Some Examples of My Work (starting with the most recent)
Co-creator and Performer
A circus collaboration including artists from Sweden, Finland, France, Hungary, Austria, USA, and UK.
Libertalia is inspired by the real story of the 'Libertalia' pirates who set out to create a utopian land of freedom and equality.
It brings together music, movement and circus, in a collaborative long-term artistic process that opens up new ways of working, playing, and connecting with each other across the chasms that divide us.
Ship of Fools
A street clown theatre performance currently in development with an international team of theatre makers and community participants from Sweden, UK, Argentina, and
USA. Reflecting on the current global crisis, questioning our notions of leadership and community, the project particularly aims to foster and enrich a fertile
co-creative relationship between artists and communities in two important European sea ports: Bootle (UK) and Gothenburg (Sweden).
La Grande Parade
This piece was commissioned for an exhibition of Fernand Léger's circus paintings at the Tate gallery in Liverpool. A series of vignettes inspired by specific paintings and Léger's love of the French circus blended circus, clowning and choreography, and were performed in the large entrance lobby of the gallery.
Project Manager / Performer
Supported by the Arts Council of England, Sowing Seeds was a collaboration between Burscough Community Farm, Edge Hill University and Walk the Plank, involving 120 community participants, 50 students and 7 experienced artists.
We used circus, percussion, choreography, clowning, puppetry and interactive theatre to explore the theme of time and new growth in nature.
The Clownencuentro brings together the best teachers and performers from around the world for an annual festival that promotes training, audience development, research, collaboration and networking for the growing field of clown performance, with a focus on Latin America.
Project Manager / Director
A 6-month "mentoring-into-production" programme, funded by Arts Council of England and delivered in partnership with Walk the Plank (WTP) and Edge Hill University (EHU).
Newly created Short Scruffs produced a street clown show as well as a 'flash mob' choreographed dance with 30 local children at the Ormskirk Gingerbread Festival.
Part of a season of ensemble student shows at the Rose Theatre, Ormskirk, this visually stunning multimedia circus production was a loose adaptation of Swift's classic novel Gulliver's Travels.
Clowning as Social Performance in Colombia
Published by Bloomsbury
The book brings a fresh and updated perspective on the social impact of clowning in the twenty-first century. Through a mix of narrative and vivid description it provides an in-depth analysis of more than 30 distinct clown groups and performers in Bogotá, Colombia, shedding new light on the evolving role of comic performance in contemporary Latin American society.
A Trip to America
Performer and Deviser
Based on the comic performances of Charles Matthews, 19th Century raconteur, a series of reconstructive pieces was devised with a team (composer/musician, historical researcher, director, choreographer) and performed internationally at theatre and performance conferences.
The Blahs, Leeds
I devised and directed shows for young audiences including Ho Ho Ho! (pictured) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Silas Marner (drama project for primary schools), and Big Sister Little Brother (Arts Centre tour)
Solo Clown Performance
Created with renowned clown director and teacher, Sue Morrison, FLAWED GENIUS was funded by the Arts Council of England and toured venues and festivals across four continents, including the New York Clown festival in 2006.
"A masterful piece of clowning….Never has self-loathing and cosmic ennui been so entertaining and oddly moving…a thinking person’s clown for the new millennium."
(Edmonton Journal, Aug '04)