// Pauline Mayers // What If I Told You

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Throughout Pauline’s life, people have made assumptions about her based on her gender, background and race. She’s defied these expectations at every turn, tearing up the narrative that society tried to impose on her.

Now, Pauline is finally ready to tell the world her story.

Carefully balancing dance and theatre, What If I Told You immerses us in Pauline’s world as she invites us to pause, breathe and reconsider the stories we tell about our past and the history on which we build our futures.

Pauline Mayers Originally from London, Pauline began her theatre and dance training at the Weekend Arts College and continued with dance at the Rambert School, London. Graduating in 1991 she has danced with and taught for contemporary dance companies and choreographers across the UK including Janet Smith & Dancers (London), and Phoenix Dance Company (Leeds), touring nationally and internationally. As an Associate Artist of Chris Goode and Company, Pauline has choreographed and appeared in several productions, including most recently 9, Wanted and The Albermarle Sketchbook (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Open House (MayFest, Bristol). She was also lead artist on Burmantofts Stories (West Yorkshire Playhouse) in 2014

Khadijah Ibrahim is a poet, playwright and activist. She is the Artistic Director of Leeds Young Authors and the Producer of Leeds Youth poetry Slam festival. Peepal Tree press published her poetry collection Rootz Runnin in 2008 that same year she toured the USA with the Fwords Creative Freedom writers. As a delegate for the Art Council England (Yorkshire) she attended Calabash International Literature Festival in Jamaica. She continues to make various stage appearances across Britain, the USA, the Caribbean and Africa. Her collection of poems, “Another Crossing”, was recently published by Peepal Tree Press.

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