Artists

What Change employs eight artist/practitioners to deliver workshops throughout the summer 2014, which will feed in to the Small Change Challenge.

The Whiteball Tunnel project is a partnership with Actiontrack and Forkbeard Fantasy in spring/summer 2014.

Get Over It! employed a cast of four actors, Anna Groves, Angela Laverick, Karen Sheehan and Duncan Taylor, who devised and toured an interactive theatre show across Somerset in November 2013.

The Thing Is... employed four lead artists and four shadow artists, who worked across Somerset to deliver a series of workshops in spoken word and performance poetry in 2013.

What Change? artists

Sally Jenkinson

Sally is a spoken word performance poet and highly experienced workshop leader from Bristol. She makes everyone feel at ease and has a gift for creating surprising results.

Marcus Lilley

Marcus is founder of FutrSocial, a Social Media Consultancy that helps organisations in the Creative Industries understand and utilise Social Media and Online Content. He will run a workshop in Creative Steps with Social Media.

Sheila Hannon

Sheila Hannon is Creative Producer of Bristol’s Show Of Strength Theatre Company. The company created the Tobacco Factory Theatre in 1998 and produced new work there till 2003. Current projects include Trading Local which puts live performances in high street shops – most recently in Crewkerne. Sheila will run two workshops on writing short pieces for solo performance (the model Trading Local uses). Image by Zuleika Henry.

David Reakes

David is an actor with over twenty years of professional experience. He is a co-founder of the Glastonbury-based Tor Theatre who, in collaboration with Somerset Skills & Learning have successfully brought Acting Up to communities across the county over the last three years. As part of What Change he will offer a two-week course that explores performance and acting skills in a fun, supportive and collaborative atmosphere.

Leela Bunce

Leela Bunce is a physical theatre performer and one the UK's leading laughter yoga practitioners. She has toured with shows all over the UK and Europe, and twice been shortlisted for a London Cabaret Award. She also appears regularly as a laughter yoga expert on television and radio as well as running workshops through her company Shinetime. In Leela's workshop learn simple, invaluable techniques from theatre, clown and laughter yoga that will leave you grinning from ear to ear, more confident and more relaxed with your public-speaking.

Selina Keedwell

Local practitioner/erformer Selina Keedwell trained in Physical Theatre & Dance and has a wealth of experience, both as a performer and facilitator of Drama workshops for all ages and abilities. Selina's workshops aim to promote learning and growth through experience and reflection. Join her in a fun, interactive Drama workshop for parents and their children. A chance to explore and create together through games, words, voice and song. Image by Zuleika Henry.

Andrew Bolton

Andrew has been a professional artist for nearly 30 years, making work using large scale painting, drawing, photography and video in public places all over the world.
 

Whiteball Tunnel artists

Actiontrack

Since the mid-80s Actiontrack has established a proven and wide reaching track record in the delivery of arts projects. Alongside education, leisure and community development all projects combine the skills and experience of expert participatory artists with the ideas and creativity of participants to produce original performances, recordings and events.

Forkbeard Fantasy

Forkbeard has been evolving for nearly 40 years. Originally started in 1974 as an experimental performance art group, it has developed into what is now a thriving multimedia arts company, producing and presenting their highly individual brand of comic surrealism across the UK and abroad without stop. This makes Forkbeard one of the UK’s longest surviving independent performance companies. Forkbeard have a broad range of skills in street & stage theatre, writing, poetry, animation, film-making, mechanical installations and interactive sculptures.

Get Over It! artists

Anna Groves

Anna is a multi disciplined theatre practitioner, as much at home with movement as she is with language.  "I am passionate about the history of theatre,” she says. “You can make a point, or make it funny, but I aspire to bring storytelling back to the people...where it belongs."

Angela Laverick

Angela is an all-round performer and theatre practitioner. She spent 15 years as a professional actress and now jointly runs Tor Theatre, who specialise in schools and community projects. Angela is an experienced workshop leader and has worked on numerous forum theatre projects. As well as her theatre work, Angela teaches Zumba and fitness classes and also sings in a professional functions band.

