SHYBAIRN devise live performance for social change.
We collaborate with artists, communities and individuals to make theatre which explores socio-economic and environmental issues affecting the UK today. We devise live performance in playful and accessible forms. We champion artists and stories from lower-socio economic backgrounds, female/non-binary led work and northern voices. We put issues concerning contemporary Britain centre stage, affecting social change through the minds of our audiences.
SHYBAIRN comes from the geordie phrase “shy bairns get nowt,” which means ‘shy kids get nothing’ or ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get.’ We are a collective of shy bairns, speaking up when no-one else will.
I’m Caitlin, a theatre-maker and producer from Newcastle currently based in London. I graduated from MFA Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019, founding SHYBAIRN in my final year. I collaborate with a range of artists unique to each performance, supporting northern and working-class artists in particular. I produce womxn-led work which explores social, economic and environmental issues in the UK today.
Based in East London and Reading, Becky is a freelance producer, theatre-maker and facilitator. Her practice is rooted in experimentation, is often socially engaged, crosses forms and is structurally daring. Becky has experience working on projects that explore marginalised identities, are inherently political and engage communities and young people in truly participatory ways. Becky is motivated by collaboration, the creative dynamic of a team and working for the work.
Nic is a multidisciplinary artist and theatre-maker from Newcastle. After training at Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama they have worked as an artist, graphic designer, and scenographer, specialising in contemporary, devised work. They enjoy responding to unique performance spaces and sites and creating environments for play and exploration. Nic's research interests include queer performance practices, architectural theory and history, and site-specific performance.
We work with lots of other wonderful collaborators including but not limited to: Marilena Sitaropoulou, Movement Director; Hannah Clifford, Performer; Rebecca Charlton, Performer; Nicole Acquah, Writer & Dramaturg; Lekhani Chirwa, Performer; Daneka Etchells, Performer.
To present original work
To make work collaboratively, always
To provide space for people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and womxn to perform
To promote social justice and equality
To spark conversations on issues within the arts as well as society as a whole
To make, or contribute to, campaigns for social change alongside our performances
To work with communities
To make high quality live performance
To engage with a wide range of audiences
To have fun
To be bold
To use performance as a form of activism
To recognise our privilege and never forget how we got here