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Persuasion Arts artists are experienced  freelance community theatre practitioners living and working in Dorset. They each specialise in disability theatre and their personal experiences of disability daily inform their practice.

Artists' working on Persuasion Arts projects are:

Tam Gilbert

Chief Persuader and Facilitator

Tam has over 10 years of hard earned experience in disability and community theatre. Since graduating with a second class honours English Degree, from the University of Kent at Canterbury, she has thrown herself into the world of educational theatre  and is an accomplished performer, facilitator and writer.

 Tam spent 9 happy years with Double Act Disability Theatre Company, where she performed in 10 shows, learned the art of facilitating workshops and managed and organised tours and other projects.

Alongside her work with Double Act, Tam trained for four years, as Assistant Director on the Remix Youth Performance Company (managed by Activate Performing Arts), where she worked alongside the Artistic Director, assisting on  residencies and leading sections of rehearsals. As the final part of her traineeship, working in partnership with two others, Tam devised and directed a production of Spotlight with an integrated cast of 20 young people. Spotlight was performed in Bournemouth Pavilion's Ballroom in May 2011, as the final showcase for the three Remix Associate Artists.

Tam has also received training from Dorset's State of Play Arts, London's Diverse City, and Graeae, the UK's leading disabled theatre company, with all of whom she continues to work and maintain strong links.

Tam was recently an Emerging Artist on Breathe (Diverse City) a project which saw the coming together of professional disabled and non-disabled Artists and community performers from Dorset and Brazil, to create a piece to be performed on Weymouth beach as part of the opening ceremony of the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events in July 2012.

As well as her work in disability theatre, Tam has worked as an actor and facilitator on projects with the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth's former Theatre in Education team. For full details of Tam's arts work, and to see Tam in action, check out her Linkedin page and watch clips from her performance work with Double Act Disability Theatre Company at the bottom of this page.

Tam is also currently the Admin & Fund-raising Assistant for Salisbury- based LinkUpArts, an organisation that supports and provides networking opportunities for disabled artists in the Southwest.

Tam says:

I love the moment when I see my work making a difference:  the concentrated buzz of the classroom; the excited thrill as the audience and I react to each other on stage.“

 

Paul Wilshaw

Associate Artist

I am an actor and freelance drama facilitator, and am training to become a theatre producer.

Since leaving Jellicoe theatre with a First Diploma in Performing Arts in 2005,  I joined Double Act Disability Theatre Company as an actor. During my seven years with Double Act, I performed in a total of nine productions, and with the company’s help, I was able gain the experience and confidence to train to become a drama facilitator.

I trained on the Remix Youth Performance Company as a mentor / Associate Artist. During my five years of training I facilitated workshops, learned about the technical side, and co-directed Spotlight, which was performed in the Ballroom at Bournemouth Pavilion.

I have worked with Bournemouth Gateway club as their drama facilitator and I was an Emerging Artist (with the role of assistant producer) for the Breathe project (Diverse City) whicinvolved h both Double Act and the Remix,  performed on Weymouth beach on the 28th of July 2012 as part of the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games.

I am currently a Board Member at Poole Forum, an organisation that 'speaks up' and campaigns for the rights and opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

I first worked with Tam on the Wizard of Oz and our friendship and professional relationship has grown from there. Here’s hoping that Persuasion Arts will lead us down the yellow brick road of success.

 

Videos of Tam's previous work: