I am a UK theatre-maker, writer and performer. I am interested in creating performance that is challenging and compassionate in equal measure.
I have a group of informal collaborators who will be be involved (or not) in each project. I co-produce each project with an independent producer Jane McMorrow, and I have a general manager Mark Schofield who works with me year round. The company is funded by project grants and subsidised by my work as a sign language interpreter.
Choreography and choreographic practice play a huge role in my work and this has been assisted by my (on-going) collaboration with Jonathan Burrows. My work is inventive in form, poetic in language, full of wit and dead-pan humour. I am particularly interested in interrogating and challenging notions of 'access' and 'accessible performance' by drawing on and re-interpreting functional forms of accessibility to build, stretch and enrich my performance practice.
2016 has mostly been about touring 'Can I Start Again Please' and there are now only three more performances left in Lancaster, Liverpool and then finally back home to Brighton. You can find more details by clicking on Calendar in the Header bar above.
I am beginning to turn my thoughts to a new piece, working title 'Vessel' and am being supported in this by Battersea Arts Centre, The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts and the University of Manchester. More details will appear soon.
I have an ongoing collaboration with solo dance artist Janine Fletcher, with whom I worked to create her first piece 'Trace Elements' which has been accepted into the Tansmezze 2016 programme in Dusseldorf, and we have begun to contemplate her new work 'Suck It Up'.
I co-directed a new solo work for dancer & choreographer Antonia Grove entitled 'Now You See It' which previewed in July of this year and will premiere in 2017.
I was commissioned by the Royal Court as part of their 'Big Idea' strand, to write a 10-minute companion piece for Caryl Churchill's 'Escaped Alone'. I wrote 'The Holding Place' which took the form of a Round and explored the differing meanings of holding and containment in relation to boarding school survivors and refugees.
I am based in Brighton where I have a studio at Phoenix Gallery.
I am a qualified, registered and working British Sign Language/English interpreter specialising in performance interpreting.
Please click here to see upcoming dates for up-coming performances and interpreted performances.