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Six emerging artists test a new performance idea over three days.
FUSE Festival is about supporting the beginnings of new work before it's fully developed. Watch, discuss, and be part of the creation of something brilliant.
Meet the Artists of FUSE 2020...
Kat Lyons is a Bristol-based writer, poet, storyteller and performer, with a background in live art and troublemaking.
Kat has told stories for adults and children, collaborated with an ecologist to create site-specific explorations of the intersections of myth, folklore and environmental science, and presented at the University of South Wales’ annual Storytelling Symposium.
A multiple slam-winner, she co-produces and hosts events with spoken word promoter Raise the Bar, and performs her poetry at events across the UK, including WOMAD, Shambala and The Eden Project. In 2019 she was artist in residence with Artspace Lifespace while developing her solo show Dry Season with the support of Arts Council England.
As a queer feminist performer, Kat’s creativity is critically engaged with the wider political landscape. She views spoken word performance in all its forms as the original DIY entertainment, and believes it has the power to engage all ages and demographics in creatively interpreting their experiences.
Mighty Mammal Theatre
Swine of the Times
Alice Wolff-Whitehouse founder of Mighty Mammal Theatre is an actor-musician/theatre maker based in East London. Alice recently graduated from Rose Bruford’s Actor Performer Training MA.
Before her MA she was freelancing - collaborating with different companies but mostly as part of an all-female ensemble from East 15 Acting School - where she completed a BA in World Performance. In 2015 we formed a political, physical theatre company called CapaTaro and performed in venues around London. (Cockpit, Etcetera, Flypit, BasicSpace etc) The company disbanded as they went on to new opportunities and Alice went off to Poland to do some training with Song of the Goat Theatre. Emerging from her Masters she excited by the discovery of her own artistic practice and is thrilled to be stepping out as a solo artist, building a new company with focus on comedy - specifically political satire, physical theatre and live music.
Penultimate make work that revolves around an ethos of spontaneous experimentation, relying heavily on the physical body. Their first production Forgotten Dialogue was taken to Tobacco Factory's SPARK Festival where they realised the importance of collaboration. After gaining the Pebble Trust’s Brighton Fringe award the full length show had its debut at The Brighton Fringe 2019.
As the company has developed, Penultimate has begun to place a larger focus on areas such as production, community and collaboration. After receiving a UWE Summer Internship Bursary they produce their emerging artist’s exhibition: Place#1: Conversations&Confinement. This was a live event showcasing a variety of Bristol based artists, highlighting alternative ways of presenting art in a more social open space as well as demonstrating the potential of putting multiple disciplines in the same space at once. The experiences gained from this event have now set Penultimate onto a broader multidisciplinary path, retaining their previous ways of devising, but now with the more varied and dynamic cast working together.
Ten Minutes Late Theatre
Ten Minutes Late Theatre was founded in 2018 by students on the Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre course at the University of Worcester. The company are currently based in the city of Worcester while all their members finish their final year of their course. All Ten Minutes Late members previously performed at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe as a part of Fragments Theatre. The company focus on creating socially engaged work with the goal of challenging societal norms and conceptions. Ten Minutes Late also run theatre workshops with schools within the West Midlands as well as having members work with the Worcestershire Cultural Educational Partnership (WCEP) which strives to make the Arts more prevalent in school curriculums.
TwoSidesSameCoin is devised by two members of Ten Minutes Late, Aaron Corbett and Owen Harper whose inspiration for the piece came from TED style talks they created while studying at the University of Worcester. These talks both went on to be commissioned at a WCEP event, which was the springboard for the development of TwoSidesSameCoin.
Emma Gannon is a freelance performance artist/writer and producer who uses spoken word to expose true stories of inequality. Bryony is a performance artist who explores animal rights and feminism in performance.
Together they use performance as a form of activism to begin glueing the world back together.
Casey Lloyd and Toby Robertshaw
Having met on Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol scheme, Casey and Toby have collaborated on numerous shows such as Lego Beach and Spooky Ship. Sharing such opportunities has allowed them to relate to one another in their dark, yet humorous observations of the world. While at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018 with Palomar Theatre’s production of Darlings, Casey and Toby spent their evenings winding down whilst watching Most Haunted. With the flamboyant theatrics of the late Derek Achorah and the chaotic drama carried in each episode, Casey and Toby were understandably left feeling inspired and knew they had to put their new found material to good use.
Since graduating from the London College of Music in 2015, Casey has been working as a professional actor and theatre maker both locally and nationally. Casey continues to work regularly with the Bristol Old Vic and has most recently Assistant Directed a production alongside Cardboard Citizens for the Bristol Old Vic’s Weston Studio.
Since leaving the Made In Bristol Scheme Toby has been continuously working with theatre companies across the South West, including Palomar Theatre, Loupe Theatre, INKBLOC Ensemble and the Bristol Old Vic.