MAYK is a theatre producing organisation that collaborates with artists and audiences to make exciting things happen in unusual ways.
As part of our growing programme of MAYK supported projects 'beyond' Mayfest, we are excited to be collaborating with Hannah Sullivan on her new participatory project Draw to Look. So, have a read, go along and take some time to draw...
Created and written by the company, A Spark and a Beating Heart is about us. Who we are, how we came here and why we do what we do. It’s a celebration and a love-letter, a party and an elegy. Mixing the many myths of the firebird with a collective reflection on lives lived. We are here to tell you our story.
Firebird Theatre are a company of sixteen disabled actors, ranging in age from 22 to 70. Their new show A Spark and a Beating Heart tells their stories, intertwined with the myth of the firebird.
Just after Christmas, we spent a day with Firebird and photographers Paul Blakemore and Jack Offord taking a series of portraits of this unique company.
We've been working with the ever-so-fabulous Alice Holland on ACE's Agents for Change programme. We're launching a survey to inform the making and shaping of our 'mental health, wellbeing and flexible working in the arts' policy and in this blog Alice gets real about navigating the freelancer-life, vulnerability and why we're doing this.
Here's a blog about Hannah Sullivan's participatory project Draw to Look. We're supporting Hannah's work through our growing programme of MAYK supported projects.
As we round off the year, here's a visual reminder of some of the best bits of our 2016. Merry Christmas!
The first revelation for me in the Agents for Change process has been that walking and talking feels really good. I mean, I’ve done it on away days, but not really as part of my normal working day. It really allows you to think. But walk we did, Alice and I, around the harbourside from Colston Hall past Watershed and the amphitheatre all the way along to Hotwells and then back up past the ss Great Britain and M Shed.
Last month we joined Still House in Tbilisi, Georgia to present Of Riders and Running Horses and a UK cultural delegation in Seoul, South Korea. Here are some notes from the field.
There's nothing like trying to drag a suitcase through the streets of Edinburgh at the tail end of the Fringe to make you want to escape to a quieter place. I finished four inspiring days at the world's biggest arts festivals with Rachel Clerke's blistering Cuncrete ringing in my ears and headed for Iceland; a place that couldn’t really be more different to Edinburgh in August.
Reykjavik’s Every Body’s Spectacular festival is collaborative working at its best. Two distinct programmes, Lókal and Reykjavik Dance Festival, combine for an annual festival of local and international work. We’ve been lucky to have been invited for a number of years, and it’s been great to get to know some of the local artists on this remote volcanic rock.
Invites the most exciting makers we can find to present and play in the city
Curates and commissions bespoke theatrical events for Bristol
Produces, develops and tours new work nationally and internationally
Our major project is Mayfest, Bristol's international festival of contemporary theatre, and we also work with a number of artists to develop, present and tour their work. Currently we work with Still House, Sleepdogs, Firebird Theatre and Sam Halmarack.
Image: Of Riders and Running Horses by Still House. Photo: Paul Blakemore