The SOLO Contemporary Performance Forum (SCPF) is a South West based organisation, working out of Falmouth and Bristol. It offers practical, artistic, financial and production support to regional, national and international solo performance makers via several platforms, including artists’ laboratories, residencies, scratch and showcase events, public interviews and a new website. It was founded by Misri Dey in 2005, who works as artistic director, with Hannah Sullivan as the co-ordinator of the Bristol group.
SOLO Socials invite you to come and eat, talk, drink and speak about your work and your plans. SOLO Labs are intensive development labs, where several invited solo practitioners are given studio space in which to explore emergent ideas or develop work already in progress, including opportunities for workshopping the material, showing and getting practitioner-centred feedback. SOLO Dialogues are a series of public conversations, where solo practitioners discuss how they make their work. SOLO Residencies offer week long studio space for practitioners who are developing a piece of work, often incorporating collaborators and potential scratch showings of the work. SOLO Workshops are artist led and offer the opportunity for solo makers to share skills with their making processes. SOLO Scratch offers solo makers the opportunity to share their work in progress with a peer artist audience to gain feedback for development. CLUB SOLO offer solo makers platforms to show work at different stages of development – within a quarterly programme at The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol and a new graduate platform of solo work at Falmouth Poly. SOLO Community includes our social media site, for up to date dialogue and exchange, as well as an email link for you to be in touch with us.
The future of the SOLO Website is fundamental to the work of the forum – facilitating exchange, connectivity, sharing of resources and ideas, working processes, information and opportunities between individuals, globally. We are currently working on a funding application which should sustain the website for another three years. Our social media presence has been a hub for activities surrounding solo practice, shared by members seeking support, platforming work, inviting collaboration and initiating new projects and serves an immediate, daily exchange of practice linked to life practice – complementary to the work of this website.
Who is behind the SOLO Contemporary Performance Forum?
Misri Dey is a performance-maker, Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Acting at Falmouth University and Artistic Director of the Solo Contemporary Performance Forum, operating out of Bristol and Falmouth University. Her practice includes making solo work nationally and internationally: (‘Bed’ 2004; ‘Taj A Chino Blues’, 2006, 2010, 2012, Leave to Remain, 2018) ‘My work explores mixing it up – the small sound that resonates, the stutter that roars’. Her research includes an in-depth series of interviews with highly experienced national and international solo devisor/performers. This became a PhD entitled ‘Solo Devised Performance: a practitioner’s enquiry’, completed in 2015 and now a book ‘ Making Solo Performance: six practitioner interviews’ published by Palgrave Macmillan on June 9th 2018. Misri founded the Solo Performance Forum at Dartington College of Arts in 2004.
Hannah Sullivan is a performance maker, writer and freelance producer based in Bristol, UK. Her practice is based in contemporary theatre and consists of working with movement, singing, autobiographical writing, research and interdisciplinary collaborations to create solo performance. Her practice is concerned with prioritising the emotional experience, democratising creativity and celebrating the agency of the individual. Previous works include ‘Echo Beach’ and ‘With Force and Noise’. As a Producer, Hannah is committed to artist support and cross art form programming and has previously produced the Ausform Micro-Fest (2013 and 2014), and the In The City Series (2012), as well as other freelance positions. Hannah came on board in 2015 to produce the SOLO Showcase, and continues to coordinate Bristol activity; SOLO Labs at Trinity Centre and SOLO Club at The Wardrobe Theatre. Hannah is a graduate of Dartington College of Arts and the University of Bristol and is a member of Interval, an artist support network and shared office space in Bristol.
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Ria Hartley is an interdisciplinary solo performance artist, researcher and educator based in Bristol, UK. Working within the mediums of devised theatre, site-specific and durational performance, live art, installation, video, photography, one-to-one performance and socially –engaged art, her practice focuses on exchange, memory, identity and communication. Her current research is autoethnographic and investigates the retracing of her diasporic identity through (re)locating her absent, representational, material and genetic body. She has taught as an associate lecturer in BA Theatre at the University of Falmouth 2010 – 13 and was a visiting artist lecturer at Plymouth University in 2012. She has delivered various training in devised theatre, performance and media, Solo performance, Live Art practice and site-specific performance. Hartley is a member of Residence Collective and co-ordinator of the SOLO forum (Bristol Network). Supported by the forum she nationally toured her solo performance Matilda and Me in Spring/Summer 2014.