Join Gemma Lees for ‘Hostile Interior Design’, a combined installation and performance exposing hostile architecture.
Gemma is both a physically disabled and homelessness experienced person and wishes to raise awareness of the every day behaviour modification that takes place everywhere we go.
The main behaviour that sloped seats, bars on benches, uneven flooring, blue lights, discordant noises, wetting down and spikes are attempting to curb is bedding down of unhoused folks.
Sleep is a human right and stopping someone from sleeping is literally torture.
These things also make navigating the world very difficult for physically disabled people. The audience are invited to join Gemma in her life-size non-living room as she tries to complete everyday tasks in an environment that is designed to hurt and restrict her.
Gemma Lees is a Romany Gypsy, disabled and neurodiverse fine artist, poet, actor, facilitator, journalist and theatre-maker from Bury, Lancashire. In 2023 she’s worked with The Turnpike Gallery, Told By An Idiot, The Vegetarian Society magazine, Naked Productions, BEAM2023, Graeae Theatre Company, Haphazard Festival, BBC Radio Manchester, The Lowry Cultural Comedy Tours and CRIPtic. She’s a core team member of Girl Gang Manchester and creator and facilitator of their monthly writer’s group, ‘Write Here, Right Now’, her poetry chapbook, ‘1000 Years’ will be published by Bent Key in January, she’s in the DANC/ Triple C focus group for ‘People Who Experience Racism’ and she’s on both the Traveller’s Times TT Vision and the Arts and Homelessness International Associate Leadership programmes, the latter for which this installation will be undertaken. https://artshomelessint.com/what-we-do/training/associates-programme/2023-24-associates-cohort/ 21st & 22nd November 2023 6:30pm & 7pm (20 minutes, 10 minute performance & 10 minutes to explore the installation) PWYC: £0 free/ £3 donation/ £5 ticket/ £10 support Parental advisory: Upsetting themes & children must be supervised at all times Theatre Deli Sheffield, Rehearsal Room 1, Cuthbert House, Arley St, Highfield, S2 4QP Accessibility Info: Theatre Deli's venue is based on the ground floor with level access/accessibility ramps throughout. A dedicated quiet space is available at all times. We have an accessible toilet. The nearest changing places toilet is available at 77 The Moor, S1 4PF