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Platform is delighted to have Conner currently working on a new collaborative performance. In 2017, Conner graduated with an MLitt with distinction in Theatre Practices from the University of Glasgow. Conner is a Queer artist based in Glasgow and will be undertaking a PhD at the University of Glasgow in October. He makes performance for several contexts including theatres, cabaret and clubs and often explores elements of drag. We spoke to Conner to find out more about his work and his relationship with Platform.
What is your favourite performance or event you have attended at Platform?
I’ve seen amazing gigs, exhibitions and performance at Platform but I think my favourites are probably Helen de Main’s exhibition, You Know, Things Like That and seeing Stella Chiweshe perform live. My favourite visit to the venue was to help facilitate a workshop with dance artist, Android X and performance and dance students from Glasgow Kelvin College. The students were so receptive and really enjoyed learning about a form of performance that none of them had come into contact with before.
What is it you enjoy about working with Platform?
Platform is an incredibly special organisation. Not only does it support the work of artists at all stages of their career but they engage directly with the community that they serve.
Hosting so many community projects and free events ensures that everyone has access to the arts at all levels.
There really isn’t any other venue like it.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your practice?
My work explores queer history/identity, gay male masculinity and acts of care. I am interested in autobiography as material and choreographic movement based practice.
I often work collaboratively, with artists and audiences, and LOVE discovering new performance discourses with others.
I feel feelings are important and I like to share them so let’s talk and make stuff together!
Who or what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by my mum, my gran and artist, Adrian Howells. Music has a large impact on my work even if it doesn’t feature in any of my performances.
Radical acts of kindness, be they gift-giving or sharing with each other, are things we need more of.
What are you working on at Platform?
I have been developing a performance called GAYBOYS with lead artist, Craig Manson. So far we’ve performed it at Only Skin, Queer Theory, Stereo, Love Boutique and Dice Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe. We’ve been working on this for over a year and have put a lot of unpaid time and work into it so we can’t believe how lucky we are that Matt and everyone at Platform have offered us support and space to help develop the show into a full-length, professional production.
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