I did a foundation course in sculpture before coming to London to study Design for Performance at Central Saint Martins. I graduated in 2004 thinking I might stay in London for a few more years... and I'm still here!
I spent my childhood drawing pictures and casting anyone who was around in plays that featured elaborate sets made of pot-plants and furniture in our living room - and basically I feel as if I am still doing just that!
I worked in all sorts of types of theatre after I graduated: site-specific, Shakespeare, puppetry, dance, touring, new writing etc. I learnt a lot about collaboration during that time, experience which I carry with me now I am a founding member of my own company 3Fates with director Poonam Brah, performer Dina Mousawi and video projection designer Eva Auster. Together we make work we are really passionate about, we trust and challenge and inspire each other, I feel really lucky to have found such an amazing team of collaborators.
With 3Fates I have travelled as far afield as the USA and the Middle East, and am currently developing a new role, performing onstage as a designer alongside the actors. I continue to do freelance design work, and the two feed and balance each other.
Why did you decide to study at Central Saint Martins?
Growing up close to Manchester I was looking for a bigger city to challenge me and London did just that! The course at Central Saint Martins had the right balance of practical and conceptual projects for me.
What did you enjoy most about living and studying in London?
The vast variety of things to do and see, i just loved (and still do) walking around the city, discovering new places.
What advice would you give to students who are beginning their studies?
Feel free, experiment, and go to as much theatre as you possibly can. Working as an usher in a venue you love is also a good idea, you get to see a lot of shows, and meet a lot of people in the industry.
And for students about to graduate?
Don't be afraid to make mistakes, you have only really just begun to learn this vast subject, do every job that comes your way but be careful of doing jobs for free. Don't be scared to ask to be paid.
What are you up to now? How did you get there?
With 3Fates we are working on the final stages of our show 'RETURN', and starting a new project alongside it. I'm also designing and making artefacts and costumes for a dance piece at the Science Museum with IJAD dance company.
How has Central Saint Martins helped in your chosen career path?
The contacts you make there are invaluable. I met so many people from all sorts of different artistic backgrounds whilst at Central Saint Martins. I love that now people I met at college crop up in all sorts of unexpected places, it makes London seem a bit smaller.
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