How To Begin workshop by Louise Orwin (deadline Feb 21, 2021)

In 2019, I was delighted to invite Louise Orwin to Preston, as part of Lancashire Fringe Festival with her show Oh Yes Oh No. The brilliant show was one of the cornerstone performances of the festival. Delivering complex subject matter with technical and tehatrical brilliance, Oh Yes Oh No is contemporary performance at its best. You can read about the show here.

Louise Orwin is one of the UK’s leading contemporary performers. I was delighted to be able support the development of her latest project, a digital artist workshop called How To Begin, designed to inspire, re-boot and develop your work. Apply here:

These workshops are now open to all practicing artists, with the first week-long workshops beginning on March 1, 2021 (application deadline Feb 21, 2021).

More details:

Dates of workshop: March 1st – 7th 2021 and March 8th – 14th 2021
Price: £45 / £30, with scholarship places available
More info and application:

HOW TO BEGIN is a week-long digital artist workshop designed as a space to reignite, reawaken, or re-encounter your artistic practice. It is a place for anyone who feels blocked, uninspired, bored, fed up, or out of love with their artistic practice. You can think of this as an artist’s call-to-arms, an invitation to commune with your art-self, or a love letter to your burgeoning art practice.

Applications open 1st Feb, and closes 21st Feb at midnight.
Access: Workshop content is fully captioned, and is designed to be approached at your own pace through the week. Tasks can be done anywhere/any time each day, we just ask that participants set aside 1 hr minimum a day. The final session on zoom is the only fixed time session of the week (Sunday 2-5pm), and we ask that all participants be available for this session. 

Louise Orwin’s Oh Yes Oh No comes to Lancashire Fringe Festival

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A playful, provocative journey through female sexuality and who gets to have a say in it, featuring Barbie’n’Ken role-play, a heady mix of pop culture references and dramatic sound design. Conceived, written and performed by Louise Orwin.

“Bold, brave work, and all the better for being filled with the voices of real women who, by speaking out, are staking a claim for their own erotic agency” The Guardian

And it’s part of Lancashire Fringe Festival. I know, I can hardly believe it either.

Made exclusively with the candid input of those willing to talk openly and honestly about their sex life, Oh Yes Oh No explores having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics.

Asking difficult questions about sexuality, Oh Yes Oh No interrogates identity, consent and power play, encouraging audiences to rethink their views on desire. Daring to speak about a subject which is rarely addressed publicly, especially in the wake of #MeToo, Oh Yes Oh No is for anyone who has ever struggled to find their sexual voice, or questioned the sexual culture they were brought up in.

Louise Orwin said of Oh Yes Oh No: “I am a survivor of sexual violence and I am obsessed with sex. Why does it feel like those two things shouldn’t exist in the same sentence? Oh Yes Oh No began its journey when I began to attempt to untangle these things from one another, in an effort to reclaim my sexuality for myself once and for all.

“I wanted to understand my desire, its complexities, the politics of being turned on by things that were possibly at odds with my politics. And I wanted to know whether other people had the same sort of neuroses surrounding their orgasms.

“The show is based on interviews I conducted all over the UK with those willing to openly and frankly discuss their sexuality and, in particular, with survivors of sexual violence. In it I ask what the price may be of living in a climate which prizes heteronormative desire and pornified punish-fucking, and what we can do to begin to own our turn-ons and celebrate them.

“Making the show in the tidal wave of #MeToo, I began feeling that, more than ever, those of us who have struggled with our sexuality have a responsibility and even a duty to be reclaiming our lives and bodies for ourselves. Oh Yes Oh No is playful, dark and very, very real.

“By putting the voices and stories of those who have never had a say in their own desire centre stage, it is a sucker punch to the gut, and a battle cry to uncovering the true power of asking for what you want.”

Louise Orwin is an award-winning writer, researcher and performance maker. She makes research-driven theatre projects about subjects that are close to home, hard to get your head around, and need to be spoken about.

She makes work about what it means to identify as female today, in a fast-moving, media-saturated world that prizes patriarchal, heteronormative narratives. Louise likes to make work that is provocative and brash, intimate, awkward at times, and generally filled with a heady dose of pop culture.

Her work has received great critical acclaim. Pretty Ugly, which delved into how teenage girls interact with the internet today, caused a bit of a media stir in 2014 as it went viral, and was featured national and international press all over the world: on the radio (Woman’s Hour, BBCR4), TV (Fusion News, ABC, US), and broadsheet press (Vogue, The Telegraph, The Independent, El Pais etc).

A Girl and A Gun, which explored women and violence on film, has been featured in The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and on the BBC Radio. She has toured work throughout the UK and Europe.

See Oh Yes Oh No by Louise Orwin at The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP on Sunday, May 19, at 7.30pm.

Age Guidance 16+

Trigger Warning: Show contains description of sexual violence


Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!

Twitter: @louiseorwin