THE ARTS CENTRE, ORMSKIRK UK, OCTOBER 2018

PHOTOS SARAH HICKSON

Otto
”I am new generation Down syndrome. I am taking back control of my life. I am master of my destiny.”

Lucy
”I have adopted four boys with Down syndrome. Despite social services, I keep them happy, healthy, and liberated.”

Mark
”Muting my critical father and the policing of bodies in society, enables me to be comfortable in my own skin.”

Jacquie
”The one who wields the power in her ivory tower is me. Tonight my voice has been heard. I am powerful”.

Daniel
“I have seen abandoned children with disabilities with no names and no ages in cages. This has power over me.”

Stew
”Substance abuse once eroded my ability to give and receive love. I am recovered. My love is hard earned.”

Peter
”Today, I have power over me, but it wasn’t always like that. Listen, listen, hold it, I have my own voice now.”

Eddie
”Spinning the wheel, a slip of the card, I can’t remember life being this hard. I was once a compulsive gambler.”

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Eva
"Advertising has power over me. It distorts my thoughts and judgements, and makes me want things I don't like."

Regina
"My son Jim was my soulmate but he died when he was 19. The greatest gift he gave me is the power to be me."

Jamila
"Work harder, achieve more, be better, run faster, try harder, do more, work harder, work harder, work harder."

Annemarie
"I am responsible for the mental health of people I love. I support them during their depression, whatever the cost."

Anne
"It's time the Evangelical Church found respect, compassion, and sensitivity towards LGBTQI+ communities."

Ronald
"An ode to my autism: I love you. I hate you. I accept you. You are my autism. Because of you, I am stronger."

Thiadmer
"My parents have a benevolent power over me, through which I’ve learnt to be me. I want to thank them. I love them."

Rick
"My insecurities have power over me. My parents help and I love them, but I want to stand on my own two feet now."

Richte
"I'm a musician and a songwriter. I have power over myself. I take care of myself. I reach for my goals."

   Nicole   "I spend too much time thinking about my imperfections, when I'd rather just live and let live."

Nicole
"I spend too much time thinking about my imperfections, when I'd rather just live and let live."

Timara
"Society tells me I’m a victim of sexual abuse, but I’m not a victim, and I'm not defined by that experience either."

Elise
"I am 16 and my life experience is limited, so I think other people will always have power over me. I follow."

Coco
"Sometimes it's ok to make choices for yourself, without feeling you have to put ten other people first."

Annelore
"Unconditional love for my bf, family and friends, and loyalty to my boss can hurt. Please take care of me now and then."

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Photos by SARAH HICKSON

Adriana
"When I imagine speaking back to who or what has power over me, I become silent and can't put it into words."

Ivana
"I reclaim my sovereignty, I reclaim my power, and I use it for the benefit of all human beings."

Aida
"What I cannot talk about has the greatest power over me."

Zvonko
"I have the power to make people happy, and sleep like an innocent child, but food is my addiction. Food has power."

Hrvoje
"To fear or not to fear the system and those who believe in that system has had power over me in the past."

Rina
"I'm taking my life back. I call the shots. I decide what I want to do now. I am no longer defined by being bipolar."

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GOLD COAST AUSTRALIA, APRIL 2018

Photos by KATE HOLMES

Nicole
"Fantasy has power over reality, and I have perpetual feelings of wanting more, being more, having more."

Livia
"I spoke of the love I have for my adopted country Australia, the land and its peoples."

Petra
"Bullies once had power over me but not anymore. Even though I might be different, I own my difference now."

Tim
"I spoke of my ability to overcome and the power of empathy and family in my life."

Simone
"The patriarchy has power over all of us, dumbing us down to value a bottom line of greed."

Anne
"I spoke about the time I felt the most politically powerless, and my journey to a mass movement for change."

Tani
"My desire to be perfect has power over me, but my memory loss hinders me from achieving my potential."

Jeff
"In my 50th year, I am finally stepping into the power of my own life through story telling, and a loving relationship."

