We have been catching up with some of the people we’ve worked with in the past, hope you enjoy this series as much as we’ve done creating it. 🙂
“I got involved with Luxi’s projects when I was 14, and met Caroline and various other wonderful people. I’d had an interest in theatre from a performance perspective but Jabberwocky Market made me realise how much was involved behind the scenes, and how interesting it can be to be involved in that side of things. Jabberwocky Markets were the first time that I dipped my toe in this behind the scenes work. I remember walking around Darlington town centre with another member of the team who was dressed in a tent, helping to paint the Jabbervan, chairing a panel discussion about theatre and going out and doing face-to-face marketing by chatting to people. When I went to university in Manchester in 2015, I loved looking through Jabberwocky’s social media pages and seeing how well the events were doing. It brought something really great to the arts world in the north east.”
“In terms of where I am now, I’m at a crossroads. I graduated last year from the University of Manchester in Politics and History, and have been working as the Women’s Officer at the Students’ Union, after being elected to the post when I was in my final year. It’s been a crazy, wonderful five years in Manchester; I’ve really become the person I am today. However, I’m writing this from my home in County Durham. It was sad to leave Manchester under lockdown, without saying goodbye to the friends I’ve made and places I love. I’m looking forward to the next chapter though (hopefully a Master’s in Public Policy).
I learned about feminism and its importance as a student, which is what inspired me to take the job as Women’s Officer. However it’s only in the past year, since I’ve been in post, that I have realised how important it is for feminism to be intersectional. This week, when I’m writing this, that means supporting Black Lives Matter. I couldn’t in good conscience write a blog post and not mention this. As a white person, I am not going to reiterate what black people have been saying for years but I am going to encourage readers to research, educate themselves and use their agency to take action to stand up to racism by writing to MPs, donating and calling out racism.
Thank you so much for having me on the blog, and for reading!”
For more about Ayla Huseyinoglu, check her LinkedInIn Conversation: Mobility & Change, April 2019
Mobility and Change, 2019, featuring Caroline Williams, artist and creator of the show Now Is The Time To Say Nothing and Fran Wood, founder of the charity Darlington Assistance for Refugees ,chaired by Caroline Pearce; taking place at Darlington’s Quaker Meeting House.
Featuring Miriam Sherwood and Thom Andrewes from the show Rendezvous in Bratislava, and Jade Byrne, associate artist and creator of Pricks, chaired by Kerami Roberts; taking place at Polam School’s Liddiard Theatre foyer.In Conversation: Play, Oct 2017
Featuring artists Kirsty Harris and Hazel Anderson, Ed Patrick aka Kid Carpet and chaired by Miranda Thain of Theatre Hullabaloo; taking place in Paines Plough’s Roundabout venue, on location in Darlington’s market square.In Conversation: Truth & Compassion, Oct 2016
Featuring artists Kirsten Luckins, Joe Sellman-Leava, Rhiannon Armstrong, Conrad Murray and Will Taylor, chaired by Steve Gilroy of Northumbria University and Live Theatre; taking place in Polam School’s Liddiard Theatre.In Conversation: World Class, Oct 2015
Featuring business leader Haani Hasnain, Bill Vince from Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre’s David Jubb and chaired by renowned writer and thinker, Maddy Costa; taking place in Be Premiere hair salon.In Conversation: touring, April 2015
In spring 2015 we had another discussion event on the topic of Touring and how great that is for the artists who do it and the audiences around the country, featuring director Amy Golding, producer Katie Duffy, performer Adam Farrell and director Nel Crouch, with chair Ayla Huseyinoglu; unfortunately the recording was lost but it looked like this, taking place in Voodoo Cafe.