The Public Square (2019)
The Public Square is a performance intervention of open, spontaneous and non rehearsed dialogue in public spaces.
The Public Square is a non scripted intervention whose shape and content are
defined by what the public brings into it and what emerges in the moment out of random conversations between strangers. It is a non-theatre event in the sense that it doesn’t adhere to traditional theatre conventions but rather views performance as a unique space of encounter and dialogue.
At a historic time where relations with others are impregnated with suspicion, fear and hostility, and where digital media have drastically altered the way we communicate with one another, the Public Square aims at restoring a cultural and social space of sharing at the heart of our communities. It offers an artistic response to the increasing atomisation of social life that has resulted in a sense of loss of our ability to recognise and engage with others.
The Public Square is brought to different undisclosed locations in Bedford.
Community Theatre (2013-2020)
Between 2013 and 2020, I directed a number of innovative community theatre productions as collaborative theatre making with, for and about the local community. I trained members of the local community in developing acting, improvisation and performance skills, and worked in partnership with other community organisations and venues.
‘It has been brilliant: fun, educational, cohesive, confidence building and we all feel very close to each other, as a result of the shared experience’
‘It has been better than I expected! It has enabled me to explore and develop aspects of drama and theatre work in a friendly, relaxed, fun and open environment’
‘I never thought we would create a play that would be as professional and interesting as the one we performed’
‘Age and acting experience are not relevant as we can learn from each other and help to draw out the best in each other’
‘Celebration’ (2019) based on the play by H. Pinter: an immersive performance combining theatre and dining at The Pavilion in Bedford Park.
‘A Christmas Carol’ (2017) based on the text by C. Dickens: a collaboration with Bedford Community Arts Choir at The Place Theatre in Bedford.
‘Anna’ (2016) original text and performance on the impact of austerity policies on local life.
‘Very thought provoking‘
‘Well staged and thought about‘
‘Come and Go’ (2015) based on the play by S. Beckett: a performative reflection on disability.
‘The Canterbury Tales and Other Travelling Tales’ (2014) based on the text by G. Chaucer: a travelling performance between different sites and on a bus, part of Bedford Festival Fringe 2014.
‘Witty, Spell binding and great fun!’
‘The Mountain Language’ (2013) based on the play by H. Pinter, a promenade and site specific performance at The Keep in Bedford.
‘Powerful, emotional, beautiful. Setting and moving the audience around was excellent. Captured my interest from start to finish. One of my all time favourite experiences at the theatre!’
‘Fab setting, interactive and moving’