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Catalysing Change Through Artful Agitation: Part I: Be  Ill-Disciplined  

UPDATE: Tickets for Be Ill-Disciplined are now fully booked, but HowlRound Theatre Commons will also be livestreaming the event. You can tune in here from 2.30pm on Saturday 19 September to watch along.


We need new compasses, fresh tools, and untried directions. 

With the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and the ongoing crises in climate, health, and technological control, we’ve all been thinking a lot about leadership.

  • What makes a  ‘good’  leader?
  • What could a new kind of leader look like
  • As artists, curators, creative producers and theatre-makers, how can we make art, make shows   and make change? 

Kai Syng Tan is an artist, curator and academic. She argues that artists – especially artists with non-standardand neurodiverse ways of thinking – can help invent new solutions to the major challenges facing our societies, and work to co-create a fairer world. 

In this online performance lecture, Kai will explore how creativity and neurodiversity can drive social change.

Normalhasnt worked, so we need leaders with  atypical  ways of being, thinking, making, and organising for our ‘new normal’.  Be Ill-disciplined  invites you to critically and creatively explore leadership – and to think about yourself as a leader. The lecture will include a chance for discussion and questions. 

The event will be facilitated by artist, writer and curator Ashokkumar Mistry.

This event will be live captioned. If you have other access needs, you will be able to tell us this when booking your ticket.


Be Ill-disciplined  will be followed at 4pm by an online workshop for up to 15 people aged 21-30 who are interested in arts, leadership and social change. Priority will be given to those who are neurodiverse’ (broadly, with cognitive approaches different to the ‘standard’, such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD and/or more), disabled or from a UK ethnic minority or working class background. This workshop isn’t bookable online – if you are interested in joining please email Depending on interest, we may ask you to send over a short statement explaining why you want to take part.

This workshop will be live captioned. If you have other access needs, please let Chloe know.

About performingborders

Part of  performingbordersLIVE20  programme (March – November 2020).  performingborders  is a space for artistic research and creation that explores physical, cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, and everyday borders through live art and performance practices. In partnership with Contact Theatre and supported by the Arts Council England.

Image Credits: Tapestry art I Run and Run, Let Out an Earth Shattering Roar, and Turn Into a Giant Octopussy looked on by woman. From #MagicCarpet by Kai Syng Tan 2017-2019. Photograph by Alex Lloyd


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    This event takes place online via Zoom.

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