Online Performance Zines

Private Plays on Mainspring Arts

I have created 3 new online Private Plays Performance based zines for autism arts organisation Mainspring Arts.
Please visit http://www.mainspringarts.org.uk/private-plays for more information on this project and info on what Performance Zines are.

The first Private Plays performance zine launched on 26 October 2020 and is called Faces.

Touch followed on 2 November 2020 and Talking on 9 November 2020.


All three online Private Plays performance zines can be read here.

Stay Together on Disability Arts Online


Stay Together is an online Private Play created for Disability Arts Online. It is available here and was commissioned as part of their ‘isolation’ series during the Covid-19 pandemic.

For Stay Together the reader should download the digital zine and read it on their phone or a mobile device.
Full info can be read below and you can download the zine here.

Private plays are intimate performance encounters where the audience read illustrated performance scripts that are presented in a zine. Zines are self-published booklets that cover a wide variety of topics and tend to be made by marginalised people.

With Stay Together, the idea is that you read the script, follow the instructions and act out your own performance. Private Plays usually occur in strange and atypical settings, where the location acts as a stage or set. Stay Together happens in the home of the reader. The zine is digital and can be read on a mobile device or smartphone.

I created Private Plays as I wanted to present experimental and unusual performances in a format that was comfortable to me, as an autistic and queer person. I decided to create text-based performances that people could read and act out by themselves. I felt that this was more of an autistic considered approach to experimental and intimate performance. Uncomfortable stimuli associated with busy and unwelcoming performance spaces are removed. All that is left is the text and the reader.

In the past I have presented Private Plays in different formats. I have created art installations that work as a set. I would leave objects, puppets, props and items in the installation space that people could interact with. This format of working takes up a lot of space and requires a lot of time, planning and also some funding. It also requires acceptance and interest from venues and festivals who look to programme more experimental and inclusive autistic led work.

I have a DIY approach to my art. I am drawn to self-starters, self-publishers and people who create art with very little time and resources. I am drawn to creating zines, as zine makers produce work outside of traditional publishing. Zines feel more inclusive and exciting to me.

During a time of self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine and COVID-19, I feel that the Private Plays approach to performance has a wider appeal.

This is also a time of activism, inclusion and conversation. With Stay Together, I wanted to create something intimate, personal and something that recognises the need for human connection. I feel that these things are important now more than ever.

Delay on Shape Arts – All Bound Together Exhibition

My Private Play Delay is part of an online exhibition curated by Shape Arts. All Bound Together is an online collection of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists.

There is a digital and fully accessible version of my zine ‘Delay’ in the exhibition. You can read and experience it here

As well as reading the zine, you can listen to an audio described version.

I also did an interview with South London Press about the exhibition. You can read this here.