Our 2016 touring piece of Forum Theatre has been developed based on all the hard work of the full creative team engaged in the project since 2014 and working in consultation with all of them, the delivery team involves:
Stuart Mullins – Director
Stuart is a theatre maker, previously CEO and Creative Director at Theatre IS… and now continuing his work creating innovative and empowering theatre projects with and for young people. Previous credits include 'Master Juba', 'Tiny Treasures' and 'All Fall Away'. Find out more about his work at www.stuartmullins.eu
Genevieve Dunne – Actor
Genevieve trained at Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris before going on to complete her Masters in acting at East 15.
Genevieve has extensive experience working with young people, covering topics including sexual education, road safety, racism and immigration, through mediums of dance, drama and art.
Stage credits include playing the Cheshire Cat in Sell A Door's Alice in Wonderland at the Greenwich Theatre and screen credits include the lead role Dana in Toby Fell-Holden's short film 'Balcony' which recently won the Sydney Film Festival, qualifying it for Oscar consideration in 2017.
Anna Reynolds – Writer
Anna is the author of many stage plays including the award winning Jordan, the opera Push and dance/text piece SoulPlay. She is a published novelist, prize winning short story writer and journalist, and edits online writing community WriteWords. She is one of the judges for the International Playwriting Competition and assesses scripts for the National Theatre of Scotland. She has created and curated arts projects that combine text, spoken word, visual art, film and other media, most recently Odeon Journey for the Heritage Lottery Fund and Roaming for the Cultural Olympiad.
More of the team from 2015 onwards
And here's more of the team that have been heavily involved in creating Freefall to what it is today, including our development in 2015. Led by Stuart Mullins, working to the script created with Anna Reynolds and working with Crossroads Care East Anglia.
April Hughes – Actor
April is a graduate of the East 15 Acting School. She won the Stage acting award at Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 for her acclaimed performance in ‘Freak’, which she also performed at Theatre 503.
Previous stage includes the lead in 'Girls Like That' for Synergy at the Unicorn Theatre; the site specific ‘Dracula' for Open Book Theatre; and the New Playwright Project for Soho Theatre.
April’s screen credits include the lead in CBBC series ‘Dixi’, which won the children’s BAFTA last year.
Helen Parlor – Choreographer
Helen began her training at Swindon Dance and completed her degree at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. In 1998 Helen joined 'Dansconnect; a performance company ran through Swindon Dance. In 2012 she was the Assistant Choreographer for the Opening Ceremony for the Paralympic Games in the London Olympic stadium, working with thousands of volunteers to create a full length theatrical stadium show. Read more about Helen on her site
Amelia Bird – Designer
Amelia Bird is a Theatre Director, Designer and Puppetmaker. She specialises in making new visual theatre. She was a founding member of touring theatre company Gomito Productions where she was Artistic Director from 2008-2014. Recent design credits include 'The Lost Things’ and 'Feral’ for the award-winning Tortoise in a Nutshell, ‘The Boy Who Never Grew Up’ for The Old Market in Brighton, 'Woodland' and 'The Secret Market’ for Gomito and Greenwich Theatre and outdoor puppetry spectacles for Little Angel Theatre, The National Theatre’s Watch This Space Festival and Same Sky.
Will Simpson – Digital Video Artist
William is a filmmaker and projection designer based in Leeds, UK. With his roots in performance and theatre his filmic abstractions appear on the stage, screen, in exhibition and beyond. In 2013 his work featured in the European stage premiere of the critically acclaimed production, The Kite Runner, which is currently touring again across the country. William is also a film maker and has worked for BBC3, Channel 4 and the Arts Council Collections among his clients.
Simon McCorry – Composer
Simon got an early start in music with the Centre for Young Musicians and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and has gone on to work on a lot of projects for theatre, dance and film. Credits include the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Hammersmith Lyric and Trafalgar studios. Simon has worked in theatre for over 15 years and this project sees him "working again with some of my favourite practitioners".
Elizabeth – NYCF Member
Hi, I am Elizabeth. I have been a part of the forum for 2 years and the whole time has been memorable. The project is important as we are trying to help young carers speak, and say that they are a young carer and change their lives.
Ricky – NYCF Member
Hey, My name is Ricky. I'm 20 and now a level 2 youth worker. I've been part of the NYCF for 5 years. The reason I'm part of the forum is so that I can help change things in Norfolk for young carers and maybe nationally. Also, the reason why I've chosen to be part of the Unit 23 project is for people to understand what young carers may face and show people that people's lives are different behind closed doors.
Daniel – NYCF Member
Hi, My name's Daniel. I'm 19 and have been on the forum for nearly 5 years now. I believe it is important for hidden young carers to be found and supported to give them the same opportunities as any other person their age.
Aston – NYCF Member
I'm Aston, I've been on the forum for 1 year and I am 16 years old. I am glad to be part of this project. I hope this project will raise awareness about young carers and hopefully more young carers will be recognised after this project. I'm part of the forum to help others in my situation.
Hannah – NYCF Member
Hiya, my name is Hannah and I'm 17 years old. I have been on the forum for 2 years. From this project I want to show that the life styles of young carers are different and to show people what the lives of young carers are like outside of the public eye. I want to feel like I have made a difference to another young carers life.
Emrys Green – Project Manager
Emrys first worked with Stuart in 2007 when they came together for the pilot project in North Norfolk of Its Our Theatre – a project engaging young people in the professional creative process, creating shows and empowering them to go on to lead their own work. Emrys is now Director at Unit Twenty Three, the social enterprise working with Stuart to enable this project. Emrys also manages a project developing young people's direct engagement with Arts Award, a national programme recognising the work of young people in the arts.
Joshua Gould – Project Co-Ordinator
Joshua is Unit Twenty Three's business support co-ordinator, handling most of the administration and logistics for the projects run. He has a background in theatre and continues to perform with local groups as well as supporting young people to be involved in the arts. He is the 2014 Creative Apprentice of the Year for the Creative and Cultural Skills Council, and has now progressed to working with Unit Twenty Three ongoing.
Amy Nettleton – Education & Development Officer
Amy is a freelance visual artist by trade. She regularly exhibits across the country, often creating grand scale sculptures. Her work includes the regional commission for the Paralympics and now runs numerous education and engagement projects with local organisations. Also working with the New Wolsey Theatre and Smiths Row Gallery, her role with Unit Twenty Three is to help this project grow and reach a wider audience and have a greater impact via the schools.
Sophie Gosman – Projects Assistant
Sophie assists in organizing, researching and administration for the various projects. Her background is in film and is studying film production at Bournemouth this year. She is very much looking forward to working with the young carers to raise awareness of their needs to support as young people and also get the chance to see how a live show is managed and staged.
Other team members
Biographies to come for further team members, and we will add individuals here as they are appointed.
Sam – NYCF Member
Danielle – NYCF Member
Taicha – NYCF Member