FK Alexander is a Glasgow-based Performance Artist whose work is concerned with issues of wounds, recovery, aggressive healing, radical wellness, industrialisation and noise music. FK's work predominantly puts her body at the centre of ritualised, action based, often durational work, in often ridiculous attempts to communicate ideas around new language, new violence and new love.
Harry Clayton-Wright is an entertainer, performance artist, theatre-maker and internet provocateur from Blackpool. Growing up in a town ubiquitous with traditional show business and trashy gay bars has left stains that simply won’t wash out. Harry’s work spans genre and taste levels, dipping his toes into the worlds of cabaret, theatre, live art and exhibitionism.
Photo by Eivind Hansen
Born in East London, the son of Pakistani immigrants, Amar has lived and worked in the UK all his life. Starting life as an entrepreneur importing goods into the UK, Amar’s path has been varied and for the last two decades he has worked as a Data Consultant for some of the biggest conglomerates in the UK.
Amar has a wanderlust and strongly believes that travel is an education for living and nurtures the soul.
Masha is a theatre and drama studies student who spends her days working part-time on film shoots and as a model. She enjoys her university course as it challenges her in everything she likes being challenged in - writing scripts, devising theatre pieces and performing. In her free time she frequents art galleries, museums and cinemas. Her hobbies include watching films, collecting comics and later complaining about said films and comics.
Gini Simpson works with The Sick of the Fringe and Music in Detention. She has been working with socially engaged arts practice for over 25 years, across large scale and grassroots organisations. As a practitioner, she has performed at the Venice Biennial and showed the first ever interactive film at the Berlin Biennial. When she’s not working with artists she works with mental health and civil rights groups.
Selen is a 20 year-old teaching assistant by day and university student by night. She describes herself as bubbly and free-spirited character from the middle of nowhere (Kent). Originally from South East London and North Cyprus Selen likes to go back to both of these places as often as she can and stay in touch with memorable pastimes.
She loves to act, perform and write as much as she can and fully immerses herself into the projects she works on. Being a ball of energy Selen won’t hesitate to express who she is to you and would most likely greet you with a loving hug. If you are a hugger, great! If not, Selen apologises immensely.
Hannah Maxwell is an artist and writer. She provides editorial assistance to academic and artistic publications, copywriting content for exhibitions and arts websites, and is developing her own text-based performance practice.
In 2015, she worked with Brian Lobel and TSOTF guest curators to help develop the 'Diagnoses' form and practice. An article explaining this process was published in Contemporary Theatre Review in 2015: http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/2015/the-sick-of-the-fringe/
Túlio Rosa (Brazil, 1989) is an artist and researcher who works in the field of dance and choreography. Over the past years, he has been developing a line of work which seeks to connect issues emerging in the social and political fields with his artistic practice. Since 2015, his research is particularly concerned by the circulation of images of violence in the media and its impact on the body.
In Keven's teenage years he became a victim of the 1980s job (less) counter-revolution. After numerous college courses and short-term jobs, he found a full time job (a rarity, even in the 1990s) which kept him in money for 10 years, until the 1980s reappeared in his life dressed up as the twenty-first century. After finding himself doing agency work, he gained a Level 3 Counselling Skills qualification.
Keven is now a member of Takeoff (@takeoff_charity) which works with mental health service users, their carers and their families to improve lives. He is at Touchbase Care in Folkestone two afternoons a week, where he works in a creative and therapeutic environment with adults with various disabilities.
Dave is a poet based in Folkestone; inspirations include Scroobius Pip, Rumi and Bob Dylan. He has a deep interest in philosophy and psychology, and can often be found tucked in coffee shops lost in pages. He believes that a good conversation can be one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davejameshorn/(poetry page)
Sandra is a mother and grandmother. She works for the Pestalozzi village supporting international students. Sandra has an MA in creative writing and is currently working on a comic, Trina, the Cleaner. Trina is Sandra's alter ego, who evolved from the cleaning jobs she did to support her years of study.
Audrey Green Oakes is a Scottish journalist and TV Producer with a background in hard news, politics and investigative journalism. She’s also (occasionally) a performance poet, writer and artist.
Currently Channel Director of KMTV, Kent’s recently launched local television station, Audrey is former punk who has worked on the Today programme and was part of Folkestone’s International Women’s Day collective.
Charlotte Forfieh lives in Folkestone. She writes slipstream-y short stories and screenplays; if it’s a bit out there she’s probably into it. Charlotte is currently studying an MA in creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London as a Kit de Waal Scholar.
Melissa is a scribbler of poetry and flash fiction. Quite to her surprise, a number of these untidy glimpses into her mind have been published. She's passionate about inclusion and mental health and often draws on her own awkward relationship with anxiety, insomnia and depression as she strings words together.
Joy is a Cornish, retired TEFL teacher/trainer/inspector who also organised the first Kent Women’s Day and WEA feminist conferences. Locally, she is involved with Older Women Rock and Write Like a Grrrl! She loves her new life, drumming, DJing and updating acres of writing for her blog.
Lubna’s vision is to create kind spaces where everyone feels safe to be seen, stand up and speak out. As a creative facilitator and applied theatre practitioner, she designs and delivers experiential training & videos for professionals on leadership skills including having impactful conversations, workplace wellbeing and neurodiversity awareness.
Jane is a playwright, health and wellbeing coach. She explores where mindset, taking ownership, and showing up to evolve better health, energy and longevity meets putting our health into 'the-system's' hands and/or deciding that 'rock-bottom' really is the only place to start.
Twitter & LinkedIn @JaneUnsworth
Tracy Gentles is the Director of The Sick of the Fringe. She collaborates with artists and activists concerned with raising awareness and discussion around taboo issues, such as, mental health, assisted suicide, sex, race and ageing by building resources, contexts and networks, nurturing organisations and arts managers and aiming for a systemic change towards a more diverse, care-focused and socially conscientious sector.