Hello and welcome to this portfolio site displaying 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 with a studio in Kingston-upon-Thames, although I'm originally from Liverpool and work all over the UK.
I spend most of my time designing but completed a PhD on theatre design in 2009 which has led me into work as a freelance research interviewer, carrying out life story interviews with designers and makers for National Life Stories based at the British Library.
My interest in theatre began 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, and began to do more and more work, 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, and more recently designing tours for Townsend Productions. I've created work for all kinds of dramatic styles and types of playwriting in lots of different, often unconventional, spaces. I have particular experience of designing plays in repertoire, creating designs that are effective in performance but also function practically to enable quick turnarounds and storage.