considered

All Things Considered has been creating immersive, intimate and participatory theatre since 2013. Their work aims to create playful spaces often using verbatim techniques to explore human connections through both unique and universal stories.

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Leah Thorn

Leah Thorn is a spoken word poet, activist, workshop facilitator and speaker. Leah Thorn discussed ‘a:dress’ – a Folkestone-based campaign using retro reworked clothes, poetry and film to raise awareness of the devastating impact of fast fashion on the planet

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Dr. Rowan Mackenzie

Dr Rowan Mackenzie discusses her work with Shakespeare UnBard, staging ambitious productions in prisons across England and creating participatory activities

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Rachel Griffiths

The Shoe Shop forms part of the women’s campaign for change within the temporary housing sector and takes the audience into the metaphorical world of a shoe shop.

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Natalia Stengel

Natalia and her colleagues have developed Lotería del miedo para vivir sin miedo (Bingo of Fear to Fearlessly Live) which highlights the fears women in Mexico face everyday.

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Hannah Uttley

Stand Easy Productions’ approach working with Military Veterans, serving and veteran Emergency Responders and their families. Using drama to aid recovery from conditions such as PTSD, depression and anxiety.

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Georgia Bowers

Georgia Bowers is a nationally recognised artist facilitator/researcher who specialises in applied theatre practice with adults aged 65+. She is investigating the impact of applied theatre in relation to adults aged 65+ in South East England.

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Stephanie Tillotson and Naz Yeni

‘Migrant Shakespeare’ explores experience of migrants, foreigners and outsiders who are rarely accepted into the community of theatre artists in Britain. They are working to give Shakespeare’s words another life by migrating them to contexts alien to their original intentions.

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Skylar Mabry

Parrabbola is working with Solihull Borough Council on a series of cultural development projects. Delivering a variety of projects, ranging from small pop ups in libraries and parks to a large-scale weekend festival of cultural events.

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Q&A part 1.

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Q&A part 2.