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Drama facilitator * Dressmaker

Usagi Yojimbo - Japan’s toughest rabbit samurai, live on stage this Christmas, in an epic adventure for the whole family!
Yes - a Samurai Rabbit…! Amazing!
So this is my next design job - myself, Amy Draper (director) and Stewart Melton (script writer / adapter) have been developing ideas for a while now and things are pulling together, with solid ideas forming themselves into a *hopefully* fresh, gently abstract set design, with very exciting mask/headdress/wigs and C17th style Japanese costume. 
Just come back home from a good meeting and a wander through the collection at the V&A. It’s so fantastic to have such great museums on our doorsteps here in London!

**** The Guardian

4 stars from The Guardian!

Nominated for Best Opera at The Offies!!  A great opening night yesterday for The Blank Canvas 

@operaupclose @lucyloveslondon @TomKitney @MusicSyrmos 

Sneak peak at one of the fair costumes when it was very nearly finished the other day, for A Midsummer Nights Dream. 

We open tonight at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton! 

Come along this week for a fun, cheeky Dream with live music and dancing!
Sneak peak of one of the fair costumes when it was very nearly finished the other day, for A Midsummer Nights Dream. 

We open tonight at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton!

Get yourselves along this week for a fun, cheeky Dream with live music and dancing.
White card model is coming along nicely for The Blank Canvas with Opera Up Close at The Kings Head Theatre is September.
Lovely twee garden ornaments in the making, for A Midsummer Nights Dream, set in rural 1950’s England, with jive, live music and English rural / folk traditions. 

Im looking forward to decorating these!
Costume designs for The Magicals in A Midsummer Nights Dream. 

On at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton this August. 

Inspired by draping shapes, samurai clothing and mostly from watching the actors move in rehearsals!

Thinking of a Theatre Company

I’m thinking of starting up a theatre company, for several different reasons,  with a collaborator I work with a lot. Been researching and come across a few interesting articles including this one… some interesting points raised and suggestions, and some very interesting comments too… hmm, gets me thinking…

http://www.giarts.org/article/please-dont-start-theater-company

A Midsummer Nights Dream - August.

What an exciting chat I had with Rose Bridge Theatre company director Adam Morris yesterday evening. We viewed The Courtyard theatre in Hoxton, where we are doing A Midsummer Nights Dream in August.

Thinking about:

  • 1950’s youth
  • Englishness
  • Beat generation influences - been watching and reading ‘On The Road’

Spring 2013 - The London Cuckolds

The Pleasance Theatre, studio space.  April / May 2013.  

Let Them Call It Mischief Theatre Company.

Directed by Danny Wainwright.

What a fun, bawdy play, and a great design process with Danny. This was the second time Danny and I worked together, after great reviews for ‘The Alchemist’ at the White Bear Theatre the year before.

The set had to fulfill so many different locations, with action and locations moving and swapping at an extremely fast pace!

We played up to the art deco setting with a clean sharp structure. This 3D interactive backdrop acted as buildings, a street, walls inside a house, garden gates, windows, doors, cupboards and many more! It was fun to play with characters hiding, jumping out and moving from scene to scene by moving through the structure from one to another of it’s three sections.  

Reviews of the set spoke of ”a rather gorgeous, flamboyant yet simple set to play with” (onestoparts.com) 

and the design being “clean and stylish” (viewsfromthegods.co.uk)