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Jack McNamara is a writer, director and deviser working principally in live performance, but also across a range of audio, visual, online and analogue media. His work is international in scope, blurring the boundaries between art forms and cultures. He is devoted to exploring marginal places and pushing the possibilities of where theatre today can take place.
He is Artistic Director of New Perspectives; an award-winning touring company based in Nottingham, and with them has toured major works and premieres by international artists including Aki Kaurismaki, John Berger, Athol Fugard and debbie tucker green to name a few. His work has toured every corner of the country from major theatres to village halls, as well as festivals in North America, Asia and Europe. Recent innovative work for rural audiences includes creating the UK’s first postcard drama (Love From Cleethorpes), a live zoom production based on a Lars Von Trier film (The Boss of it All), an acclaimed podcast series by David Rudkin (PlacePrints) and a WhatsApp play (#StaySafe) for the Signal Fires festival.
Jack has a reputation for finding dramatic forms for literary works by major international authors, including Don DeLillo, John Harvey, Chigozie Obioma, Janet Frame, Sayaka Murata and Alan Moore among others. His acclaimed production of the Nigerian novel The Fishermen won a Stage Award for Outstanding Performances and a Black British Theatre Award. His work with the radical Belgian artist Thibault Delferiere won a MESS award at BE Festival and his online production of The Boss of it All won an On Comm award at the Offies in 2020.
J.A.Baker’s The Peregrine is the masterpiece of nature writing and the starting point for Jack's brand new work commissioned for Estuary 2021 - an on-site immersive experience calledTremor at the Edge of Vision: a site-specific walking exploration of The Peregrine. Read more here.
Adam is an international renowned artist whose large-scale narrative drawings and prints can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon as well as many leading private collections including that of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Andy Merritt is one half of the duo Something & Son. They explore the social and environmental issues that define our time via everyday scenarios, criss-crossing the boundaries between the visual arts, architecture and design.
Bryony Gillard is an artist, curator and educator whos work attempts to create a space for genealogies of intersectional feminist practice that are elusive, messy and entangled in contemporary concerns.
Caryn Franklin MBE, former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D Magazine and prime-time BBC TV presenter throughout the eighties and nineties, is a multi-platform broadcaster, fashion and identity commentator and activist.
Christopher Sacre is a deaf signer and has been a visual artist and art facilitator for over 20 years. He specialises in providing creative workshops/activities that are accessible to deaf people and their families, supporting other facilitators to improve the accessibility of their provision at galleries, museums, and other creative events.
Artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart form Dubmorphology a London based research, production and performance group who make experimental sound and visual installations that examine the relationship between culture, technology and creativity.
Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry.
Laura Blake joins our Crude Britannia discussion on climate and the estuary on Sat 22 May. She is Chair of the Thames Crossing Action Group, formed to protest against the proposed, new Lower Thames Crossing.
Lazarus Tamana is an international activist, a defender of human rights, environmental and Indigenous issuses. He is currently the President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) Nigeria