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Witches of the World, Unite!

A witch-rockstar descends from another world to talk to the next generation of feminists about persecution, bullying and toxic language through a piece of gig theatre. Currently under research and development with Ali Matthews in collaboration with Peter Stevenson and Cheddar Gorgeous. With support from the Lowry. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
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The Sick of The Fringe

In August 2016, I took part in The Sick of the Fringe as a writer. You can click on the links below to read each of my diagnoses: Sweet Child of Mine / Bron Batten Dolly Wants to Die / Lung My World Has Exploded  A Little Bit / Natural Shocks ZERO / Popcorn Productions Declaration / Art With Heart Spiders by Night / Coffee House & Stepping Out Cosmic Fear or the Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia / Empty Deck Diary of  A Madman / Gate Theatre TSOTF has been conceived by artist, performer and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow Brian Lobel, and is led by him and producer Tracy Gentles, of In Company Collective. The programme has been commissioned by the Trust as a way of highlighting the diverse range of biomedical themes and topics inspiring Fringe artists every year.
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such impossibilities

such impossibilities is a celebration of what becomes possible when we come together to share food, stories and songs.
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The Midnight Soup

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For I have known them all already, known them all; Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; I know the voices dying with a dying fall Beneath the music from a farther room. So how should I presume? T.S. Elliott, The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Together, we gather to make and eat The Midnight Soup. Together, we gather to listen to a story, and to share our own. The Midnight Soup starts as a monologue, and in gentle and unpresuming ways opens out to become a conversation. The Midnight Soup tells the story, of an unremarkable woman, who every day, sat down to meticulously record the facts of her life in a diary, until one early summer day, she chose her own death. The Midnight Soup is the love letter of a grandson to his grandmother, it is also an edible memorial, celebrating a life lived to the rhythm of the seasons. The Midnight Soup is about losing someone you love, to themselves. It is about remembering, and it is about moving forward. It is about not knowing, it is about asking and it is about respect. The Midnight Soup could […]
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The Best of Both Worlds

Leo Burtin & Ali Matthews The Best of Both Worlds is a work-in-progress performance: part cabaret, part lecture, and part participatory experiment. It is being developed at ARC Stockton, East Streets Arts (Leeds), and the University of Salford (Manchester). It is supported with lottery funding from Arts Council England. Informed by our backgrounds as expatriates, the piece takes as its starting point the perceived and real differences between the socioeconomic models in France and the USA, and how the UK seemingly meets in the middle. We are currently in the R&D phase of the project thanks to funding from ACE. We’re investigating the performativity of street market trading (including busking), barter, ‘pay what you decide’ approaches, time banking, and out-sourcing. In making this performance, we wish to playfully utilise and disrupt these elements, in the hope of leaving audiences with new perspectives on what they value, and how they value it. Using the archetypes of the 1930s French street singer and the 1950s American door-to-door salesman, this work-in-progress will blend poetic text, data, song, recorded interviews. In addition, we will conduct live experiments with our audience, who will be invited to pay for extras, become professionally-paid performers for 5 minutes, […]
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Logographers

As part of DART’s project Logographers I created this series of images, originally intended to be displayed alongside a series of 6×4 digital prints of images created with a smartphone. The smartphone images are displayed at Lancaster Library until 1st August 2015. The photographs on the website, while taken with an analogue SLR currently only exist as digital files. You can download the text which is displayed alongside the photographs in the exhibition here: Photographs of Logographic Interest.
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Le Bistroquet

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Le Bistroquet is a pop-up restaurant where the menu needs you! Le Bistroquet is a durational participatory intervention for public spaces, inviting passers-by to contribute knowledge in return for a plateful of food. The piece is an unashamedly socially engaged attempt at facilitating conversations between strangers and encourages participants to consider the relationship their eating habits or preferences have to their(cultural) identity. Pop in anytime, have a natter with a waiter and your fellow customer; and when you’re ready, add your own recipe to our collection of publicly donated step-by-step guide tothe people’s favourite dishes!
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Between Us

Between Us is a one-on-one performance looking at dates of personal importance.  It’s a brief encounter with a stranger. It’s a short story, a snapshot of the everyday.  You are invited to celebrate the things that matter to you, to commemorate the small things, the bits of life which you’d like to remember. What is your 4th July? Whose birthday would you never forget? When did you take your first steps?  Between Us can be performed in person or via Skype.
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Dining With Strangers

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Dining With Strangers is a workshop that can be delivered for three principal groups; artists/theatre makers, older people or students. The workshops will be adapted with the specific group in mind but areas that may be covered include: A practical insight into Leo’s making process Techniques to transform overtly familiar and domestic contexts to sites where accessible yet complex socially engaged artistic practice can take place Working within Open Space and Long Table principles Practical exercises on active listening Exploring engagement and conversation with strangers
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Breaking Bread

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Breaking Bread is a social event structured to facilitate complex conversations. The project is re-created for each location and contexts within which it is presented. It can take place for example as part of a conference or a festival. Breaking Bread sees Leo prepare a meal for your guests, and responding the context, or question you are posing. Put simply, Breaking Bread is an opportunity to creatively explore any subject in the alternative format of a dinner party-like experience. So far, Leo has been commissioned to break bread with: Live At LICA, exploring the question “What is a 21st Century Arts Centre?” as part of the organisation’s annual OPEN programme DART, during their Logographers european artists residency, exploring the theme Legends of the Lune Lancaster Jazz Festival as part of their artists development programme
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