Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious, a celebration of individuality and focuses on identity and lived experiences. Mostly making the type of work that he wants to see. Trying to make sure that each piece he creates is a different form to the one he made before. He has made work for poetry slams, films, parties, cafes and theatres. Jamal started off his career with Leeds Young Authors; a creative writing and performance group for the ages of 13-19. With Leeds Young Authors, he has competed in poetry slam competitions nationally and in the USA. One of the competitions being ‘Brave New Voices’.
He has made work in many different forms, such as a solo show where he shares autobiographical stories about being black and gay, to having one-to-one conversations about privilege, to stripping down to his underwear in the city centre of Leeds in a short film, and an interactive performance where he puts words in people’s mouths. In 2016, he nationally toured his first solo show ‘FADoubleGOT’. He was also a co-deviser and performer for the critically acclaimed ‘Putting Words in Your Mouth’, which premiered at the Roundhouse in November 2016; it was devised and directed by Scottee.
In 2018, he was commissioned by Transform and Theatre in the Mill to make a new show called ‘Idol’, which was premiered at Transform 19 in Leeds and combines African diasporic ritual, music and storytelling in an exploration of what happens when you don’t see yourself represented in religion or mainstream celebrity culture.
Jamal’s work has also been shown at SPILL Festival of Performance, Leeds Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and the Barbican.