• “About Freefall: The content was pitched at a good level for this audience of young carers and Key Stage 3 pupils. The script was superb and the acting was amazing. Teacher Onslow St Audrey's”

  • “About Freefall: The play revealed exactly how I feel. I have lots of responsibility at home… It would be great if more people understood. Young Carer in Suffolk”

  • “About Epiphany: Awesome production! Very compelling. A beautiful mix of hip hop and more than dancing- the theatre really emphasised this…Wished I was as creative as you guys. I connected to the stories…the passion and love. Would recommend it! Inya Be, 18 Dance Choregrapher and Leader of Urban Shadows”

  • “About All Fall Away: The work might seem less impressive than it is without a superb production from Stuart Mullins. Despite some dodgy accents, it spirits you away to the vast metropolis. Samantha's son, possibly autistic, is played by a puppet, brilliantly manipulated by Seong Kyun Yoo, and Liza Hayden is excellent as Esmeralda, the Duncans' nine-year-old neighbour, who is as sharp as a rat. At the raging drama's still centre is Tanya Franks's shining Samantha, a woman who is gloriously and essentially human in her courage and determination. Lyn Gardner The Guardian”

  • “About Hidden: Excellent...Very Captivating. Passionately performed. It is a very vital story, told in an accessible way. Global issues on a local scale. Youth Worker Y Theatre, Leicester”

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Claytime

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.

Pool Piece

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.'