Sue Caudle, DIY’s Artistic Director
Sue has been DIY’s Artistic Director almost since DIY began.
We asked Sue some questions about herself:
Tell us one of your favourite things about DIY Theatre Co.
The amazing people involved as actors, artists – the company is all about the people involved.
Tell us one of the things you are most proud of doing at DIY.
I’m really proud of how the DIY community – the members and artists and everyone else involved – responded to the Covid Pandemic – with such a high level of commitment and energy and creativity.
I was really proud of the collaborative projects DIY managed to create early on in the Pandemic – like the film ‘I Wish Everything Was Back to Normal!’ and our ‘Always Connecting’ song. (Visit I Wish Everything Was Back to Normal! show page to watch. For me they really expressed and shared what people were experiencing and feeling during a really challenging and unsettling time.
What else do you do, outside of DIY?
I am a freelance drama worker so I work with other groups. I also do training, research and evaluation for other organisations.
What motto do you live by?
Be the change you wish to see in the world
Tell us about a piece of performance or visual art that has inspired you.
- An amazing show by Strathcona Theatre Company in the 1990s called “Change of Heart” that was all about a young woman who needed a heart and lung transplant but was refused by British surgeons because she had learning disabilities. It was moving but also beautifully celebratory.
- A really stunning piece of theatre by The Shysters called “Scary Antics”, again in the late 1990s, which was full of atmosphere, movement and theatricality.
- A site specific performance by Back to Back Theatre called “Small Metal Objects” in around 2007, which I saw at Stratford East Station in London. The show took place on the busy station concourse and the audience experienced it through headphones.
What makes you smile?
Walking along a coastal path in the sunshine.