Recent/Current Projects

Bradley Year 1

Bradley School Year 1

Current projects include:-

M6 Theatre Company, Rochdale

I am one of the practitioners working on the Speech Bubbles programme – which uses drama and storytelling to promote confidence and improve communication. I work in 2 primary schools with KS1 pupils and I LOVE it!

DIY Theatre Company

I am the Education officer at DIY. I work with the Friday group who co-deliver the drama workshops.

We are having an exciting time with lots of brilliant projects.

Jenny Sealey from Graeae is our new patron and we are so proud of the brilliant work that our actors do on a daily basis!

See the DIY website for further details – www.diytheatre.org.uk

Small Things

I am one of the facilitators on Storybox – a creative programme for people living with a dementia and their carers/family. We deliver workshops in libraries and museums and care homes and have a fantastic time hearing people’s stories and bringing them to life!

See www.smallthings.org.uk to find out more about the projects.

Doolally and Tickle your Fancy!

I am in a comedy singing act with the fabulous Beth Allen and Caz Brader.

We have  a lot of fun writing daft songs and rehearsals are hard work because we laugh so much!

We perform for comedy clubs. acoustic nights and private parties. We even did a hen do!

We run ‘Tickle your Fancy’ – a monthly cabaret evening in Chorlton.  A great night – full of fun!

Find both DOOLALLY and TICKLE YOUR FANCY (and LIKE us!) on Facebook!

Action Transport Theatre

In 2014, I worked  at Parklands Primary School in Ellesmere Port on a whole school community project  on the theme of ‘Superheroes’.  This project  included every year group in the school as well as teachers and parents. All of the classes devised a section for the show called ‘Parklands Power’ which was performed to a packed audience of 305 people at the local Academy! They all did really well and I was proud to have worked with them.

Back on Track

From 2014 – 2016, I was a tutor at Back on Track – teaching Drama and creative writing to vulnerable adults. Fab job! Great people!

The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre.

From 2011 – 2014, I was the Drama Worker for Expressive Edge Theatre Company – a theatre company for actors with learning disabilities.

Together, we devised three shows:-  ‘Passion to Passion’ – which explored what we love doing and our passions.

Then  ‘Scrambled Cafe’  –   a play all about food and eating  and our last play –  ‘Day Trippers’  about our experiences of day trips which was performed in February  2014. The actors did a fantastic job and wowed the two audiences.

Storybox project – Library Theatre

From May – July 2013, I worked on Storybox – a storytelling and drama project working with older people and people living with dementia. It was a hugely exciting piece of work – the people we met were such an inspiration and created fantastic stories. Joyful work!

Recent work:-

2012

Manchester College

I worked at the Manchester College with Level 1 and 2 students in the Performing Arts Department. We created and shot a short film, developed by the students and filmed in locations in and around the college.

Holy Rosary School, Liverpool

I did 2 days of drama workshops on the theme of London for Holy Rosary’s Arts week. I worked with year 5 exploring the Jubilee from the point of view of managing the events using Mantle of the Expert techniques.

I also worked with reception and nursery groups using drama and song to explore London – and focussing on the Royal family and Paddington Bear.

JUMP at the Edge.

I was the host for JUMP – an arts project for unemployed people  at the Edge. They are a very creative group of people who come on Thursdays and take part in a range of arts activities. I was delighted to be a part of such an exciting project!

In 2010/11, projects that I worked on included:-

Bradley School, Nelson – I worked every week at Bradley School, across all year groups, using drama to explore different aspects of the curriculum and to develop speaking and listening skills.

Creative Partnerships project at Castercliff School, Nelson – I worked all year with key stage two  using drama to develop aspects of literacy – especially speaking and listening  – and aiming to improve writing levels. Year 6  devised a piece of theatre about their experiences of primary school and their feelings about going to high school.

Creative Partnerships work at Lancasterian Scool, Manchester – I worked at Lancasterian School  as the creative agent on 3 different projects there. I was also a drama practitioner with pupils in the foundation stage. This was a very exciting piece of work which  pushed me as a practitioner to learn new ways to use drama with pupils who have more complex needs.

‘Jump the Gap’  schools project for the education department of the Royal Exchange Theatre. Working with year 6 and year 9 pupils in Swinton to explore issues around transition from Primary to Secondary school.

‘Once In A Lifetime’ project. Royal Exchange/Landridge House project. Working with a group of adults with learning difficulties at Landridge House, Harpurhey. This project  culminated in a show at the Studio Theatre at the Royal Exchange in July.

Creative Partnerships project in Castercliff School, Burnley where I worked across key stages 1 and 2 to promote confidence and develop a more creative curriculum.

Creative Partnerships project at Meanwood School in Rochdale where I worked with year one and two pupils. I worked alongside the teachers and staff to enable them to be more confident with delivering the curriculum through drama/creative play.

Hillside School, Skelmersdale. Creative Partnerships project. I worked with a year 5 class to promote speaking and listening and explore  outdoor spaces at school. We  created our own myth and presented our story to parents and pupils at the end of May.

PAD Project

I worked on the PAD Project (Primary Arts Development) for Poynton High School. I ran workshops at Adlington, St Paul’s and Lostock Primary Schools – collaborating with teachers to help them to develop and embed drama skills into all aspects of their curriculum.

International Exchange programme for Isaacs UK Early Years

In 2007, I was chosen with three other early years arts practitioners to take part in an International Exchange programme for Isaacs UK Early Years working in Pittsburgh USA and Manchester UK in collaboration with US artists.

N.B. I have worked in numerous schools – too many to mention here – but do e-mail me if you would like to see my c.v.