About us – Performing Arts sub-committee
Hannah Beacom – Chair
This sub-committee covers all performing arts, including drama, dance and classical music. Each of these artistic areas is strongly represented in Guernsey. However areas are being identified where opportunities can be enhanced, where the island would benefit from more visits by professional performers and groups, and where innovation could encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and attract a wider range of audience.
Sub-Committee chair, Hannah Beacom, said: “I am excited to be working with the Performing Arts Sub-committee. I am hoping that we will be able to organise an event to bring together all performing arts groups to seek their views on where the sub-committee should be concentrating their efforts. Current ideas include a database of organisations and performers; outdoor entertainment to coincide with the Sunday seafront closures; and an evening of local collaborations.”
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Hannah Beacom (Chair)
My name is Jason Dodd, I am 27 years old and I studied Drama Studies at The University of Winchester and then studied a Post Graduate in Drama Education at the University of Plymouth. I have been a drama teacher in Guernsey for nearly five years and I am a member of the Guernsey Youth Theatre where I run workshops for children aged 11 – 14 every Friday evening. I am also a keen director and can, on occasions, even be seen attempting to act!
I was born and grew up in Guernsey. Returning to the island in 2005, I took up the unique position at Herm school, teaching children from 4 to 11 years old. It was soon apparent that the way to achieve effective learning was through the media of performing arts. Through this we have studied Shakespeare and participated in a workshop at the Globe theatre and been to see several Shakespeare productions at Castle Cornet. Personally I have completed RSC courses and been published in The National Drama Magazine with my work on Shakespeare and primary schoolchildren.
I am passionate about promoting the performing arts and firmly agree with Matthew Burgess – Actor (currently playing Joey in ‘War Horse’ at New London Theatre)
“As an actor and workshop leader I absolutely believe in the importance that drama and singing can play in instilling confidence, self belief, direction and creative imagination in people of all ages.”
Laura De Putron
After achieving an MA in Fine Art from St Andrews University in1990, Laura worked for the Royal Academy of Dancing for five years. In1995 she set up her own Art Consultancy commissioning and installing artworks large and small into hospitals, offices and public spaces. One of her last projects was the “Cross the Divide” steel sculpture by Rick Kirby located outside St Thomas Hospital in London unveiled by Princess Margaret.
Throughout her twenties Laura trained with international voice coach Robert Bicknell and film coach Simon Cathcart. She has appeared in many musical productions in London and Europe, has also made a number of TV & Film appearances, compered shows and been involved with professional theatre and radio.
She is currently runs a busy Pilates studio in Guernsey. Laura is on the Funding and Performing Arts Sub-Committees
Farida Nasir Ibrahim
Farida Nazir is an actress, presenter, producer and co-director of “Ms Diva” Productions. It was whilst working on ‘The Help Project’ for Naidoo Associates that Farida decided to launch her own company. Since 2009, “Ms Diva” has premiered the company devised play ‘Khabaloush’ at The Contact Theatre (where Farida herself appeared as the character Roxy) and run women-only workshops in inner-city Manchester. As an actress, Farida has worked with top companies in the UK such as Chorle Theatre and Twisted Yarn, playing multiple characters, and her theatre work is set to continue with a planned tour of ‘Khabaloush’ in 2011.