Michael Ross Award 2021: Aiden Strickland

Aiden Strickland performing.

Aiden is a theatre maker who grew up in Berkshire, before moving to Bristol to work for Theatre Bristol, an umbrella group that supports performers and producers. He read Performing Arts at Bath Spa University, where he found his voice as a solo performer, and is also an alumnus of both The Watershed’s Future Producers program and Marisa Carnesky’s Radical Cabaret School. As a writer and performer, Aiden has toured shows at UK theatre festivals based on Great Expectations, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and Katie Hopkins.

During his time on Birkbeck’s MA Text and Performance course, Aiden discovered that he can write earnest and personal work that is still provocative and worthwhile. His final dissertation piece, The Sodomite, for which he receives the Michael Ross Award, is both a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah, and an earnest reflection on Catholicism’s relationship to the LGBTQIA+ community. Aiden is passionate about gender and performance, including how queer aesthetics such as drag and cabaret can tackle cultural accessibility.

Because he tends to make solo performances, Aiden splits his time between producing and writing and devising in the studio. The support and advice Aiden has received from the staff and his peers, both at Birkbeck and RADA, has supported him in these endeavours, but due to the pandemic, his experience of developing The Sodomite has felt solitary at times. With the help of the Michael Ross Award, Aiden will be able to give The Sodomite the attention it deserves, while also exploiting his classmates’ creativity and tenacity more equitably.

The Shy Manifesto shown at CPH Stage and World Pride 2021 in Copenhagen – October 13 – 31, 2020!

The Shy Manifesto Poster, HIT - Copenhagen

Michael’s very successful play The Shy Manifesto was shown at the biggest Theatre festival in Denmark, CPH Stage and World Pride 2021 in Copenhagen from the 13th to the 31st of October 2020.

The play was produced by HIT – Copenhagen and starred Daniel Neil Ash. It was directed by Jeremy M. Thomas and produced by Dina Rosenmeier.

Production photo: Benny Thaibert (instagram : bitamin.dk )
Production photo: Benny Thaibert (instagram : bitamin.dk )
Production photo: Benny Thaibert (instagram : bitamin.dk )
Production photo: Benny Thaibert (instagram : bitamin.dk )
Production photo: Benny Thaibert (instagram : bitamin.dk )
Production photo: Benny Thaibert (instagram : bitamin.dk )

The Shy Manifesto opened to great reviews and several 5 stars. Most of them in the Danish Language, however this one from CPH Post is in English from the opening night:

Photo credit Benny Thaibert (instagram : bitamin.dk )

Very successful run of ‘The Shy Manifesto’ in Copenhagen

The director Jeremy M Thomas of Down The Rabbit Hole and House of International Theatre have recently finished putting on a very successful run of Michael’s play ‘The Shy Manifesto’ in Copenhagen. The audience loved it and it won several 5 star reviews!

The reviews are on the House of international Theatre’s home page: http://www.houseofinternationaltheatre.dk

Director: Jeremy M. Thomas

Actor: Daniel Niel Ash.

Lights: Igor Halicki

Video and Sound Design: Karl Heding

Produced by Down the Rabbit Hole and House of International Theatre

Performed at Bøssehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark (Oct 13-Nov 7, 2020)

Photos by Benny Thaibert

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Work Makes You Free on at the Brighton Fringe.

Work Makes You Free By Michael Ross. 6-10th May at Rialto Theatre as part of Brighton Fringe 2019.

Adam is absolutely loving being Employment Minister, singer-songwriter Kirsty cries in the shower every morning before heading off to work at the Job Centre, struggling actress Willow must toil unpaid in a pound shop or lose her benefits, and banker Jane is disgusted by the sight of closed curtains as she leaves for Canary Wharf every morning.

Michael Ross’s biting and very funny satire delivers a piece very much for our times, reflecting on the dignity – and many indignities – of labour. It explores how some people are defined by their job, whilst for others it’s the main obstacle to becoming who they truly are. It is a funny, smart and ingenious examination of what work means in Twenty-First Century Britain.

“A current, relevant commentary on the aspects of life we see every day – it touches the full spectrum of working life in the modern age.” **** (LondonTheatre1)

***** (Remote Goat)
***** (Fringe Guru)

https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/work-makes-you-free-by-michael-ross-135501/