I first made performance work during my Creative Arts degree, including several pieces in collaboration with Simon Will, who now makes work with Gob Squad. Back then we called ourselves 'Twin Tub Circus' and we made absurdist / philosophical comedies: 'Fancy Fandangle' (right) was perhaps our greatest triumph. This collaboration had a strong and lasting influence on my style and process. Unfortunately I don't have much documentation for pieces made before 2002. Below is a selection of work I've done since then outside of the Inconvenient Spoof shows, and alongside my teaching. They are ordered chronologically with the latest first, at the top.
(For a full list of work you can download my C.V. here)
THE NATIVITY PANTO
The Happy Clap Trap Nativity Panto has become a labour of love enacted each December since 2012 at the wonderful Marlborough Theatre. I co-wrote the script with Joe Kenny, and directed the show, also appearing as the Lord's sidekick, Gabriel.
THE HAPPY CLAP TRAP
THE TERRIBLE SHAMAN (available for booking)
WONDERMART (available for booking)
SITTING BEAR AND THE MAN IN
I began this alternative cabaret with Joe Kenny in 2012 at the Marlborough theatre. Our aim was to showcase the work of local artistes making work with an offbeat joie de vivre.
This 8 minute video features: Merry Colchester, Anna 'Goldsmith', Daniel Turrell, Annie Brooks, Joe Kenny, Elicia Walpole, Lloyd Ryan Thomas, Fraser Geeson, Emily B, Orlando Britts, Nayla Salas Wall, Sarah Welsh, Chris Gates, The Keithettes, Marion Deprez, Xelis de Toro, Sarah Delmonte, Silvia Mercuriali, The Two Wrongies, Megan Alodon (and friend!), Oliver Welby, Joe Mulcrone, Watch Out for the Bear, and Matthew Blacklock.
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This street performance was commissioned by the Nightingale Theatre (Brighton) for their 'Dip Your Toe' event at the Brighton Fringe, 2012. It later appeared at the Milton Keynes Fringe, Brighton 'Pride' and the 'Nuit Blanche' festival in Amiens. It was devised and performed with Annie Brooks and Ulysses Black, whose specialist knowledge of ritual practices ensured that within its seemingly ludicrous exterior were embedded authentic shamanic structures and processes.
This work can be presented in 3 forms:
Three Thingers is an audio track commissioned for Xelis de Toro's 'Book of Invisible Bridges' in 2012, and later performed live in 'Buddhism: Is it Just for Losers?' I chose Xelis's poem, 'Description of three things that are not there' and turned it into this 'song', with assistance from Rodrigo Kerr and Ulysses Black (pictured) using Garageband. Fantastic shed fun.
Made through collaboration with lead artist, Silvia Mercuriali and composer, Tommasso Perego, I co-wrote the text of this interactive audio tour, which has now appeared in England, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany, Belgium and France.
Solo or paired participants are sent on a journey of rediscovery around the familiar surroundings of the Supermarket. Initially growing out of Silvia’s instruction-based work with rotozaza, the piece explores the subtle ways in which the layout and design of these standardised ‘non-places’ induce the shopper to abandon their list and act on impulse. Since the audio track is the piece of work, all I can show is this short documentary in French! For more information on this much toured piece go to WONDERMART.
The piece was made in 2008 with students from the TAVA course, and originally appeared in episodes at 'The Flophouse' cabaret. It was then stitched together and shown in its entirety at The Basement (Brighton), and then at Shunt Lounge (London).
Puppetry, live action and video projection combine in this absurdist tale told in a pseudo-Elizabethan argot. Parallel worlds collide when a young bear banished from his tribe meets a woodcutter trapped in a computer game. Both believe the other to exist only in their dreams, an unwanted distraction from their personal perils: the dreaded virus from the East, and the march of the massive frog army. And yet each holds the key to the other's predicament.
In 2007 Silvia Mercuriali and I went for a walk and bought a random bag of second hand toys from a charity shop in Hackney. We then went to directly to the pub and began creating a story that made sense of the small plastic characters we found inside (the bag). We came up with a 20-page script, wrote 7 songs, and set the camera to macro. Two years later we had completed this miniature Mahabarata; an hour-long labour of love in 3 episodes. first shown at Shunt lounge. Here is a one minute teaser.
This was a fantastic process, full of flow and laughter, and greatly informed the way I worked on later pieces - selecting objects or events at random to set up creative problems to solve.
I'm attaching the full script here for any masochists.
THE TWISTED LADDER
THE INCREDIBLE BULL CIRCUS
This short film was commissioned for Whitstable Biennale 2006 and made in collaboration with Edwina Ashton. Edwina had created several charismatic puppet objects with which I improvised scenes in various small establishments on Whitstable High street. Here's a nine minute edit - I think that's enough.
This piece was devised in 2004 over 8 weeks whilst working with students on the Contemporary Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The title refers to a name given to the structure of DNA, and the process began with the question, 'How has a widespread belief in evolution affected notions of romantic love?'
I gave a series of texts I had written to the students, asking them to choose whichever texts most appealed to them. Through these selections, and a variety of improvisatory workshops, we gradually developed a cast of characters comprised of woodland creatures and metaphysical beings embroiled in a narrative of incest and ambition. This was definitely a highlight in my theatrical career, and an experience that greatly informed my subsequent approaches to devising.
This street theatre clown show was originally created by Ivan Fabrega and Mikey Martins. When Ivan decided to hang up his castanets in 2003, Mikey invited me take on his role and thus began a 5 year adventure in the world of street theatre. We toured during the summer months to festivals throughout the UK and Ireland, and to Belgium, Holland, France, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, adapting and evolving the show as we went.
This daft show full of ridiculous puns, improvisation and bad Spanish accents, proved to be a real earner, and a fantastic learning experience in the art of holding the attention of a general public free to walk away. I met some fantastic characters, travelled to some amazing places, and learnt to appreciate the power of clowning.
This 15 minute edit of a 50 minute show was filmed in various locations.