Category Archives: Performance

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.

Looking Forward to 2016

As we approach the end of 2015 I am already excited to jump into a year of exciting new projects and developments, including a creative writing project supported by Lit Up!, working with people with experience of addiction and in the Spring I will be lecturing at Arts University Bournemouth, working with Acting students to develop their skills and knowledge in applied theatre contexts.

I’m currently in the very early stages of speaking with agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers, with a view to making some early work based around this research to be performed at Lighthouse Poole in February.

Season’s Greetings and hope to see you in the New Year!

the questions are in…..

I recently challenged you all to come up with some questions, that we could ask of art, together.

There are some seriously deep thoughts amongst the responses,  which is great.  I guess people really do think art can answer those huge universal questions, as well as those day to day fearful observances which challenge our sense of self.

I’ve picked three questions, which I’m now setting my mind to responding to artistically.  As this is an online dialogue,  I’m starting to feel a little challenged by thinking about making something which is performance and able to work online, digitally, etc.  However I quite like that challenge as its something new to think about.

A process has begun, watch out for the ‘answers’. coming soon.



Question Art….

Art can often help us understand a bit more about life’s great questions… why are we here? How can I be happy? what will I have for tea next tuesday?!

I’m going to try and respond to some of these questions by creating 3 short works which will be made for online publication.

But I need your help…. I’d like you to suggest the questions! You can post to Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.

You have until 11pm on wednesday 4th November, be as silly or as serious as you like!


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.

To everyone I’ve ever loved….

…I spelt your name out in stones….

and  sandy beaches…….

I was recently talking to a writer and poet about ‘The Distance Travelled’ (which has now brought me to Bournemouth, hence the incredibly long gap in digital updates), I was describing how it ends, me waiting and explaining to the audience that I made this piece for an unrequieted love, that I wait for that love to be in the audience, so that they might know my feelings and maybe, just maybe they’d then be reciprocated… that maybe you could be sat next to that person…. you might look around.

He said, “ah that reminds me of a poem”. Which he genorously dug out and sent to me. Here it is…

Spenser: Amoretti LXXV

One day I wrote her name upon the strand,

but came the waves and washèd it away:

agayne I wrote it with a second hand,

but came the tyde, and made my paynes his pray.

Vayne man, sayd she, that doest in vaine assay,

a mortall thing so to immortalize,

for I my selve shall lyke to this decay,

and eek my name bee wypèd out lykewize.

Not so, (quod I) let baser things devize

to dy in dust, but you shall live by fame:

my verse your vertues rare shall eternize,

and in the hevens wryte your glorious name.

Where whenas death shall all the world subdew,

our love shall live, and later life renew.