Benna felt like he was going round in circles until he joined a Roundhouse project. Now he’s building a sustainable creative career.
Where I’m from hardly anyone is exposed to the Arts – there’s loads of talent but no guidance. Roundhouse changed my life.
I was born and raised in the busy bubble of a south London estate where negativity lurks on every corner. I’ve always managed to avoid such negativity, whilst having a front row seat to observe the cause and effects from the lives of those close by, who weren’t as lucky as me.
I had a deep rooted motivation for shaping these social housing observations into stories, but lacked the confidence to get on stage and make these stories accessible to ears that stretch beyond my estate.
With all this passion and no progress I felt like I was going around in circles, despite this, I applied for a course called Wax Lyrical which lead me on a path towards creative fulfilment.
Wax Lyrical is a six week course at the Roundhouse that developed my writing, performance and promotion skills. It was the first time I had performed to any kind of audience and was overwhelmed by the plethora of positive feedback.
Since then I have performed in a Roundhouse installation called ‘Utopia’ by Penny Woolcock and become a Roundhouse Resident Artist, which has given me tangible ideas of how to turn my art into a sustainable career.
My most recent milestones include writing poems and performing for the National Lottery – video below: