Refugee Week Wales Coordinator, Welsh Refugee Council. Freelance theatre facilitator, producer and researcher.
A little more about me:
I'm excited by the power of theatre to enliven, provoke and bring people together.
I like to devise, perform and produce theatre that engages with place, listens to unheard voices and transforms them into performance. I work as an oral history interviewer, researcher and dramaturg, and co-founded un-earthed oral history research collective to experiment with bringing interviews into performance.
I co-devised three experimental performances inspired by interviews from the Centre for Alternative Technology oral history archive, with Ariana Jordao, Siriol Joyner and Allan Shepherd.
I've interviewed people affected by extreme weather, and compiled a collection of case-studies of performances for a project called 'Challenging Concepts of ‘Liquid’ Place through Performing Practices in Community Context project.'
I was part of Volcano theatre's Yr Odyn emerging artist cohort, skill-sharing and co-producing a week long open studio in April 2014. In July 2013 I performed in Doin' Dirt Time, with Volcano Theatre, using the recorded delivery technique.
In November 2013 I took part in the NTW and Peer GrouP residency in Rhayader, and devised a short performance inspired by the conversations I had with local people.
I'm interested in exploring how theatre and performance can explore and put ecological principles to practice. I co-founded Green Stage Theatre in 2010 with Lisa Woynarski, and have produced 6 projects including 3 devised community shows, at a city farm, parks and two community gardens, invisible theatre on the tube and a scratch night of new writing at the Rosemary Branch theatre.
I'm interested in theatrical protest and campaigning. I've performed as a banker with Powys Un-cut, a Compost-queen with food waste campaigners This Is Rubbish and an auctioneer with an Oxfam's land-grab campaign.
I'm a keen gardener and enjoy making and watching performance outdoors, with plants, trees and animals part of the dialogue. In 2013 I was Night Out promoter for the Woodland Pavilion outdoor stage, Machynlleth.
Challenging Concepts of Liquid Place
Research into performance and extreme weather with Prof Sally Mackey of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Interviews with people affected by flooding in mid-Wales, Bristol and Somerset.
Highwaterline (Invisible Dust)
Oral history interviews, collected in Bristol and in a flooded living room installation at Glastonbury festival's Greenpeace field, to support this public art project around climate change and flooding in Bristol.
School Feasts (This is Rubbish)
Interactive theatrical feasts and workshops, to be delivered with Waltham Forest schools during October and November 2014.
Holdfast (un-earthed oral history collective)
experimental performance based on oral history interviews.
An exploration of women's voices from the Centre for Alternative Technology on technology, work and wellbeing, performed as part of Machynlleth International Women's Day celebrations (March 2014), Volcano Theatre (May 2014) and The National Library of Wales (July 2014). A collaboration with Ariana Jordao, Siriol Joyner, Yonnie Kwokpickles and Allan Shepherd.
Yr Odyn network:
Volcano Theatre's network of emerging artists, skill-sharing on arts funding, artistic process. Producing and documenting an open-studio event from April 28th to May 4th.
Trans-Plantable Living Room:
a co-created, living performance space built with community gardens; a series of workshops, interviews and interactions: a collaboration between Green Stage, Plantable Performance Research Collective, Tanja Beer, Rabab Ghazoul, Sarah Jayne Leigh, Riverside Community Garden, Adamsdown Environment Action, Edible Landscaping and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.
Projects I’m working on:
with Welsh Refugee Council: a programme of arts workshops with asylum-seekers, migrants and refugees, leading into the creation of new work for Refugee Week Wales 2018.
Freelance: Theatre workshops exploring relationship with home, trialled at Small Is Beautiful festival, June 2017.
Now we hear from Prof Ian Hargreaves @CreativeCardiff - should more public bodies follow @NTWtweets approach, eschewing permanent iconic buildings and siting their work in the context of the communities they seek to work for?