Private Plays on Mainspring Arts

I have created 3 new online Private Plays for Mainspring Arts.
http://www.mainspringarts.org.uk/private-plays

The first one launched on 26 October and is called Faces.

The next two follow on 2 November and 9 November respectively.
They can be read here on the above dates.

Some extra info on the project can be read below, but please visit the Mainspring Private Plays website for full info and details –

Private Plays are intimate performance encounters that take place in unusual settings. These three exciting new plays have been created exclusively for Mainspring Arts by writer, artist and animator Steven Fraser, who is also founder of Do It Theatre.

Private Plays are designed specially for autistic people – although you don’t need to be autistic to read and enjoy them. These three plays – Faces, Touch and Talking – all take place in your home.

Stay Together – Disability Arts Online

I have created a new online Private Play for Disability Arts Online.
It is called Stay Together and is available now.

illustration of a hand holding a mobile device

The idea is to download the digital zine and read it on your phone.
Full info can be read below and you can download the zine here.

Private plays are intimate performance encounters where the audience read illustrated performance scripts that are presented in a zine. Zines are self-published booklets that cover a wide variety of topics and tend to be made by marginalised people.

With Stay Together, the idea is that you read the script, follow the instructions and act out your own performance. Private Plays usually occur in strange and atypical settings, where the location acts as a stage or set. Stay Together happens in the home of the reader. The zine is digital and can be read on a mobile device or smartphone.

I created Private Plays as I wanted to present experimental and unusual performances in a format that was comfortable to me, as an autistic and queer person. I decided to create text-based performances that people could read and act out by themselves. I felt that this was more of an autistic considered approach to experimental and intimate performance. Uncomfortable stimuli associated with busy and unwelcoming performance spaces are removed. All that is left is the text and the reader.

In the past I have presented Private Plays in different formats. I have created art installations that work as a set. I would leave objects, puppets, props and items in the installation space that people could interact with. This format of working takes up a lot of space and requires a lot of time, planning and also some funding. It also requires acceptance and interest from venues and festivals who look to programme more experimental and inclusive autistic led work.

I have a DIY approach to my art. I am drawn to self-starters, self-publishers and people who create art with very little time and resources. I am drawn to creating zines, as zine makers produce work outside of traditional publishing. Zines feel more inclusive and exciting to me.

During a time of self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine and COVID-19, I feel that the Private Plays approach to performance has a wider appeal.

This is also a time of activism, inclusion and conversation. With Stay Together, I wanted to create something intimate, personal and something that recognises the need for human connection. I feel that these things are important now more than ever.

Zine/Comic/Poetry – How To Deal With Rejection – Issue 3

How To Deal With Rejection  is a new Zine/Comic/Poetry series and a scruched up ball of paper with a badge. There will new issues every few months. How To Deal With Rejection – Issue 3 is available now. More information on the zine is below.

This is a comic zine that deals with the topic of rejection in an interesting and different way.
The zine is a scrunched up ball of paper. On one side is a comic, on the other is a poem.
The zine covers themes of rejection and is scrunched up into a ball to reflect this. The ball is unfurled and the zine can be read.

Each issue comes with a Weird Proud – Pin Badge Button (38mm (1.5inches) in size).
This is issue 3 of an ongoing series.

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Zine/Comic/Poetry – How To Deal With Rejection – Issue 2

How To Deal With Rejection  is a new Zine/Comic/Poetry series and a scruched up ball of paper with a badge. There will new issues every few months. How To Deal With Rejection – Issue 2 is available now. More information on the zine is below.

This is a comic zine that deals with the topic of rejection in an interesting and different way.
The zine is a scrunched up ball of paper. On one side is a comic, on the other is a poem.
The zine covers themes of rejection and is scrunched up into a ball to reflect this. The ball is unfurled and the zine can be read.
Each issue comes with a Smile – Pin Badge Button (38mm (1.5inches) in size).
This is issue 2 of an ongoing series.

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Zine/Comic/Poetry – How To Deal With Rejection – Issue 1

How To Deal With Rejection  is a new Zine/Comic/Poetry series and a scruched up ball of paper with a badge. There will new issues every few months. How To Deal With Rejection – Issue 1 is available now. More information on the zine is below.

This is a comic zine that deals with the topic of rejection in an interesting and different way.
The zine is a scrunched up ball of paper. On one side is a comic, on the other is a poem.
The zine covers themes of rejection and is scrunched up into a ball to reflect this. The ball is unfurled and the zine can be read.
Each issue comes with a You Have Anxiety – Pin Badge Button (38mm (1.5inches) in size).
This is issue 1 of an ongoing series.

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