Radical Makers is a year-long free part time emerging artist training course for adults aged 25+ in Merseyside.

The current course began in September 2021. For information about getting involved in future Radical Makers courses, contact Aidan Jolly, Course Director: aidan[@]collective-encounters.org.uk or call/text 07377 968352

Current Radical Makers programme

There are 13 emerging artists taking part in the 2021-2022 programme, representing a range of backgrounds and artistic interests. Introductions to the group members will be added below over the next few weeks.

Tamara Walker
Tamara Walker
Tamara is talented artist, empathic counsellor, psychotherapist, holistic practitioner, and Reiki Master. Originating from Bulgaria, Tamara lived in different countries in Europe and resides in UK for the past 20 years, currently in Liverpool. Since young age she loves art and culture, where she expresses herself through different media. Tamara worked in the health and education sector for long part of her life, and she enjoys working with people of all ages, helping them to work towards achieving their full potential. Tamara loves writing poetry, she paints and over the years she has taken part in community and musical theatre, where she nurtured her love for life performance. Currently being associate artist, part of Collective Encounters, she continues to nurture her love for drama, theatre and radical changes through art.
Michelle Ryell
Michelle Ryell
Music was my first love having played in orchestra and wind band and sang in county choir and stage musical.
A hiatus of 30 years has seen me dedicate myself to bearing witness to the testimony of others. Supporting change and inspiring hope.
Radical Makers offers me the opportunity to combine these two aspects of myself and to discover renewed creative approaches to how I work.
Jo Mary Watson
Jo Mary Watson
Jo is a Queer, neurodiverse Mother of one, a reader, writer, and creator from Hamburg, now based in Liverpool. Her work is influenced by mental health matters, motherhood, people she has known and moments she has experienced, actual and imaginary. Jo is deeply inspired by her child, moving water (rivers, seas, oceans, tears, rain) and flowers.
Sasha Cuttress
Sasha Cuttress
I remember being as young as 6 years old and using dancing, singing and acting as an escape. Whether that was in front of my mirror dancing to the latest Spice Girls single or up on the kitchen worktops lost in my own imagination of acting and fairy tale, I was performing in some way. I continued on to study Performing Arts at Degree level, using various ‘life experiences’ as stimulus for choreography and directing theatre. I experimented with different mediums including paint and movement to classical music all in for expression sake.

I now realise I have been creating my own theatre for personal change. I’ve found myself in the right place at the right time with the Radical Makers course… let’s create theatre as a community for social change. YES.

Cristina Justino
Cristina Justino
Cristina is a dreamer who researches and has experience with educational and cultural projects for a while, believing that art has the power to contribute to social changes. Her essence is formed by different types of arts, specially theater and dance, that she wants to improve this constantly to contribute in the best way to society.
Megan Liversey
Megan Liversey
I’m Megan and I’m currently taking part in the Radical Makers course at Collective encounters. I have always had a love of theatre and up until the age of 16, I was part of drama groups and studied theatre but lost touch with it up until now. I currently run a weekly drama club for kids in the Tower Hamlets area which I absolutely love and I have a strong interest in Theatre of the Oppressed and using this as a tool for social change. I could not believe that Collective Encounters combined my love of theatre and my passion for promoting social and political change and had to discover more.
Steve O'Shaughnessy
Steve O'Shaughnessy
I started my creative process looking for a writing group, which I found at the spider project where I met John D, which eventually led to my kidnapping by Abi, the leader of some subversive group called Collective Encounters.
Within a matter of no-time I found myself on stage at The Royal Opera House????? This led to a series of crazy missions with the goal to inform people of issues they may be unaware or ignorant of, such as homelessness, poverty, intimidation, military PTSD. Important stuff performed anywhere.
I love to write more than owt else, I can bash a few stringed instruments about and have recently picked up a paint brush. So that’s me.

Previous Radical Makers

Radical Makers 2019-20
Radical Makers 2020-21

Radical Makers performances

In May 2021, the Radical Makers group shared two digital performances on the theme of division using transmedia storytelling, devised and participatory theatre techniques. Their performance was recorded live via Zoom and made entirely under lockdown conditions.

‘Division’ was created by the Radical Makers cohort of 20/21: Tim Bowman, Tina Curtis, Laura Hall, John McMahon, Wendy O’Connor, Tom Shennan, Heidi Robinson, and Daryl Rowlands, with Artistic Director Sarah Thornton and Course Director Aidan Jolly.

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Image resembles government information posters during the 2020 wave of COVID-19 and reads 'Life during lockdown'

Watch “Life During Lockdown”; five short performance films capturing the experience of lockdown in its highs and lows, political pontifications and contradictions, absurdities and solidarities.

Made under lockdown conditions in summer 2020 with the tools available by members of our Radical Makers Emerging Artists Training Programme 2019-20

Stay Creative! Connect Compassionately! Save Lives!

Created by Keith Barber, Val Burton, Sheree Kenton, Andrew Arthur, Jane Pratt, Brian Shortall

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