The Performing Animal Rights podcast series explores creative practice within the animal rights movement. Researcher Ben Hunt converses with activists who harness artistic practice in their advocacy, delving deep into how creativity manifests in the movement, and how it can play an important role in bringing about a better world.
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.
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
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.
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/
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
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