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Gin Theatre

In 1992, on graduating from Leicester with my degree in Performing Arts, I set up GIN Theatre company.  My degree show had been accepted at the ICA, and I decided if I couldn’t get work with anyone else, I’d create my own opportunities. It began as a devised, physical theatre company and then grew into a new writing theatre company.

We were the resident Theatre Company at The Studio, Beckenham and toured around South London. We were the first British company to be invited to perform at the Dublin Fringe Festival. We started a weekly soap opera at The Studio where people came for half an hour every week to watch it “live” – our aim was to get an audience who wouldn’t normally dream of going to a theatre to come to ours and it worked brilliantly. We were also responsible for delivering Bromley Council’s BUZZ workshop classes and taught children from 5 – 15 as well as running adult performance workshops in the evenings. We were invited to give “master classes” at the South London Theatre Centre

Our most successful commercial works were written by Tracy Hitchen and directed by Joyce Branagh – a fantastic combination. Tracy specialised in comedy with a punch and works such as “Fred & Ginger”, “Gillette Man” and “I Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Lass” were critically acclaimed. We also worked with visiting directors creating new works for the stage. My premise as Artistic Director was to find emerging talent and nurture it.

The company disbanded in the late 1990’s as we all went our separate ways to focus on individual careers – though Joyce and I work together as often as we can.I’m really proud of the work we did in our many different guises. And I’m not ruling out a reunion one of these days – when we’ve all finished having babies and working on our individual projects!