When best friends Charlie and Graham capture an intruder in their home they’re left with a simple decision, let him go, or cheese-grate his face off. ‘We Caught A Burglar’ is a three-hander dark comedy that explores the worlds we create to feel safe and how we deal with being forced to leave them.
I’m a freelance writer & creative, involved in writing, co-writing, and creating successful new material for fringe, small, and medium-scale national tours, and theatre festivals. My strengths lie in comedy, physical comedy, and farce and I have a particular interest in raising awareness around mental health issues and the human condition.
As an Oxford School of Drama graduate, I bring the craft and experience as a trained actor to my work, allowing a strong understanding to create characters with depth and emotional arcs that breathe life into thought-provoking stories.
My understanding of the writing craft continues to evolve, which stemmed from my struggles with dyslexia. What was first a huge obstacle has now become a strength and guided me to create my own process, allowing me to help and support many other writers. I continue to find new styles and techniques to build on current processes and understanding, as well as collaborating with highly skilled creatives to make exceptional work that's engaging and of the highest standard.
I approach creating stories through biomimicry, physics, mathematics, and geometrical techniques. I use diagrams, shapes, patterns, and careful planning, long before I start writing any dialogue. Every detail of my work is intricately engineered and crafted, down to the finest detail, whilst still staying true and honest to creative instincts. I continue to learn and understand the human condition: What makes us tick? What happens to our brain on music? How does light affect our mood? How does tension and suspense affect the body and mind? What are the building blocks that create a thought, feeling, emotion, and reaction? What happens in the brain to create empathy? By having greater knowledge of how we think, feel, and behave, I'm able to create a higher standard of story narrative.
Theatre has become expensive, sometimes inconvenient to attend, and can feel targeted towards certain social classes. Figuring out what purpose theatre has in modern times is challenging and exciting. Why, when audiences have screen-based home entertainment at their fingertips, would they come out to the theatre? To figure this out I’ve learned that, yes, it is entertainment, but it’s also about the idea that theatre tells stories that talk about our time, give us some truth that deepens our understanding of who we are, shares in emotions, and makes us ask questions. We connect with stories far better than we do facts. Stories give us insight, insight gains our empathy, and with empathy comes compassion. Stories told at the right time in someone's life, can have a profound effect on their future.
We connect far better surrounded by others than alone. We understand the importance of community and enjoying an experience with others. It's a powerful feeling. With the increase each year of connectedness, there is also an increase in isolation and feeling alone. Theatre will be where we go, not only to experience a live moment but also to be surrounded by others, to feel a sense of togetherness you won't be able to feel from your screen-based home entertainment.
I believe theatre can play a role in creating a conversation, by seeking to understand the rules and commonalities that govern our lives to create thought-provoking narratives and characters. We learn about ourselves, our culture, and our society through stories. By holding up a mirror and having the opportunity to look from the outside in, seeing experiences of others, their choices, mistakes, and understanding, we can change the way we think, feel, and behave, to make better choices, thoughts, and relationships. Theatre can achieve this through carefully crafted language, music, design, and movement to tell stories in imaginative ways.