ARTIST STATEMENT 

With a special interest in Literacy development, both in children and adults, my focus is on bringing theatre and performance, including music and song, to small towns and rural communities throughout Wales. I share stories, poetry, song and plays (original, or the work of other writers), with audiences of all backgrounds but especially those with limited access to the Arts, inviting Community Audiences to create stories with me, in the hope that they will feel enriched, engaged and inspired.

 

Mae cyd-weithio gyda phobl sy'n siarad Cymraeg yn bwysif i mi. Fel dysgwr, rwy'n gwerthfawrogi pob cyfle i ymarfer fy Nghymraeg yn y gymyned.  

 

Current Creative Projects 

 

 

Cylch Stori -  Story Circle

Cylch Stori/Story Circle aims to  explore storytelling techniques with young people, while introducing them to myths, legends and more contemporary stories. In this innovative programme in partnership with Venue Cymru, we also offer a platform to young people to tell their own stories.

Golau Gaeaf -  Winter Light 2019 - 2021

Script Writer for this large scale perfoamce collaboration between Venue Cymru, Walk the Plank and Welsh National Opera. The production celebrates local mythology with illumination, pyrotechnics and live Performance. 

YSFW

In partnership with Venue Cymru, annual co-ordination of Family Festival for Young Storytellers and related outreach Storytelling Workshops for schools. 

In-Visible Light Yn Y Golau

Creative Writer and Spoken Word Artist in partnership with Kate Lawrence Vertical Dance. This performance uses Aerial Dance, Music and Spoken Word to introduce Family audiences with visual impairment to the Science of the Universe.

Northern Eye Festival 

Creative Writing with the community exploring the visual stories in the work of Exhibition Photographers 

Ports, Past & Present / Porthladdoedd, Ddoe a Heddiw 

Writer & Performer for the 'Creative Connections' Strand.

Funded by The European Regional Development fund through the Ireland Wales  Cooperation programme, PPP is a collaborative partnership between University College Cork, The University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University and Wexford County Council. Click below and scroll down to see and hear creative responses to Port Life in North Wales.

Llwybr Dychmygu / Imagine Trail 

Creative Writing & Performance with the community to produce content for an Augmented Reality App which is to celebrate the history and culture of Colwyn Bay and the surrounding area. Radio Play, Podcast, Poetry - to be launched in Summer 2021. 

U-Boats  Llongau-U

Screen Writer for a Community Documentary commisioned by Oriel Môn on Anglesey 

Lead Creative Schools

Drama Practice, Poetry and Script Writing with various Schools all over North Wales form 2016-2021

Creative Collaborations

Screen Writer in collaboration with Welsh National Opera, TV Conwy and Pigtown Theatre for the 'Ysgolion Y Mynydd' CC in partnership with Venue Cymru. 

Quest  Hymgais

This partnership, as Creative Practitioner in Residence with Bangor University's Centre for Arthurian Studies, aims to inspire catch-up reading groups in schools to fall in love with stories, by introducing them to the nature of the Quest through an amalagamation of traditional and digital storytelling techniques.  

Words & Pictures-Geiriau a Lluniau

This partnership with Creative Gwynedd and Gwynedd Archives will explores Caernarfon's cultural past with the residents of Plas Maesincla Residential Care Home. The poetry can be seen on the window display on the Gwasanaeth Archifau Gwynedd building.

Mouse Missions: Darkwhistle & The Haunted River

Longlisted for the Bloomsbury New Children's Author prize, 2015, this Middle Grade Fiction Novel (9-12 years) is now in it's 8th draft after working with professional editors at Cornerstone's Literary. 

National Trust Plays Resident

A series of 1-Woman plays exploring the uniques Heritage of NT sites such as Plas Newydd on Anglesey and Penrhyn Castle in Gwynedd. 

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