Unchartered Collective grew out of conversations between a group of Bristol based creatives, all of whom experience persistent pain. The collective grew out of a desire to communicate our experience, and bridge difference.
Our name reflects our sense of living in unchartered territory, when an illness becomes chronic and your life counter-culture. With few role models and little awareness around invisible impairments, navigating the isolation can be a lonely thing.
I wanted to create performance spaces to explore different aspects of my experience. Other members of the collective write for the Huffington Post, and run the Resting Revolution FB group..
I co-founded Lost Dog in 2004 and co-directed all productions up to and including the 2011 Place Prize Winner ‘It Needs Horses’. I re-joined the company in 2015 as associate co-director on ‘Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)’ nominated for a Southbank Sky Arts Award 2016 and shortlisted for Best New Choreography (Modern) Critics Circle Awards 2016. I am currently a Lost Dog associate artist and will co-direct ‘Romeo & Juliet Live!’ in 2017 / 2018.
I stepped away from the world of theatre making in 2011, to understand and come to terms with an increasingly disabling chronic pain condition. I began to become interested in creating performance that explores chronic pain last year. Someone Should Start Laughing & A Crash Course in Clouspotting are the fruits of this scheming and dreaming.