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Naomi Sampson presents

They keep telling me that my house is on fire

I wrote this piece in free form, following on from the waves of frustration and overwhelm that the lockdown has brought. The biggest for myself has been the elevation of racial injustices that are being televised and (rightly) fought against through the Black Lives Matter movement.

I explored through soundscapes and film- the burning house analogy that is given to explain why saying black lives matter is justified over saying all lives matter.

Pricing
Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £5 – but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, including £0 as we want as many people as possible to access our Homemakers commissions.

We’ve also included a higher option for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to make a larger donation to our artists and organisations. How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.

All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist and 50% to Young Identity to allow them to continue to support future artists and commissions.

Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.

We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.

About Naomi Sampson
Naomi Sampson- a black queer womxn writer from Manchester, part of the writing collective Young Identity. I currently work full time in the advocacy and advice sector, big on empowering people. I use writing as a healing and political tool for myself and my communities.

About Young Identity
Young Identity’s voice cuts through the noise. We believe in the transformative power of the arts in young peoples’ lives. Our mission is accessibility for all to the arts, writing and performance. A dynamic and innovative organisation, we nurture the talent of tomorrow, empowering disadvantaged and under-represented young people to fulfil their artistic potential. Young Identity has worked with artists such as Lemn Sissay, international spoken word icon Saul Williams, dub poetry legend Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ted Hughes Prize Winner Kate Tempest and the late Amiri Baraka. The work of Young Identity has also featured at Manchester International Festival – ALPHABUS. Young Identity have performed all over the UK, from the South Bank Centre to Birmingham Hippodrome to Hay Festival. As well as internationally at The Schaubühne  in Berlin to Frankfurt International School Youth Poetry Slam in Germany to America Young Identity has performed at Brave New Voices to Nuyorican Poetry Café.

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