Thursday 24th June 2021 focused on gender identity and growing up under the male gaze driven by award-winning actor and writer Charlie Josephine, who has written Flies, one of the 2022 shows with Shoreditch Town Hall.
Arts Industry Utopia
Inspirational live arts producer & occasional drag king Beth Sitek & community arts practitioner Zorazelda King launched the festivities with a hands-on creative workshop for early-career artists and practitioners building a reimagined industry.
Tell Your Story
Charlie Josephine hosted an intimate creative writing workshop guiding attendees through the skills and techniques to explore their personal stories through artistic expression.
I See You Looking At Me
We invited female identifying young creatives to share their personal stories about growing up in the 21st Century to form an intimate record of the highs and lows of being a young woman today. Participants were streamed into the Boundless Ideas Space throughout the day and on the @boundlessabound social accounts.
Growing Up Under The Male Gaze
The day closed with a lively discussion on the themes of Flies and what it means to grow up under the male gaze.
The Boundless Ideas Space was made possible thanks to Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund and kicked off Boundless’ ambitions to engage young people in new ways around culture across the country in a series of spaces.
Charlie Jospehine is an actor and a writer. Their award winning work includes ‘Bitch Boxer’, ‘BLUSH‘ and ‘Pops‘. They recently played Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the RSC. They are currently under commission at BBCFilms, Theatre Centre, the RSC and Audible. More information can be found at www.charliejosephine.com
Beth is a freelance multi-arts producer and stage manager with particular interest in making intersectional queer and feminist work across theatre and cabaret. She is a Roundhouse Future Producer 2020 and is the producer of interdisciplinary arts collective and New Diorama Emerging Company, Frisky Arts. With Frisky, she produces shows (Girl World; Camden People’s Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston, Platform Southwark) as well as regular cabaret events at The Albany Deptford. Other producing credits include: Len Blanco: Firing Blancs, VAULT Festival and After Dark Award Nominee 2019, Pollyanna Cabaret, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 and Make Advena Great Again!, Camden People’s Theatre 2017.
Running alongside her work as a producer, she is a freelance stage manager. Previous work includes: Venue Stage Manager at VAULT Festival 2020, Assistant Stage Manager of Poet in da Corner at the Royal Court Theatre and Venue Manager for The Pleasance in 2018.
During the Covid-19 lockdown and in response to arts industries being shut down, Beth founded an online quarantine community and skillshare called the Sunflower Skills Club. It is an online, creative community for womxn and non-binary people which fundrasies for The Sunflower Foundation and Cancer Research UK. The aim of the skills club is to bring people together and learn new skills which is done via video shares and online events; some of which have included an online poetry event and workshops with independent artists and companies. This has been a fantastic avenue in learning more about producing online content and thinking of ways to keep some sort of positive hold on arts communities and folk. You can find out more @sunflowerskillsclub
Zing Tsjeng is an author, journalist and presenter. She is currently the executive editor of VICE UK and has written for Vogue and the Guardian. In 2018, Octopus published her four book series Forgotten Women, and she is the host of the United Zingdom podcast on BBC Sounds.
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