• Performance in Animal Rights Roundtable

    In October 2022, creative activists came together to share their experiences of performance in the animal rights movement, for a live online event. Hosted by Leigh Venus; drag artist Dan Hellman, Songwriters Barbara Helen and Vegan Queen V, campaigner Harley McEckersal, and performance artist Ben Hunt, explored what creative practice can bring to the movement. This event was hosted by Bright Eyes Theatre Arts, a theatre company focused on the non-human animal narrative.

    1h 47m | Apr 9, 2023
  • The Body & Activism

    Ben talks to animal rights activist Abi Foster (aka Animal Autonomy) about her latest fundraiser action, where she tagged her ear in solidarity with non-human animals raised for food. The fundraiser raised over £5000 for a sanctuary, as well as raising awareness of the suffering and dominion of the animal agriculture industry.

    Find out more about Abi here: https://www.facebook.com/AnimalAutonomy/

    More podcast episodes like these here: https://www.performinganimalrights.org/podcast

    21m | Mar 9, 2022
  • Veganism on Stage

    Ben talks to playwright, author and activist, John Yunker about his work in bringing veganism to the stage, and why theatre can be a powerful medium in telling compelling stories around animal rights issues.

    39m | Dec 11, 2021
  • Performance in Strategy

    Youth Outreach and Campaigns Officer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA UK), Simon Plazolles-Hayes, talks to Ben about utilising performing arts in campaigns, as an essential tool in the organisation's strategy.

    Find PETA UK's website here: https://www.peta.org.uk/

    40m | Nov 28, 2021
  • Satire in Animal Rights

    Ben talks to activist and YouTuber David Ramms about his viral satirical sketches. This episode explores audience attention and authenticity in creating engaging content for the animal rights movement.

    David's YouTube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidRamms

    41m | Nov 26, 2021
  • Performance in Direct Action

    Dr Yvette Watt talks to Ben about her artistic practice and animal advocacy - specifically her performance project Duck Lake, which involved a group of dancers in hot pink tutus and hard hats performing on a floating stage at the opening of the duck-shooting season in Tasmania.

    Footage of Duck Lake can be found here: https://vimeo.com/158270314

    42m | Nov 7, 2021
  • Performing Trauma in Animal Rights

    This bonus episode is from a radio interview for Slacks Weird Radio, as part of the New Bridge Project. Leigh Venus talks to fellow activist Ben Hunt about his recent online performance project and his research into performing arts and trauma in the animal rights movement. Ben shares audio from his work including soundscapes and poetry.

    Find Ben's work here: https://performinganimalrights.tumblr.com/

    Find our other podcasts here: https://www.performinganimalrights.org/podcast

    31m | Oct 29, 2021
  • Drag & Animal Rights

    Singer, performer, dance and theater maker Daniel Hellmann talks about his experience as a performance artist and animal rights activist, especially about his alter ego "Soya the Cow" - a sex-positive, feminist, vegan drag cow.

    54m | Oct 17, 2021
  • Singing Animal Rights

    Ben talks to singer and songwriter Barbara Helen about what music means to her, in her activism, and to the animal rights movement. At the end of a fascinating conversation Barbara performs one of her latest songs live.

    43m | Oct 10, 2021
  • Embodying & Narrating Animal Rights

    Writer, artist and activist Dr. Alex Lockwood talks to Ben about the impact of bearing witness to the non-human animal, the role of the activist, and the importance of narrative as a strategy in the animal rights movement.

    58m | Oct 3, 2021
  • Performing Civil Disobedience

    Ben talks to performer and activist Harley McDonald-Eckersall about her experience and roles in animal and climate justice group Animal Rebellion, as well as her thoughts on performance and creativity in the movement.

    44m | Sep 20, 2021
  • An Introduction - Why Performing Arts?

    Performance artist, researcher, and creator of the Performing Animal Rights Archive, Ben Hunt introduces the podcast series, by exploring why he thinks performing arts is vital to the animal rights movement.

    24m | Sep 20, 2021
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