So excited to announce that this December I’ve become an associate artist for the incredible BolSHE. BolSHE is a creative collective that aims to champion and platform the work of Welsh and Wales-based women in and out of Wales.
Working with BolSHE is a little bit of a dream come true for me. Although I love London, I often feel very far from home and to be a part of a company that’s actively championing Welsh work is truly amazing. I know there’s more that can be done to platform Welsh work outside of Wales, especially in the fringe theatre scene, and I’m really exciting to start those collaborations.
With that in mind, I am in the early stages of developing a project with the wonderful BolSHE founder and AD, Alice Eklund. I won’t say too much about it now but it’s big and exciting and rooted in communication and connection – two things we need now more than ever as we go into 2021.
A massive thank you to the BolSHE team, which also includes the wonderful Tori Lyons. I can’t wait to start my journey as part of this amazing collective!
This week I’ve had the honour of being featured on the very lovely Artist Avenue Podcast, run by the inimitable Christiana Hartsiotis. Artist Avenue explores the many and varied journeys creatives have taken within the industry to get to where they are now, and celebrates their uniqueness.
During the recording, we spoke a lot about how it’s okay to rethink your career path if it’s not working for you. I originally trained in musical theatre, then focused on acting, before moving backstage first with directing and now stage management as well. It is a journey I would never have foreseen for myself and the variety has only enhanced and informed my career so far.
Changing your mind is not a weakness, starting something new does not mean you have failed, nothing is wasted in your journey.
I hope everyone is okay, and that we can share space again soon.
‘And, We’re Back’ is a new writing night I am in the early stages of producing which is going to be held at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham. Inspiration came from my worry that small venues receiving no funding will be hit incredibly hard by covid-19, so in an attempt to stave off my own career anxieties I decided that I could at least do something small to help a venue very close to my heart.
‘And, We’re Back’ is a celebration of the wonderful spirit of new writing and fringe theatre. It will feature short plays, extracts from new musicals in development and spoken word artists.
I am currently reading submissions and I’m so blown away by the amount of talented people making inspiring, unique and important work. This is why I fell in love with fringe theatre in the first place and why I know we’ll be okay.
Never before have I started working on a show without knowing the production dates so this is unknown territory for me, but I’m ready to see where it goes and above all thankful for the opportunity it has given me to connect with other creatives in this isolating time.
Keep an eye out for updates, and most importantly stay safe and well.