I am a scriptwriter, film-maker, actress and independent scholar of theatre history, based in Suffolk and Spain.
I have written three solo shows and perform them - usually - non-theatre venues - especially those that fit the subject. For example, I performed Hannah Snell, the Female Soldier 1750 at the Army Museum in York, in front of an eighteenth century Union Jack and at Gainborough's House, where the view of historic Sudbury through a huge window worked as backdrop. I usually perform The Walled-Up Woman, in churches. However, the fact that the anchoress had chosen life-long lockdown adapted well to Zoom during the Covid 19 lockdown. I also 'zoomed' my soloshow Lady in a Veil (2019), as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. I am zooming her again on 7th March for the Pope Society.
In 2018 I played the Countess, only the second person ever to do so, in Yale University’s revival of Horace Walpole’s 1768 play of maternal incest, 'The Mysterious Mother'. Both the performance, and the academic conference at the Yale Center for British Art which accompanied it, are available here on YouTube.
I have made four short films and am particularly proud of The Unicyclist, (1995) which our female team In the Picture co-produced with Spain and Short, White, Pleated (2002), which featured widely in LGBTQ film festivals.
I hold a PhD in Creative Writing (2016). From 2002 to 2017, I was a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. I acted as external examiner on BA and PhD programmes in the UK, as well as on university validation panels in Singapore.
I am happy to receive commissions for writing and performance, as well as ideas for collaborations, based around my interests and expertise.