NEWS October: TICKETS NOW ON SALE for Jackie's new solo show 'This is Not a Safe Space' here
NEWS September: Jackie has received one of the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships.
Jackie Hagan is a multi award winning writer and performer. She writes plays, stand up comedy, performance poetry and solo shows. She runs workshops to help people who have been silenced, failed or forgotten find their own voice. She believes in the power of creative expression and being nice to people who are all messed up.
Her first solo show 'Some People Have Too Many Legs', written while she was in hospital having her leg lopped off, won the Saboteur award for 'Best Spoken Word Show 2015' and a Creative Futures award for literature. The show contained stumpuppetry and plenty of drinking from false legs.
'This is Not a Safe Space', Jackie's second solo show will premier at Contact Theatre on the 27th and 28th October 2017. Jackie is conducting on-going interviews with skint people about claiming benefits, getting by, voting and the dark humour of coping, and will use audio clips from these along with jumble sale objects, poetry, stand up comedy and monologue to show the wonky, rock-hard, human reality of being poor right now.
Jackie is working to make this show in such a way so as to get more working class and disabled people into theatres and feel that that space is for them. Jumble soul is produced by Big Feast and J.Fergus Evans and was originally commissioned by Bluesci Support, with funding from FCA, ACE and has now received a Unlimited Main Commission.
'Cosmic Scallies' is Jackie first play, it invites you to join the lives of Shaun and Dent who live in the forgotten overspill town Skem and have disabilities they can't quite put on the table. It is the antidote to 'Benefits Street'. A poignant comedy populated by council estate people like Dufflecoat Dave and Aggy from the Baggy.
The whole creative team are working to ensure more disabled people can access theatre and all shows will have creative captioning and an exciting take on audio visual description. Commissioned by Graeae Theatre and co-produced by Graeae Theatre and The Royal Exchange. Premiering at Summerhall on 5th August during the Fringe Festival, and then coming home to the Royal Exchange.
Jackie has also ran Seymour Poets at Bluesci Arts and Well Being Centre since 2007, a project delivering poetry workshops and opportunities for isolated adults, publishing anthologies of poetry, recovery stories and individual collections.
Jackie has delivered workshops and bespoke projects to a huge variety of people, including 32 schools nationwide, SEN schools, prisons, high secure psychiatric units, LGBTQ+ groups and more. She delivers talks at conferences, is a guest lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and continues to gig at poetry events, queer cabarets,
If Jackie is available to run a workshop for you, book her - she's brilliant - creative, inclusive, inspiring, compassionate and inventive. In 20 years I can't say I've known anyone run better workshops for us than Jackie." Pete Kalu, Artistic Director, Commonword