Make Do and Mend, Red Earth Theatre
I was invited to train the camera operators and direct the cameras and vision mix the live recording of ‘Make Do and Mend’ by Red Earth Theatre.
A place that can heal and hold you safe.
A mysterious shop you never knew existed. It pops up exactly when you need it.
Inside are the Makers and Menders. As they work, they joke and sing, play music and tell stories. If you listen hard, you just might hear your story, or one quite like it.
The Make Do and Mend Shop is a place where things get mended and every object brought in for repair has a story to tell. Some are practical everyday tales, some are puzzles and some are curiosities. Other stories take you on a journey and at the end you’re not the same person you were at the beginning. An object is mended and you’ve been changed.
Make Do and Mend captures a bespoke live performance on camera. Integrating music, song, puppetry and creative captions, the show presents a wealth of characters to beguile audiences. Funny, uplifting and lively, with some sad bits too, Make Do and Mend celebrates the power of stories to help and to heal.
Creative and Production Team
Laura McEwen – Designer
Alex Stafford – Lighting Designer
James Cook – Sound Designer
Composers – Jamie and Rosie Rutherford
Sean Myatt – Puppetry Director
Rachel Bunce – Camera Director and Vision Mixer
Laura Stone – Design Assistant
Robert Moore – Video Maker and roving camera operator
Dominic Mallin and Laura McEwen – Creative Captions
Alex Stafford – Producer
Tim Brierley – Set Maker
Duncan McFarlane – Website
Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me, Amy Trigg
I was commissioned by Kiln Theatre to direct a camera team and vision mix the recording of ‘Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me’ by award-winning writer Amy Trigg.
For a long time I didn’t know how it’d work.
Or what I’d be able to feel.
People would ask me if I could have sex and I’d feign shock and act wildly offended whilst secretly wanting to grab them by the shoulders and be like “I don’t know, Janet!”
Juno was born with spina bifida and is now clumsily navigating her twenties amidst street healers, love, loneliness – and the feeling of being an unfinished project.
Joint winner of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, Amy Trigg’s remarkable debut play Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me is a hilarious, heart-warming tale about how shit our wonderful lives can be.
Aidy the Awesome, The Gramophones
I directed and trained the camera team and vision mixed the live recording of ‘Aidy the Awesome‘ at Lakeside Arts for The Gramophones.
Aidy is a normal 8 year old girl… or so she thinks! One day she discovers a family secret that changes everything. Aidy and her granny embark on an adventure that turns their world upside down. They even begin to question what normal is. After all, who wants to be normal when you can be SUPER!
But can Aidy conquer her anger and defeat the baddy before he makes the super nannas invisible?
Aidy the Awesome is a stunning aerial theatre show for all the family to enjoy. Watch the performers fly, zoom and spin through the air!
★★★★ “Fast-moving and feisty – a comic heroine for girls to emulate” (The Stage)
Aidy the Awesome was created by the Gramophones – a female-led company renowned for contemporary, high-quality theatre that centres female heroes.
Creative and Production Team
Devised by The Gramophones Theatre Company
Directors: Hannah Stone & Ria Ashcroft
Producers: Ria Ashcroft and Hannah Stone
Aidy: Farrell Cox
Granny: Deborah Sanderson
Ron de Chocolate: Kathyrn Hanke
Musician/various: Alice McKenna
Design: Irene Jade
Music and Lyrcis: Darren Clark
Aerial Choreography: Gwen Hales / Ria Ashcroft
Stage Management: Laura Stone
Lighting Design: Alexandra Stafford
Camera Director and Vision Mixer: Rachel Bunce
Participation: Kath Akers
Outreach: Orla O’Connor
Rig Design: Jonathan Graham
Rig developed: Tom Dixon
Rigger: Claire Crook
Camera work: Matilda Beale, Suzanne Griffiths, Angelo Murphy and Josh Mead at Lakeside Arts
Sound Capture: Rob Kettridge
Lighting Programmer: Tom Mowatt
Dramaturgical input: Craig Gilbert
Photos: Pamela Raith
Technical support: Richard Statham, Chris Flux and Jo McDonald
Aidy the Awesome - Trailer
The Red Tree, Red Earth Theatre
I was asked to direct the camera team and vision mix for the livestream performance of ‘The Red Tree’ by Red Earth Theatre.
Sometimes the day begins with nothing to look forward to. You’re not sure what to do next or where to go…
The Red Tree follows one child’s journey through what seems an unfriendly world. But it’s okay, there are helpers everywhere, hidden in plain sight, ready with their wise words and healing ways.
A joyful, funny and warm play about tricky feelings and how to manage them.
This stand-out, online production by Red Earth Theatre blends live music and song, puppets and dance. Our creative access – integrated sign language and songs, captioning and projections – adds to the playfulness and zing of the production.
Creative and Production Team
Directed by Wendy Rouse and Amanda Wilde
Designed by Laura McEwen
Assistant Design by Jessica Bradley
Lighting Design by Alexandra Stafford
Sound Design by James Cook
Music composed by Rosie Bott and Jamie Rutherford
Choreography by Beverley `Norris-Edmunds
Puppetry Direction – Sean Myatt
BSL & Sign Song Direction – Rebecca A Withey
Camera Director & Vision Mixer – Rachel Bunce
Camera Operator – Robert Moore
Producer – Alexandra Stafford
Shadow Puppet Creator -Eleanor Glover
Puppet Maker – Keith Frederick
Puppet Maker – Nick Ash
Props /Scenic Elements Creators – Eleanor Glover, Emily Ketteringham, Simon Tozer
Set Construction: Tim Brierley
Video Maker – Robert Moore
Performer/Puppeteer: Aaron Baker
Performer: Claire Wetherall
Performer: Gabriella Leon
Performer/Musician: Jamie Rutherford
Performer: Kiruna Stamell
Live Camera Operator: Robert Moore
Pepper and Honey, Notnow Collective
At the beginning of the pandemic I was brought on to translate the stage production to screen, directing the cameras and editing the live recording of ‘Pepper and Honey‘.
So, what’s “home”? That’s the question Ana, a young Croatian woman, poses as she settles in the UK.Ana has been on a journey. Croatian born, she’s arrived in the UK, determined to make it home. As she focuses on life in this new land, she is haunted by the voice of her Grandma- calling for her to stay true to national identity and yearning for Ana to come home. As Grandma bakes her traditional Croatian pepper biscuits (believed to bring a loved one back home), will this be enough to be reunited with her granddaughter? But what is “home” to Ana now?
Written by a Croatian playwright and performed by a Croatian actor, Pepper & Honey is a poignant, subtle and timely play about the journey of change, cultural differences, trying not to feel like a foreigner in your adopted country, and the conflict between upholding the traditions of the “old country” and embracing those of the new.In these strange new times, join us for a heart-warming performance that says more now than ever about the need for tolerance and the power of human connection, even over distance.
Written by Kristina Gavran
Produced by Notnow Collective
Performer: Tina Hofman
Designer: Eleanor Field
Composer/Sound Designer: Jovana Backović
Movement Director: Kitty Randle
Lighting Designer: James Stokes
Filmmaker: Rachel Bunce