Running At Walls

role. Co-Creative Director

date. July 2020 - Present

location. United Kingdom

Running At Walls deliver workshops around issues of consent, using theatre, dance and creativity as tools through which to explore this subject. Workshops take place both in person and online. Developed through a partnership between theatre maker Natasha Richards and choreographer Gemma Connell, Running At Walls believes in the power of performance to explore potentially difficult subjects. 


These workshops are informed by Richards’ and Connell’s respective PhD research. Connell researches how the choreographic process has provided agency to survivors of gender violence in the creation of British Hip Hop dance theatre works, whilst Richards explores Applied Theatre approaches to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) with UK secondary aged young people. Both found commonalities in their research - particularly in relation to issues of consent - and began working together in 2019 to develop a workshop that enabled participants to explore issues of consent through theatre, dance and spoken word. This workshop, funded by the CHASE (Consortium of the Arts and Humanities South East) Feminist Network, was delivered in February 2020 at The University of Essex, and received promising feedback from participants. This has led the pair to develop a new business venture - Running At Walls. 


As the duo have been offered a second set of funding by the CHASE Feminist Network, Running At Walls are now seeking to develop an online strand of workshops, given the current global pandemic.

The 'Gender and Education' blog invited us to write a little something about the experience of delivering our pilot workshop. You can read our blog here

“It was compelling to explore the topic through the embodied experience of playing characters and experimenting with movement. I gained a new perspective on how the arts can allow exploration of the ‘grey space’ of consent. I also was inspired by how vital conversations about consent can be had with young people in creative ways that facilitate their self-expression.”

Participant, Pilot Workshop

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