About

About

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Annie is a theatre practitioner maker director co-collaborator and sometime actor . She enjoys being a feminist a fool and portal for the imagination        Being small & angular usually enables her to slip into public transport systems constantly moving and learning from new . Recently she has been found in virtual rooms. The local and global ensemble is core to her practice Her disrespect for grammar can be an absolute exclamation mark!

Annie gained a PGCE (distinction) in Film and Drama at Reading University. Then trained at Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre with clowning greats like Angela de Castro and Fraser Hooper. She did a bit more Lecoq in Paris which continues to inform her practice.

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In 2020 Annie directed a five star reviewed ACE funded Vaults Festival production which was a nominated finalist for the People’s Choice Award. Her collaboration with Motormouse Productions and their commitment to touring the production to communities was postponed by Covid 19. Giving Up Marty, a new play about adoption and reunions by Karen Bartholomew, ACE first stage research and development was realised as part of Paines Plough Roundabout Festival Margate (2018) Two readings at Coram building and Soho Theatre Basement London followed a full cast R&D to coincide with Adoption Week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Annie co created a digital project with Marlowe Peoples Company throughout Lockdown culminating in a socially distanced community and young people’s live sharing of work around the Marlowe Theatre building.

She is collaborating with Changing Minds Kent.

Annie is a registered artist with Arts Emergency and her continued work with young people remains the vein that runs through her career.

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Over the past ten years Annie has been collaborating, as a theatre practitioner and maker, with inspiring award-winning international theatre practitioners and makers, culminating in co –writing a second edition publication of Theatre in Practice – A Students Handbook (July 2018) published by Routledge. This has reignited global partnerships with artistic residencies in Asia ,UAE, Jordan (2017 -2018 ) and Namibia in 2019. A registered Arts Adviser and Arts Emergency mentor she has a commitment to social inclusion diversity and arts for all.

In 2019 Annie loved her time as an artist for Marlowe Theatre Canterbury. As part of their creative companies team she worked with The Peoples Company facilitating ensemble responses to Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca at the Kit building. She collaborated with Margate artists on Teepee, a poem installation – part of Ramsgate Festival of Sound, Not Enough Silicone for a Séance at AND exhibition, Making Waves ; all part of Margate NOW Festival ,Turner Prize 2019. She was also thrilled to be part of Margate Bookie at Turner Contemporary and the first Breakthrough Festival for unheard writers held at Twitter HQ London

Since her move out of London her work has included being an outreach associate practitioner for Theatre Royal Margate working with established partners Paines Plough Roundabout and Black Theatre Live touring consortium including Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok co-produced by Yellow Earth and Manchester Royal Exchange. To engage diverse coastal audiences with new work. The ensemble or collective is the core of her practice with a focus on exploration of objects memory and storytelling .She has led projects for POW! Thanet International Women’s Day Festival, including Where We Are Now? , a well-received intergenerational project using ensemble, music, memory and text.

She has been part of the team at The Stanislavski Experience since 2009 and is the co-writer of two editions of Theatre in Practice: A Student’s Handbook published by Routledge. Annie has also written several of the teacher resource packs for OCR Performance Studies A Level syllabus

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Rehearsal at Turner Contemporary Image from Paines Plough Roundabout Margate 2018

Annie has collaborated with the indefatigable New Diorama Theatre, London. Most recently she has led three projects there , working with New Horizons Youth Centre: Pimpernel (2014) Blood Wedding (2015) Beyond the Streets (2016). Last October she collaborated again with Nathan Lucky Wood at ND2 as part of a response to What it Means to be Human. She is also an outreach associate for Margate Theatre Royal  for the Black Theatre Live touring consortium , working on Hamlet which was directed by Jeffery Kissoon (2016) Big Foot with High Rise Theatre and Stratford Circus  (2017) Mountains : The Dreams of Lily Kwok Yellow Earth Manchester Royal Exchange (2018) She also worked with John Retallack and UK Arts International on the development of his play, a sequel to the award winning Hannah and Hannah (2016)

Her project work with Porchlight Homeless Charity is ongoing .
Annie produced and transcribed The Hat I Wear as part of POW! Thanet
International Women’s Day Festival (2016) and her project, Where We Are Now? For POW! (2017) was a well received intergenerational collaboration with Ageless Thanet .

She co- produced co- wrote and directed the premiere reading Cissie a new play with folk rock songs in collaboration with Northern Stage and Newbiggin Maritime Centre (2015) It is in development with a working title Hacky Mucky Dirty and is close to her heart.

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Recent proud collaborations as a performer include being part of the Clod Ensemble Red Ladies at the South Bank London delivering their missions. She worked for the first time with Genetic Moo -digital media artists (2015) The resulting short film Battle of the Blister is part of Silent Screening tour (2016)

Annie has made and directed over 30 ensemble projects, often in public places, with young people and communities in the UK Europe and Africa .She has worked with companies such as Hampstead Theatre, Royal Court, the Globe, Theatre Centre, Unicorn , Queens Theatre Hornchurch , Cheltenham Everyman and Cheltenham Literature Festival as a freelance practitioner and performer. Often part of the creative teams that develop successful shows such as What the Ladybird Heard? produced by Kenny Wax Ltd , she also regularly assists the director on the annual Salvation Army concert at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed in the West End and the Royal Opera House as well as appearing off West End in several productions. She has played to audiences at Salisbury Playhouse, Colchester Mercury, Manchester Royal Exchange, Leicester Curve, Wycombe Swan, Bath Theatre Royal and to new audiences and communities in castles, village halls and car parks. She was part of Cheltenham Everyman’s regular company for 8 seasons. Annie appeared in a series of ‘Harry and Cosh’ for Channel 5,’Talk Read and Write’
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Blood Wedding New Horizons Youth Centre         Image A Ofoegbu

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Royal Albert Hall (2017)

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https://www.routledge.com/Theatre-in-Practice-A-Students-Handbook-2nd-Edition/OBrien-Sutton/p/book/9781138289062