(Ok, so phacilitator is stretching the whole "P" theme a bit)
I really enjoy workshop facilitation, and am always keen to take on more projects in this line of work. I love sharing my skills and ideas with people. Empowering people to better own their creative instincts is a beautiful thing and always inspires my own practice further. I have run singular workshops for English PEN, King's College London and Brainchild Festival, as well as supporting the following organisations in their-long-term projects.
Please get in touch if you would like to book a workshop from me!
The Great Men Initiative is an incredible charity that works with teenage boys to explore the privileges and pressures of being socialised as a man.
Using a variety of activities, we encourage boys to identify and think critically about the gender stereotypes they are being asked to fit into.
In doing so we empower the next generation to take gender-based oppression seriously and begin the self-work needed to break down the patriarchy, work which boys and men have a fundamental responsibility of contributing to.
This BBC podcast explains a little further.
For 6 years I've helped deliver Small Nose's Holocaust Memorial Day project.
We work with primary school children to devise pieces of theatre in response to the Holocaust and other genocides. These are then performed at the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies in the children's council.
In this way, we keep alive the stories of past atrocities whilst resisting the possibility of them occuring today. In an increasingly polarised world, with rising right-wing violence, education is our tool. And I have been honoured to see first hand how willing children are to use that tool for the benefit of their community.
Dramatic Voices is a theatre company of artists with learning disabilities, produced by Tramshed in collaboration with Greenwich Mencap.
I worked with them to devise sketches, monologues and dances which we then pulled together into a cabaret. The end result was hilarious and touching musical romp that follows a band of superheroes in their mission to increase accessibility to the arts.
I had a great time working with this crew, both in meeting a lovely bunch of artists and deepening my work with people with learning disabilities.
"Slam has a deep respect for, and is constantly nurturing his curiosity! That level of openness makes him such a wonderful facilitator and authentic presence."
- Mark Curtis, Artistic Director of Small Nose Productions
"Slam curated a really accepting and safe space in which the medical conference attendees could play with language and characters freely. It was eye opening for us all and we came away with a renewed curiosity"
- Mandeep Singh, medical student