Meet Group 22

Simone French, Tom Halls, Jenni Jackson, Júlia Levai

I’m Sorry

I never meant to hurt you, I never meant to make you cry, but tonight I’m cleaning out my closet. I don’t know why I did the things I did, I don’t know why I said the things I said. Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes. I was such a fool, I didn’t know love could be so cruel. Sorry seems to be the hardest word… In a world where it pays to be unapologetic, do you have something you need to apologise for?

Available August 30


Simone French – Performer/Creator
Emphasising strong female voices, Simone French is an unconventional theatre-maker, performer, vocalist and arts community facilitator. She is Co-Artistic Director of TomYumSim – an outrageously absurd performance duo, known for queer participatory theatre and transforming unusual spaces into bespoke theatrical worlds. Her recent work includes: FemFest Residency (TheatreDeli), creative facilitation for protest-party Trapped in the Museum (People’s History Museum); interactive electronic musical String Lines (Royal Exchange Theatre) and TED Spoof Nothing Special (Camden People’s Theatre). She’s collaborated with Body Of Knowledge (BUDA Festival, Belgium) – intergenerational conversations about body politics, and immersive experience All My Friends Were There (Melbourne International Arts Festival). www.simonefrench.com / www.tomyumsim.com

Tom Halls – Performer/Creator
Tom is a performance artist, writer and Co-Artistic Director of TomYumSim, an absurdly fantastical performance duo. Hailing from Boon wurrung & Wurundjeri Land (Melbourne, Australia), he focuses on queer experience and disrupting normalised narratives. Tom’s practice centres on creating pieces that challenge and test audience engagement in unorthodox spaces. Recent credits include String Lines (Royal Exchange Theatre) & HOTLINE (Manchester International Festival). Tom is a member of Class of 2020 at The Lowry Theatre and often shares his wares on The Dead Good Show for BBC Radio Manchester or while loitering about the canals. www.tomhalls.co.uk / www.tomyumsim.com

Jennifer Jackson – Performer/Creator
Jennifer is a British/Bolivian theatre-maker, movement director and actor. She trained at E15 Acting School, and was the under 50kg AJA British Judo Champion. Her work interrogates the female body in performance. As a performer credits include: NT, BAC, Harold Pinter Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Harold Pinter Theatre, Slunglow and The Lowry. As a Movement Director: Wuthering Heights, Death of a Salesman, Cuttin It, Queens of the Coal Age, Our Town (Royal Exchange), Midnight Movie (Royal Court), The Mountaintop (Young Vic & Tour), Amsterdam (ATC), Baby Reindeer (Francesca Moody Productions), I Wanna Be Yours (Paines Plough/Tamasha/The Bush).

Júlia Levai – Director/Creator
Júlia is a theatre director from Budapest currently based in London. She has recently worked as the Jerwood Assistant Director on ‘Nora: A Doll’s House’ at the Young Vic and as a script reader for Paines Plough’s ‘Women’s Prize for Playwriting’. Her production of Kleist’s ‘The Prince of Homburg’ with a gender swapped lead has transferred to the Space Arts Centre following its first run at LAMDA in 2019. She has trained on LAMDA’s MA Directing course and as a trainee director at York Theatre Royal.

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