is an uncompromising, autobiographical, and darkly comic look into the mind of someone living with OCD and Depression. It’s about failure, fucking things up, and how it feels to be a 20-something artist with increasingly intrusive and overbearing mental impairments. The piece aims to celebrate the discussion of mental health and our wonky brains in a light-hearted, touching, and always candid manner.
I have been using the impact from the pandemic to re-imagine AIATP for online video and am currently working with Tabitha Richards & SpunGlass Theatre for artist-led audience development, fundraising, and project management to create opportunities to develop the project.
SHORT FILM ADAPTATION OF
AM I A TERRIBLE PERSON SHOWING AS PART OF BRIGHTON FRINGE FESTIVAL 28/05 - 27/06
Originally born as a cabaret-inspired performance unpacking childhood trauma and the intersection of wanting to be a mother and be mothered yourself, this work-in-progress explores our ever-evolving relationship with our queerness, the limitations of self-care & capitalism, and a desperate want to be listened to and understood by someone; anyone.
Combining elements of Live Art, drag, the electric energy of a metal gig and a Zoom call, mum(me) issues is a funny, intense and messy performance shining a light on the effects of complex PTSD, neurodivergence, and how to cope when you're feeling isolated and helpless.
This piece has been supported by RAZE Collective's: "Let Us Raze You" commission, resulting in a 7-minute film and is building towards an hour-long solo show. Work-in-Progress showing at Camden People's Theatre 2021.
Ant is on a mission to empower people to be radically kind to themselves. He is invested in providing artists with a safe, supportive environment to play, be funny, silly and remove preconceived ideas of achieving perfection in their work.
Ant has run several workshops on filmmaking & vlogging, devising autobiographical performance, and more recently, has been running sessions for anxious artists aimed at giving them the tools to enter the arts sector while always placing their wellbeing as the priority, as well as learning how to advocate for themselves.
Ant has run sessions for University of Worcester, FlatPack Festival, Summer in the City and Tobacco Factory Theatres.
Ant is constantly scribbling and doodling. You can expect naïve drawings, text-based works, lots of masking tape and full immersion into failure, crossing things out and making work for enjoyment- perfection is the enemy.
Pictured: A recent print series with handmade detailing.
Ant has many years of filmmaking experience including making content for his personal YouTube channel (and collaborative works), promotional video and short/experimental film work.
Proficient in Adobe Suite ie: Premiere Pro, Photoshop, InDesign.
Pictured: AM I A TERRIBLE PERSON? 2020
DON'T KILL THE SPIDER
During the COVID crisis, we've been constantly surrounded by death. Unable to travel to see my 96-year-old grandmother, I took to phone calls to start to talk with her about death. How we can accept it, embrace it, learn to cope with it. Can we ever be ready for our loved ones' deaths? Our own? I plan to talk to as many people as possible and get friendly with death.
“I realised I had depression when I found myself bartering for a pair of Harem Pants on eBay.” A performance exploring candidly open and dark discussion of mental impairments and suicide through comedy. Experimenting with a blend of live and pre-recorded audio to find objectively funny and relatable content surrounding mental health presentations.