Such is life that we are now in September 2019 and I finally have some time to write-up last year!
Big changes both personally and professionally. We moved from North East to West and after location scouting have settled finally in the beautiful Peak District town of Buxton.
The beginning of 2019 marked a new chapter as I resigned my role leading the Hull Independent Producer Initiative (HIPI) for Absolutely Cultured. What a wonderful journey it was in Hull throughout the city of culture period and beyond, meeting inspiring people and learning a lot.
Early this year I started supporting Lola Maury in more of a strategic advisory mode, rather than as core producer. Lola and I have been working together now for nearly six year and she continues to always bring me energy and practical lessons in exemplary project management.
These changes have beautifully freed up time exploring pastures new – namely working with Manchester Jazz Festival as Talent Development Associate amongst other projects.
2018: Wrap Up
Initially for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and then Absolutely Cultured I ran the Hull Independent Producer Initiative (HIPI). The role was to support local theatre and dance artists, and increase links within the city and wider region. I also introduced three Trainee Producer posts, focussing on supporting the local sector with producers.
In 2018 I also produced GROW festival for Hull Truck Theatre, programming and producing their annual artist development festival.
Lola Maury is a Choreographer creating intimate and sensorial experiences for audiences. In 2018 we secured funding to test touring her solo piece Figurines to Buddhist Centres, performing the work alongside meditation classes. Lola also created her first full length work, BROUHAHA, an absorbing show densely packed with ambiguous imagery and unsettling chaos. www.lolamaury.com
Working with a fabulous team, midway through the year I produced Peter Spafford’s new play Sand House. Directed by Olwen May, the show premiered at Cast, Doncaster to sell-out audiences.