Black Maria (Theatre)
'Black Maria' is a two-act play based on the life of Mary Ann Cotton, a woman convicted of serial murder by poisoning in the late 19th century.
Academics and researchers are now questioning the legitimacy of her trial, and pointing to the power of the press campaign surrounding the case.
Using verbatim testimonies and new research on the case, the play aims to challenge perception and investigate the real legacy of a fascinating historical event.
Ravens, Brit. International Theatre
At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Ellen Schafer supports travellers escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad in East Tennessee ; in 1927 Harlem, African-American Cabaret Arist Ida Milsom falls in love with a young white woman from the wealthy side of Manhatten; and in contemporary Florida, a Cuban family's traditional views of womanhood are challenged.
'Ravens' is an exploration of young womens' lives in relation to tradition, class, love, race, and sexuality.
Robin Howarth, prisoner, meets the woman he believes to be a doctor, the person he believes will administer the cure for his illness.
Instead, he meets an imposter searching for a loved one, accidentally finding herself in the most disturbing moral position she could ever imagine.
Living Literature (Theatre)
These are site-specific events produced by
Scary Little Girls: part self-guided tour, part promenade performance.
Audiences are given a specially written route to follow, which not only directions them but also points out hints and histories about where they are, and as they walk they encounter actors who perform poems or short extracts of prose as short-plays.
Stage Rights (Theatre)
In 2013, Methuen published 'The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays' by researcher, actress and academic Naomi Paxton. A theatrical performance inspired by the collection featured my short play 'The Sleepless Woman', a character piece exploring the life of a suffragette on the night of the 1912 Census.