Hello and welcome to my portfolio showing a selection of my work as well as some behind-the-scenes processes.
I'm a set and costume designer for theatre and performance based in London, although I'm originally from Liverpool and work all over the UK.
I spend most of my time designing but I also completed a PhD on theatre design in 2009 which has led me into working as a freelance research interviewer, carrying out life story interviews with designers and makers for National Life Stories based at the British Library.
When I was fourteen or fifteen I went on a school trip to see The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Company and was immediately hooked, so much so that it was all I could talk about and my brother had to tell me to "shut up about your stupid play!"
I knew straightaway that design is what interested me, and that I understood theatre through its visual side. I tried to keep a broad outlook, studying Theatre and English Literature and trying out other roles in theatre, but I always came back to design, making it up as I went along. I realised that I needed to learn how to do it "properly" so I trained in theatre design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
So far in my career, I've enjoyed some long-term collaborations, especially at Theatre by the Lake where I started work as a trainee in 2003. I've designed a wide range of work in lots of different spaces and I have particular experience of designing plays in repertoire, creating sets for different plays that work around each other on and off-stage.