Christine Bacon is originally from Australia and completed a BA in Performance Studies as well as completing two years at the John Bolton Theatre School in Melbourne where she was trained in Jacques Lecoq methods, including bouffon, clown, mask, melodrama and vaudeville. She spent many years devising and performing her own work and was one of the original members of Actors for Refugees Australia, which she ran and performed in for over three years.
In 2004, she moved to the UK to complete an MSc in Forced Migration at Oxford University and subsequently founded Actors for Human Rights in the UK with ice&fire theatre, a company founded in 2003 which explores human rights stories through performance. She became the Artistic Director of ice&fire in 2010 and has written and produced multiple works for the company. She has been commissioned by a number of third sector organisations because of her expertise with collecting and presenting first-hand testimony on typically thorny issues and her work has been seen in numerous venues, including: Southbank Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Arcola Theatre, Belvoir St in Sydney, Traverse Theatre in Scotland, Soho Theatre and Jackson’s Lane Theatre.
On the Record, which she co-wrote with Noah Birksted-Breen, was directed by Michael Longhurst at the Arcola and received six four star reviews and two critic’s choices (Evening Standard and Sunday Times). Under Chrisitne’s direction, ice&fire was shortlisted for the prestigious Liberty (Arts) Award for its contribution to building a human rights culture in the UK.
- collaboration with academics
- collaboration with campaigners
- documentary theatre
- testimonial work