My performance work generally falls into two categories:
I create work for family audiences on behalf of a number theatres and arts organisations. My work for families is actively participatory and multi-sensory. A few recent examples of my work are:
The Story that Lived
As part of HOME's First Street First Street Party on their opening weekend, I was asked to create a participatory story-making session for children of all ages. The Story that Lived was inspired by HOME's Christmas family production Inkheart, and over the day, some 200 children engaged in a co-created narrative exploring what happens when stories simply won't stay between the pages of a book. This was subsequently performed again at Dig the City (Manchester) and at Denzell Gardens Book Festival (Altrincham).
SILVERTONGUE: AN ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG STORY MAKERS
As part of HOME's programme of Family events, I was asked to create a participatory story-making session for children aged over 5. Once again, I took Inkheart's central concept as inspiration, and this workshop saw the children journey through the backstage area of HOME, in an exciting search for Meggie's father Mo. Eventually of course, they found him, and collaboratively wrote and acted out the story of his rescue.
I also work as a performer, some examples of which are:
I perform with Plunge Boom during Spring/ Summer, working on shows including SMOKE, The Allotment, Vegetable Nannies and Microscopic Animal Enthusiasts.
HIGH TEA IN WONDERLAND
As part of Manchester International Festival 2015, chef Mary-Ellen McTague's High Tea in Wonderland was a unique blend of theatre and fine dining that led its audience down the rabbit hole and behind the scenes of Manchester Museum. I played the White Rabbit.
RIGHT ROYAL REGATTA
Walk the Plank were commissioned to create a walkabout performance to mark the centenary of Queen Victoria's visit to the Bridgewater Canal in Salford. Over the course of a day, families could follow the historical journey made by Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, culminating in a 'street' party at Rhubarb Park. I played Prince Albert.
In 2018 Walk the Plank's Isle of Fire on Barry Island featured a flaming viking longship and two hapless vikings, on the look out for local children who's parents might be persuaded to sell them into a viking training programme. Surprisingly, there were quite a few takers...
RICHARD WENTWORTH: LOST AND FOUND
As part of Museums at Night, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum hosted an event designed to engage the people of Manchester with their city. As part of this, I was a 'Tour Guide' who accompanied the audience on a subversive coach tour between the two participating venues.