An Outspoken Journey

As a current second year student on Birmingham School of Acting’s BA (Hons) Applied Performance course, I was given the opportunity by our course director Hannah Phillips to not only photograph the process behind the piece but to work on the project Heterophobia as a performer and as part of the graduate company Outspoken

Hannah specialises in Applied Performance and makes work with social and political objectives, using theatre as a tool to inform, educate and raise awareness. Her specialist areas include feminist and queer performance and the concept of this project, from the get go, was one that interested me on multiple levels, one that I believed in passionately and one that had my full attention.

Heterophobia is a performance with aims of raising awareness; educating and informing, whilst dealing with social and political objectives that I am incredibly passionate about and feel are incredibly relevant within society today.

Here, follows a personal journey of gathered stray thoughts, from myself, and members of the company triggered throughout the process of the project.

Courtney Wallis Richardson


Director Hannah Phillips IMG_0333


Photo credit: Courtney Wallis Richardson, Year 2 Applied Performance ( student.