December’s artist of the month is the lovely Lucy Enskat, who wears a couple of Suffolk Artlink hats. As well as being a long-standing member of our valued team of Clown Doctors, she has also brought her inimitable creativity to residential care homes across the county as part of Our Place.
Name: Lucy Enskat
Can you tell us a little bit about your own practice?
I am a performer and producer running Norwich-based Hocus Pocus Theatre company. I work collaboratively with artists of different disciplines to create immersive shows where the audience is at the heart of the action, including: interactive walkabout characters for events; comedy cabaret acts and theatrical installations. I have a solo outdoor puppet show ‘Like A Tree’ which I tour in the summer months and I work throughout the year as a Clown Doctor for Suffolk Artlink.
I have been working freelance as a community artist using my theatre skills on a variety of projects for the last twelve years and been playing the fool since I was a teenager. Youth theatre was a bigger influence than school for me.
What’s been your favourite artistic experience of the past 12 months?
Teaming up with inspiring artists on the Our Place project for Suffolk Artlink this year. It was my first time working on a dementia friendly project with older people in a care home setting and I absolutely loved it. It was fantastic to have the freedom to be responsive to each home’s needs and to see how playfulness had an instant transformative, joyful effect on residents. One of the highlights was creating a sensory environment with twinkling lights, relaxing sounds, calming aromas and soft things to touch.
Which Suffolk Artlink projects have you worked on to date?
Clown Round and Our Place.
How has working with Suffolk Artlink influenced your work?
The person centred approach has always been important in my work but even more so now, and I find myself applying it to the interactive theatre work I do and situations everywhere. It’s important to make people feel special. Working as a Clown Doctor has taught me that humour can be found in surprising places and cemented my belief that laughter connects us, brings relief and makes things better. My inner clown now has a lot of influence over all my creative work.
How would you describe Suffolk Artlink in 3 words?
Uplifting, Enabling, Liberating
To find out more you can visit: www.hocuspocustheatre.co.uk