squarepegs in roundholes



squarepegs in roundholes is part of our ongoing ‘reclaiming the languages of lunacy’. psychiatry is privileged storytelling with major daddyfreud issues. psychiatry still refuses to acknowledge how all mental distresses are worsening due to a maddening world. so heres subversion with a whitecoat repeatedly hammering the wrong shape into a kiddies toy while victim-blaming the shape e.g. as ‘treatment-resistant’ and ‘oppositionally defiant disorder’ before the white coat falls apart completely. our version of take the toys from the boys will be sung while resist ants handed out in a final procession marking the symbolic death of psychiatry

current new performance fill yr gob first then speak for maximum effect is inspired by one of our closest friends who was taught by her tyneside miner-dad before world war two ‘never speak with yr mouth-half full. fill it first & then speak for greatest effect.’ conditions of english working class for adult-education post our worst-sectioning / while homeless blew us away (engels poetry too) ‘provoked to madness by the brutality of wealth’ – should be compulsory reading for all govern-mentals. supported by a bursary from camden peoples theatre and first presented there as part of common people.

squarepegs in roundholes was part of PUG#6 at Tyneside Irish Centre 27 April 2018.


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Workshop: oracular practice | Sat 4th May 2019

Workshop: oracular practice | Sat 4th May 2019

oracular practice workshop facilitated by Last Yearz Interesting Negro

Workshop description 

A space where I try to make an opening in myself to share current questions, concerns and interests through practice that is part of a project towards disentangling myself from assimilationist approaches. Moving from and through and with states of overwhelm, using the density of available sensory and remembered information, our interior worlds stacked with living, subjective data that can be used as tools for divination.

Or, in other words: some dancing with some words and sounds to provoke and encourage.

About Last Yearz Interesting Negro

oracular practice will be facilitated by Last Yearz Interesting Negro, the performance project of London based artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. The choreographies are dreamspaces and battlegrounds, that build atmospheric landscapes through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning. Working with dramaturgies of sculpture, electronic music, poetry, video, texture, a public and always dancing, Jamila isn’t so interested in genre and her practice moves across various spaces, contexts and roles, also curating and hosting spaces for conversation and artistic exchange. She collaborates regularly with Alexandrina Hemsley (Project O), Phoebe Collings-James, Fernanda Muñoz-Newome, Shelley Parker and Rowdy SS. Please see more about Last Yearz Interesting Negro here.

When: Saturday 4th May, 11am – 1pm

Where: GIFT Festival, Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library NE8 4LN

Tickets: Free. Space is very limited please register your attendance here. 

Suitability: 16+

Please wear soft comfortable clothing. And bring layers to keep warm.

Travel and Access information here.

Please contact PUG Producer, Rosa at rosa@pugnight.co.uk if you have any questions.

oracular practice workshop is hosted by PUG with support from Gateshead Council Culture Team, GIFT and ACE. Last Yearz Interesting Negro will be performing at PUG#7 as part of GIFT Festival.

PUG will be hosting workshops throughout 2019.


Image: Last Yearz Interesting Negro. Image by Katarzyna Perlak and Carlos Jimenez.

ROSA POSTLETHWAITE | +44 (0) 77577 39643 | info@pugnight.co.uk | Space Six, Floor Six, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE

All images on PUG website by Chris Bishop www.picturesbybish.com