I am a UK theatre artist based in Brighton and the starting process for all work is text written by me.
I work with an informal ensemble of collaborators, including Emma Kilbey, Janine Fletcher and Liz Aggiss to help 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. My work, although text based also incorporates dance and movement and tends towards the bleakly funny. I 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.
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/Village/Summertime Special'.
'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. The project has now been deferred until 2015
I am currently working with dancer and choreographer Janine Fletcher as director for her first solo show to be premiered at Yorkshire Dance in Autumn 2014.
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]