I am a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a co-founder of the critically acclaimed “fiercely curious” (The Herald) Wonder Fools. Wonder Fools entire ethos is built upon bringing stories directly to the communities they concern, striving to make theatre for both traditional and non-traditional theatre going audiences in town-halls and conventional theatres. We were recently likened to the early work of “7:84 Scotland and Wildcat" by The Scotsman’s Joyce McMillan (★★★★).
My work is always socially engaged, embedded in communities and always strives to start a conversation. I am currently employed as Creative Learning Coordinator at the Gaiety Theatre (AGP). My work at AGP has included two collaborations with NTS and engagement with over 2,500 young people and adults in a series of community-based activity initiated and delivered over my first year. Prior to joining the Gaiety team, and since, I have collaborated with and made work within social and educational contexts for organisations including: National Theatre of Scotland, MGA Academy, Granton Youth Centre, Princes Trust, Youth Arts Hub: Glasgow, LOOP, Lung Ha Theatre Company and Dancehouse. I am the director of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Young Theatre Company and I continue to mentor for the Transitions 20/40 programme, which offers free classes to young people from priority areas of Social Multiple Deprivation in order to aid their progression to Higher Education.
As well as working within creative learning and making work, I have performed as an actor professionally at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Dundee REP, Eden Court, Citizens Theatre, Tron Theatre, the Traverse, HOME Manchester, New Wolsey, Camden People’s Theatre and the New Diorama Theatre.
Selected credits: writer, performer and movement director of 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War (Wonder Fools); writer and performer of The Coolidge Effect (Wonder Fools); writer and director of McNeill of Tranent: Fastest Man in the World (Wonder Fools); actor in Charlie Sonata (Royal Lyceum Theatre); workshop leader and sand artist on Danny Boyle's Pages of the Sea (National Theatre of Scotland); research assistant on Locker Room Talk (Traverse Theatre); assistant director on Graham McLaren's Dream On! (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland/BBC Symphony Orchestra); workshop assistant on Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris' we’re here because we’re here (National Theatre of Scotland).
On Friday 27th of January I had the absolute pleasure of performing with the one and only Owen Sutcliffe (CRPNTR) in a support slot for Bella and the Bear.
First track, hopefully of many, that I've recorded with the muti-talented Owen Sutcliffe from Polaroid People. "The Haunting : Build House" features on CRPNTR's debut album "YOU'RE GOING WHERE THE DAYS GO". Check it out. The album is belter.
A video of a performance I made about the repetitive cycle of working and bingeing. It explores subculture and the monotony of the 9-5/6 using a blend of poetry, live music, beatboxing and projection.
A blog written by Wonder Fools' Co-founder Jack Nurse, which talks about our time performing and making "This Is What You Look Like".
A blog about Wonder Fools' experience meeting the family of George Watters. George Watters is one of the four characters that "549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War" is written about.
A blog Jack Nurse and I co-wrote about co-authorship in response to "Different Stages", a 2-day conference for playwrights, theatre-makers, directors and producers
A blog Jack Nurse and I co-wrote during our research for Wonder Fools' "549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War" about the battle of Jarama Valley.
A blog post written about research and interviews that Jack Nurse and I conducted as part of our writing process for "549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War".