Sophia Compton writes, directs, produces and runs activist projects. She is Artistic Director of Fringe First Award-winning activist theatre company, Power Play C.I.C and co-founder of mental health initiative Brainstorm. She has written articles for i-D, Arteviste, Gobbledegook SAVAGE Journal and other publications. Power Play's Award-winning 2018 Edinburgh Fringe season of four plays took over a domestic flat to tell four female-led stories of “rich, unsettling drama” (The Scotsman). As co-Producer and Associate Director, she brought Filipa Bragança Award-winning Funeral Flowers on a London tour. Brainstorm puts on multimedia events, recently at the V&A and Copeland Galleries. She facilitates workshops and develops wraparound activist projects, recently Funeral Flowers’ ‘Community Conversations’ project. She has spoken as a mental health advocate and activist on The Guilty Feminist, for Him + His, and other platforms.Locked Pro Plan feature
Brainstorm is a project to investigate masculinity and male mental health. It presented the work of 50+ visual and performing artists in 'I'm Fine' at Copeland Gallery (It's Nice That top 10 things to do, Dec 2017) and 3h curated interactive workshop 'Brainstorming Vulnerability' at the V&A
Power Play is an award-winning activist theatre company. We use guerrilla-style immersive theatre and data activism to combat gender inequality in UK theatre. We combine new writing programmes with research, using narrative and numbers (the qualitative and quantitative) to challenge the performing arts industry to diversify the stories it tells.
English Literature, 1st Class Joint highest mark in the year John Oliver Hobbes Memorial Scholarship for Research Essay Rihannon Jones Memorial Prize for contribution to the life and work of the department.
Award for the best New Writing at the Edinburgh Fringe. Won by Funeral Flowers by Emma Dennis-Edwards which I produced and Associate Directed, 2018.
Award for the best female solo-performance with a social message at its heart. Won by Funeral Flowers by Emma Dennis-Edwards which I produced and Associate Directed, 2018
Award for best Research Essay in the English Department, 2018
Award for "contribution to the life and work of the department" won for work as Editor of SAVAGE Journal, Arts and Culture publication