I am a UK theatre artist based in Brighton and the starting process for all work is text written by me. I then work with associates and collaborators to bring the piece to fruition. The ultimate responsibility for production lies with me.
Last year I achieved with merit an MA in Life History and Life Writing at the University of Sussex. My work is based within the auto/biography construct. Themes and ideas are generated from either a personal psychic disturbance or intrigue in a personal response to a particular subject. A period of research will follow during which I 'read above, around and particularly to the subject matter. In this way the philosophical underpinning of the work is developed alongside character and form.
Location and rules of engagement with an audience are also an important element. The 'fourth wall' is acknowledged but rarely respected regardless of the location of the performance.
My aim is always to write " wide and bold" (Jeannette Winterson)
Creating a performance is about inviting what scares me to introduce itself and hang out for a while. It is about exorcising demons but also treating them with compassion along the way. In that I follow the advice of Tibetan yogini Machig Labdron;
"Approach what you find repulsive, help the ones you think you cannot help, and go to the places that scare you"
In addition to my performance work I am currently a member of the National Writers group at the Royal Court Theatre London and am completing the first draft of a new play for submission.
I collaborate with writer Stephen Clark and together we have written a sitcom entitled 'Where Does It Hurt'.
I am a qualified, registered and working British Sign Language/English interpreter specialising in performance interpreting. Please click on Interpreter in the header bar to see upcoming dates for interpreted performances.