The Maker's Dozen - Verity Standen

Describe your work in 5 words
Awkward. Alive. Human. Visceral. Searching.

What does your typical day look like?
Hmmm, it's very changeable. If i'm composing, I'll be up in my office improvising and noodling out melodies while trying to fend my ginger cat off the keyboard. If I'm working on a project, it will usually include lots of amazing humans and their voices in a room exploring sound in a playful and slightly ridiculous way.

What inspires you to make performance?
Feeling things, watching things, being a part of things, sharing life with others. Being surrounded by humans and their wonderful brains.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? 
Cleaning big car showrooms and garages.

What is your biggest regret?
Not believing in myself sooner - I think I'm just getting there now.

What are some of your favourite things? 
FOOD (I am 8 and a half months pregnant) in particular Condiments. They are a fine addition to all situations. Animals. Laughing. A good sparkly accessory.

Who has had the biggest influence on you? 
My mother and Dartington College of Arts.

What would your superpower be?
I could close my eyes and be anywhere I wanted to be in the world. Jus' like that.

What’s the best piece of theatre you’ve ever seen? 
Oooooph - that is very hard. Something that totally surprised and delighted all of my being was a musical theatre show by a Dutch company called BOT - the piece was called Ramkoers and it was outrageous and unapologetic in it's playfulness, as well creating some of the most beautiful moving music by smashing plates into concrete mixers and driving machines across the stage...

What inspired your Curious Parcel?
For me, making a show or a piece of music always begins with an offer: I always want the listener to be at the heart of what I'm doing.  I love the evocative and intimate power of the human voice, and I was inspired by the idea of music as an intimate friend in someone's day.

What do you hope people will take away from the experience?
A moment of peace, a moment to giggle, a moment of trying something that maybe you wouldn't usually feel comfortable doing.

What’s next for you? Where can people next see your live work?
I am going to imminently expel a human from my body - then after that I will be collaborating on some very exciting projects at the end of this year. And the piece I made this Spring, Undersong, will head out on the road.

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