I conceive and direct performances and installations for theatres, galleries and outside spaces. The performances are usually playfully devised with the company (which sometimes includes non-professional performers and children).
As a Creative Practitioner, I work with both adults and children both in and out of schools on a variety of projects including one-off drama workshops, 5-year projects re-imagining mainstream education and large youth theatre & socially engaged participatory performances.
Recently I’ve started making theatre specifically for small children and their accompanying adults, which is a joyful convergence of my participatory and experimental practice.
ON MY PERFORMANCES and INSTALLATIONS
My work is often participatory, playful and eschews acting. I often used structured improvisation rather than creating something completely set: I’m trying to make something that feels real, now and connected. I’m very interested in the live-ness of theatre – it’s one-off-ness and the temporary community that’s formed. I like experimenting and doing things that haven’t been done before. I like making theatre for audiences that wouldn’t usually choose to step inside the building.
The performances I make are personal and often concerned with self-expression and repressed feelings, with what’s happening on the inside as different to the outside. I like to bring into focus things we don’t talk about very much in English culture: to make the invisible visible, the impossible – possible and to dare to celebrate what we don’t usually see. I hope to make a world that is a little bit magical: where different rules can operate – even if it’s just fleetingly.
ON MY PROCESS
Over the last 15 years as a practitioner I have developed a specific approach that is child (person) centred and inspired by the early years practice in Reggio Emilia (Italy). I look to find authentic ways of creating with the people I work with to make collaborative artworks.
I work with people of all ages as artistic collaborators and favour a co-learning environment whereby we collectively discover possibilities and co-create (mainly live) installations or performances together.
I often view my role as to construct structures and environments that inspire and hold the people I work with – allowing them to be free and creative whilst at the same time producing high quality artworks.
‘Lucy Cassidy has a unique child centred approach to developing work. Whether she is facilitating, directing or mentoring Lucy holds a space gently almost invisibly but with the upmost care. Lucy cares a lot about the invitation. By offering very clear, open but thought through prompts/ suggestions/ gifts she creates a warm creative environment where children / adults can’t help but thrive. Under Lucy’s careful artistic eye those sparks of ideas are gently shaped into something always beautiful often profound and always thoroughly unique to the person that made them. ‘ Sita Calvert-Ennals, Theatre Director and Lecturer, Bath Spa University
ON MY EXPERIENCE
I have over 15 years professional experience. I trained at Bristol Universityand have performed my work throughout the UK and in Europe notably at The National Review of Live Art (UK) and Plateaux (DE).
Recent Awards and Bursaries:
- Recipient Leverhulme Scholarship 2014-2015 | November 14 – Present
- Recipient of the TYA UK travel bursary for Augenblick-Mal Festival and ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Berlin April 2015
- Associate Artist the egg, children’s theatre 2012 – present
I co-founded Residence, Bristol’s artist-led space for theatre and performance makers in 2006 and work as a Mentor, Facilitator, Dramaturg and Director for both Residence members and other artists including Liz Clarke (Live Artist) and Kate Cross (Director, the egg, TRB)
As a Creative Practitioner I have worked mainly in the Bristol and Bath area for 5x5x5=creativity, Arnolifini, Bath Young Carers Association, Bristol Council, Creative Partnerships, Mentoring Plus, South Gloucestershire Library service,Spike Island,the egg, Theatre Royal Bath and Travelling Light, as well as numerous schools and colleges.I’m passionate about and regularly work on the creative education project School Without Walls.
After living and working in Bristol for over 15 years, I moved to Stroud, Gloucestershire in 2016 and took a career break to have my second child. I’m delighted to be joining another creative community and am looking forward to working here in Stroud and beyond.