in May 2018 I joined the National Youth Theatre Rep Company, winning one of 16 places over 1000+ auditionees. The course entails 8 weeks of training with leading theatre practitioners followed by 4 full-scale productions in 2018-19. We'll perform at Soho Theatre, The Garrick in the West End and another location tbc; full season announcements here. To find out more about Rep, click here.
Legendary immersive company Secret Cinema built the world of the iconic film Blade Runner for its 2018 production, which fell on Secret's 10th anniversary. There's still only so much I can say, but I played Sergeant Deja Schaf of the LAPD and as for the production, the glowing reviews give an insight! The show ran March-July.
Doktor James' Bad Skemes is a family show that premiered at Vault Festival 2018.
It was concocted by James Bennison and Timothy Goose, the two comedy masterminds behind the whole Doktor James series. They've brought me in as a third actor, who only appears projected - on Skype, on the news, etc. Doktor James is an aspiring super-villain and Doktor Jane (me) is the reigning champion. More info
How The Vote Was Won
For the centenary of the Equal Representation of the People Act, in which most women in Britain got the vote, Dippermouth Theatre Co staged an evening of Suffragette plays and talks at Bunker Theatre. I played the lead in How The Vote Was Won (Dir. Alice Hamilton) and also spoke about my own activism. More info
BROOD was a 15 minute piece shown at the Arcola Theatre as part of Pennyworth Productions' political new writing night, PEN. I played a young woman whose mother had fallen pregnant. Directed by Kennedy Bloomer.
Pecs Drag Kings' sellout The 80s Show ran at the Glory in March 2017 and at Soho Theatre in December 2017. It was nominated for an Offie award. More on my Drag work here.
In August 2017 I took up a place on Talawa Theatre Co's 'TYPT' programme, which fosters young POC theatrical talent over a month's training & devising with practitioners. Our devised show 'Bite Your Tongue' sold out a run at Hackney Showrooms. Under the guidance of Miranda Cromwell (Asst Director on Angels in America), we made a show we are hugely proud of. More info
What if Women Ruled the World? is a piece of art/theatre created by Yael Bartana and director Vicky Featherstone, written by Abi Morgan, for the Manchester International Festival. I participated in the R&D stage, where we explored pressing issues like governance, human error and gender in an improvised but highly observed session.
In January 2017 I joined a cohort of young, up-and-coming actors training at the Identity School of Acting. The school's founder, now with an OBE, has made amazing strides in creating representation where there was little. Our 2017 showcase was Contractions by Mike Bartlett, and I was hugely honoured to receive the Best Actress award in my tier.
I joined the National Youth Theatre in May 2016, winning one place in 300 over some 5000 applicants. Our Epic Stages course was led by RSC Associate Owen Horsley and Brad Birch, writer at the Royal Court, and looked especially at Brecht, physical theatre, verse, ensemble work, and clowning. We showcased an original piece at Rose Bruford.
'The 24 Hour Plays Project' was a challenge where writers, actors & directors came together to create & stage a short piece in only 24 hours. Proceeds went to an arts education charity.
Lilac Wine is very loosely inspired by the time writer/director Sarah Chew witnessed a revolution, by accident. It is an unreliable memoir exploring time she spent in Tehran in the aftermath of the Green Uprising in early 2010, and her subsequent experience of PTSD.
Oh, and it’s also a drag show. More info here
I was Assistant Director for 2015 runs at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Camden People's Theatre, as well as an R&D stage at the Roundhouse.