Playwriting, Acting and Directing

It’s impossible to say whether drama or writing was my first love, and it’s only lately I’ve managed to combine the two to write a full-length play! Edifice And Artifice is an urgent satire on the wealth gap. Set in the London Headquarters of a fictional global oil company and the camp gathered outside, a siege emerges. As the city floods and more protesters gather, it’s only a matter of time before the haves and have-nots collide.

Having performed in am-dram, played in a band and tried stand-up comedy, in 2014 I finally took a career-break from my day-job to follow my dream of attending drama college. I graduated with distinction in 2016 from City Lit with a diploma in acting that really informed my understanding of story and character, both in my writing and acting.

In 2023, I got the chance to direct Macbeth for the Exeter Drama Company. The show successfully toured at several venues and received lots of positive feedback. The theme for the production was the power struggle of a game of chess. Set in the Medieval period, the black and white costumes and stage blocks for the set exemplified this. I was pleased with the way we were able to carry this idea through the whole play, with two larger blocks and six smaller blocks being both the table in the feast scene, battlements and hillsides upon which the Witches stood. Upturned, a black block stood for a cauldron, while a white one became a basin where Lady Macbeth could obsessively wash her hands. With the use of live sound effects and music, this production was an exercise in rough theatre and I was really proud of the way the whole company rose to the challenge of adapting to different spaces.

My acting roles have included: Nell in The Comedy of Errors; Worker, Prole and Torturer in 1984 by George Orwell; various in Love & Information by Caryl Churchill, Balthasara in Much Ado About Nothing; Francisca in The White Devil by John Webster; Barbie in Weird Women by Genni Trickett; Mrs Oakes in Flare Path by terence Rattigan; Barge Woman and Juror in The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Graeme; Miss Loveday in The Camel’s Back by Arnold Helsby.