Selina Thompson is an artist and performer based in Leeds. Her practice is playful, participatory and intimate; focusing on the politics of identity and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments. With an emphasis on public engagement and a desire to connect to those who are often marginalised, she has made work for pubs, cafes, hairdressers, toilets, and sometimes even galleries and theatres.
Salt. is a solo show about sorrow, ancestry, home, forgetting and colonialism. It's about the existence of colonial history in the everyday, the politics of grief and what happens inside Selina's head every time someone asks “where are you from?” and won't take Birmingham or her mum's uterus as an answer. Beautifully written, it charts the story of two artists who boarded a cargo ship and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle, from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica and back. Developed during that three month voyage - and with artist collectives in Accra and Kingston - Salt. is part of a wider body of work exploring Black identity.
In the press
“Thompson is personable you could eat her up” The Guardian
“Selina Thompson has a very special gift" Yorkshire Post
"Top 10 Black British Women Killing it in their Field" Buzzfeed
“Thompson is a wonderful writer - poetic, lyrical, and impassioned, and in salt. has created a bold, unapologetic piece of political theatre. One that deserves the attention it demands” Reviews Hub (on salt.)
DesignerKatherina Radeva, Lights - Cassie Mitchell, Sound - Sleepdogs Collective
Number of people on stage1
Number of people in touring company2
Excess Baggage required if materials are sourced locally. Otherwise freight required.
Touring AvailabilityFrom September 2017 - January 2019
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space10m x 9m x 6m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
Also contains:Interactivity, Strong Language
VenueNorthern Stage at Summerhall
Production dates5-26 AUGUST (not on Wednesdays)
Contact for touring
Emma Beverley - Producer
Selina has delivered workshops, lectures, provocations, residencies and consultancy / mentorship internationally.
For salt. bespoke workshops, provocations and lectures can be delivered. The company are also able to deliver wraparound activities that include film screenings, presentations of installation Race Cards and longer term engagement programmes in specific locations.