Name: Kirsty Thorpe
Can you tell us a little bit about your own practice?
I’m a multi-sensory theatre maker that creates work with and for disabled audiences. I focus on how to tell stories in ways that can be accessed through the different senses. Theatre you can touch, taste and feel! I feel it’s my responsibility as an artist to engage as many different people as possible in my work. My biggest passion is making work with people that don’t always get to access the arts and I like to encourage playfulness in all that I do!
What’s been your favourite artistic experience of the past 12 months?
Launching Tuck Shop Theatre with Laura Norman has been a big and exciting step for us as an artistic team. Tuck Shop makes multi-sensory theatre for young people, specialising in work for disabled audiences. Our work is always innovative, fun, accessible and relevant. Tuck Shop’s newest show, 1001 Fireflies is touring nationally this Autumn.
Which Suffolk Artlink projects have you worked on to date?
I led the Ipswich JumpstART arts course for people with learning disabilities earlier this year on behalf of Red Rose Chain. The 15-week course focused on Theatre Arts, so I devised a multi-sensory show with the students. I’m excited to have been invited to be lead artist on the Autumn Jumpstart course, in which we’ll be exploring protest arts. In Ipswich, Bury and Lowestoft we’ll be working with beat poets, screen printers, graffiti artists and film makers to create a live art exhibition of what protest means to our students and to share their views of the world. It’s going to be seriously cool.
How has working with Suffolk Artlink influenced your work?
They are the best! What a generous, welcoming, talented and sincere group of people. Suffolk Artlink has allowed me to be exactly who I am as an artist with total trust and respect. They really support you and encourage you. I’m very lucky to be working with them and being just a small part of their wonderful offer for people across Suffolk. They work really hard to create programmes and courses that everybody can access and enjoy.
How would you describe Suffolk Artlink in 3 words?
Creative Soul Food
To find out more about Kirsty Thorpe, visit: www.tuckshoptheatre.com