Open House

Part of The Party Somewhere Else

Saturday 24 March 2018 at 1.30pm

Neville Studio - FREE - booking required


Come and join in an ongoing conversation about women and diversity in the arts, featuring guest speakers Jessica Fostekew, Ioney Smallhorne and Michèle Taylor.

Jessica Fostekew

Jessica Fostekew is a comedian, actor and writer. She co-hosts The Guilty Feminist Podcast, as well as being a regular host of BBC R4 Extra’s Comedy Club_. Her 3 hour special Motherhood: Bump, Birth and Beyond for BBC R4 Extra is available on BBC iPlayer from Sat 10 Mar for a month. She starred in the recent smash hit sitcom Motherland (BBC2) and highly acclaimed 2017 BBC1 drama Three Girls.

“Wears her smarts on her sleeve, great stuff”
The Guardian

Ioney Smallhorne

Ioney Smallhorne is a Nottingham-based writer, filmmaker, educator and performance poet. She was a founding member of the Nottingham Black Archive and has created the documentary series Black In The City, in which each short film offers a new perspective of Nottingham’s Black narrative. She was previously an Associate Artist with Nottingham poetry group Mouthy Poets, and is a member of SheAfriq, a collective of creative women of black heritage. She shared some of her poetry at our first Open House in January and was so brilliant we were desperate to get her back!

Michèle Taylor

Michèle Taylor is a disability and equality trainer and strategist based in Nottingham. She has been running her own business since 1992 training and advising organisations on making their practices, policies and premises inclusive of disabled people. She is also an accredited coach. Michèle is Director for Change for the Ramps on the Moon consortium (funded by Arts Council England). This programme aims to achieve a step change in the employment and artistic opportunities for D/deaf and disabled performers and creative teams, and a cultural change in the participating organisations to enable accessibility to become a central part of their thinking and aesthetics. Michèle is responsible for supporting the change programmes in the six partner venues, and for ensuring that learning is disseminated into the theatre industry. She has worked in small-scale theatre as a performer, writer and director and is one half of comedy duo “Bitter and Twisted” (still making the occasional appearance).

Meet, mingle, listen, talk, laugh, and cry if you want to, while we discuss, create and wrestle with some key questions about what is important in getting diverse female stories on stage.

Open to people of all genders all who wish to support female and non-binary voices being heard in the arts, and who have an interest in or represent the diverse spectrum of female experience in the arts – performers, creatives, and potential audience members.

part of the party somewhere else

Dates & Times

Open House - Sat 24 Mar 1:30pm Sat 24 Mar Neville Studio 1:30pm FREE

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