Veronika Szabo

I am a theatre maker, performer and director. I have been creating performance work on my own and with a range of collaborators since 2006. I create usually participatory performances that invite audiences to reconsider their relationships to social issues, spaces, themselves and the others in a playful and witty way. I often explore how people can unfold their public selves, break binary codes and laugh at the absurd. I work with audience participation, humour, fiction, physicality and recently binaural sound recordings. I often work in unusual spaces creating site specific or immersive performances. My work usually is inspired by cultural and social-political  context. I make devised work and believe in collaborative theatre making. I also perform as a clown. Recently I have finished my  MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and also gained a postgraduate certificate in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths College, London. I studied drama in education at the Hungarian Drama and Theatre in Education association and a Sociology at Corvinus University, Hungary. I was a member of the London Clown School and since that regularly perform a solo bouffon show, The Baby.

 I have worked as a director with various communities, such as immigrants, refugees, homeless people, villagers, young people, children, women groups with disabilities and encouraged them to reimagine their reality, empower them and create fiction and games inspired by their own stories. I explored real stories through collectivizing them. I directed various community based, forum theatre and participatory performances. One of my interactive performances ‘Legislative Theatre’ received 5 stars in a hungarian prominent magazin, Magyar Narancs. In addition to that I have also run several drama, forum theatre and intercultural  trainings, workshops. Recently I worked as a presenter in the comedy TV programme ‘Immigrant’s Guide to Britain’ on Channel 4 and in advertisements eg ‘This is Deezer’. and ‘Secret Sandra’.

I worked as a theatre maker in Hungary, France, Greece, Spain and the UK with various theatre companies such as Big Brum TIE company (UK), Cross Border (SP), INCA UK, Kava TIE company (HU), La Xixa Teatre (SP), Lewisham Youth theatre (UK), Makeshift Ensemble (IRE),  Osmosis (GR), PanoDrama (HU), PneumaSzöv (HU), Momentum Arts (UK), TanDance (UK),Ursa Maior (IT), Verity Standen (UK). I am  one of the founders of a theatre company working with binaural sound technology, humour, physical theatre and headphones called Very Clock Collective, our first performance One Moment premiered at the ‘We are now Festival’ at the Roundhouse. I am also member of an all female collaborative theatre company working on women’s issues, Mummy’s Sloppy Honey, which presented work at the Let Me in Festival in Berlin, at Camden People’s Theatre (London) and Bikeshed Theatre (Exeter). I am also founder  of the international collective, the Flying Fish  working on participatory art projects.

Contact: vernyak@gmail.com