Each festival we invite leading programmers, producers, artists and industry figures to discuss and debates key issues relating to physical theatre and performance.

Risk-taking in the arts

Thu 1 June 2017

Liverpool John Moores University, Joe H Makin Drama Centre

1pm – 5pm

A lively discursive event that exploring and debating creative ‘risk taking’ in performance, programming and producing.

Chaired by Matthew Linley (Artistic Director and CEO of Unity Theatre) Liverpool’s small-scale theatre with big ambitions. Their work is challenging, innovative, risky and unusual.


Camille Bensoussan, Executive Director, Upswing

Camille joined Upswing as Producing Manager in 2012 and was appointed Executive Director in Spring 2014. Camille has been working freelance in Outdoor Arts and events for over fifteen years producing a range of events including the arts programme for Lollibop Festival 2012 and more recently the award winning Bedtime Stories for Upswing.

Gemma Bodinetz, Artistic Director, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Gemma Bodinetz took up her post as Artistic Director for the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse in September 2003. She has since directed The Kindness of Strangers, The Mayor of Zalamea, Intemperance and Macbeth at the Everyman; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Lady of Leisure, All My Sons, Tartuffe, The Hypochondriac, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Misanthrope and Educating Rita at the Playhouse and Yellowman on tour. In March 2014 the new Everyman opened to great acclaim and Gemma directed its opening production of Twelfth Night. 

Deborah King, Director, Brighter Sound

Debra is an experienced arts leader with proven strategic ability and a wide ranging knowledge of music, the arts, education, culture, community participation at a local, national and international level. Debra ‘s previous roles include – Director of Women in Music London; ACE Music Officer: Co artistic director of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme; Manager of the of Australian Contemporary Arts programme across the UK and Europe. Debra is currently the Director of Brighter Sound a cultural producer of music programmes pioneering new ways to explore creative music with artists and musicians.

Laurie Miller-Zutshi, Creative Producer, Seachange Arts

SeaChange Arts are an independent arts development charity, dedicated to delivering outstanding opportunities for artists and communities through circus, street arts projects and events. Laurie is responsible for the overall project and programme delivery and heads up the organisation of the ‘Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts’.

Amit Sharma, Associate Artistic Director, Royal Exchange Theatre

Amit has been Graeae’s Associate Director since 2011, and is a graduate of Graeae’s Missing Piece actor training course. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Their work transforms the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them.


Jamie WoodJamie Wood, performer

Jamie Wood makes and teaches theatre of all kinds, he uses a word, ‘clown’ to encourage himself and others to be brave and take the risk of looking foolish, failing and enjoying laughter.