Teaching

As a skilled facilitator and lecturer, I teach courses and workshops in performance-making, theatre, dance creation and improvisation processes, dance/tech, forum theatre, and acting techniques within university courses, schools and community settings.

I am an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University teaching across the BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance, BA (Hons) Acting, and BA (Hons) Dance and Choreography. I have also been an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University on the BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance. I teach both theory and practice-based modules.

I have run participatory and community workshops with Cardboard Citizens, Chisenhale Dance Space, Oval House, Company of Angels and Attic Theatre Company working with people who have lived experience of homelessness, local neighbourhood residents, young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and young refugees and asylum seekers. Workshops have included: choreography, dance, acting for theatre, forum theatre training, devising physical theatre, theatre skills for employment, theatre skills, and movement for theatre.

dig deep, travel sideways

I am currently developing a series of workshops under the title dig deep, travel sideways.

These workshops are community-based, and will be designed to engender collective thinking about the kind of world we want to live in and to build together for our futures. They will draw on the landscape and our symbiotic relationship with it; the technologies through which we experience the world now and in the future, those we know about and those we don’t, exploring how they can support community cohesion, environmental wellbeing, and sustainable living; and utilise a range of theatre and performance techniques, live art, physical making practices, and creative processes such as ceramics and sculpture-building. Working through collaboration and adventure we will explore questions that emerge within the community or participant groups, create action, and imagine together. All projects and workshops will involve making something collectively.

The Wilderspace Maze

Co-creation workshops in the landscape exploring how we might collectively design and grow mazes which also re-wild our natural spaces. These workshops will explore meaning within mazes, community rituals, and collective imagination as well as ideas underpinning rewilding the landscape. The design process will involve large-scale outdoor movement patterns and improvisation, travelling through the fields in shapes and patterns to explore how we can create collective designs through kinaesthetic, physical, and embodied understanding of space and its meaning. The workshop series will lead to the creation and growth of a rewilded wilderspace maze. We might also explore interesting ways to incorporate technological interfaces into the rewilded wilderspace maze

Beauty in the Wilderbeast (kinetic structures)

Co-creation projects to design and create kinetic sculptures in the land that occupy, move across and potentially power our land. This project is at the earliest stage of dreaming currently. It has been inspired by the extraordinary works of Dutch sculptor Theo Jansen and re-envisioned as a co-created community project where the mechanics and design will be a trial and error, a discovery through failure and expanded imagination, where eventually we might get to celebrate and witness a new life in the land brought into being through our shared love, tenacity, research and resilience.

Teaching & Workshops A brief insight

Navigation

Navigation was a Cardboard Citizens project developed in partnership with the Refugee Council. It was a hybrid dance/forum theatre production devised by young refugees and asylum seekers, which reimagined A Chorus Line to talk about their experiences of coming to the UK and fighting for their right to stay.

Rough Pearl

These were two pieces choreographed in collaboration with participants from Cardboard Citizens Street2Stage workshops. They were commissioned for the Cardboard Citizens fundraising dinner hosted by Kate Winslet at Christchurch Spitalfields in March 2011. The theme of the evening was Rough Pearl.

Screen Romance

Screen Romance was commissed by Chisenhale Dance Space for the TV Dinners Festival 2010. Created in collaboration with local community residents it was a fun exploration of iconic film and dance-in-film moments and our fantasies about being in the on-screen relationships played out in films we love: all set against the gritty reality of falling short of celluliod perfection. It attempted to translate film dialogue and aqua musical syncronised swimming to dance performance.

Secret Beauty

These were choreographed in collaboration with participants from Cardboard Citizens Street2Stage workshops. They were commissioned for the Cardboard Citizens fundraising dinner hosted by Kate Winslet at Drapers Hall in May 2013. The theme of the evening was the Museum of Secret Beauty.

Dreams

Dreams was a Cardboard Citizens project developed in partnership with the Refugee Council. It was a hybrid dance/forum theatre production devised by young refugees and asylum seekers, in which they journeyed through their dreams unti the dream factory broke down ... and needed the audience's help to fix it

Teaching & Workshops A brief insight

Navigation

Navigation was a Cardboard Citizens project developed in partnership with the Refugee Council. It was a hybrid dance/forum theatre production devised by young refugees and asylum seekers, which reimagined A Chorus Line to talk about their experiences of coming to the UK and fighting for their right to stay.

Rough Pearl

These were two pieces choreographed in collaboration with participants from Cardboard Citizens Street2Stage workshops. They were commissioned for the Cardboard Citizens fundraising dinner hosted by Kate Winslet at Christchurch Spitalfields in March 2011. The theme of the evening was Rough Pearl.

Screen Romance

Screen Romance was commissed by Chisenhale Dance Space for the TV Dinners Festival 2010. Created in collaboration with local community residents it was a fun exploration of iconic film and dance-in-film moments and our fantasies about being in the on-screen relationships played out in films we love: all set against the gritty reality of falling short of celluliod perfection. It attempted to translate film dialogue and aqua musical syncronised swimming to dance performance.

Secret Beauty

These were choreographed in collaboration with participants from Cardboard Citizens Street2Stage workshops. They were commissioned for the Cardboard Citizens fundraising dinner hosted by Kate Winslet at Drapers Hall in May 2013. The theme of the evening was the Museum of Secret Beauty.

Highlights from my portfolio

Plastic Island

Plastic Island

Plastic Island is a dance confessional – grotesque, comic and voyeuristic –about identity, responsibility, and desire.

A Few Man Fridays

A 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

Slender

Slender was a Mapping4D production co-directed with Wendy Hubbard about a man starving himself to death.

Consequences

Consequences

Consequences was a Mapping4D piece at the interstice of dance and theatre, co-directed with Wendy Hubbard.

Cathy Come Home

A 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.


Falmouth, Cornwall.
+44 (0)7812 573513