As I've experimented more with the sonic form of spoken word, and I've moved towards writing longer work, I've looked for new stages that can accommodate this kind of work. As ever, I am just following my nose and can't claim any deep knowledge of the world of theatre. But in the projects described on this page, it has given me a freedom to explore new possibilities for the word, which other forms might not have entertained.

Crowded

How do you sort your head out when it gets too crowded in there?

 

It’s the beginning of summer and the community festival is in full swing in the local park. Everyone is there. But among the smiles and excitement lies something that could spoil this party.

 

Developed in direct response to the growing number of teenagers in the UK struggling with their mental health, Crowded tells the story of ordinary young people whose anxiety, depression and desire lead to harmful and destructive behaviours.

 

It was developed by myself, Laura Rae and Desree, in collaboration with Rosemary Harris, Apples and Snakes and Half Moon Theatre, and in 2020 was awarded Best Off West End Production 13+

Seeking Love And Meaning

Surely these stars weren’t meant to cross paths?

Is this not some devilish trick?

“Seeking Love And Meaning” is a cross-arts collaboration for voice, guitar and live collage. These 3 perspectives take us through the dizzying crowd of human relations. None exists alone, each contributing to the context defining it. In performance and on paper, these works question who we are when no one else is around.

This piece was developed by myself and Olivir Haylett, with Sam Petherbridge, Kat Cashman and Tanya Violet, thanks to support from Brainchild, among others. 

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