TheatreFORGE presents: Berenice
I translated this beautiful classical French tragedy in five acts written by France's equivalent to Shakespeare, Jean Racine, in 1669, into 12-beat rhyming couplets respecting, as much as possible, the original rhythm and forward motion of the tragic story of a star crossed love triangle. Based on a regal, historical couple, it is the story of what might have happened if Romeo and Juliet had survived.
Artist in Residence @ Theatre Deli
In December 2016 Theatre Deli accepted me as an artist in residence for a week which gave me the space and time to workshop the translation with a few professional actors: Vivienne Gibbs, Cindy Armbruster, Sarah Twomey and Sarah Kenny.
Research @ Circumference Circus Theatre
I was joined by actress/ producer Imogen Daines and FORGE was born. A feminist theatre collective with a Eurocentric view of the world, and collaborative aspirations. Our first hosts were , a circus theatre company in the heart of King's Cross. We explored the physical language of the play with help of basic aerial equipment and object transformation exercises. Invited Artists included Cindy-Jane Armbruster, Viv Gibbs and actor-musician Will Wolfe (-Hogan).
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Script Workshop @ RADA Studios
Thanks to the generous support from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, dramaturg Lloyd Trott and head Ed kemp, we had a week's script workshop (with three hoops and a scarf) at Rada Studios. We were joined by Rebecca Scroggs, Pia de la Borde , Olivia Vinall and Alexandra Guelff. We also invited Lloyd and Rachel from Santosha Yoga Studio, who guided us through a warm-up yoga session, to watch our staged read-through at the end of the week.
Funding & Future Plans:
As it is a big show with 6 actors, 6 other creatives, movement and music, we are waiting for the right time to bring this show back, to a wider audience! Please go to the weblink below to meet the cast and team!
PHOTOS BY KATHERINE LEEDALE
I am a classically trained soprano (Morley Opera School) and musician (German music school for recorder & piano).
I am writing a one-woman show called Witches with 13 songs about inspiring historical womxn from around the world with electronic and live music arranged by Tomas Wolstenholme.
Tom also made the music to Becoming Berenice (see Projects) at Voila! Europe theatre festival in 2018. it is a mix of electronica, Drum'n'Bass, Eastern/Turkic melodies and Ancient Roman instruments!
The Daughter of the Pomegranate Tree
I have previously had the honour of performing at Hertingfordbury, at the Festival of Chichester and at Dartington Summer School Classical Music festival as a harmony singing story-teller in Merit Ariane's The Daughter of the Pomegranate Tree (www.meritariane.com), together with the experienced Jon Banks, and Nilufar Habibian.