A New Era, A New Approach
This was the year that changed the world and how we make and share art in the world. We’ve all come to use digital platforms as the norm in our every day lives. It’s presented us with some challenges on how to present live theatre.
Poem ‘Derry’ was published in North Star, a collection of writing from Women Aloud Northern Ireland members compiled at the beginning of lockdown.
Proud To Be – I was commissioned to write the showcase play for the Proud To Be project from The Playhouse, Derry. Devised and created in lockdown over Zoom with workshops and interview/conversations with participants from the LGBTQ+ community. ‘Beyond The Labels of Me’ became the first play to be live-streamed from The Playhouse theatre stage across the world and across multiple digital platforms as part of the new Digital Playhouse.
Funded and supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Arts & Cultural Practitioners Award, my spoken word show ‘Ms Noir’s Seven Deadly Sins’ was live-streamed as part of Derry Halloween 2020’s online programme of events. Responding to ever increasing Covid-19 restrictions, I worked with an incredible creative team to create a piece of live theatre (with pre-recorded elements) reaching audiences as far as Australia.
Also in 2020, in response to the pandemic, I began making reuseable facemasks. I refined the template over the space of 6 months to give a 3D fit that is snug but breathable. Then I began designing my own fabrics too. I even take commissions. Check out my shop to see what’s available. Oh, I sell reusable cloth bags as well. All made from 100% cotton fabric.