My solo theatre piece created in workshop with director Colin Watkeys is called “We Dance We Work We Sing”. I used Colin’s creative techniques to create my show. Everyone can learn these techniques! Just go along to his Face to Face Festivals and workshops currently at the Actors Centre, Covent Garden.
We Dance We Work We Sing
Firstly, to begin at the beginning. I began creating this show in 2014 and have extended the piece, through workshops, to a 20-minute performance that could be extended further but is currently existing as a complete package going on tour in festivals and being performed as its own show.
We Dance We Work We Sing is currently three characters; women from West Africa – Connie, Arabna, and Rebecca. Sharing stories of their lives, and what is happening to them. They represent women who I know are often simply shadows due to the fact that they are serving their families needs and others’ needs, which are considered to be well above their own. These women are unseen, but present on command. For me, these women have some of the most interesting, fun, and entertaining stories. Who will sit, listen, and care? Who will laugh, cry, and love with them? Putting them on stage, is my attempt to blast their voices, and spirits out there. It’s my passion project.
My work has been in feminist festivals, diversity festivals, talent festivals, African/Caribbean festivals, in London and in Kent. Most recently in on Open Mic Event in the heart of Brixton Village. My being part of all sorts of festivals, I’ve had a chance to share with all sorts of different audiences. This is some of my most favourite feedback:
“Intriguing, outrageous, unsettling, enlightening, quality and last but not least: Greater than the sum of its parts…”
With each show it is a chance to get a little bit stronger, to understand my technique and preparation required (which is fundamentally to RELAX). To practice being open to a new audience, new location, and new spaces. Due to this it has been the most wonderful gift as far as my creativity is concerned. To share and receive reactions, whether people identify because of their own experiences or not is is what creating my own work means to me because it gives me a chance to explore life and acutely understand mine and other people’s experiences. These lives in We Dance, We Work, We Sing are real. For a little time on this spinning Earth, they take centre stage.
I give respect to women across the globe who sacrifice their days, their nights, their every waking moments – so that others might soar. Sustaining with prayer, phenomenal strength, and a whole lot of clever. Often, doing what they need to do because the choice is between happiness and survival.
Finally, keep on the look out for more shows. Come and be part of these women’s lives. Oneness.