Performer, director, teacher, writer.
For 44 years my practice occurs as a hybrid of live and recorded performance, most often in collaborations, both online and offline.
Vulnerability Series 1-7
At the start of lockdown, March 2020, I received an NHS Shelter in Place order assigning me to the category of 'Vulnerable Person' generated from a computer miscalculation of old medical data. It got me thinking of the levels of vulnerability we transit in daily life and what it means to be somewhat assailable.
Out of these ruminations came 7 short plays, The V Series 1-7. The last of these, Headcount, was given three live performances online for the Magdalena Festival: Bodies: On: Live June 26th, 2021. A recording of the final performance can be found below. Headcount will receive a staged performance in Dresden, Germany in June 2022, directed by Shelly Quick.
The 2nd in the V Series, Careful was selected in a national playwriting competition for the Take Ten New Writing Festival, Chesil Theatre, Winchester, for 4 performances, October 2-4, 2021.
Staged Zoom Readings:
During Lockdown 2021, I performed in 2
Zoom, costumed staged readings for
SEDOS READS, both directed by
Peter Foster: Sheridan's 1779 burlesque
The Critic- Mrs Dangle & Sir Walter Raleigh
and as Mrs Jarvis in The Lights O'London
a Victorian Melodrama by George R. Sims.
The multi-tasking challenge was to work this
material, changing characters and scenography,
camera angles, costumes, lights etc at speed,
from our homes, for 100+ online audience
At The Door Laughing (V3,4,5)
This series was inspired by writer Rebecca Solnit's query
How do we care for one another when we can't be physically present with each other? Scene 4:
A monologue recorded on my smartphone, Ornamental was selected for broadcast as part of the Bankside "Great Get Together' 2020, an annual celebration of the late MP, Jo Cox.
Drawing on conversations with women I met in the Middle East, 2017-19, Mothering was performed at the British Embassy, Riyadh, KSA and selected for broadcast as part of the Bankside Great Get Together in June 21, 2020, an online/ on air street party for the Jo Cox Foundation Campaign.