I am currently undertaking a practice-based PhD through which and I aim to develop my practice. This investigates concepts of Spectrality and Hauntology in performance practice. The first project The Strange Geometry of Time investigates What Haunts? Who and what is haunted? Is the ghost a presence or an absence? This project was performed in Pairs and Bath in 2018.
The current project is a site-responsive film that was shot at Poltimore House in Devon in 2019. This investigates hauntology and ruined sites. The installation DWELLING will be shown at Arnos Vale Cemetery on 3rd October 2019.
My work is interdisciplinary, crossing dance and theatre forms and moving into visual art and media. I have worked with companies such as Vincent Dance Theatre, English New Dance Theatre with Jackie Lansley, artists such as Yolande Snaith and Rivca Rubin, and Spiral Theatre - training in Grotowski approaches. I was Joint Artistic Director Famous & Divine with Amanda Price from 2007-2013, making performances and touring nationally and internationally, these included Last Night I Dreamt my House was Leaking..., Fugitive Songs, Tryin' to be Tom Waits, and Trailer Trash written by Mike Elliston. In 2014 I formed Red Room Productions and created performances include Küsse, and Borderland, which was a Research and Development project funded by Arts Council England.
My early training was at Dartington College of Arts, where I studied Theatre BA, specialising in Movement and improvisation with Mary Fulkerson and Miranda Tufnell, contact improvisation with Steve Paxton, and Julyen Hamilton. I trained with Spiral Theatre in Grotowski based work with Nitin Chandra-Ginatra, and with Odin Theatre in Denmark. This became the basis of my practice as research Mphil (Drama) at the University of Kent - entitled 'The Body as Source'. I also trained extensively in Capoeira at the London School of Capoeira with Sylvia Bazzarelli from 1992-1997. I continue to train in contemporary dance with Helen Roberts.
I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Acting at Bath Spa University, teaching devising, and ensemble performance practice. My teaching is informed by research and the notion of embodied imagination as central to creative process. In my capacity as a a teacher/facilitator I have worked as a movement coach/director, a dance animateur with Cheshire Dance Workshop, and independently as a workshop leader. In Higher Education, I taught at Northampton University, University of Bedfordshire, De Montfort University (Bedford), and as a guest lecturer at Goldsmith University London.
PhD - Bath Spa University - (ongoing)
MPhil Drama practice as research - University of Kent
PGCE Drama - Goldsmiths University of London
BA(Hons) Theatre - Dartington College of Arts
Famous & Divine SHOWS:
Last Night I Dreamt My House Was Leaking.... (2008/9)
Toured to Performance Art Depot, Mainz, Germany, University Theatre, Bath, BedFringe, Lancaster, Sprint Festival, Camden People's Theatre.
Fugitive Songs (2010/11)
Winner of Best in Show at Houston Fringe Festival 2011
Toured to Univerity Theatre, Bath, Bristol, Brighton Fringe Festival, Performance Art Depot, Mainz, Germany, Houston Fringe Festival, Freneticore, Houtson , USA.
Divine Nights (2012) Bierkellar, Bristol, an immersive theatre experience based on the work of David Lynch.
Tryin' to be Tom Waits (2012/13) in collaboration with Mike Carter (director) Bedford, Cambridge.
Famous&Divine collaborated with playwright Mike Elliston and Director David Verrey to produce TRAILER/trash, I performed the role of 'Dottie' at the Hen & Chicken's Theatre in London (2012)
Famous&Divine collaborated with playwright Mike Carter and performed in an excerpt of The Truth about Britnay Shithouse (2013) Stage Write Festival, Bedford