[Christy Ku]

Unit 1C

RESEARCH INTO MORE ADVANCE ARTS PRACTITIONERS

Liv Hall 

I first met Liv Hall when I was a camera op for Muddy Feet Poetry where we filmed the Genesis Slam, where she was later crowned the overall slam champion of the year.

Liv is an established poet in New Zealand and had competed in various slams and poetry nights.

She had toured a spoken word show with Carrie Rudzinski called ‘How We Survive’, which was critically acclaimed and had sold out runs. It was a feminist spoken word performance which addressed social issues from rape culture to body image. 

It turned out that Liv and I had a mutual friend and I reached out to Liv via Instagram messenger. We set up a Zoom call where we talked about her journey, her work and how she created the show.

Alissa Cooper

I reached out to Alissa as I’d been following her on Twitter for a few months and found out James Morton, my Lemonade peer mentor, had been on the Soho Theatre Writers Lab together with her. 

She is a writer, performer, and comedian. She’s performed various solo shows that incorporated spoken poetry, rap and performance, as well as creating cabaret pieces and other commissions. Her Edinburgh Fringe 2018 debut ‘Love Songs’ was nominated for two Edinburgh comedy awards and long listed for the Tony Craze Award. She’s currently developing work for screen with the BBC Writersroom Drama Room. 

Organisations that support/have supported her:

  • Soho Theatre (Soho Writer’s Lab and Soho Edinburgh Lab)
  • BBC Writersroom
  • BBC 3 Radio’s The Verb
  • Bush Theatre
  • V&A
  • Chinese Arts Now
  • The Chelsea Theatre (World’s End Writer’s Prize)
  • The Marlowe Theatre (ROAR development scheme)
  • The Tristan Bates Theatre
  • The Actor’s Centre
  • Camden People’s Theatre
  • Arts Council England
  • Asian Arts Comedy Award
  • Broadway World Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Award
  • Underbelly
  • Camden People’s Theatre
  • Elephant West
  • The Pleasance
  • Grow Tottenham
  • Camden People’s Theatre
  • The Yard Theatre
  • Womxn Srsly

REVIEWS OF RELEVANT ARTS EVENTS

I watched ‘Three Sisters’ at the National Theatre and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s TED Talk ‘How craving attention makes you less creative’.

REFLECTION ON HOW RESEARCH AND EXPERIENCES HAVE INFLUENCED THEIR OWN ARTS PRACTICE

My arts practice and plans have been influenced positively as I was able to ask questions and get specific detailed answers to the practitioners on craft and process, as well as gain advice. I also got to hear about the different paths and routes they took, and how there isn’t a “correct” way of doing things.

The arts events enabled me to get inspired and see how professional actors approach their work. I got to see how theatre shows are staged and how actors and the team bring work to life. I was also motivated to continue to develop my practice.

With developing my arts practice in the future, I was able to see which organisations the arts practitioners worked with and how they engaged with them. I now know who and how to approach with any future projects and ambitions that I may have. I’ve expanded my professional network and made more connections.