THEATRE IN THE MILL, BRADFORD, february 2018

Photos by Sarah Hickson

Aisha

"I spoke about my father’s honour and the expectation to maintain it, but it’s my honour and I’m taking it back. I have power over me now including my actions, my body, and my future."

Jenny

"Live your truth, live it hard, live it well, live it every single minute of every single day.  If we all did that maybe we really would change the world."

 

Richard

"I’m offended that in my country in 2018 more than four thousand people live on the streets and one million people use food banks."

Sharena

"Fear, you have controlled my life for too long. I dam you to an eternal wave of light.  Strip the depths of your hell as you scream for your darkness, the fall or midnight. I no longer allow you to control me."

Leon

"I spoke about bad language and how it corrodes our society, and the damage it does in the arts.  If inclusivity and diversity are by-words, why use language that prevents people from taking part?"

Si Pi

"I'd rather push against the boundaries of my choices than be too scared, or believe I'm unable to approach them in the first place. I have the power and you have the choice. Take it. Power must be taken. It will never be gift wrapped."

Ryan

"I am a trans non binary queer artist. The people who have power over me are my ‘allies’. I would like to tell them that the age of allies is over, and that now is the time to be an accomplice."

Fay

"The men who called me a whore, a bitch, a fake and all the voices they created in my head that say I'm not good enough, smart enough, talented enough, innocent enough, worth enough."

Lucy

"I’m a mermaid and I spoke for my fellow sea dwellers who are forced to live in concrete tanks and perform for humans.  Sea mammal exploitation is a multi-million dollar industry and I want people to empty the tanks."

Betty

"My depression has power over me. It's part of who I am, my twisted darkness... And I am sick of it!"

CAST, DONCASTER, FEBRUARY 2018

Photos by Sarah Hickson