I began making my own theatre as a writer/performer in 2009 with a solo show, You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy (2013 Olivier Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre, 2010 winner of The Stage Award Best Solo Performer). Mess, the next show I made, is an ensemble piece based on my experiences of anorexia and recovery, it toured internationally for 6 years after opening at The Traverse in Edinburgh in 2012, where it won Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards. Islands, opened at The Bush theatre in 2015 before transferring to the 2015 British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival. I made further solo shows, Tranklements for the New Vic (2015) and Penelope RETOLD for Derby Theatre (2014). Work for BBC Radio 4 includes: Paris, Nana & Me (2014 Imison Award nominee), Pandora (2016), and on long-running series’ Home Front and Tracks.
I regularly collaborate with other companies as a deviser, performer, writer and director. I also mentor artists and companies and lead workshops. In 2016 I became the first BBC Birmingham Writer in Residence, working across radio and TV dramas produced in the city. I received a Collaborative Research Award from The Culture Capital Exchange for a project interrogating narrative and meaning-making across different art forms with Dr Jacqueline Taylor (BCU) in 2016.
I’m currently developing a new show with a British-Spanish ensemble, Muckers (the egg, Bath and Conde Duque, Madrid) and a new solo piece, All of Me, with long-term collaborators and producers China Plate. As part of my time as Creative Fellow, I will be directing and developing a new show in collaboration with Birmingham spoken word artist, Amerah Saleh at The Other Place (RSC).