Ways To Submit at NOW19, The Yard, 5th-9th February

I’m very excited to be making a brand new show for The Yard’s NOW19 Festival next year. Ways To Submit will be on from Tuesday 5th – Saturday 9th February 2019, in a double bill with the wonderful Tim Spooner.

Ways To Submit is a show about dominance and submission. The ways we give in. The ways we take control. Through our bodies. Through what we say. Through the ways we experience the world. Ira invites you to a wrestling match, an online chat, a dance, a performance: a series of duets in which power is at work. Ways To Submit explores what is means to play at dominance and submission. And who has the privilege to ‘play’? It is about power and how we use it when we talk, fight and f*ck.

NOW19: Week 4: Tim Spooner & Tom Richards / Ira Brand
Tuesday 5th-Saturday 9th February 2019, 7.30pm
The Yard, Hackney Wick, London

Ticket booking here: theyardtheatre.co.uk.


First Year Masters Presentations, Amsterdam, 23rd & 24th June

Incredibly I am nearing the end of the first year of my Masters study programme at DAS Theatre in Amsterdam. Current first year students will be sharing their research and short new works in public presentations on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June.

I will be presenting a new experiment, The Fight Doesn’t Look Enough Like A Fight on Sunday 24th. An investigation into dominance, submission, and the desire to not be in control, trying to understand the body, and the performance space, as a site of resistance and a site of succumbing.

Attendance is free but booking is required, you can reserve a place by emailing dasgraduateschool@ahk.nl. Updates on the programme over here


as in an account of language not as in a meteor

I was asked to contribute a piece to the recent issue of Five Dials literary magazine, published for International Women’s Day 2018. The theme of the issue was ‘The Female Gaze’ and it features some really wonderful writings from many amazing women and non-binary people.

Download the issue and subscribe to Five Dials here: https://fivedials.com/back-issues/number-44-the-female-gaze/

My text, as in an account of language not as in a meteor, is right at the end – if you can make it that far!


Break Yourself in Amsterdam, 10th November

I’m performing Break Yourself in Amsterdam, as part of the Open Doors event for DAS Graduate School, where I am currently studying for my Masters. The Open Day is on Friday 10th November, and the performances are free. Full programme info here.


Forest Fringe Fusebox Podcast

Forest Fringe talked to Artistic Director of Fusebox Ron Berry and Curator Anna Gallagher-Ross for the new podcast series they have just launched alongside their new website. We spoke a bit about the history and a bit about the future of Forest Fringe, and a bit about art obviously. You can listen to our conversation here.


DAS Theatre Masters

As of September 2017 I am a student of the DAS Theatre Masters at the DAS Graduate School, Amsterdam. I was thrilled to have been invited to take up a place on this residential Masters at DAS, am excited to get stuck in to a range of research and making projects, and look forward to sharing more about my work here soon.

You can read more about the school and the programme here: http://www.ahk.nl/en/atd/theatre-programmes/das-theatre/about-das-theatre/.


Berlin Theatertreffen International Forum Fellow

I’m very excited to have been selected as one of the artists who will attend the International Forum at the Theatertreffen 2017 in Berlin in May. We’ll be seeing the shows as part of the festival, participating in workshops, and engaging with Berlin’s theatre scene. The full list of artists and practitioners attending is here.


Jerwood Performing Arts Micro Bursary

I’m delighted to have received a Jerwood Performing Arts Micro Bursary to support some creative development. I’ll be taking part in a stand-up comedy course, and doing some research and thinking around power-dynamics and comedy towards a new performance project.

More about the Micro Bursaries and all recipients here.


In residence: MAKE 2017

Next week I’ll be in Annaghmakerrig in Ireland participating in the MAKE 2017 residency along 15 other artists. I’m working on the beginnings of a new project that will explore language, gender, and power through translation as a theatrical form. More on that here soon…

More about MAKE and the other participants here.


Good Girls and Where It Gets Them

I’m presenting a first work-in-progress of a new show about language and sex, as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s upcoming festival of sex, Hotbed.

Good Girls and Where It Gets Them will explore sexual dominance and submission through the art of conversation. The beginnings of a show about how language is at play in sex, about how power is transferred when we talk and fuck, about how language might make us submissive or how language might dominate, and about trying to know what you want.

Hotbed Big Bang #2
Monday 1st May, 7.15pm 
Booking: cptheatre.co.uk/production/hotbed-big-bang-2/

Full festival line up ici: cptheatre.co.uk.