20 August 2020 / Grants and Awards

Support in the Time of Corona – people/ projects/ links #2

More details and links for the rest of our Covid-19 grants recipients:

Nur Khairiyah (Khai) – developing RUMAHfest, appearing online in September. An eclectic mix of commissioned spoken word and sonic performances, scratch works, food treats and comedy skits re-imagined on a digital platform. The festival will feature London based Asian artists from Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, London born Sri Lankan and many more.
Website: RUMAHfest; Facebook: rumah.khai ;
Twitter:@rumah.khai; Instagram : @rumah.khai


Lisa McKinley of Gush Theatre – facilitating the socially distanced return of Theatre Mix by contributing to a PA system. Theatre Mix is a monthly cross-artform performance night, part scratch night, part open-mic, featuring the work-in-progress of local Birmingham artists where they can network and develop their work. Next Theatre Mix event will be in November, but look out on Twitter for lockdown videos from participants!
Twitter: @theatre_mix; Facebook Gush Theatre


Alissa Anne Jeun Yi and Clare Taylor – researching and interviewing under-represented East Asian, Pan-Asian and queer communities for Daddy Issues. The autobiographical performance art show explores how the medium of drag can be used as a safe space and empowering tool for womxn and builds on Alissa’s personal experiences as a mixed-race Chinese womxn.; Instagram: @alissaannejeunyi; Twitter: @alissajeunyi


Lanre Malaolu – developing a new dance-theatre production SAMSKARA, a piece that untangles the questions, challenges and contradictions of what it means to be a black man in 21st century Britain, to be premiered in 2021.
Lanre Malaolu – Stage Works
Twitter: @LanreMalaolu


Fiona Templeton – to research Gaelic songs and women’s poetry in Gaelic for Songs Between Worlds, a collaborative theatre work with Japanese musician/composer Yumiko Tanaka. Songs Between Worlds brings together threads from the cultures of north-eastern Japan and north-western Scotland exploring parallels and focusing on the prevalent stories of journey, distance, disaster and encounters with death.


Theatre Directors Scotland – facilitating a Big Sector Meeting in October 2020, helping to devise a new action plan to address the gaps in the post-pandemic context and involve directors, funders, and council representatives together with freelance/grassroots theatre directors.
Website:; Twitter: @directorsscot



Aylwyn Walsh –  researching the Leeds-based Playback Theatre group working with those affected by mental health and the stigma associated with it. Playback Theatre is an interactive form of theatre created through audience / performer collaboration.
Aylwin’s webpage


Lilac Yosiphon – for the inclusion of a British Sign Language Translator in a socially-distanced research and development devising /Kummerspeck, which will address the processing of grief and loss post Covid-19, especially within the D/deaf and Disabled communities, and explore the inner conflicts within the same character performed by female Deaf and hearing performers.
Website:; Twitter: @lilachyosiphon; Facebook: Lilac Yosiphon

Follow the STR news for updates about all these exciting projects as they develop over the next months.