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Someone else’s Story – Scratch Performance

I’ll be performing at Lighthouse Poole on Thursday as part of Scratch the Surface – an evening of short works across genres.

Tickets are £5 available from the theatre and kick off is at 6pm.

Someone else’s story is based on the written testimony of an Iraqi woman, artist and refugee, I will attempt to retell her story, in my words and question what it means to be engaged in the act of speaking for another.

With thanks to Bournemouth Red Cross for their support.


Theatre Classes for Grown-ups!

PlayGroup is a new theatre workshop group for adults, the workshops will be taught like short courses, each focusing on different aspects of theatre and performance.
An emphasis will be placed on supporting both your individual interests and the groups aims over the duration.

There are lots of benefits in regularly taking part in theatre workshops, some you might expect, like learning stagecraft and performing skills, others may surprise you as you develop your own creative skills and accomplish things you didn’t think possible.

  • Learn about acting and performing
  • Develop your confidence and speaking skills
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Benefit from gentle activity and challenge your mind

The workshops will be taught at an ‘open’ level which means they will be suitable for people who may never have acted before through to people who already have experience in performing.

The sessions will place a focus on fun and learning at your own pace, and I promise that I never make anyone stand up in front of an audience who doesn’t want to!

Taster Workshop 

If you’d like to find out more before signing up, I am offering two opportunities to attend a free taster class.



  • Monday 29th February – 7pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 3rd March – 10.30am – 12.30pm

If you can’t attend a taster, but would be interested in joining the classes, please get in touch and I will add you to a contact list for updates of future times and classes.


Old School House by the Sea, Gladstone Mews, Bournemouth, BH7 6BG

How to book and find out more:

Places are limited, so please get in touch to express your interest & reserve your place.


Tel: 07957 68 95 68


Performance coming up! – Left Luggage – 24/10/15

The “beautiful and moving poem about what it means to be human” will be performed in a slightly unusual venue at 4pm on Saturday October 24th at Chaplins Bar in Boscombe, Bournemouth.

I’m performing as part of Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe, which you should check out (if you haven’t already!) as there’s some really exciting local artists, working across different art forms.

For this particular journey of Left Luggage, I will be performing al fresco (fingers crossed for the weather!) at Chaplins bar on the raised patio area above the garden… boasting views of the local skyline as a backdrop , I plan to take the audience on the 30 minute journey of love, loss, trains and bad rock and roll, that is Left Luggage.

So come along & bring a friend – its a £3 optional donation on the door after the show.

There are no tickets for this event, but places are limited, so if you ‘d like to reserve a seat please contact me.

Boscombe Fringe Festival

So I have been incredibly quiet on the solo performer front since way back before the sun had really shone and when the optimism of early summer was still upon, now as the nights draw in and the sun shines once again, alas I am indoors.

But that’s a fair sacrifice to make for Boscombe Fringe Festival  which is taking place 13th &14th of September.

There’s some wonderful work and I’ve my director’s head on three shows, my events management head on the whole affair and my marketing head hoping it will all look beautiful and that the word will spread far and wide… and we’ll get some funding to make it bigger and better next year!

Having originally hoped to simply programme a small in house affair in Vita Nova’s new venue in Boscombe I was quickly approached by other companies and artists wanting to programme work… so with virtually no budget and a bit of whim, blind faith and a stubborn attitude we have a really exciting line up (here) including, photography, film, spoken word, theatre, live art & workshops!

Testament to the power of thought – the secret is out of the bag and best of all the whole lot is free to attend, however if you thought we did a good job … well we’d like you to pay what you think it was worth on your way out!

I do hope this sunshine lasts all September.

‘A Lone Woman’s Travels’

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A Lone Woman’s Travels

“I went alone because I wanted to be free” – In 1930 Joyce Reason took a walk from Glastonbury to Winchester. In 2012 Gemma Alldred set off on a walk to be an archeologist of the heart, to retrace steps and to discover a story of love waiting to be told.

I am very excited to announce that I will be performing a work in progress as part of the ongoing ‘The Distance Travelled’ research on Friday 24th at Winchester discovery centre as part of FLINTsparks evening of scratch performances hosted by the very lovely Two Destination Language

Tickets are FREE and available here – be wonderful to see you there.


… still fairly top secret, yet very exciting new project on the horizon.

I can say this though….exactly how much power might a rumour have?

So many other exciting things in life in Bournemouth too.

Just spent an Arvon week, with the most exciting emerging talent, raw, fresh, vital and simply screaming to be heard, and the best bit is I get to keep working with them all – its my job. Although consequently, as all beautiful new projects have a tendency to do, ‘The Distance Travelled’ and dear old Joyce are slipping further out of reach.

Decidedly time for some to do lists and action plans!

“Days Like These”

“Days Like These” was written for anyone who was ever 17.

“You see the play is about this woman, this woman looking for a girl… and we’re running out of time….this play it’s not going anywhere, we’re not going anywhere….these characters aren’t going to change, its like they are stuck to the page”

Drawing on the autobiographical memory of performing ‘Susan’ from David Hare’s play Plenty  when she was 17, this performance plays out seemingly forever, repeating and reliving the memory of that certain time in everyone’s life, which can be so hard to let go of, over and over again.

This play is about what  happens if we can’t let go of the past, eachrepetition of memory becoming an echo of the previous one, each time failing to adequate
ly re-capture that feeling of being 17.

The performance skilfully plays between performative register’s opening with and slipping back into naturalism whilst dipping into and between more contemporary (direct address, performance art, stand up) performance styles. This play is as much about questioning and revealing the modes and registers of theatre as it is about history, memory, loss and grief.

“It left us far less certain but far wiser than when we entered… there were moments of    transcendence where we were all lost
in the moment” – audience feedback Jan 2012.


“Days Like These” – Artist’s Documentation

Development Blog

A short clip-show taken from a filmed dress rehearsal of “Days Like These”. from Gemma Alldred on Vimeo