Conceived by Sherman Associate Artist Suzanne Packer to amplify Black voices, Open Platform continues to run throughout October.
The next artist to be featured on Open Platform is Welsh actor, writer, and director Connor Allen. Connor was recently commissioned by Literature Wales to create an ‘interdisciplinary remix’ 27.
Connor said: “27 is my exploration and reflection of who I am and who I’ve become as a young mixed race man. It’s a series of self-empowerment essays, letters, and poems to all the other ‘Connors’ out there who may have struggled or are still struggling with the question of where do I fit in.”
27 is available to access free here.
Since graduating from Trinity Saint David as an Actor, Connor has worked with many companies in Wales and beyond. He is a member of National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and was also the winner of Triforces Cardiff MonologueSlam.
As a writer Connor has written for many companies such as Dirty Protest, National Theatre Wales and BBC Wales. Connor wrote Dom’s Drug Prayer for Sherman Theatre’s TEN/DEG series. He’s also part of the BBC Wales Welsh Voices 19/20 and The Welsh Royal Court Writers Group.
Connor is also an assistant director for Sherman Theatre’s Heart of Cardiff audio series, making his directorial debut.
Open Platform: Black History Month sees the Sherman celebrate the work of Black artists on its digital channels throughout October. To listen to Glow, an original song by Welsh musician Eädyth, click here. To listen to original monologue Stumbling Back to Solitude by Carli De’La Hughes, click here.
If you are an artist who has an existing piece of work that you would like to be shared on the platform please send an expression of interest, your content (either a video / piece of audio no longer than five minutes in duration, an illustration or painting or a piece of text) and a short biog (if you would like it included) to email@example.com