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Security – A one Woman Showdown

Z_cam“SECURITY” is a comical and moving tale of unexpected friendship which confronts the issue of security and identity through a fusion of performance poetry, hip hop theatre, movement and song. It’s the chaotic stories of four ordinary characters, four extraordinary people with stories of resilience and evolution. They live in Tottenham but their stories could be about any inner city areas such as London, Handsworth, Liverpool.

In 2009, I was commissioned by The Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Apples and Snakes Poetry Organisation to write a show pushing the boundaries of poetry in performance. It took nearly 2 years to write as I had to learn what it meant to come out from behind a microphone as a poet and fill a whole theatre space with the presence of characters i was also responsible for incanting.

Metamorphing between characters, using clever dialogue and challenging myself as a performer and writer, I fused poetic language to a fast-paced and intensely stirring monologue to delivery an engaging one hour five minute show.  Post shows, I’d have people telling me they forgot I was a woman when I played the male parts because they were so engrossed in the story. I had to offer tissues for tears.

The Participation work has held the most drama for me, as photography, writing and telling stories are may passion and enabling others to tell their stories is just as satisfying is creating my own.

Find out more about the Security participation.

“Security” is a concept that unites what is real and what is imagined. The entire project includes a book, a film, a workshop program, a forum, a journey.”

Reviews

“As a performer and writer, Zena Edwards takes storytelling into the twenty-first century.” –  Sara Hirsh, Pure Poetry

“Edwards is a superb performer, equally at ease as an elderly Caribbean man, as a would-be teenage MC, Ayleen, or as a lonely 47-year-old Palestinian photographer, Mahmoud.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“I was kind of expecting it to be good and technically impressive.
Well, it’s much better than good – I’d say that if you are interested in spoken word, poetry, story-telling, theatre and or performance arts in general, this is pretty much essential viewing. I laughed and I did cry and moments from the show come back to me with relevance and intensity and I think they will for a long time to come.” – Francesca Beard

For more online reviews, click

www.afridiziak.com/theatrenews/reviews/review-security

www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/security

~ Zena

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©V:iD – Conversations: Verse In Dialog

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What we do.
We create. We collaborate. We advise and mentor. We celebrate.

©V:iD (or seevid) is an artist-led grassroots social enterprise arts and consultation company producing arts initiatives, arts  in education projects and artists support.  providing creative services rooted in Live Writing and  the Spoken Word in collaboration and dialog with other art forms such as film, dance and visual art. As an organisation, its mission extends to artist embedded community engagement and  inter-generational creative campaigning and Arts Activism.

©V:iD provides a bridging service between institutional and alternative arts education platforms

©V:iD places equal value on process as much as on production output

©V:iD is dedicated to the arts, as tools for  exploring equality, social justice and sustainability.

©V:iD’s core strategies are promote the building of bridges between cultures, generations and communities.

©V:iD values the next generation or re-imaginators, visionaries and artists, and  offer artists mentoring,  inter-generational arts project development and ‘diversity in the arts’ project consultancy in an evolving arts climate.

How we work
By harnessing the innovative inter-generational power within communities through the arts and concept of reigniting, emboldening and regeneration community spirit

by offering pedagogical insights into learning about literature and art forms such as movement and visual media as learning tools engaging with the world at large.

by evaluating and logging current creative conversations being had in and about the arts industry, its infrastructure and culture and ‘diversity policy in practice’.

by  re-inforcing the sustainability of the results of all ‘bridge work’, i.e the valuing the models formulated form processes of combining art forms from, by and for diverse groups and communities of all backgrounds age groups and abilities.

by being a cultural producer and supporter of storytelling and the stories we live by’ to highlight, contribute to and champion local and global  movements toward equality and justice

The Mission Statement

  • to champion positive change though the arts
  • to use all artistic devices of storytelling as alternative and supplementary education
  • to raise awareness and forge new narratives through the arts
  • to create crucial and necessary space for the arts to flourish  for re-imagining an equal world
  • to create crucial and necessary space for the arts to serve community in a focused and sustainable way

CV:iD is an all inclusive organisation.

 

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