Coming up


Thu 14 May - Fri 15 May

Presented by Fuel and the Cultural Institute at King’s College London

At Art Exchange, University of Essex

Think of a woman who inspires you. Got it? We want to know who she is and why.

We’re transforming Art Exchange into a live performance garden and filling it full of brilliant artists and academics, each paying tribute to Phenomenal People in their lives.

Jenny Sealey (Artistic Director of Graeae) nominates her friend Caroline Parker who taught her how to be deaf, before inviting us to sign to a classic pop song.  Actor and puppeteer Akiya Henry celebrates the life of her foster mother Joyce Dymock; Leisa Rea (Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Clod Ensemble) celebrates ordinary women. Especially for Colchester, Professor Pamela Cox (BBC Two’s Shopgirls) will join us in the garden.

Between performances, you can relax in our garden, drink lemonade and nominate your own inspiring woman on our website: you’ll have their name sung by contralto Lucy Stevens in a glorious aural tribute.

Performance Schedule

Thursday 14th May

11.30am – Garden Opens

12:00pm – Akiya Henry

12.15pm – Victoria Moseley

12.30pm –  Anna Reading


1.00pm – Malika Booker

1.15pm – Pamela Cox

1.30pm – Marginal Voices


2.00pm – Lucy Stevens

2.15pm – Leisa Rea

2.30pm – Jenny Sealey

3.00pm –  Garden remains open to visitors

6.00pm – Akiya Henry

6.15pm – Anna Reading

6.30pm – Marginal Voices


7.00pm – Pamela Cox

7.15pm –  Lucy Stevens

7.30pm – Malika Booker


8.00pm – Leisa Rea

8.15pm – Lucy Stevens

8.30pm – Jenny Sealey

9.00pm –  Garden Closes

Friday 15th May

3.30pm – Garden Opens

4.00pm – Victoria Moseley

4.15pm – Anna Reading

4.30pm – Malika Booker


5.00pm – Akiya Henry

5.15pm – Pamela Cox

5.30pm – Marginal Voices


6.00pm – Lucy Stevens

6.15pm – Leisa Rae

6.30pm – Jenny Sealey

7.00pm – Garden Closes

It’s all free, so drop in and enjoy the day.

Friday’s performance is sign language interpreted.

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Funded by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Arts Council England and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation via the New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood project. Originally commissioned by Southbank Centre, London.


  • Thu 14 May - Fri 15 May
  • Thur: 12pm - 3pm & 6pm - 9pm | Fri: 4pm - 7pm
  • Free