I am an emerging theatre director, writer and Applied Theatre facilitator, based in Manchester, with strong links to Oxford and London. My focus is writing/devising and directing powerful, imaginative, contemporary theatre and fusing it with community transformation for positive social change.
I come to theatre from an unconventional background and take creative inspiration from a broad church: new writing, devised work, immersive, site-specific, documentary, political and ritual theatre, TV, film, pop music, opera, movement, dance and physical theatre, festival and carnival, people on public transport, politics, scrap-yards and the boxing ring. I am committed to the redemptive power of authentic communication – the blood-red, beating heart of live, theatre performance. My ambition is to create exceptional theatre that is relevant to life as it is lived by ordinary, incredible people.
I trained in acting and directing with Point Zero Physical Theatre, Oxford (2011-14), as well as shorter intensives with Cardboard Citizens, East 15 and Mountview. My directing/writing credits include sell-out shows Joy Unspeakable (REVEAL Season, The Octagon Theatre Bolton, 2016) and Faraway, So Close, (Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford, 2014), a contemporary theatre piece exploring the legacy of Britain’s actions in Israel and Palestine, for which I received Arts Council funding.
Before moving into theatre in 2011, I had a successful, ten-year career in the charity sector including community radio (OpenAir Radio), charity communications (Media for Development, The Community Channel, Relate), community mediation (Camden Mediation Services), peace education and nonviolent peace campaigns (Anvil Trust, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams). I have a BA Hons from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MA in Caribbean Literature from Goldsmiths University. I also love travel and have lived and worked in India, Australia, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle-East.
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