“When I first read heard what Contact wanted to do, I laughed out loud and got this excited fizz in my stomach. I could imagine the buzz and outrageousness of the whole thing and I knew I had to be a part of it. This is going to be so exciting!” Gemma Langford
As the 2nd of June gets closer and closer, we're going to tell you more about the artists of 24 Arty People. Here are the first four...
Gemma is a Manchester-born playwright and graduate of the Jerwood Mentoring Scheme, where she was mentored by esteemed playwright Colin Teevan. She was then chosen by the Royal Exchange Theatre to be one of “The Twelve” and is currently Writer-In-Residence for Theatre503 as part of “The Five”. Work includes Welcome to Shangri-La (Reading with the National Theatre Studio), ‘AVE IT (Becky’s Boys) for Old Vic Tunnels, This Year Will be Different (Something Perfect) for Theatre503 and What Next? for Southwark Playhouse.
All my life I’ve enjoyed painting and drawing, and hip hop’s had me since I was around 12. Now I’m 22 and realizing that I could engage with the arts for the rest of my life in a capacity beyond being a hobbyist. I grew up in the suburbs of a small town called Stafford in the West Midlands. Currently I’ve just finished my university life having studied Film & Video Production at Derby University and I’m in a weird state of fluctuation between being a lay-about and taking control of my life.
John Leyland is a writer and performer based in Manchester. A graduate from John Moores University in Imaginative Writing, John is a creative explorer. He is currently unravelling a fascination with Quantum Physics, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and the last writings of Philip K Dick. His last major project was a performance at Mill24, a 24 hour takeover of Islington Mill, where he co-produced and directed the collaboratively devised "How To Be Art: The Secret to Finding An Affordable Masterpiece". John is Director at Blank Media Collective and Editor of blankpages, the digital magazine for emerging creatives.
Tuheen is a writer, actor and director. He was part of Contact Young Actors Company and co-wrote and performed the spoken word piece "?" for Contacting the World 2006.
Since then, he has performed outdoor long form improvisation with “Panda Tram Party” for Lost and Found festival 2011, and “Masks” as part of the Imploding Inevitable Festival 2011.
He has left full time medicine to create his first solo show, “Pandamonium”, due January 2013. It won the pitch party at this years Re:Play festival and explores traumatic events and their black-and-white reactions. 99 words and the b*&ch ain’t one!