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verity healey

arts journalist & film maker

verity healey is a London-based writer and filmmaker who writes for HowlRound and The Stage amongst others. She recently completed editorial commissions for Belarus Free Theatre in Minsk. She is a contributing author for Routledge's Companion to Contemporary European Theatre and Performance (pub 2022, Routledge).

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The Politics of Rebuilding Theatrical and Civic Communities: Global Autocracy, Brexit, and Racism
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The Politics of Rebuilding Theatrical and Civic Communities: Global Autocracy, Brexit, and Racism

16 September 2021

Verity Healey sits down with Javaad Alipoor to discuss themes that preoccupy Alipoor as a theatremaker and political person: racism, history, Brexit, international communities, politics, and how these things come into his work and collaborations with other artists.

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“You can’t do revolution on your own”: Lara Parmiani on the Migrant Woman Experience in British Theatre
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“You can’t do revolution on your own”: Lara Parmiani on the Migrant Woman Experience in British Theatre

19 July 2021

verity healey sits down with Italy-born, UK-based theatremaker Lara Parmiani to talk about the migrant woman experience in Britain and its representation, or lack thereof, on British stages.

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The Perpetual Crises Engulfing British Theatre
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The Perpetual Crises Engulfing British Theatre

An Interview with Migrant Theatre Director Alex Istudor

8 March 2021

verity healey speaks with Alex Istudor, the Romanian-born director who lives and works in the UK, about the challenges of migrant theatremakers, different attitudes towards creating shows between the UK and continental Europe, and more.

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There’s an Array of Theatrical Talent on Display in Kosovo. So Why Won’t Its Government Support It Properly?
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There’s an Array of Theatrical Talent on Display in Kosovo. So Why Won’t Its Government Support It Properly?

25 January 2021

verity healey, who spent time in Kosovo for its Theatre Showcase last October, discusses the precarious nature of Kosovo’s independent theatre sector and shares her thoughts about the plays she saw while visiting.

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Welcome to Weimar Kunstfest
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Welcome to Weimar Kunstfest

How an Arts Festival is Promoting a Better Germany

23 November 2020

verity healey recaps the multidisciplinary arts festival Kunstfest, which took place in Weimar, Germany in late August and early September this year and tackled issues such as immigration, identity, COVID-19, and the environment.

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At Home and in Lockdown with Belarus Free Theatre
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At Home and in Lockdown with Belarus Free Theatre

The Show Goes On

30 June 2020

verity healey examines how Belarus Free Theatre is making work during COVID-19 and dives in to their latest show, A School for Fools.

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Participatory Theatre
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Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

4 August 2019

verity healey does a deep-dive into the Our Stage – 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival, which took place in Dresden, Germany, in May 2019.

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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival
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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival

23 July 2019

verity healey examines the concept of theatrical space as it applies to two shows that were presented at Germany’s Our Stage festival in May: Invited and A Doll’s House.

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The Search for Truth in Putin’s Russia
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The Search for Truth in Putin’s Russia

How Teatr.doc’s “Civil Theatre” Is Exposing Injustice

4 June 2019

verity healey looks at Teatr.doc’s latest show, Torture, and the vital need for “truth-telling” theatre.

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Exploring Colonization and Identity at Belgium’s New Theatre Festival
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Exploring Colonization and Identity at Belgium’s New Theatre Festival

7 May 2019

verity healey discusses themes and productions from Ghent’s new theatre festival called same same but different.

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How Refugees Are Using Theatre to Welcome Parisians into Their Lives
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How Refugees Are Using Theatre to Welcome Parisians into Their Lives

13 December 2018

verity healey looks at how refugees in Paris are using theatre to create connections, break down barriers, and find community.

Bringing Theatre to Torbay
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Bringing Theatre to Torbay

Doorstep Arts

16 May 2017

UK contributor verity healey looks at how Doorstep Arts is bringing access to the theatre arts to Torbay.

Open Your Mind
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Open Your Mind

Theatre Space, Performance, and Audience

6 January 2017

verity healey considers the Battersea Arts Centre’s new Courtyard theatre space and inviting an audience to participate in the performance through interaction with the performance space.

Roads into Portrayals of Mental Health Onstage
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Roads into Portrayals of Mental Health Onstage

7 October 2016

Frequent overseas contributor verity healey reports on the Belarus Free Theatre workshop exploring the intersection of how a true story about mental illness is portrayed on stage.

Violence and Female Genital Mutilation Onstage in Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It
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Violence and Female Genital Mutilation Onstage in Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It

12 June 2016

verity healey discusses Charlene James’ new play Cuttin’ It at the Young Vic in London, England.

Meta
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Meta

A Quiet Theatrical Revolution

14 April 2016

verity healey on Cardboard Citizens’ Meta in London, England, and theatre for social change. 

Place Hacking, Belarus Free Theatre, and Coming Home
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Place Hacking, Belarus Free Theatre, and Coming Home

13 February 2016

verity healey is back with a report on Belarus Free Theatre’s Staging a Revolution festival that was held November, 2015 in London.

To Moscow?
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To Moscow?

4 February 2016

verity healey on what four new Russian plays performed at London’s Frontline Club say about the present and future of theatre in Russia.

Power vs. Truth in Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter
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Power vs. Truth in Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter

21 January 2016

verity healey reviews Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter at the Young Vic in London, England.

Pop Up Performance in a Dictatorship? No Problem!
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Pop Up Performance in a Dictatorship? No Problem!

13 January 2016

verity healey offers an overview of pop up performances by Belarus Free Theatre’s studio Fortinbras, highlighting the treatment of disabled citizens in Belarus.