Painting and Props

I have been painting scenery since I was at school & was what started me designing for theatre. I did scenic placements at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh & Ludus Dance company while at college. Since leaving college, I have worked for Bolton Octagon, RNCM, Library Theatre & Swan Theatre, Worcester as a scenic artist & prop maker. I paint most of my own designs and have taught painting & prop making skills as part of my job as Head of Design for Manchester Youth Theatre & British Youth Film Project. Scenic painting & Prop making skills include: masks, puppets, polystyrene carving, basic woodwork, clay, wire, card etc. I also make banners and textiles. I have a studio in Manchester for making props & masks.

Floorcloth – Rotherham Schools Shakespeare Festival

Floorcloth – Rotherham Schools Shakespeare Festival

Rotherham Schools Shakespeare Festival is a yearly celebration of Shakespeare. Schools are grouped in ‘hubs’ of chosen play and each school takes on one act from the play to produce. I was commissioned to design and paint a floorcloth that would be suitable for all to use.

Axial Dance – Hat designer/maker

Axial Dance – Hat designer/maker

I have designed and made hats for two shows for Axial Dance: Tea Club and Trixie & Tilly Go Cycling.

Amorous Congress – Aqueous Humour

Amorous Congress – Aqueous Humour

Batty, Nutty and Away with the Fairies…

Design and construction of costumes and prop wigs for Aqueous Humour Theatre company’s commission by Action Factory Community Arts to create a new strolling piece for Blackburn Festival.

Dick Whittington backdrops – Children’s Television Workshop

Dick Whittington backdrops – Children’s Television Workshop

I was commissioned by Children’s Television Workshop to design and paint four simple backdrops in classic panto style for their production of Dick Whittington for Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Noye’s Fludde – The Ark

Noye’s Fludde – The Ark

I worked with a group from ‘Back on Track’ to make the ark for a production of Noye’s Fludde performed in Manchester Cathedral.

Manchester Music Icons – Manchester Day Parade

Manchester Music Icons – Manchester Day Parade

Eastlands Homes applied to Walk The Plank for their Youth Forum to take part in the Manchester Day Parade 2011. They were keen to celebrate music icons from Manchester.

Utter Bankers – Aqueous Humour

Utter Bankers – Aqueous Humour

Costume design and mask construction for a new strolling show for Aqueous Humour inspired by the banking crisis.

Tree Cloths – Footlights Theatre School

Tree Cloths – Footlights Theatre School

I was commissioned by Footlights Theatre School in Manchester to create a backdrop/header cloth to give the feeling of Autumnal leaves at sunset. This was to be used for their Christmas productions of The Selfish Giant & The Railway Children.