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.
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. In 2011 I achieved a meritous MA in Life Story and Life Writing at the University of Sussex, these studies continue to influence and inform my work.
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.....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 entitled 'Gentle Angry Women'.
I have a creative partnership with writer, singer and performer Emma Kilbey with whom I am co-creating the show 'Sid & Valerie' and the 'Sid Lester Christmas Special' (please see dates)
'Can I Start Again Please' in collaboration with Charlotte Vincent was shortlisted for a Jerwood Choreographic Research Award unfortunately we were unsuccessful in our bid but the project continues to be developed.
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.
[photo credit - Andy Wood on behalf of Vincent Dance Theatre]