I am Creative Producer for the brilliant Maison Foo! Based in Derby, they exist to create mischievous new theatre that challenges audiences and tickles their imagination. They devise visual theatre, that draws on influences of clowning and puppetry and takes the form of both street theatre and touring theatre.
Since September 2017, I have worked with Maison Foo to develop a new show, A Thing Mislaid, and surrounding projects that centres and supports refugees and asylum seekers.
This has been a truly affirming experience, instilling a passion and commitment for me to produce work that supports and enriches the lives of displaced and marginalised people, whilst endeavouring to share our learning with colleagues and peers to encourage a warm and welcoming sector as a whole.
We are now working on a new project – Meet Your Neighbour Installation, which platforms positive stories from refugees and asylum seekers across the country, through a pop-up multi-sensory art installation. This is due to be previewed at Migration Matters Festival in June 2021. Meet Your Neighbour is supported by Arts Council England, Derby Theatre, The Big House, Attenborough Arts Centre, Journeys Festival International and Migration Matters Festival.
Maison Foo is a consortium partner for Derby Creative Arts Network – a new multi-million pound funded project led by Derby Theatre and supported by the Arts Council England Producing Hubs. Find out more here.
Keep an eye on how our projects develop by following @MaisonFoo on Twitter, Liking Maison Foo on Facebook or visiting our website. To get in touch about Maison Foo email phoebe[at]maisonfoo.co.uk