Associate Artists

Mia Johnson

Mia is a performance artist from the East Midlands. Her new show Pink Lemonade is currently in development. In this show, Mia explores different concepts surrounding female masculinity within lesbian culture.

Mia's latest commission sees her working with Talawa, one of the premier black theatre companies in the country.

Mia has worked with Chessboard Society, Serendipity and New Perspectives in recent times.

With the support of Talawa Theatre's Studio Firsts program, Mia has just spent a week developing her show and is excited to annouce that she will be attending the Toronto Feminist Art Conference in May 2018.

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Twitter @miaantonia90 

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Miranda Porter

 Since graduating from Rose Bruford College with a First Class Honours in European Theatre Arts, it's been a busy time for Miranda.

Miranda's debut show, S/he/it Happens is a solo clown show which comically challenges the gender binary.  This summer she visited The Drayton Arms (London), The Greater Manchester Fringe, The Birmingham Fest and gave a one night sneak peek of the show at an Edinburgh fringe cabaret! 

The show has been met with overwhelmingly positive responses:

"What a wonderful clown show. Witty, imaginative and bold. Really impressive."​

"Bold, brave and bare-boobed. Evoked some very current gender topics. Bravo!"  - Audience responses

Alongside researching for S/he/it Happens, Miranda has written an article about clowns and gender which has now been published online.

S/he/it Happens will be touring in 2018/19

Follow Miranda on

Twitter @mirandajporter


Sam Beckett Jr.

Sam is Artistic Director of Purple Theatre and is also performing as Vanessa in a solo show of the same name in 2018/19. 

The show, a mixture of monologue, poetry and music offers us the thoughts of 45 year old Vanessa on the day she dies.

She fits a lot into that day. Her son's wedding (to a man), an argument with her husband, praying, dancing and remembering. 

The piece serves to question our ideas of motherhood and how we are conditioned as mothers to think less of ourselves and more of others.

Current dates for 2018 include:

Kuumba Arts Centre Bristol 

March 29 (Scratch)

Fragility Takeover (Wandsworth Fringe London)

May 19 and 20 (Preview)

Brighton Fringe

May 30 to June 3

More to be announced

Written and directed by Frank Finighan

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