Productions & Projects
The Diabolical Mr Punch
“It’s like Tim Burton meets Mighty Boosh – for kids!”
A fully-interactive puppet and live performer show that includes music, projection and lighting, lasts around 20-minutes and is suitable for all ages.
This piece is the result of 2-weeks of workshopping supported by LeftCoast involving Matthew Forbes (War Horse, Les Enfants Terrible) Monica Corder (Star Wars Episode VII, The Lion King), Rachel Cullen (Edinburgh Fringe, Traverse) and Sophie Johannot (Culture Liverpool, Big House Events) plus two local performing arts students.
This show premiered as part of Showzam Festival 2016.
We will be performing a special site-specific version of this play as part of Nottingham’s first ever Puppetry Festival in March 2018 and are currently looking for other local performance opportunities for Spring next year.
The Nixies of Oak Pool
“If you haven’t seen a Nixie before (which is not so surprising because these days, sightings are very, very rare indeed) they are awfully difficult to describe.”
A brand new story which has been commissioned by Blackpool Libraries to be performed in the brilliant Save Our Stories Rescue Ship for young people at events and festivals in the Blackpool area and beyond.
Ready from Easter 2018, watch this space….
Better to Have Loved...?
“I thought about (it) for days after watching, and will think about again and again. The perfect balance of a good, well written narrative and strong, vital warning of the dangers attached to addiction. It was realisation, it was desperation, and it was hope. Everyone should see it. Everyone.”
An intense two-performer play that uses real-life events and integrated video footage to detail the impact of addiction on close relationships.
Created in response to my own experiences of the impact of heroin abuse; the play was produced in August 2015 with two professional actors and a director of great acclaim plus sound artist, video artist and stage-management on graduate placement from Blackpool College. Support was received from Arts Council England, Blackpool Central Library, and friends and family via Kickstarter crowdfunding. The majority of audiences who saw the piece came through recovery agencies via Blackpool Council Public Health Team as either professionals, recovering addicts or family and friends of those in recovery.
Initial conversations with producers wishing to develop the piece as a film were promising, we are currently considering further funding for the piece to tour via Arts for Health networks.
“The greatest historical WAG in theatre; a confident, more emotionally imbued mirror of Shakespeare’s broad stroke harridan Lady Macbeth”
Based on the largely untold story of Lady Macbeth’s demise, a one-woman performance written in ten parts and performed in a modern setting.
Initially written in 2012, I worked one-to-one with a third year Acting student at Blackpool & Fylde College to develop this one woman show for three performances at the College theatre and then for two performances at Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2015.
The Pendle Witch Project
A new play devised by our Community Theatre company based on the stories of the Pendle Witch trials. This piece used drama, puppetry and music to retell one of Lancashire’s best-known stories.
The Pendle Witch Project was devised wholly by company participants over a period of 10-weeks to discover and retell the parts of the story that spoke to the group, it was then honed to develop a performance that we felt audiences would enjoy and feel was still relevant.
The play was performed in April 2017 at Palatine Library, Central Library and Beaverbrooks House Young Carers Centre, all in Blackpool.
The community theatre company is a group of adults who meet on a weekly basis to learn more about different theatre techniques and to put their skills into practice. This company has now evolved to become Th’ESPs, however, we are also finding ways to offer drop-in, theatre-based sessions, if you’re interested in finding out more then do get in touch.