Ushiku Crisafulli and The Peer Hat presents: Unmasked – a journey through the autistic mind via hip hop, comedy and theatre.
On Tuesday 21st September I’ll be doing a scratch performance of my piece Unmasked which exams concepts around autistic authenticity through comedy, theatrical monologues and hip hop at The Peer Hat.
As it is an early scratch performance ahead of the full preview at Old Bank Studios in April 2022 I’ll be supported by a group of fantastic performers.
In hour 1 we’ll be joined by Loll a passionate poet and excellent barber whose spoken word is just a cut above; and Tonkabell Manchester’s favourite non-binary fairy whose words capture a range of emotions from the importance of sharing to the weirdest of love.
In hour 2 we’ll have comedy from a comic that might just be too cool in Kieran “Keesh” Grey and a fantastic comic storyteller and Camden Town Brewery New Act Comedy finalist in Justina Sesel; followed by a trip through childhood via the musical musings of Jonny Holland who first came to my attention when I saw him doing sick metal riffs to Sonic the Hedgehog
I have some project updates for things I’ve been working on.
I’ll be in the studio on Friday 25th June working on The 8th Circle.
The plan now is to have an exhibition with The 8th Circle as a soundscape and the physical masks from Miel Timtiman accompany the first full preview of Unmasked in Spring 2022 ahead of the second stage of Developing Your Creative Practice funding.
Here is both the poster for Unmasked and the album art for The 8th Circle.
In other news I’ve decided as part of my developing your creative practice I’ll do an artist’s summer retreat in New York from 12th May 2022 – 8th June 2022. This builds on existing relationships with Local Gems Poetry Press, Planet of Sound Promotions, The Muse Exchange, Bronx Art and Fun Hub, International House of Comedy, and the Bronx Council on the Arts.
In regards to the latter, I’ll be part of the upcoming Bronx Memoir Project anthology as they accepted submissions from international participants in their narrative storytelling and narrative poetry workshops. On Tuesday 29th June 11:00pm BST I will be reading An Introduction to the Neurodivergent Mind which has now become the opening scene for Unmasked and was written as part of the Bronx Memoir Project. For free tickets to the launch event please click this Eventbrite link and be sure to check your time locally.
Today’s official NaPoWriMo prompt of creating a poem for an occasion that doesn’t usually herald a poem was an odd one in that one can write a poem about anything. Nonetheless I went with previewing tonight’s Impact Rebellion main event of Rich Swann vs Kenny Omega in a title vs title match where the winner will hold both the All Elite Wrestling and Impact Wrestling world championships.
Three belts. Two titles. One main event.
Both travelled to Japan. Honing their craft in the Asian independents.
“We’ll face each other one day”. They could never imagine it being like this.
The forbidden door swung open pushed forth by the force of an Invisible Hand.
Two champions walked through. But when the squared circle becomes a shapeless memory… … only one will remain.