Artist International Development Programme (British Council/Arts Council England) awarded me a grant to enable a trip to South Africa. I have just returned from a three week trip where I was in residence at Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Cape Town where I performed Still Life, ran a 3-day workshop on creative process and took part in many intriguing and engaging conversations with South African theatre practitioners and organisations.
I am a UK theatre artist based in Brighton and the starting process for all work is script written by me.
I work with an informal ensemble of collaborators, to help bring the piece to fruition
Themes and ideas are generated from a personal psychic dissonance provoking a curiosity to find the public resonance. A period of research will follow during which I "read above and around" the subject matter. In this way the philosophical underpinning of the work is developed alongside character and form. The form of the work will defined by the content and so each of my works are very different, all however are warm and compassionate while also being bleakly funny.
In 2011 I achieved a meritorious MA in Life Story and Life Writing at the University of Sussex. These studies continue to influence and inform my work and I am currently contemplating a PHD research question.
Creating a performance is about inviting what scares me to introduce itself and hang out for a while. In that I follow the advice of Tibetan yogini Machig Labdron;
"Approach what you find repulsive.....and go to the places that scare you"
I have recently worked with dancer and choreographer Janine Fletcher as director for her first solo show that premiered at Oval House September 2014.
In addition to my performance work I am a member of the National Writers group at the Royal Court Theatre London and am completing the second draft of a new play for submission entitled 'Gentle Angry Women
I am a qualified, registered and working British Sign Language/English interpreter specialising in performance interpreting. Please click on Dates in the header bar to see upcoming dates for interpreted performances.