I’m Mia, 27 and I’m from Nottingham England, I’m a mixed race lesbian identifying female, I’m working class and this is huge part of my identity I don’t feel like I see enough artists from the same background as me I also feel there is a lack of female artists of colour being represented within the LGBTQIAPK communities. I’m just at the beginnings of my journey as a solo artist, but I’m very interested in the lines between experimental theatre and live art. I aim to create work that is engaging, representative and strays from the norm as well as being bold and experimenting with form.
Theatre holds a lot of stigma, most people I know who don’t really associate with the arts
always assume theatre is one or more actors on stage exchanging dialogue for 2 hours and is only watched by rich middle class white people unfortunately this perception has a lot accuracy, too often I’m saddened by the lack of diversity amongst theatre goers and as an artist of colour and someone who identifies on the LGBTQIAPK spectrum I want to make a change in the way “theatre” is viewed and represented, I’m finding a new way to vent my thoughts and feelings in an artistic way. I want my work to be performed in different spaces and locations, I have experienced performing in more intimate venues that aren’t traditional in their setting and I have found audiences to be more engaged, curious and open to questions about the work.
This year I have been working with another artist on a piece of work “Chessboard Society” which explores being mixed race and the complexities that come from trying to live through two cultures. The work has been commissioned by Serendipity in Leicester and supported by the Curve and Derby theatre it was showcased this month as part of BHM it was also shared at Battersea arts centre earlier this year. I have started working on my first solo piece Pink Lemonade which will explore female masculinity within lesbian culture and will look at several concepts within the piece social stigmas being one of them, I will be developing the work in December with support from Talawa Theatre in London.