Reframe The Streets

About the writers…
Writing the reviews for Reframe The Streets will be Nick Cassenbaum and Xavier Leret.
Nick Cassenbaum
Nick is a storyteller, street performer and theatre maker. He has an MA from Goldsmiths in Writing for Performance and is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers programme. Nick writes plays, makes and performs solo work and creates street performances. He is the co  artistic  director of the site responsive company Slap Haddock who create accessible theatre in non theatre spaces. The focus of the company is  to create  work for and with communities in non-traditional spaces; allowing them to fully engage with the arts and the history of their area in unexpected and exciting ways. He can often be found performing on the street with  Bureau  of Silly Ideas or Circadian.
Xavier Leret
Xavier’s first novel, THE ROMEO AND JULIET KILLERS, is published by Dedalus Books, 2015. He is the former Artistic Director of the acclaimed KAOS Theatre. For KAOS he wrote and directed numerous critically acclaimed and awarded plays, including an Edinburgh Fringe First, Winner of The Stage Award, Best Ensemble and Time Out Critics Choice. Xavier has written and directed two feature films, MINE (a ‘breakthrough movie’ LUFF 2007) and KUNG FU FLID, (Anchor Bay 2009) the world’s first “cripsploitation’ movie, starring thalidomide actor Mat Fraser (American Horror Story). Recently he edited the feature documentary, Calabash, (official selection the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, 2015).
Paschale Straiton and Sian Thomas from the National Association of Street Artists will be moderating the conversations

Paschale Straiton

Paschale is artistic director of Red Herring, which creates unusual outdoor performance that is playfully provocative and which aims to reach people who aren’t regular theatre-goers – their current show is Funny Peculiar, a guide to eccentric Britain, produced by Time Wont Wait. She is a reviewer with Fringe Review and an Arts Council Assessor with a focus on outdoor and alternative performance.

Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas worked as a dancer, choreographer (including STOMP and Divas) and teacher of percussive dance theatre before becoming a programmer of outdoor work. She was the Director of Hat Fair in Winchester for eight years before leaving to return to creating shows. Sian is a Creative producer, dramaturge, director, choreographer and advisor on artistic development specialising in the street/outdoor sector.