Francesca is an artist working in theatre, writing and performance. She is currently touring Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs, a solo performance charting her investigation into a mysterious message sent on a postcard over 100 years ago. Her work centres around storytelling; collecting, finding, writing, telling. She uses power points quite a lot, she loves a good power point.
Meg Wild is a playwright and multimedia theatre-maker, with a particular interest in writing for young people. She graduated from Royal Holloway in 2010 and went on to complete the MPhil in Playwriting at Birmingham University. In 2011 she also coordinated a series of writing and film-making workshops with Worcestershire-based teenagers, which led to the production of a short, silent film: Mr Cadet Goes Camping. She is a serial tree-climber and secretly wants to live in Neverland (but only if there’s internet).
Stephanie has been creating performance work since 2004 both collaboratively and more recently as an individual. Her work has toured nationally, enjoyed a highly successful period at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and she has been commissioned to create both devised and scripted performance on several occasions. During 2009 Stephanie was artist in residence at Contact Theatre, Manchester. More recently she has been selected to be part of Writing West Midland’s Room 204 (2012) writer development scheme. Her one woman show, Me, Mum & Dusty Springfield will be touring the East and West Midlands during autumn 2012 and spring 2013.
In 2011 Lorna graduated from the MPhil(B) in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham. She has presented work at Birmingham Rep Theatre, Young Vic and Soho Theatre. In 2009 she jointly authored the play These Four Streets for the Birmingham Rep. She was the 2008-9 Pearson Writer-in-residence at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. She has undertaken an attachment to the Royal Court Theatre and has written for the BBC Asian Network radio drama serial Silverstreet. In 2006 Lorna won the Alfred Fagon Award for her play Safe House and her play Positive was also shortlisted for this award in 2011. Currently Lorna is participating in Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 development scheme and she has received an Arts Council development grant to workshop and write the play City Melodies, which explores the experience of non-native English speakers in London.
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Mark writes and performs in a number of different contexts, including stand-up and theatre. He has worked with the Midlands-based theatre company Talking Birds since 2006 on a number of projects. He develops interactive media art works that involve the audience in a performative context. He also writes art and theatre criticism. His aim is to continue to develop a number of personal projects and explore different performance styles. And avoid bumping into things and forgetting his lines.
Julie Boden has a “meticulous eye and an ear for the mellifluous”. Her poetry is broadcast on national radio, TV and film. Apart from her own full collections and chap books, poetry is included in popular anthologies and full collections of her work have been translated overseas. Her poetry suits both page and stage. She is poet in residence at Symphony Hall, where “her warmth and humour endears her to a wide audience”. She enjoys pushing boundaries and working in collaboration across artforms to see what poetry can do.
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