Hallo – thanks for looking in.
This is my personal blog with all of the different parts of my work in arts, and in politics and community activism and in social care.
I do quite a few things, theatre-making, politics and currently learning to live with #LongCovid. The last one has been the dominant theme in 2021 and I’ve had to take a step back from my activism and civic volunteering roles.
I’ve just finished making a show with Spare Tyre. We Will Be Happy Here which will be on tour again in the Autumn and we hope next year.
I’m still working on making this blog fully accessible and inclusive.
My professional background is in theatre and over the 20 plus years that I’ve made participatory productions and projects for people all over the country, I’ve increasingly been drawn to the political nature of theatre – who gets to get come and more importantly who gets to make it, what they want to say and why…
In May 2016, that interest in politics led to it finally getting personal. I was one of the inaugural London list of candidates for the Women’s Equality Party in the GLA elections. In October 2016, I stood in the Brockley council by-election as the first-ever local council candidate for the Women’s Equality Party. In 2018, I was elected as the Party’s spokesperson for Equality in Health. Also in 2018, 26.1% of voters in Ladywell ward voted for me in the council elections – an astounding result in our first ever campaign. I was part of the GLA 2021 WE candidate team in May.
September 2021 sees my 3 year term as the inaugural Equal Health Spokesperson for the Women’s Equality Party. It’s been a big old journey and I remain as committed to working on achieving equal health and campaigning for radical reforms to the social care system to protect people who work (paid and unpaid) and live within it.
I have experience of being a family carer and none of what I am doing now would have happened if I hadn’t had those life-changing, hugely challenging and life-affirming experiences.
Fuelling my activism and my arts is my commitment to local communities, to equality, to feminism, to Europe, to the environment and to hearing and amplifying the unlikeliest of stories, created by people who don’t always get the invite to tell them.
My work is about changing that.
Updated 14 Sept 2021