Written & Performed by Ava Hunt
Directed & Dramaturgy Tilly Branson
Sound Design Andy Purves
"Heartbreaking, witty and confronting"
Long-Listed for Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2016
"thoughtful play engaging performance"
British Theatre Guide
“Ava challenges us to explore both the dark
and light of the human spirit"
Molly Coffey, Left Lion
Acting Alone was commissioned by Amnesty International Wirksworth Derbyshire in 2014 and performed at the Wirksworth Festival in September. This pilot production coincided with the 2015 Gaza Conflict known as Operation Protective Edge. This solo autobiographical piece received Arts Council funding to tour nationally and internationally (New Zealand, USA, Sweden and Ireland) in 2016. The show performed in schools, theatre and community venues as well as Edinburgh Festival and Buxton Festival in 2015. In 2016 the show performed to a 1,000 people including being longlisted for Amnesty's Freedom Award, performing at the Just Festival to sell out audiences, and receiving a 5 star review.
'Acting Alone' tells the stories of some of the people Ava met on her visit to Palestine. In her unique performance style, she weaves these together with tales of the frequently hilarious and occasionally downright bizarre experiences of touring as an actor and performing alone. The play is a personal story, at times heartbreaking and at times funny, that asks questions of the audience.
Can one person actually make a difference?
"I'm No Hero"
Written by Ava Hunt, Maggie Ford, Roger Knott-Fayle
Performed by Ava Hunt
Directed by Maggie Ford
Film by Roger Knott-Fayle
Lighting and Sound Design Andy Purves
“a tremendous show. Hunt’s performance is
compelling, imbued with a rare empathy
and compassion.........allows us to think once more the thoughts of those we regard as heroes, who in their own minds thought common thoughts, but in ours performed unthinkable deeds."
Broadway Baby, 2010
"Hunt gives an inspiring, thought-
provoking performance…stirring and sincere”
Public Reviews, 2010
“I hope the play continues to touch wider audiences….”
Dr Dorothy Heathcote MBE
"I'm No Hero" was commissioned by Tangere Arts in 2008 it was a verbatim, documentary solo piece inspired by the stories of two women Irena Sendler - who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during Nazi occupation and Rachel Corrie who defended Palestinian children against Israeli bulldozers in the Gaza Strip. The central question was "why would an ordinary person do something extraordinary for some they don't even know?"
The piece toured to schools, theatre venues and festivals during 2009 and 2010.
"The Kites Are Flying" by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Maggie Ford and Ava Hunt
Performed Ava Hunt
Designed by Stephen John
Filmed Ava Hunt & Maggie Ford
Music Roger Knott-Fayle
Lighting and Sound Design Andy Purves
Editing & animation Roger Knott-Fayle
The Kites Are Flying - where friendship knows no barriers. The story is set in the West Bank about a Palestinian boy, Siad who flies kites over the 450 mile security wall that divides Israel and Palestine trying to make friends with a Jewish girl the other side.
Workshops were conducted in Derby City and Ava was interested in whether although there are no physical walls that surround Normanton in Derby maybe there were invisible walls that may obstruct the children from achieveing their goals in life. In schools drama was used to explore the story and ask the children to make kites and to consider dreams for the future. Following these workshops Ava and Maggie then visited Palestine working Aida Refugee Camp with Alrowwad Arts and Jenin visiting Freedom Theatre company. Whilst there filmed footage was created and then used to create the digital world within which a live solo performance would be delivered. The children then visited Derby Theatre to see the work in the studio - making that journey for the first time for many of them the children were fascinated by the story and engrossed in the provocation of flying kites over the barriers that they may perceive. Performances were also delivered to children in Nottingham Playhouse. This piece formed the central question strand of Acting Alone.
Drama workshops delivered in schools in Normanton Derby exploring the text of The Kites are Flying
Drama workshops making kites and using drama with Palestinian children in Aida refugee camp at Alrowwad, Bethlehem.
Performances for Young Audiences
As co-founder of Tangere Arts, Ava was responsible for commissioning shows for young audiences. Funded by Arts Council Face 2 Face was a full mask piece which toured to Nurseries and Key Stage One Primary Schools throughout Derbyshire and also performing at Leicester Comedy Festival.
Devised by the company and directed by Rachel Savage "Face 2 Face" was a playful piece that explored relationships and resolving conflict.
I Feel Like Dancing was funded by BBC Children in Need/Arts Council. Devised by the company and directed by Ansel Broderick "I Feel Like Dancing" was a Nursery show that told traditional African stories through dance, music and song.