Welcome to my site! I'm a freelance dramaturg, performer and teacher, working permanently as a lecturer in Performing Arts at Peterborough University and Regional College.
Take a look around - you can see my previous work, reviews in the press, upcoming projects, CV and plenty more. If you're interested in working with me or would like to know more, just get in touch.
I freelance as a writer, director, assistant director and dramaturg, in addition to offering script reading, editing and researching services.
As a trained actor and musician, I freelance internationally and play a wide range of instruments & audio technology with a good ear for improvisation.
I lecture in BA (Hons) and BTEC Performing Arts at University Centre Peterborough, as well as delivering workshops in a variety of freelance contexts.
I recently finished working on my most recent project Pelagic – a first creative collaboration with my father, digital artist Steve Manthorp. I lead the dramaturgy of this work and performed the live text and sound.
Based on Steve’s digital artwork, Archipelago (a custom-built Rasperry Pi with LED Screen streaming every use of the word ‘lonely’ on Twitter), Pelagic is a durational, immersive performance event questioning contemporary loneliness and the individual’s search for themselves in an in inexorable crowd of lonely people.
Funded by Artworks Creative Communities with an ACE funding application pending, Pelagic comprises of a live reading of the Twitter stream in amongst VR environments, multiple projections, and sound installations.
THE PARTY'S OVER, BY NONSUCH THEATRE COMPANY
I recently worked as lead dramaturg on The Party’s Over, by Nonsuch Theatre Company, which received rave reviews for its premiere in June 2017.
About The Party's Over
Nonsuch, an emerging cultural studio in Nottingham, describe The Party’s Over as “a celebration of life. An escape from reality and a search for identity at a time when we don’t know who we are and have nothing else to lose.
In a shack away from home five individuals find themselves thrust together, surrounded by sand and deserted by what they know to bring their stories together and the learn the greatest lesson of them all: who could they be?
Reveal yourself, find your music, rediscover how to dance.”
This project was Supported by Arts Council England, In Good Company, Dance4, Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Leicester Curve and Nottingham Lakeside Arts, with a view to tour in 2018.