I have worked as a social media and marketing manager in the music and theatre industry for the past seven years and I have fifteen years experience as an artist, performer, and events promoter in Brighton and Hove. Over this time I have built strong relationships with both fellow performers and venues in different sections of the local arts scene, from music and poetry to cabaret, burlesque, comedy, and, of course, fringe theatre.
I brought my debut solo show The Geek Shall Inherit... to Brighton Fringe in 2020 and 2021 to critical acclaim. I am also a member of the feminist theatre collective Clap Back Club, who have performed at Brighton Fringe for the past four years and were winners of the Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award in 2018 and 2019. As a group, we regularly collaborate with fellow Brighton-based theatre collective Girl Code Theatre and through our community outreach initiative Home Safe Brighton, we have built strong links with Brighton and Hove City Council, as well as several other local services and charities.
Motivations for becoming observer to the board of Brighton Fringe:
Recently, I have had the privilege of standing alongside Clap Back Club and other members of the Brighton Fringe community to advocate on behalf of a coalition of Brighton Fringe participants. In my role within the group, I oversaw the majority of liaison with both participants and Brighton Fringe board members. This experience highlighted to me how valuable a Participant Observer would be to the Brighton Fringe board. In liaising with fellow participants, I was honoured that they trusted me with their worries, queries, and stories, which took a great deal of time and courage to share. Equally, in liaising with the Brighton Fringe board, I was impressed by their willingness to listen to these worries, queries, and stories, assess any blind spots, and take action to improve procedures and relationships. Above all, I was struck with how exciting it felt to be a part of building a better future for Brighton Fringe, as someone who cares about it very much. I believe that Brighton Fringe participants deserve ethical treatment, transparency, accessibility, and to be protected and heard. I know that I share those beliefs with the Brighton Fringe board and I would relish the opportunity to play a role in working together to uphold those values. Participants bring life and colour to the Fringe – we are its beating heart and I am excited to see the results of us having a seat at the table.