Duncan Taylor

Duncan is a nineteen year old actor who grew up and lives in Exmouth. He began his training with a foundation year at The Oxford School of Drama last year and is now working in the South West. After growing up on an unhealthy diet of musical theatre before branching out, he is now trying out writing and creating for himself. Duncan enjoys running and cycling up the many hills in Devon and is rather addicted to exercise. He hopes to travel to various places around the world over the next couple of years despite being worried he'll miss his bike.  

Karen Sheehan

Karen has always loved to express herself through acting. When she had the opportunity to be an extra in Sense and Sensibility it gave her the confidence to return to education, even though she had 5 children of school age. Undeterred, she completed an HND in Community drama and then a degree in Theatre and Arts Management. Over the years she has played many roles including Hitler’s wife and an exotic Tibeten princess. She still enjoy all things physical to express herself and one day she would like to sail around the world on a boat full of actors.

Mark Helyar

Mark is a writer, director and musician, and currently Co-Director of Theatre for Take Art. He has been artistic director of two touring companies, proteus and West 28th Street, and is the author of Rising from the Dust – India’s Hidden Voices. As a pianist and musical director, he’s worked on both sides of the Atlantic and composed the scores for over ten shows. He loves to travel; his inquisitive mind has landed him in a number of countries, and he’s sometimes even paid to do it!

 

The Thing Is... artists

Yeovil Group

Lead Artist: Chris Redmond

A performance poet, musician and educator who performs all over the UK and is the founder and host of Tongue Fu; a London based show, in which the UK’s best performance poets flex their lyrical ninja skills to an improvised soundtrack from the Tongue Fu band. Chris is also a co-host of the Hip Yak Poetry Shack. "A wordsmith wizard, whose sublime art of storytelling in verse is impossible to ignore."  The Poetry Book Society

Contact: chrisredmondemail@gmail.com

Shadow Artist: Tim King

An Exeter based performance poet and the co-host of popular Devon poetry night 'Taking the Mic'.

Contact: tim@artapart.co.uk

Chard Group

Lead Artist Liv Torc

Photo by Neil Pinnock

An experienced performance poet, compere and workshop leader, Liv has performed nationally and internationally. She is a founding member of the Wondermentalist Cabaret and current co-host of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack. She has been a R4 slam winner, the 2nd Bard of Exeter and the Poet in residence for Bridport in 2011.  Along with Word/Play, Liv is currently lead poet for the 2-year poetry and disability project ‘Seldom Heard Voices’ run by Bournemouth University and worked on the recent 'Writing with My Eyes' project in Portsmouth.

Contact: livtorc@yahoo.com

Shadow Artist: David Reakes

A former actor and the previous Bard of Glastonbury, David is now working as a performance poet and workshop leader.

Contact: tortheatre@tiscali.co.uk

Taunton Group

Lead Artist: Sally Jenkinson

Sally Jenkinson is a poet who lives in Bristol, but grew up in Doncaster. She has performed at festivals and spoken word nights around the country, including Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Bristol Poetry Festival, The Big Chill, Shambala, Boomtown, and BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret. She runs the very lovely Bristol-based open mic night Poetry Pulpit and is Bristol co-ordinator of National spoken word organisation Hammer & Tongue.

Contact: tworubyslippers@hotmail.co.uk

Shadown Artist: Rebecca Tantony

Rebecca Tantony is a Bristol based spoken word artist and international poetry wanderer, just back from a residency in San Francisco.

Contact: tantonyr@hotmail.com

Frome Group

Lead Artist: Jonny Fluffypunk

Possessed by the spirit of a 17th century Ranter, Jonny began his ‘career’ spitting vicious political verse between bands at punk gigs until cured by a West Country shaman - since when, armed with his trusty banjolele, he has charmed audiences with his unique blend of poems; songlets; surreal banter; off-kilter observation and bitter autobiography. A seasoned performer at gigs, festivals, schools, Jonny is equally at home on cabaret, poetry and alternative comedy stages. 'Acute social obsevation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy, sharp irony and wit... and England's most pretentious moustache'  The Independent

Contact: jonseagrave23@yahoo.co.uk

Shadow Artist: Thommie Gillow

Thommie Gillow is an English poet who holds the title Bard of Bath for 2007-8 and was short-listed for the Bridport Prize in 2010 and 2011. Notable performances have included festivals at Glastonbury, the Isle of Man, and the Bath Literature Festival.

Contact: thommiegillow@yahoo.com