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 the final performance took place on December 15th.
I am now beginning to turn my thoughts to a new piece, working title 'Vessel' which has been co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts with support from the University of Manchester and the work will premiere in 2018.
Other projects have been involvement in the research & development of Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion's new work Any Table Any Room alongside Scott Smith, Janine Fletcher and Claire Godsmark. I spent a week at the National Theatre Studio with Tim Etchells as part of his ongoing exploration of a new work.
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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