Centre Stage showcases the greatest of Essex/East London deaf/disabled and neuro-divergent talent in an evening of fun.
In this instalment, six artists will be commissioned to respond to the stimulus: ‘The Here & Now’. They will be joined by a visual artist who is being commissioned to paint a response to the work being showcased throughout the evening. The painting will be revealed at the end of the night.
Performances at Centre Stage will include monologues, poetry, music and video.
The seven artists are: Rebecca Buckle, Jo-anne Cox, Michelle Felix, Zara Jayne, Jamie ‘JJ’ Jeyes, The Mollusc Dimension and Grace Viccary.
Rebecca Buckle is a multidisciplinary theatre maker and playwright. Her work fuses autobiographical writing, movement, and historical narrative to create slightly silly shows about serious subjects. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Essex looking into the benefits of theatre practice for those living with chronic pain.
Jo-anne Cox plays a sparkling purple “Dragon” cello and creates mesmerising soundscapes influenced by her neurodivergence. In other work, Jo-anne has recently collaborated with John Kelly on his album Better Late than Never and she was associate artist 2022 with Oily Cart.
Michelle Felix is a fitness instructor, visual awareness trainer and actor. In her spare time, Michelle loves to salsa and write songs. One of her songs made the Finals of the UK Song Writing Contest, and Michelle was a finalist in Dance Westminster 2022.
Zara Jayne is an actor, writer, poet, and podcaster. Alongside appearances on stage and TV, she is co-founder of a disabled theatre company (Bareface Theatre) and has collaborated with various groups to strengthen the disabled voice. Zara trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Jamie ‘JJ’ Jeyes is 22 years old and has been playing drums since he was 11. His drum teacher calls him Jamie ’the Monster’ and he plays all his music by ear. Jamie attends Bedazzle Performing Arts College and loves to dance and act. He has already filmed a major TV series and appeared in a national advertising campaign.
The Mollusc Dimension is a British-born Chinese, transqueerian, non-binary, neurodivergent mollusc. Also, part horse! They play piano and hope that you’ll sing along.
Grace Viccary is an autistic actor, writer, producer, and visual artist. She works in oil on canvas for landscapes but has started to use pallet knife and acrylics for her larger abstract paintings.
An evening not to miss!
Audio description and captioning will be provided, along with British Sign Language Interpretation
Age suitability: 18+ years