Writer. Director. Dramaturg.
Mother. Feminist. Wife. Cake Baker.
Generally Good Hugger and Woe Listener.
I grew up as the child of a Drama Teacher and a Church of England Priest, and have had a passion for theatre and other performing arts from being a small child. As the daughter of a master punner and a Shakespeare lover, I grew up fascinated with language and was encouraged to let my imagination run wild. At 17 I finished my first novel which has thankfully been consigned to the dustbin of history. Well, not quite, its under the bed in my spare room to remind myself of what I can achieve.
I studied Performing Arts full time from age 16-18 and after graduating sixth form with across the board distinctions was able to go on to study BA(Hons) Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds and achieve a first. I focussed on the writing for performance study strand and was able to hone my skills writing and performing in plays in a plethora of styles. From a black comedy murder mystery dinner party, to children's storytelling and an adaptation of a Chinese Classical Play. I was also able to work with a variety of organisations and companies including Pointed Arrow Theatre Company, RavenRock Theatre Company and the Thackray Medical Museum, as well as being involved in a production that was selected for National Student Drama Festival.
On leaving University, I was lucky enough to find myself teaching Acting at Newcastle College, both on their BTEC course and to adult evening learners. Teaching was quite a challenge and gave me the opportunity to further understand my own acting techniques by teaching them to others. In the year since working at the college, I have been able to focus on raising my son and taking on the immense challenge that is being a parent.
In the past few years I have worked as a director with Alphabetti Theatre's writer development project, and I have worked with Graeae Theatre Company on their Write to Play opportunity. I have had my work produced by Live Theatre, Sheer Height Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre and Graeae Theatre and performed in venues across England. In 2017, I was attached to Greyscale Theatre company as part of the Regional Young Theatre Directors Scheme for three months. I was a recipient of the 2017 Live Lab Bursary to develop my show 'Spoon Theory'. This was performed as part of Live's Elevator Festival in March 2018 and was hailed by one critic as "THE NEXT 'I, DANIEL BLAKE'". I am in receipt of North East Artist Development Network Bursary to develop my new work 'Running Through Wheatfields: An Imagine Look at Theresa May's Life".
I consult on disability accessibility for both venues and companies.