Actor, writer, proud Yorkshire woman & part-time suffragette (#Emilymatters)
For as long as I can remember I have always created stories and performed them. When I was a little girl my wonderful Mum was both encouraging and patient. After she finally tired of an almost endless cascade of imaginings, my teddies proved to be an attentive audience.
The writing subsided for a number of years as I focused on acting, in community productions, including the York Cycle of Mystery Plays, at university, as well as a stint at Disneyland Paris before going to RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow (a city that still inspires me and always feels like home).
It was whilst at RSAMD that director Andrew McKinnon encouraged me to develop my writing alongside performance skills. It proved to be a step change and I’ll always be grateful to him for that.
Meisner was then added to the acting mix thanks in large part to Scott Williams and more recently Kate Maravan, alongside writing. Women who dared to take on the Establishment became my focus. I wrote about prison reformer Elizabeth Fry (A Fiver’s Worth of Courage) and then suffragette Emily Wilding Davison (To Freedom’s Cause).
Campaigning will continue to be an important part of what I do, but not exclusively so.
L A T E S T
#weetales is a new departure for me, with which I aim showcase my creative skills on social media, with a particular focus on Instagram.
Much of my work has been inspired by real people or real life events and #weetales is no exception. Through audio and impactful visual images, I will be create a series of micro stories.
In addition, I am in the process of getting To Freedom’s Cause published. The play was first performed at Bolton Castle in the Yorkshire Dales and has since toured to theatres, community venues, HMP Downview and the House of Commons.
As previously mentioned, Glasgow has played a major role in my creative inspiration. This great city and its people continue to influence and reinvigorate my work. See you there!