ABOUT

At the end of 2019 I set up Fly High Stories with Rachel Barnett-Jones, creating stuff for kids that grown-ups also love. During the last year and a half we have created FLY HIGH the musical (Singapore Repertory Theatre), PAPER PLANE (Childrens Animation), 12 TINY PLAYS a digital calender of winter family theatrical activities , THE PANTALOGUES an interactive audio adventure, TOGETHER APART a digital show for families about an astronaut stuck in space and a whole host of digital and online work for families.  We are currently developing our first children's TV Series. 

For over ten years I have worked as a director in theatre specialising in new writing. I started as an assistant and script reader at the Kings Head Theatre.  I then trained at The Lincoln Centre’s Directors Lab in New York before becoming Artistic Director of Epsilon Productions, where I directed several award-winning shows, including Chicken Shop by Anna Jordan (which won West End Frame’s LONDON fringe production of the year 2016)

In 2019 I directed my second short film ORIGAMI written by Sumerah Srivastav (Eastenders, Sketching, Bollywood Rose) featuring Pearl Mackie (Dr.Who, ) and Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella, Fortitude)  Earlier that year I directed RATTLED by Rachel Harper at The Old Red Lion Theatre, London which was nominated for an off west end award for Best Female Performance. 

 

Whilst working on my best (and most tiring) production to date, becoming a Mum, I have also worked as a Dramaturge on several new writing projects including THE EDINBURGH TEST by Rachel Harper– dealing with the hidden stories around post-natal mental illness, NORMALITY by Nige Reid and Jules Kleiser – a new comedy musical addressing the continued lack of accountability following the 2008 crash, and SILENCE by octogenarian William Stanton-a family drama dealing with the difficulties of undiagnosed dementia.

 

For the past three years I have been a Mentor  Director for the National Theatre’s Connections Festival, working alongside 300 young companies around the UK to stage their versions of ten commissioned new plays at their home venues as well as one of 30 Partner Theatres. 

 

I was a founding board member of Stage Directors UK and I am currently a trustee for the Director's Charitable Foundation

 

I am driven by socio-political new writing and the need to make the world a better place for my child. What we need right now is joy and hope and anarchy. 

 

 

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