As you will have seen from the home page, my work is extremely varied. What draws my practice together across different roles and disciplines is a socially engaged approach – I’m interested in creating projects that place social interactions at their heart.
There are many (widely debated!) definitions of socially engaged practice; the one that best suits my work is best summarised as “art that creates it own community”. I am interested in how, in coming together, we have an opportunity to change the world.
Homemade, and much of my other work interacts with, explores and questions the links between food, domesticity and (auto)biography. I am interested in disrupting familiar contexts in order to have conversations, especially around value, identity, ageing, memory, death and dying, and the concept of choice.
Much of my practice is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and I am particularly grateful for the regular support of Lancaster Arts, ARC (Stockton) and hÅb (Manchester), as well as the many other partners credited under each project page.

Creative Team

With each project, whether it is described as ‘solo’ or not, I am indebted to a number of individuals who work with me to make ideas become a reality. You can find links to each of my collaborators under the relevant project pages, and below, I would like to introduce you to my current and regular team…

Louise Cross – Producer/Artist’s Assistant

Louise is an emerging artist, dramaturg and producer. She is a founding member of award-winning company Theatre 42, has worked on large scale festival Light Up Lancaster. She is also currently an administrator for Litfest and writing up an MA with the University of Amsterdam.

Michael Norton – Technical and Production Manager

Michael is a producer, researcher and dramaturg. He describes himself as an advocate for queer acts and vulnerable practices on stage and in life. He currently works as a producer with Louise Orwin and Total Theatre Awards and has recently joined ArtsAdmin’s Artists Advisory team.

Rajni Shah – Mentor

Rajni Shah has been creating and directing original performance work since 1999. Her work ranges from large-scale performance installations made through an in-depth collaborative process to small solo interventions in public spaces. She has performed in the UK, Europe and USA, including the National Review of Live Art, Alternate ROOTS, Tanzquartier Wien, Arnolfini Bristol, Nuffield Lancaster, SpielArt Munich and the Chelsea Theatre.  Her work as an artist leans gently but clearly across disciplines, countries and thought structures. She is a quiet voice of change, creating and curating visually engaging performances, interventions and writings that open up space for conversation and meeting.