Hello and welcome to my website.
My relationship with theatre began with an inspiring english teacher at a comprehensive near Newcastle where I was introduced to the delights of Beckett, Pinter and C P Taylor, amongst others, and a rare opportunity to see the mighty educator Dorothy Heathcote at work. The RSCs northern residencies at the Gulbenkian Studio and Theatre Royal exposed me to the designer Ralph Koltai who was my earliest influence.
Whilst reading Mathematics at UCL, the Bloomsbury Theatre became my first venue to design in, with Mark Lawson directing Howard Brenton’s Thirteenth Night, and it was at the Edinburgh Fringe that summer where I was to see design as a possible career.
Over the years I have developed and maintained a very diverse relationship with design. My work has included mask, puppetry, circus, site specific performances, devised productions, musicals, new writing, plays for three to five year olds, community theatre, Forum Theatre and working internationally (Italy, France, Georgia, Singapore).
During this time I have also worked professionally as a director, writer, performer and costume, mask and puppet maker, but always returning to design.
I place great value in collaboration at the earliest possible opportunity with the director, lighting designer, composer, writer, production teams and actors.
I have a passion for deep research that can both place the piece in a social/political context and lead to surprising tangents in terms of the creative process.
A supporter of life-long learning, I have been a visiting practitioner at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), The Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), Wimbledon School of Art (UAL) and The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). I hold a P.G. Certificate In Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as recognised by SEDA.
Rigour. Story. Truth. Delight.