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Ideas Space: 25th June

Friday 25th June 2021 invited visitors to engage with the climate emergency in new and imaginative ways hosted by award-winning writer Nessah Muthy and award-winning theatre director Stef O’Driscoll.

How To Save The World Now 

Where does working-class identity and climate change activism intersect? In this creative workshop, Nessah Muthy and Stef O’Driscoll tackled this question and invited guests to develop creative manifestos on How To Save the World in Five Minutes.

My World, My Home

My World, My Home was a community workshop supporting tomorrow’s activists. This workshop aimed to engage and inspire 15-25-year-olds to make positive change happen in their communities and created a safe space for young people to share their concerns for the environment in association with Friends of the Earth and SOS-UK.

Song for Social Change

Protest songs are integral to social change and in collaboration with attendees, Boundless Theatre explored what it is to create a protest song for today.

muva of Earth playing live from the Boundless Ideas Space

muva of Earth is an alternative jazz singer and ASCENDING SOULSTRESS from South East London in this exclusive set, muva of Earth played songs rounding out Thursday’s events. 

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.


Matt Woodhead Ideas Space Speaker

Matt is the Co-artistic Director of LUNG & campaign manager of The Who Cares Campaign. Matt trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course and as a Trainee Director at Leeds Playhouse. As a freelancer they’ve worked for the Learning and Engagement Department at The National Theatre and as a script reader for Chichester Festival Theatre & The Papatango Playwriting Prize. Awards include: Director’s Guild Award for Best Newcomer & John Fernald Award. Matt is represented by Katie Battcock at Curits Brown.

Nessah Muthy Playwright

Nessah Muthy is a multi-award-winning, two times Writer’s Guild-nominated, writer for stage and screen.

Nessah is currently under commission to: the Actors Touring Company (ATC), National Youth Theatre(NYT), Fuel, Boundless Theatre, Kiln Theatre, Almeida Theatre and English Touring Theatre (ETT)

She has worked with a number of leading theatres and companies including: the Young Vic (Tapestry), Donmar Warehouse (Monuments), Punchdrunk, the National Youth Theatre, (The Host) Cardboard Citizens, HighTide, (Heroine) Kali Theatre, (Sundowning) Theatre Centre, Iris Theatre, Cloakroom Theatre/the King’s Head Theatre and the Gate Theatre / Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, (After Rhinoceros: The Red Pill).

After a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run in London, Nessah’s immersive play for young people,Small Wonders, (co-created with Punchdrunk) transferred to Imaginate’s Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May 2019. It received five star reviews and was subsequently nominated in the Best Play for Young Audiences categoryat the Writers’ Guild Awards 2020.

For screen, Nessah has written for On The Edge Series III (BlackLightTelevision / Channel 4) and her script will shoot in 2021.She currently has four television series ideas in development with Firebird Pictures, The Forge, Hera Picturesand BlackLight Television / Channel 4.

Nessah is also a member of the Coronation Street writing team, is working on COBRA for Sky One / New Pictures and taking part in the KAOS / Netflix / Sister Pictures Shadow Writers Scheme led by Charlie Covell.Awards include: Character 7 Prize 2017 and the Adrian Pagan Award 2018.

Stef O’Driscoll Director

Stef is an award winning theatre director and storymaker. She was previously the Artistic Director of nabokov, the Associate Director at Paines Plough and the Lyric Hammersmith.

Accolades include WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz being the first radio play to be broadcast on BBC 1Xtra winning Best Radio production at the BBC Radio and Music Awards 2019.

Stef’s work often exists in a range of environments including music venues, festivals, theatres, community centres, pubs, clubs, parks, anywhere. –  creating spaces where you can have a good time and share our stories together. Her work often pushes the boundaries of gigs and theatre performances working with spoken word artists and musicians including Kae Tempest, Bellatrix, Benin City, Paul Cree, Dizraeli, Cecilia Knapp, Sabrina Mahfouz, Deanna Rodger and Grace Savage creating inclusive experiences with a narrative at the heart of it.

She has worked extensively as a dramaturg and director with some of the UK’s exceptional writers including Nathan Bryon, Omar El-Khairy, Sophie Ellerby, Shereen Jasmin-Phillips, Daf James, Yasmin Joseph, Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Monsay Whitney. Stef supports people to create and share stories with the belief that by sharing narratives we create a space to understand each other and ourselves more, to cultivate empathy, to connect, to challenge the status quo.


Directing credits include:

A HISTORY OF WATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST| Sabrina Mahfouz (Royal Court Theatre)

INSIDE THIS BOX | Yasmin Joseph (Clean Break)

LIT Sophie Ellerby (Nottingham Playhouse/ Hightide)

BOX CLEVER Monsay Whitney (The Bunker)

YARD GAL | Rebecca Prichard (Ovalhouse) * winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009


For Paines Plough:

ON THE OTHER HAND WE’RE HAPPY Daf James | DAUGHTERHOOD Charley Miles | DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY by Nathan Bryon (Paines Plough /Theatre Clwyd 2019 Roundabout Season)

ISLAND TOWN Simon Longman | STICKS AND STONES Vinay Patel | HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN Georgia Christou (Paines Plough Theatre Clwyd 2018 Roundabout Season)


For the Lyric, as Co Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, as Associate Director: MOGADISHU (Manchester Royal Exchange), as Assistant Director: BLASTED – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.

For nabokov: LAST NIGHT by Benin City (Roundhouse), STORYTELLING ARMY (Brighton Festival) and SLUG by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude)

muva of Earth Ideas Space Performer
muva of Earth is an alternative jazz singer and ASCENDING SOULSTRESS from South East London. Growing up in both London & Kent under the influence of Amy Winehouse and Beyoncé their musicality made her conscious of her own technical skills as a musician which pushed her to study the art. Moving back to London in her teenage years marks an important moment for Muva as she had the freedom to immerse herself into her music, from studying at college to gracing stages around London with her soulful croons. Today, the ever-evolving being is deeply inspired by Sun Ra, Sade, Björk and Fela Kuti. By connecting to her Yoruba roots, Muva’s music explores the complexities of identity, the self and human connections over a bed of afrofuturistic rhythms and atmospheric horns.
She assumes creative control over her artistic identity, from her visuals through to her lyrics and production with occasional help from the community. She also serves her community by creating safe spaces for healing and liberation through her organisation “Babylon Chant Down”. Created in the midst of racial turmoil and conflict, the organisation aims to unite the AfriKan community through music, art and poetry.
Listening to muva of Earth is like planting your feet in rich warm soil; blending spiritual mantras and conscious lyricism, her music is truly transformative. Muva released her first single in 2019 and has since risen to be one of the most exciting acts from the UK.


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