SUE MAYO is a freelance theatre maker, and convenor of the MA in Applied Theatre.
Sue completed her B.A. in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, and then worked as a performer for ten years, including work at The Lyric Theatre Belfast, the Young Vic, Upstream Children’s Theatre, and Theatre Royal Stratford East. During this time she continued her training in contemporary dance at The Place, the Laban centre, and X6 Dance Space. Sue founded Still Standing Dance Theatre with dancer Jane Mooney, and the company won the Bass Ireland Arts award for its contribution to the arts in Ireland.
She subsequently developed her work as a writer and director, working increasingly within Community and Education settings. Sue spent three years as Artistic Director of the Young National Trust Theatre, creating site specific theatre performed in National Trust properties throughout England. She first worked with Magic Me, the UK’s leading intergenerational arts provider, in 2003, and is now Associate Artist within the organisation. Sue developed their women only intergenerational work, with ten years of projects at The Women's Library, and one at The Bishopsgate Institute. The 2012 project created an audio walking performance, Where the Heart is for LIFT 2012.
Sue continues her freelance work, most recently with LIFT on ‘Eat London’, and it’s LIFT living Archive projects, with Full Circle Productions on ‘Another Kind of Silence’, (Edinburgh 2009), and ‘Blooming Snapdragons’, (The Curve, Norwich, and the Royal Society, London 2010), and as a consultant and trainer, evaluating the National Trust’s ‘London Voices’ project, training artists at the Geffrye Museum, and leading professional development workshops for Magic Me. She was consultant to the Artists of Bangladeshi Origin network, and the Somali Housing Association intergenerational initiative. Sue has written five libretti for the composer Francis Grier, and edited four editions of prose and poetry by community groups.
In 2012 Sue worked with project Phakama, LIFT, Magic Me and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and in 2015 will be directing Rooms With A View, a site specific Community play exploring conflicting narratives of East London, and Come Dine With Me, a storytelling and feasting performative meal, at Ovalhouse. She will visit Brazil to teach intergenerational arts practice as part of Resonate, the partnership between London and Rio, the next city to host the Olympics.
Sue has taught at Rose Bruford, South London Theatre School, Selly Oak College and Queen Mary University of London. She is on the Board of Talawa Theatre Company, having previously served on the Boards of Trestle Theatre and Leap Theatre Workshop. She was a founder member of the Refugees and the Arts Initiative
Work with elders and in intergenerational settings
Dementia and creativity
The role of the artist in collaboration with communities
The nature of temporary community in participatory arts
Gratitude and connectivity
Sharing the Experience, a handbook on intergenerational work, with Langford S.
Chapter, ‘A Fresh Look’, in Enticing the Learning, by Staley Dr J
ISBN 0 704426 072 978807 04426078
Chapter, ‘The touring performance’, in No Longer Dead to me, Ed. Woodhead S. & Tinniswood A. ISBN 0 7078 02660
Many Connections -article for the Journal for Education in Museums, March 2006
Case study for the Group for Education in Museums, December 2009
Engaging Elders-participation and learning n the Heritage sector: Paper for Local Studies Group, CILIP, June 2009
Bouncing off and Diving in: participatory work with the LIFT living archive. Paper resented to the CILIP special collections conference, Lanacster 2010
Beyond nostalgia: the temporary community in intergenerational work
Paper presented at TaPRA 2010
Chapters in Performance and Community: Commentary and Case studies, Ed Caoimhe McAvinchey, Bloomsbury Methuen, 2013
BA Hons in Drama & Theatre Arts University of Birmingham
Work with elders and in intergenerational settings
The role of the artist when facilitating
Cross cultural and post colonial issues within the creative space
The nature of the community created in workshops and rehearsal spaces
Collaboration and participation; where mainstream meets 'applied'
Detail and Daring : Research into the art and the craft of intergenerational work
Mayo, Sue; O’Dair, Charlotte and McAvinchey, Caoimhe M.. 2012. Detail and Daring : Research into the art and the craft of intergenerational work. In: "Weekend at Wilton's", London, United Kingdom.
Wild Wild Women: Intergenerational projects at The Women’s Library
Mayo, Sue. 2008. Wild Wild Women: Intergenerational projects at The Women’s Library. Women's Library, London, United Kingdom 2008-2013.
Conference or Workshop Item
Reasons to be Cheerful: resilience , structure and care-fulness in socially engaged practice
Mayo, Sue. 2017. 'Reasons to be Cheerful: resilience , structure and care-fulness in socially engaged practice'. In: TaPRA annual conference. University of Salford, United Kingdom August 30th - 1st September 2017.
The spaces in between: Relationships in participatory work
Mayo, Sue. 2016. 'The spaces in between: Relationships in participatory work'. In: TaPRA 2016. University of Bristol, United Kingdom 5th-7th Sepetember 2016.
'A Marvelous Experiment': Exploring ideas of temporary Community in intergenerational Performance Projects in East London
Mayo, Sue. 2015. ''A Marvelous Experiment': Exploring ideas of temporary Community in intergenerational Performance Projects in East London'. In: New Tides Platform, Unoiversity of Malta. Unioiversity of Malta, Malta 14-16 September 2015.
A Marvelous Experiment: Intergenerational practice
Mayo, Sue. 2015. 'A Marvelous Experiment: Intergenerational practice'. In: New Tides Platform, Unoiversity of Malta. University of Malta, Malta 14-16 September 2015.
Never flying solo:The Collaborative, Ordinary Heroes
Mayo, Sue and Low, Katherine. 2014. 'Never flying solo:The Collaborative, Ordinary Heroes'. In: Theatre & Performance Reserach Association (TaPRA) annual conference. Royal Holloway, United Kingdom September 4-6th 2014.
Rooms with a View: Disrupting and Developing Narratives of Community through Intergenerational practice.
McAvinchey, Caoimhe and Mayo, Sue. 2016. Rooms with a View: Disrupting and Developing Narratives of Community through Intergenerational practice.. Project Report. Magic Me, London.