Gemma Alldred is an artist interested in the relationships between people, in identity and identities, in the relationship between biography and autobiography.
As a performer, writer and story teller she uses herself, those she observes and the space in-between these moments to construct narratives both real and imagined.
Her work is characterised by warm and inviting performances that ask audiences to witness, participate and become complicit in the work.
2012 – MA Independent Performance Project, York St John University
Inspired by David Hare’s Play plenty, performed when I was at school and 17, this performance explores memory and what happens when we refuse to let go of our past, ‘it’s as though it’s all been written out on the page for us to play, only we’re falling between the lines’.
A tale of loss and remembrance researched through the act of taking the train. The story folds narrative, autobiography and testimony.
2010 – York St John University Artist Studios, York
Interactive Installation and workshop led performance.
2010 – Space 109, York
Curated evening of performance works. Organised and scheduled by a collaboration of artists presenting individual works. I contributed performed texts including found text, play script and original writing.
York Youth Mysteries
2008 – York
Collaborations and directed works performed in and around York’s historic streets and buildings.
2008 – Perform Festival, York
Installation and autobiographical performance exploring the parallels between the female body and colonialism.
2007 – Reflect on This Conference, York
Previously created with a larger group of artists, in this instance we were asked to re-imagine the piece for the conference.
2007 – Perform Festival, York
An intimate performance exploring female sexuality and identity through autobiographical performance.