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BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at Middlesex University. Trained with Philippe Gaulier and John Wright in London.
Joined Swiss action theatre Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau (KKG) in 1996 for Grand Paradis, S.T.E.I.N.B.R.U.C.H (1997), and Stau in 1998. In 1999 she headlined with KKG on tour with Circus Knie. She starred in Cirque Images’ series Solstrom (2003) for Bravo TV. Performed in Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque du Soleil at the New York New York Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, 2003-05, and at the Barbican in Office Party Xmas 2007, which transferred to the Pleasance London in 2011.
Starred in two seasons of the BBC comedy sci-fi Hyperdrive, 2006-07 as regular crew member Sandstrom the enhanced human, and appears in season 2 of Miranda, and Comedy Cuts & Headcases for ITV (2008-2009). Hosted and performed for the German based dinner theatre Palazzo Productions in Amsterdam with Spymonkey (2008/09) and Stuttgart (2010)
Director for Wet Picnic (2008-11), The Two Wrongies (2010-11), Swank (2011), Hijinx Theatre (2012), Extant (2012), Naive Dance (2013), Slightly Fat Features (2012-14), Likely Story (2014) slapstick consultant for the film installation Trip Hazard (2013)
Petra performed in Never Try this at Home (2014) with Told by An Idiot, directed by Paul Hunter at Birmingham Rep, Traverse Edinburgh, Sheffield Studio and Soho Theatre and The Bee a production conceived by Japan's celebrated director and playwright Hideki Noda in Paris, Luxembourg and Germany in 2014.
Member of 2015 acting company at Shakespeare's Globe, performing Mistress Overdone in Dominic Dromgoole's Measure For Measure and Chorus Leader in Adele Thomson's Oresteia.
Little Bulb Theatre
Little Bulb Theatre is an award-winning national touring company based in the South East of England. They are committed to developing devised and physical theatre performances which explore and illuminate minute human details that, in a world so big, are easily swallowed up.
Combining innovative character work, beautiful imagery and exciting homemade music, they aspire to create performances that with humour and sadness will touch, startle and entertain.
Alan Lane is the Artistic Director of Slung Low. Since founding the company with Matthew David Scott he has directed their work.
Beyond Slung Low he co-curated the programme of alternative work at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Transform; directed a reading of James Philips’ Love in a Shining City for the University of Southern Florida; Wind in the Willows at Latitude Festival; The Gambler at Opera North; A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Buckingham Palace and a new version of The Count of Monte Cristo for the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Specialising in making work in unusual spaces, Alan has directed work with Slung Low for The Almeida Theatre, The Barbican, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Lowry, The Gate Theatre, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Singapore Festival, iMove Yorkshire Cultural Olympiad and I Love West Leeds Festival to produce original audience experiences, on trains and milk floats, in theatre foyers and on speed boats.
Slung Low were winners of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 08.
Gemma studied on the MFA Theatre Directing at Birkbeck (University of London), and on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course. Her directing work includes Hitting Town by Stephen Poliakoff (Southwark Playhouse); Airswimming by Charlotte Jones (Courtyard Theatre); Mad Forest and The Laramie Project (Cockpit Theatre); and Scarberia by Evan Placey (York Theatre Royal).
In 2010 she formed High Hearted Theatre with writer Marcelo dos Santos, creating original work for non-conventional theatre spaces, placing an emphasis on narrative and new writing. Productions for the company include Lovers Walk (Brighton Fringe Festival and Southwark Playhouse); Births Marriages and Deaths (Manor Farm, Ruislip), Cheer up, this is only the Beginning (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse) and This Place Means (Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2012).
Gemma is also a founder member of Forward Theatre Project, an Associate company of Paines Plough.
Nick began making puppets whilst studying drama at Hull University and theatre design at the Slade School of Fine Art, and soon after began incorporating puppets into his theatre designs for opera and theatre. In 1997 he formed Blind Summit Theatre – a company whose remit was the creation of new puppet work for adult audiences.
Nick was joint artistic director of Blind Summit for many years, during which time he performed, designed and directed for the company. Blind Summit’s own productions include Mr. China’s Son, Tramping the Boards, The Spaceman, Pirate Puppetry, Martin’s Wedding, Low Life, Call of the Wild, 1984, The Heads, and The Table, which won several international awards and continues to be invited to festivals around the world.
In 2005 Blind Summit collaborated with Anthony Minghella on the ENO award winning production of Madame Butterfly, Nick designed the puppets for the production and performed with them at the ENO in London and The Metropolitan Opera in New York. He also collaborated with many other internationally renowned companies, designing puppets for productions that include A Dog’s Heart (ENO/DNO, Simon McBurney), Shunkin and Master and Margarita (Complicite, Simon McBurney), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre, Moises Kaufman), On Emotion (Mick Gordon), Faeries (Royal Opera House, Will Tuckett), His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep/WYP, Rachel Kavanagh), Kommilitonen! (Royal Academy of Music, David Poutney). In 2012 Blind Summit oversaw the puppetry in Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony for the Olympic Games.
Nick left Blind Summit in 2013 and now works independently as a designer and maker. Recent clients have included Birmingham Royal Ballet, Bristol Old Vic, Old Vic London, BBC, Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal National Theatre, Les Enfants Terribles, and Kenny Wax Ltd.
RashDash was formed by Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen at The University of Hull in 2009. Shows include The Darkest Corners (a large-scale, outdoor, headphone show for Transform Festival 2017), Two Man Show (made with Northern Stage and Soho Theatre, Fringe First Winner 2016, Stage Award for Acting Excellence), Snow White and Red Rose (a christmas show for Cambridge Junction, 2015), We Want You to Watch (by RashDash and Alice Birch, National Theatre and UK Tour, 2015), Oh, I Can't Be Bothered (shortlisted for an Offie in the TBC category, Soho Theatre, 2014), The Ugly Sisters (shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award for Experimentation and Innovation), The Frenzy and Set Fire to Everything!!! (outdoor shows commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, GDIF, Imagine Watford and Latitude), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (a collaboration with Matthew Dunster for The Royal and Derngate, Northampton), Scary Gorgeous (Fringe First award winner 2011), Another Someone (Fringe First award winner 2010), and The Honeymoon.