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.
In 2011 I achieved a meritorious MA in Life Story and Life Writing at the University of Sussex and this study continues to underpin my approach to play-writing and theatre-making.
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. I have recently completed co-directing a new solo work for dancer & choreographer Antonia Grove entitled 'Now You See It'.
In February 2016 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.
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