With Theatre Is… Master Juba
Produced in collaboration with Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theatre, Master Juba toured to theatres in London and the greater south east. Written by Dr Michael McMillan it told the story of William Henry Lane, a historical character that Michael had found in the process of his research with regards the history of slavery.
William Henry Lane Aka Master Juba is seen as the originator of Tap Dance. As a freed slave living in New York, he was influenced by West African dance and Irish dance. We combined the dance with animation created by students from the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire with spoken work, creating a visceral, political and challenging piece for young audiences.Play Trailer
With Pursued by a Bear… All Fall Away
In 2004 in collaboration with Theatre 503 and Tanya Franks Company Stock-pot Productions we produced Said Sayrafiezadeh extraordinarily poetic script to critical acclaim. Working with acclaimed cellist Simon McCorry, South Korean puppeteer Seong Kyun Yoo and visual artist Andy Burgess this powerful and ambitious piece extended its run and filled out London’s most vibrant fringe venue.Play Trailer
Freelance directing… Tiny Treasures
Tiny Treasures was produced by Theatre Hullabaloo and the Young Carers Revolution of York and toured to primary schools in the north east of England. The show will tour nationally in 2016.Play Trailer
In 2007 I produced in collaboration with Stephen Tiplady’s company Indefinite articles, a national tour of Claytime. It combined improvised storytelling with clay sculpture making. At the heart of it lay the imaginations of its young audience.
In 2008 in partnership with Oily Cart I co-produced Pool Piece an innovative and poignant piece for young people with complex disabilities. Set in the hydro pools that exist in so many special schools the piece was visually and acoustically stunning inspiring the young audience to take giant steps into the pool and giant steps in their personal development. As Lyn Gardner said 'Watching the children's responses to Pool Piece, it is clear that Oily Cart's work is testament to the fact that theatre created with a strong aesthetic and high artistic values can also have tangible other benefits. A silent, unresponsive child suddenly whoops with delight; another moves her eyes to follow both sound and light.'