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Scenographer * Theatre Maker
Drama facilitator * Dressmaker

**** 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)

January 2013

A full on and fantastic start to the year - I did a week long physical theatre and devising course with Theatre Ad infinitum. It was a fantastic week and I learnt so much about devising from a performer and director point of view. It certainly started me on the right path that has led forward to now with my next project working on a devised design process for my production in April 2014 at The Yard Theatre.

I started the year full of energy and very inspired!