How would you describe the current project you’re undertaking?
The Four Seasons: A Reimagining is a beautiful collaborative mash of puppetry and classical music, with a group of amazing people -both on and off stage- bringing their unique talents together to make something special.
What are your roles and responsibilities in the show?
We all share the puppetry in the show in a great way, it leaves us juggling between the puppets’ limbs, heads and all sorts of different objects to tell the story.
Have you worked with Gyre & Gimble before?
I first worked with Gyre & Gimble as a puppeteer of Oona the elephant in Running Wild at Regent’s Park. Outside of their company, I’ve worked with Finn on Alice’s Adventures Underground for Les Enfants Terrible and with Toby on Peter Pan at the National Theatre -as well as working on a few R&Ds together in-between jobs.
What training have you had, and in what skills?
I trained at East 15 on the Physical Theatre course.
How did you find your way into puppetry?
I performed in the first UK tour of War Horse straight out of drama school, so that was my first experience.
What previous performing experience have you had?
After War Horse I went on to do a lot of different theatre pieces including those previously mentioned productions, plus Romeo & Juliet at the Orange Tree theatre and most recently The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
What do you think makes puppetry such a unique performance discipline?
It requires everyone on stage to truly listen, and when you have a whole cast that are listening in the moment, open and alive to everything happening, it creates something electric.
What are the joys and challenges of bringing a puppet to life?
Actually making the above happen, it’s much easier said then done!
What career ambitions do you have for the future?
I suppose to carry on challenging and enjoying myself.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a zoo keeper that looked after Gorillas.
Which five people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?
I’d love to have a big dinner party with family and friends that have passed away, especially the family I never got to meet, I’d have so many questions. I think that would be pretty cool -although I doesn’t adhere to the 5 people rule, oops!
What makes a great piece of theatre?
Truth. I love seeing people bringing a part of themselves to a performance. No one else can bring what you bring when you do that.
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining is playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, London until 21 April. More information and ticket booking can be found HERE