How has the residency experience been for you?

It’s gone really well. It’s nice to do something slightly different and a chance to build my experience of working with others internationally.

Tell us a bit about your hosts Rawcus

Rawcus are a movement based theatre company who have very few words in their pieces. It has been interesting to spend time with them as it’s quite different from my own work, which is full of words. They’ve now inspired me to try writing pieces based on movement and look more at that area in the future.

Your usual base is Eastwood in Broxtowe. How does Melbourne compare?

Melbourne is a lot warmer for starters…

Have you discovered an equivalent of DH Lawrence out there yet?

Nick Cave is originally from Melbourne but he left in his twenties to live abroad, write and travel the world. So perhaps him?

The residency is virtual, what has that element of the experience been like? Have you had to navigate time zones?

We did one session together via zoom that was tricky as I had to stay up till 11.30pm. It was fun though and so amazing to see participants move to music I played them, while I wrote to their movements.

How did you begin writing in the first place?

I’ve always liked writing but never quite had the confidence till my friend Jim Hall begged me to join a group called Mouthy Poets, I started gaining confidence in writing and life in general after that.

How will you apply what you have learnt to your work back here in Nottingham?

I will definitely incorporate more movement into my work. I’m working on a script about music, grief and covid at the moment. I’m looking to how to add flashbacks in there that are acted out through movement and silence.

What’s coming up next?

As well as this script, I’m relaunching Tentacles, my disabled writers collective. I’m also preparing for the second phase of my show The Walk.

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