"You act, you write, you produce, you sing, you dance...is there nothing you can't do?"
This is just one of many responses people have said to me when they've seen me perform, in one capacity of another. However, for me, my greatest achievement is not the fact I can do any of these things, regardless of my physical limitations. It is the fact that my work can challenge (and sometimes change) people's perceptions of what disabled people can do. If you have a moment to look around my profile, you will see that I have worked in a variety of roles in the last five years.
I originally began as an actor, securing my first agent in 2010 whilst still at university, and I have amassed a number of credits for stage and screen. Career highlights to date include performing at the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies, appearing on How To Look Good Naked and Celebrity Juice and operating a 5.1 metre tall puppet in The Iron Man (which toured around the UK in 2013 and 2014, and then again in 2018 at the Nottingham Puppetry Festival and the Liberty Unbound Festival in London). I have also started to get TV work, having shot my first speaking role as a guest lead in an episode of BBC's "Casualty," which will be shown on 16th March 2019.
However, I was keen to further my career prospects, and seeing the lack of writing out there which portrayed disabled characters realistically (also known as the Gold Test), I started to write my own material. 2015 saw my first pieces of material performed - a puppet show that was co-written with Lil Warren and a dramatic monologue. Both pieces concerned the life, death and legacy of the nursing pioneer and WWI heroine Edith Cavell, and both works were showcased at St. Martins-In-The-Fields, London in October 2015 to mark the centenary of her execution, delivered by Unity Arts and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cavell Nurses Trust. I have since taken this research and adapted it into a short play "Patriotism Is Not Enough," which was a Finalist in the Herts & Essex Playwriting Festival 2019 and it was performed at Hertford Theatre in February. The year before, my short play "Katie & Elliot's Big Night Out" also made the finals of this competition and it was redrafted and put on again at The Cockpit in London in October 2018.
Having written a number of film scripts (for both short and feature length), but having neither the finances nor the connections to make them, I began to look into film production. Since 2012, I have attended a number of short courses run by 104 Films and also shadowed in a Tiger Aspect production office in November 2015. With this training, I have begun producing my own short films, two of which I hope to send into film festivals later this year.
Finally, I have also done some professional work as a voice artist and I am looking actively to continue this in the future.
If you would like to collaborate with me on something, please get in touch - I'm always looking for new opportunities and I am committed to delivering what you are looking for in your project. I believe that you can never have too many friends in this business of life.
Coronavirus basic awareness on production training
8th December 2020 - 8th June 2021
Writer & Producer - Life's Green Pictures
Mar 2015 - Present
Actor & Voice Artist - VisABLE People
Nov 2012 - Present
Actor - Graeae Theatre Company
Mar 2018 - Mar 2018
Researcher & Presenter - Unity Arts
Aug 2013 - Feb 2018
Workshop Actor - Interact EU
Dec 2014 - Mar 2016
Actor - National Youth Theatre
Feb 2010 - Feb 2015
Actor - Graeae Theatre Company
Jul 2012 - Aug 2014
Brand Ambassador - Mash Marketing Ltd.
May 2012 - Sep 2012
City & Guilds Preparing to Teach In the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) - Level 4 Pass - Hertford Regional College
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
Politics and International Relations - BA First Class Honours - Royal Holloway, University of London
Sep 2009 - Jul 2012
Government & Politics, Modern History and German - A-Levels - Presdales School, Ware
Sep 2006 - Jul 2009
9 GCSE's (A-C Passes) - GCSEs - St Christopher School, Letchworth Garden City
Sep 2004 - Jul 2006
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