Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

Heroic self-sacrifice. When I look at my body of work, this seems to be the through-line that emerges. Exploring what it means to be heroic. How an ordinary person can be heroic. What toll and sacrifice is required. This exploration can take many forms as there are many different kinds stories I’m attracted to and many different ways I wish to tell them; whether working on a devised piece about a murder in a chimp colony, as with Hominid, or a monologue-play about an American Quaker lighting himself on fire to protest the Vietnam war, as in Fire in the Garden. And certainly, many attempts at heroism and heroic self-sacrifice are misguided. Harmful to oneself or others. And these are equally valuable to explore. Because they’re part of the same question: how do we become better, more evolved human beings? More conscious, more aware, more outraged, more connected, more responsible, more loving, more selfless, more forgiving, more active. This struggle, this conversation, is my point of entry and my point of engagement, with my colleagues and with an audience.