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Artsadmin Youth Board: Summer Scratch

Photo by Mariam Turay

7.30pm. Free.

A scratch event for young artists who are taking work to the Edinburgh festival or on tour this summer. 

This is a friendly and informal evening for those who want a sneak London preview ahead of the festival season.

Performers on the night include…

@essesdemesa   #DisPlaceGame

DIS PLACE – A theatre game about Immigration and Performance

Dis Place is set in London. Post EU referendum…and harsher immigration laws. British people have voted to leave Europe and to deport most of its immigrants. Ten foreign artists squat in the basement of a theatre; only one will be allowed to stay. The choice is in the hands of you – the participants – and your leaders.

This participatory piece sets the floor for emotive discussions in a scenario where the likes of a Venezuelan drag queen, a Zambian singer or a Sudanese actor will have to compete for their right to remain. All the characters are based on real life testimonies from foreign artists living in London.

Esses&DeMesa is an artistic partnership started in 2014 following Victor Esses and Alejandro De Mesa’s work in Repast at Theatre 503. They share an interest in participatory theatre as a way to voice questions that affect contemporary life and the world today.

Dis Place is their first piece together and they have performed as part of Agency of Coney’s A Night of Play festival at Camden People’s Theatre, The Glory and Latitude 2016.



#GYMBITCH  Part comedy-part endurance test, #GYMBITCH is a satirical look at Instagram-ready fitness in 2016. Working up a sweat just thinking about her unused gym membership, Handley takes us through a 5-minute-whirlwind-spectacular-disaster of pumping, toning, stretching and showing off her serious gains. As our social media feeds fill with gym selfies, the performance playfully examines the shift of personal fitness to a spectator sport.  #GYMBITCH was previously performed as part of //BUZZCUT// On Tour at Camden People's Theatre, and FLESH at Hull and East Riding Squash Club. 

Kayleigh Handley is a London-based Live Artist and events organiser. Presenting work as a solo artist and former member of The Ahhhness of Things collective, as well as performing in the works of other artists. She organises events supporting and promoting the work of emerging artists, both as an individual and as a member of the Artsadmin Youth Board. 



JONAH Four female performers speaking  'Jonah’ – an excerpt of an absurd Romanian play written by Marins Sorescu in the late 60's, exploring the Biblical myth of Jonah who, punished by God for disobedience, was swallowed by a whale. work explores the isolation and powerlessness experienced as reaction to different images of oppression, whether it be state, media or gender related. 

Noemi is a London based performance artist born in Bucharest, Romania. She comes from an acting background, having graduated two years ago from the National Theatre Conservatory in Paris, and is currently doing a masters in Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins. 



PEOPLE OF THE 21ST CENTURY This project explores the idea of stereotyping within specific areas of London. Through typographical images James aims to visualize and reflect prejudices cast upon certain social groups within the metropolitan landscape, back towards society as a whole.

Through his images he hopes people ask themselves why, as a species we feel its possible to judge a character based on something as small as their job, social background or even taste in music. 

James has toured 'People of the 21st Century’ to the Free Range show at the Truman Brewery.

James is a London based photographer whose work tackles themes of the modern metropolis society, sub cultures and opposing the status quo. 


Date and time

14 July 2016

Please note
This is now a past event.


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