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William Joys (b.1989) is an actress based in London. Through channelling characters he arouses suspicion around theatre’s, and the arts in general, claim for authenticity in favour of ‘artificial’ construction. He is also one half of Sartre25 with Bernard Walsh. 

Recent shows:

Souvenir, Chemist Gallery, London (2023) Sartre25 with Bernard Walsh

The Legal Stage, Lambeth County Court, performance evening organised by Philip Ewe (2023)

The Will To Believe, SET Peckham, performance evening organised by Rosa Doornenbal (2022)

Paris, Sartre25 with Bernard Walsh, month residence at 450 New cross road (2022)

Masterclass, Hubris, Civic Room and Glasgow International (2021)

William Joys: A one man show at Kunsthalle Muenster, Germany (in the context of Christiane Blattmann’s Un-break my Walls 2019)

William Joys: A one man show at Kunstraum London (2019)

Whitest Walls In Town at the Glasgow School of Art (2018)


Selected Performances/exhibitions:

Jack on the track, Hi ventilation 20 Jahre Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, DE (2019)

Performance Club TV, Raven Row, London (2019)

You do you with Thank You Very Much, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2018)

The Great David Dale Dionysia, David Dale gallery, Glasgow (2018)

Who is Heinzstein? Glasgow School of Art, with Liv Fontaine and Lewis Prosser (2018)

A Prototype Court Room, as part of Villa Design Group*, we call it Ludwig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2016) 

Tragedy Machine, as part of Villa Design Group MIT List centre, Cambridge, MA (2016)

The Bernard Natan Centre for the Arts, as part of Villa design group, MUMOK, Vienna (2015). 


*Villa Design Group was founded in 2011, its members are Than Hussein Clark, James Connick and William Joys 

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