Performing and writing is important to me. I can represent people that can’t represent themselves. I feel really passionate about that.
Like in Stitched we wanted to talk about knife crime, it’s happening in and outside of school. I know quite a few people who have been stabbed. I am related to a lot of people who are into that type of life but I try and isolate myself from people like that because I don’t want that for me. And in our next show we are thinking about trapping (drug running.) I understand why people make that choice, because it is a way of supporting yourself and your family. No qualifications needed. So I would like to use creative writing, a show or a film maybe, to help people understand how that becomes an option.
More people are living in poverty, I see a rise in it all around me. And there’s less jobs and less options so drug dealing becomes a viable business idea. So I am interested in presenting that empathetically, to help people hear that story in a different light. If we can raise awareness of that we can start challenging the politics that has made this mess.
Aldair Reis, 2019