Kerrie
"Pharmaceutical companies who put people over profit have power over most of us."

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Photos by KATE HOLMES

Ian
"I spoke of the power of community, the importance of activism, and the love I have for my father."

Beverley
"I'm a 75 year old woman. Thirty years after her death, my mother still has power over me."

Gregory
"I am Waanyi and Jaru from North West Queensland. I believe in a higher power for Indigenous peoples globally."

Tiah
"I believe in the power narratives around the acceptance of failure as part of the entrepreneurial journey."

Lizi
"I have a disability and that's all my employer ever sees. Labels are for soup cans not for people."

Tristan
"The modern world-order has power over me. I'd like to say your time is up. You're in urgent need of elimination."

Kerrie
"I created Clarity to connect to your subconscious to release feelings and beliefs not working for you."

Arwen
"I released the dark me of self doubt. I don't need you anymore. I've got a better offer. Goodbye!"

Donna
"I was bullied as a child and I've now founded Dreamguards to take the power back for ourselves."

Eve
"I spoke of the fear that has power over me and prevents me from realising my potential and my dreams."

Adam
"Casting directors have power over me: they control my access to the right people and charge me for the privilege."

Nadia
"Love has power over me in moments with family, friends, strangers and in the natural world."

Nasrin
"I have power over myself. I learnt that the only one who can effect me on any aspect of my life is myself."

Rebecca
"I'm a poet and I'm 16. I spoke about asylum and the injustices immigrants and refugees experience."

Stephen
"Is Shakespeare the real pensman? Those in power fear losing their revenue by exposing the truth."

Pete
"The mind and heart are powerful weapons against pain and fear, and how much power it has over you."

Josh
"Nothing has power over me anymore. I'm moving forward."

Robbie
"The person with power over me gave me HIV. Without him, I would not have found the power to be out and proud."

Julia
"I have a deep respect for the power that music has to influence social awareness and increase human consciousness."

MJ
"I'm a slam poet and I'm 16. I spoke of the tale of Humbert Humbert and the power he had over Lolita."

Anne
"The people who have power over me are extremely rich people, but I revolt and I'm an activist on the streets."

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Photos by Sarah Hickson

Aisha
"I spoke about my father’s honour and my family's expectation to maintain it, but it’s my honour and I’m taking it back."

Jenny
"Live your truth, live it hard, live it well, live it every single minute of every single day."

Richard
"I’m offended that 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."

Leon
"I spoke about bad rhetorical language and how it corrodes our society, and the damage it does in the arts."

Si Pi
"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’."

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

Lucy
"I’m a mermaid and I spoke of the mammal exploitation of sea dwellers who are forced to live in concrete 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 UK, FEBRUARY 2018

Photos by Sarah Hickson

Ciah
"I’m a sixth form student and at 16 almost everyone has power over me. I must take the power back for myself."

Kieran
"I’m empowered by my 3 year old daughter Bonnie, who is top of the heart transplant list."

Mev
"I wrote a love letter to the UK that I know will never write back. White people paint me as the other."

Louise
"Doctors wielded power over my life, but I realised it is benevolent. I am grateful for our NHS."

Frank
"I'm just a man. This government are creating a society that starve the poor and feed the rich."

Amy
"I know there is no magical cure for my depression, but I’m no longer taking its calls."

Anonymous
"It’s very hard when you move to a new country to stand up and face my problems which have power over me."

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Photos by Sarah Hickson

Deb
"I spoke of the injustices of the British class system in the wake of Grenfell with the fury and pain in our ears."

Ele
“I used my time to inspire. Let’s be driven more by our emotions, and not by fear of a social construct."

Jenny
“Smash the patriarchy. It’s time to build a culture of consent and remember what it's like to be human and to love."

Lynne
"Private train operators don’t care for our freedom of movement. They lack dignity, empathy, and basic humanity.”

Natasha
“I am my own person, and I create my own power and opportunities for myself."

Uzma
“I spoke of the daily grind and attitudes towards favouring sons over daughters. Some things just need to be said."

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