As a UK-based director, choreographer and movement director, I have made theatre and dance works as an independent artist; as part of Mapping4D, the company that I co-founded and co-directed; and as a freelancer, working on commissions and as part of a creative team. I have worked with a range of companies and organisations within professional, participatory and community-based projects.
My work is
Typically, I am interested in making work that is candid, touching, raw and humorous. As Mapping4D we described our work as political with a small p. I think that remains important for me now too. A thread runs through much of the work I have made: it has often been in some way about responsibility, exploring the complex interplay of individual and society.
Now I want to make work that shifts that interplay to include an interrogation of our relationship with the world we live in – exploring humanity as part of a living world, co-existing within, and responsible to, a complex assemblage of agencies that are material, organic, animal, technological and environmental.
I want to make work that unfolds through the dialogue between all the agencies of all the different forms of materiality that make up each performance. Fleshy, digital, earthy, temporal, biological, ephemeral, artificial, natural, mechanical, imagined, remembered, edible, animal, spoiled, polished, designed, abandoned… Wherever that might be. Whatever that might be. However it might surprise us.
Collaborations, Commissions and Freelance Work
As well as making my own work, I am a freelance director, movement director, choreographer and inventive explorer of new performance modes.
Current projects include a commission for Kneehigh Theatre as part of their Coastal Communities programme collaborating with BBC R&D development producer, toy maker and tinkerer Jasmine Cox to develop a digitally-interactive tablecloth and tea-set that tells stories. A prototype set is going to be tested in care home settings in the St Austell area of Cornwall, exploring the hypothesis that discovering stories from local people by interacting with a tablecloth surface and tea set will be both magical and also prompt memories and live story-sharing.
I am a long-term collaborator with Cardboard Citizens and I have worked on many projects with performers who have lived experience of homelessness. This includes productions directly exploring housing and homelessness, displaced people, and social and political injustice; leading forum theatre projects; and creating politically-charged choreographic works. I believe strongly in the power of theatre, performance and live arts to transform lives; empower people; broaden horizons and spark debate, conversation, and friendship; build communities; (re)awaken imagination and open up new ways of seeing and perceiving ourselves within the world.
Highlights from my portfolio
Plastic Island is a dance confessional – grotesque, comic and voyeuristic –about identity, responsibility, and desire.
A Few Man FridaysA Cardboard Citizens Production
A Few Man Fridays
A Few Man Fridays was written and directed by Adrian Jackson and examines the displacement of the Chagos Islanders for a US military base.
Slender was a Mapping4D production co-directed with Wendy Hubbard about a man starving himself to death.
Consequences was a Mapping4D piece at the interstice of dance and theatre, co-directed with Wendy Hubbard.
Cathy Come HomeA Cardboard Citizens Production
Cathy Come Home
Cathy Come Home is based on Ken Loach's seminal television play, adapted and directed by Tony McBride
Hansel & Gretel
Hansel & Gretel
Hansel and Gretel was a Pimlott Foundation production of Humperdinck's opera directed by Penny Cliff.
Let's work together!
Please get in touch with any ideas for collaborations or to hear more about any of my past, present and future work.
+44 (0)7812 573513