By William Shakespeare. Retold by imitating the dog.
Fusing live action with innovative video technology, imitating the dog bring their style of storytelling to Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition, destiny and downfall. A daring retelling made for the audiences of today, this Macbeth is a neon noir thriller where Shakespeare’s original language collides with startling new scenes, stunning visuals, and a powder-keg intensity.
I will be playing Witch/Ensemble in this retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy that is touring the UK and Switzerland until May, 2023. Dates can be found here.
Macbeth has been selected as one of The Guardian’s best theatre, dance and comedy tickets to book in 2023 and as part of The Times’ 60 best events to book in 2023.
I had the amazing experience of working with imitating the dog on Cinema Inferno, a groundbreaking show for Paris haute couture fashion house, Maison Margiela, based on an original concept by John Galliano, Creative Director. The show staged Maison Margiela's incredible 2022 'Artisanal' collection at the majestic Palais de Chaillot as part of Paris Haute Couture week.
In the show, I was on stage operating the props and filming the miniature buildings as well as serious chair and fan choreography!! (one of the 'trench-clad participants', as described by the New York Times). In Paris rehearsals, I supported with teaching the character stage tracks to the models and was involved in the development of the staging with imitating the dog in Leeds.
I wrote 'Interconnected' as part of Four Fig's new writing night on the theme of Climate Justice. The piece was performed in May 2022 at the Golden Goose Theatre, London .
'Interconnected' sees Prince Charles being interviewed about his thoughts on the climate before a surprise guest brings a very different world view...
100 Stories High
Projected and performed at Blackpool Winter Gardens and Lancaster Castle, 100 Stories High is an installation piece by imitating the dog. On this project I was Associate Director and worked with opera singer Neil Balfour as well as the wonderful community choir. The fusion of animation, large scale installations and live music was magical.
Dr Blood's Old Travelling Show
This outdoor show was created with imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse in response to the closure of theatres in the pandemic. The show appears from the back of a van and uses all the digital wizardry of imitating the dog's style with the addition of puppetry, mask work, dance and songs!
An 'at home' version can be watched here.
Whose Decision Is It Anyway?
Created during the lockdowns 'Whose Decision Is It Anyway' is a piece of online forum theatre exploring the Patient Participation Groups that every GP surgery is required to have. In it I play Dr Helen Walker.
Working with Dr Jess Drinkwater and a research group the piece opens conversations about these groups and explores the power dynamics within them.
The project is ongoing with the most recent excursion being an in person training event for Junior Doctors in November 2022.
Airlock, a live action graphic novel in three episodes, was one of the first new works to be released from the series of BBC Arts and Arts Council England commissions as part of the Culture in Quarantine programme.
Filmed from home over Zoom, I performed in episode three and Assistant Directed on episode one.
Episodes can still be watched on the imitating the dog website.