Real Talk: Paula Varjack x Pauline Mayers
Multi-disciplinary artist and Guildhall tutor Paula Varjack curates and hosts a brand new series of conversations in collaboration with students from the School's BA Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE).
In this informal conversation, streamed via Instagram Live, Paula Varjack is joined by Pauline Mayers who discusses her practice and shares advice, experience and ideas with the next generation.
About Pauline Mayers
Pauline Mayers is a multidisciplinary theatre maker based in the North. Originally from London, she began her dance training at the Weekend Arts College and continued with ballet and contemporary dance at the Rambert School, London. In 2011, Pauline diversified her practice to include theatre and writing. This led to collaborations with Red Ladder Theatre Company, Tell Tale Hearts Children’s Theatre, Transform Festival and Leeds Playhouse.
Pauline’s interest is in reframing spaces and histories through experiential art and culture to help her audiences re-examine shared histories and enable lost voices to be heard. Her work has themes of identity, participation, intimacy and care. Pauline’s critically acclaimed solo show 2017’s What If I Told You (WIITY) is a work Lyn Gardener of the Guardian describes as ‘shakes up traditional theatre and power structures to put the audience in the picture’. WIITY is a co-production with the Leeds Playhouse. Written and performed by Pauline and directed by Chris Goode, the show toured to theatres throughout the U.K. including Manchester Royal Exchange, Leeds Playhouse and the Barbican, London. WIITY was featured in British Vogue, Time Out, The Stage and The Scotsman and was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 where it was a shortlisted nominee for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
Pauline has collaborated with over 200 arts organisations, schools and universities across the U.K. as a facilitator of workshops and masterclasses. She is an Associate Artist with the Leeds Playhouse and Chris Goode and Company.