Leading the way in Performing Arts! somewhereto_ catches up with 5 creatives leading the way in contemporary theatre in the UK.
Name: Elske Waite
Elske is making waves as a director with her company, Gin and Tonic Productions. One of the main aims of the company is to take a Shakespeare play and treat in in a modern and young way. Their 2015 production of Midsummer Nights Dream was bought to life with neon painted acrobats and musicians.
‘Before somewhereto_ I was struggling to find space to rehearse in…It was incredible to be able to rehearse in the same space every day.’
Name: Grace Gibson
Location: South East
Grace Gibson is a theatre-maker and director whose work curiously dissects the things in life that often seem mundane or uninteresting, aiming to provoke audiences to consider the beauty of them. Fundamentally she is passionate about creating risk-taking theatre that is unapologetic yet accessible.
Her solo show “How to Drown a Fish” was first created as a part of Camden People’s Theatre’s Artist development scheme 2014 “Starting Blocks”.Since then How to Drown a Fish has been supported by Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Creative Arts East, The Marlborough Theatre and somewhereto_. It premiered at Camden People’s Theatre in November 2015, and played to a sold out audience.
‘Using somewhereto_ space has been a wonderful opportunity to experiment with and rehearse pieces of theatre without any restrictions’
Name: James McDermott
Location: East of England
James is a writer and performer who wrote Beached, a comic one man show about growing up gay in rural Norfolk. He performed Beached on the Inbetweeners stage at Latitude and has developed it into a full length show with London based comedy theatre company Velvet Trumpet who will be producing the show at The Pleasance Islington this November prior to a national tour.
‘Being involved with somewhereto_ meant that I was given the opportunity to perform at Latitude, a fantastic platform for me and my work.’
Name: Matthew Rawcliffe
Location: North West
Matthew runs theatre company with two other friends, called Two Yolks Theatre creating plays, which combine all our skills. Their recent production The Small Things won the Buxton Fringe Festival theatre award for best youth production.
‘I enjoy being creative and being in an environment where I can make mistakes but also (hopefully) make things which excite me!’
Name: Hannah Myatt aka Doe Demure
Location: East Midlands
Hannah opened Skytribe Dance Studio in Leicester September 2015. The studio specialises in burlesque, hula hoop, and Tribal fusion belly dance and offers a range of hen party options. She also perform at events around the UK under my stage name ‘Doe Demure’ and produces burlesque shows for a variety of venues.
‘Dancing is my passion, and each of the forms of dance I teach have their own merits but the main theme is that they are to be enjoyed by women (not to say men can’t enjoy dancing them as well!) of all backgrounds, shapes and ages.’