Over the past ten years, I have created both large-scale and intimate performances. The following gives a flavour of the kind of work I am interested in making.
Liminal was commissioned for the Uncivilisation Festival. It was set in fifty acres of woodland, with a cast of 20 performers and musicians. It was an immersive experience, exploring our relationship to the non-human world: an unfolding series of scenes, based on iconic images, from the tortured horse at the centre of Picasso’s Guernica, back through time to the Bull Leapers of Knossos and the cave paintings of Lascaux.
“An orchestrated catharsis, like the story of the beginning of the world.” (the Independent)
Charnel House is a one to one performance and installation that has appeared at Wilderness Festival, Glasgow GOMA’s Day of the Dead and Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival. It is a house of bones, an ossuary for the dead, a place of transformations.
“A beautiful, strangely intimate experience. A moving articulation of loss.” (Persephone Pearl, ONCA Gallery)
Much of my work is staged out of doors, embedded within the landscape. I’m drawn to making ephemeral ‘found’ performances, and I try to use natural materials and employ low-tech effects: candles, firelight and acoustic sound, rather than diesel generators and PA systems. As such, my work could be described as ecological in both practice and purpose.
Rannoch Wolf is an annual four day performance for the benefit of passengers on the West Highland train line. It’s a playful exploration with a deeper resonance: why a wolf, why there?
I have trained with the Mexican director, Nicolas Nunez, and continue to be influenced by his idea of an ‘anthropocosmic’ theatre. My piece Teine Èiginn is inspired by his work. It was created in collaboration with sound artist Nichola Scrutton, and made its first public appearance at the 2015 Hidden Door Festival. For the festival, I worked with students from Fife College’s Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice. I’m grateful to Lorna Simpson who made this short film:
Most recently, in 2017, I co-directed, with Tamsin Wates and Darla Eno, The Night Breathes Us In, a large-scale performance, commissioned by Reading’s Festival of the Dark for the Spring Equinox. Working with the Kairos Collective, we created a lantern-lit procession through the streets of the city, leading to an island in the middle of the Thames and an evening of story, performance and fire.
In 2018 I will be working with the Kairos Collective on a Dark Mountain event in the autumn, as well as curating another Carrying the Fire and participating in a number of storytelling events.