as a professional Writer, Performer & Storyteller …I am passionate about communication that inspires and leaves a lasting impression.
Currently, I am working on material for various short stories, scripts, poems, and true-life storytelling…performing my work in various gigs around Birmingham and the West Midlands. I am associated with Writing West Midlands through their Room 204 development program – which I joined as an emerging writer for their 2013/14 cohort.
Throughout January 2018, one of my first true-life stories Slum-Songs in the Sun is having another run on BBC Radio 4 – this time on Radio 4 Extra…details on my New Writing Page – here.
what I do
Over the years I have gained a diverse and wide-ranging toolkit of professional skills in performance and writing that include:
writing stories, poetry & scripts for theatre & broadcast
true-life storytelling and workshop leader
editing & proof-reading services
performance as an actor and spoken word artist
coaching performance & presentation skills
Originally from London, now based in the West Midlands, I combine my love of the spoken word with the written word. Since training in playwriting at University of Birmingham, I tell stories through scripts, oral storytelling, short fiction and poetry.
As an actor, I am looking forward to seeing later this year the release of a drama documentary film called 7 Days – it’s the true life story of local Brummie, blind runner Dave Heeley. I play the part of Dave’s mum when he was young. The film is currently in development with Pixel Revolution Films. You can see more about their work on the film here.
Last year, I also played the leading role in a short poetry-film, premiered as part of Disappear Here Festival in Coventry(Spring 2017).
Arts Council funded projects in the last 3 years have included my time as Writer/Storyteller in Residence for the Voices from the Ashes project (see here) and project assistant to author Cat Weatherill and regular Guest Storyteller for The Mee Club at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry (see here).
The pictures in the gallery on this page show the story of where I started out. They include performing some fantastic roles in regional Rep theatre, touring companies, community theatre, London’s West End, the Edinburgh fringe, Chichester and Pitlochry Festival Theatres, television, voice-overs for television, film and BBC radio dramas.
I am a full member of both British Actors Equity and The Writers’ Guild
and you can see more about my work on the Site Menu.
I began my professional actor training at LAMDA with a early career in London; then sponsored by Equity Trust Fund I graduated in BA in Theatre, Film & TV drama from University of Bristol (1st Class Hons, 2001); worked as a legal business journalist in London and Manchester, before taking a MPhil in Playwriting from the University of Birmingham (graduating 2009)
I am based in the West Midlands and you can reach me with any comments or questions on firstname.lastname@example.org