ANY MEANS NECESSARY

January & February 2016 – ANY MEANS NECESSARY

Nottingham Playhouse (Link)

Continuing my work in topical, political plays I’m thrilled to be part of the cast of this new play exploring the story of the undercover cops deployed to infiltrate political activist groups. The story hit the headlines in 2010 when police officer Mark Kennedy/Mark Stone was unmasked by environmental activists following the aborted protest at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. Since then, despite the Met police’s policy of ‘neither confirm nor deny’ in relation to the undercover officers (part of the SDS and NPOIU) over 40 years, in November 2015 the Met issued an outright apology to the women who were tricked into having relationships with them. A full inquiry into what happened began in January 2016 and is likely to continue for the next 3 years. (Link)

Any Means Necessary is a fictional account of one of these stories. It is a privilege to be part of such an important piece of work. It is also a joy to be working with a female writer in a cast dominated by women!
I play Leanne, police officer Dave Cross’s wife; at home with kids and unaware of what his job actually involves… (BBC News Link)

THE BLUE BIRD

Lightbox Theatre R&D (Link)

I spent a week as part of an ensemble with Emma Faulkner, Artistic Director of Lightbox exploring how Maurice Maeterlinck’s classic text could be adapted as a small-scale touring piece for families. The whole cast played various roles. The production is scheduled for Christmas 2016.

LAMPEDUSA

HighTide Festival & Unity Theatre, Liverpool (Link)

I was thrilled to revive my role as Denise. This time I played opposite Steven Elder as Stefano both at the HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh and then the Unity Theatre in Liverpool. Our show at the Unity was supported by a series of different community outreach pieces, including plays written in response to Lampedusa, cabaret and even an African beach party! Again, we were delighted to receive rave reviews: 4 stars: Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Sound & Vision

Link to: HighTide