I am a theatre maker based in the North East. I co-founded Woven Nest theatre, with my creative partner Liv Hunt. We are a workshop-led company producing theatre by, for and with older people living with dementia. We are currently developing a multi-sensory theatre piece to be performed at bedsides within residential care homes. As part of the show we are building a puppet theatre within a tea trolley which will travel around care settings, providing 1 on 1 theatrical experiences. We are interested in how arts can impact health and wellbeing and have been specifically focused on arts in dementia care since studying Applied Theatre at Northumbria University in 2013-2016.
As well as directing Woven Nest, I work with a bunch of brilliant organisations, including Curious Monkey, Headway Arts and The Empty Space. My practice is community led, collaborative and often involves working alongside various groups to explore creativity, expression and social issues through drama and creative storytelling.
“I didn’t feel like an activist when I joined, but UNION helped me to realise that writing protest songs with 90 year olds is still a form of activism! I’ve learnt from the Union team how to set-up an environment that enables strangers to feel at home. I’ve always felt that honesty and openness has been celebrated at UNION.”