A Mile in My Shoes

A Mile in My Shoes provided an insight into the lives of thirty extraordinary people through a performance walking tour with recorded storytelling. Audiences listened to stories about sex work, mining, bereavement, marriage, and parenthood. Developed in partnership with the Empathy Museum and funded by Perth Festival.

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At the age of eleven, Aisha was already challenging the meaning of religion and eventually found her own truth as a Muslim woman. Although she is proud of her faith, after verbal abuse from strangers following the events of 9/11, she made the difficult choice to remove her face veil.
Craig Hollywood is the founder of Short Back and Sidewalks, a charity that gives haircuts to homeless and disadvantaged people. His first customer travelled 35 kilometres to get his hair cut. Here, Craig speaks about how a simple haircut can be the catalyst for change, and how the effect and simplicity of having a normal conversation can transform a person.
After 21 days on a boat, Kaliyugan Pathmanathan finally saw landmass before he was put away in immigration detention for 17 months. He reflects on the isolation he felt in the detention centres, including time on Christmas Island, and what it was like to finally have his freedom back.
At a young age, Evelyn Rivera was exposed to the horrors of the El Salvador civil war. She reflects on what it was like growing up in an environment where she would climb trees and see people being killed across the road, and what it was like adapting to her new home in Australia.
Gina Williams has always felt an urge to assert her Aboriginality and has used her music as both a healing process and a vehicle to tell her story.
Dalwinder Singh shares his experiences – both good and bad – as a Sihk taxi driver in Perth.
When Sean Blocksidge isn't busy running tours of Margaret River, he spends his time battling bushfires. In this story, Sean discusses the risk of fires in the Australian bush and his devotion to protecting his community.
Sean Pollard is an electrician, footballer, surfer, and survivor of a shark attack. His story is one about loss, recovery and finding a new way of living.
Margaret Watroba fell in love with the mountains and dreamed of climbing the Himalayas as a young girl — she has since attempted to summit Everest Base Camp four times.
Uncle Ben, a Noongar elder, battled alcoholism for many years before addressing the issue head-on. A recipient of the Order of Australia for his reconciliation work, Uncle Ben believes that he must stay upright to give his people hope.
Imagine you're holidaying in Paris and you get a phone call: your daughter has been murdered. This is exactly what Karen Lang experienced. Karen works through her grief by meeting the woman who took her daughter's life. She reflects on her journey of understanding, empathy and, finally, forgiveness.
Wendy Ruwiza has used her title as Miss Africa Perth as a platform to advocate for other voices.
Simone McMahon, the Founder and Executive Director of Organ Donation and Transport Foundation of WA, had a kidney transplant when she was a child which completely changed her life for the better. She has since devoted her life to helping people to better their lives in the same way.
After growing up on a farm, witnessing his brother being gored by a wild pig and working relentlessly in the WA mines, Adrian gives his all to take a group of paragliders to Kilimanjaro. 
Saige used to work as a sex worker, though she preferred the term “sexual healer.” She believes that at the core, everybody just wants to feel loved and cared for, and being able to provide her clients with that is what was truly rewarding. 
Skye is travelling around Australia in a campervan with her husband and four young daughters. A few years ago, she found out that her father had been having an affair for 17 years. This discovery forever changed her life and the way she viewed the world, including teaching her that nothing is ever black and white.
Anthea comes full circle and brings her life of learning and new experience to her career as a returned farmer.
A heart wrenching story about loss, the joy of shared laughter and finding what you should be famous for.
When you have just ten hours with your child, you can’t put the feeling into words. Carly has done something truly beautiful, offering over 24,000 tributes to children who never got to grow up.
Simon has devoted his life to environmental activism, but the journey has not been without its challenges. He says that being an activist has meant having to make huge personal sacrifices, including losing the custody of his children.
Jeremy has achondroplasia, the cause of what is commonly known as dwarfism.
Ceinwen Roberts is a marathon open-water swimmer. She believes you have to enjoy what you’re doing and not worry about what might be lurking below.
Paddi Creevey spent a large part of her youth as a nun, before stepping away from religion to become a social worker and eventually going on to be a politician.
After losing his legs to a landmine in Vietnam, Graham returned to Australia and faced the challenge of living life after war.
After Christine Brown's daughter tried to take her own life, Christine joined the fight for the recognition of the importance of mental health.
Dianne Lawrence talks about her experiences being the mother of a transgender child.
Living in Port Hedland and working as a nurse, she fostered a young Aboriginal girl who temporarily entered into a grief-driven, coma-like state following the death of her father, where she was able to connect with Aboriginal spirits on what Joan describes as a “soul journey”.
South African born mineral explorer Miles has built a remarkably successful career for himself in mining.
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During WWII, John was held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese.
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