I am a professional theatre-maker today because I was a participant as a young person. From my own experiences, I know that the arts can change the way we look at the world and help us live more connected lives. Since those days I have been involved in many forms of theatre-making; I ran my own small-scale touring company, I have worked for theatre companies and arts development agencies, I have been a writer and director, a producer and manager, a teacher and workshop leader – most often I find myself being a collaborator.
I have always been happy for my arts practice to be put at the service of another agenda – to explore an issue or to promote a debate. Social change and community development are part of the reason I am a professional theatre-maker –and what that applied art can do often seems more important to me than what might be called pure art. A live shared-experience can bring people together in a way that little else can do, it can promote debate and create connections all whilst entertaining and beguiling us. I think that I aspire to creating events which are intimate rather than spectacular; I want my art to be modest but significant.
Since the summer of 2016 I have been working as the co-Artistic Director of Hampshire’s Blue Apple Theatre. In December 2016 our first show together (an adaptation of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’) will be staged at Winchester’s Tower Theatre and the creative team have very exciting plans for summer 2017 at the Theatre Royal Winchester.