O U R S H A R E D H I S T O R Y
When we met in 2010 as members of Chickenshed, a theatre company based in North West London, we did not expect that years down the line we would be setting out as emerging artists together. It is unsurprising, though, that our current working practices have been shaped by our shared experiences at Chickenshed and at Royal Holloway, University of London.
After performing together at Chickenshed as Young Company members, developing our friendship in busy dressing rooms and supporting numerous summertime workshops, we found ourselves overlapping at university as we both studied on the same Drama and Theatre course. Having had a grounding in physical theatre and dance at Chickenshed, we both sort to further our knowledge of contemporary choreographers and Dance-Theatre practice. We both took modules in Documentary Theatre as well as brushing up on our understanding of concepts like liminality and theatre's reflection of and influence on culture.
In addition to the course, we were both heavily involved in extra curricular projects with the Drama Society and The Student Workshop - a student led theatre company, affiliated with the Department. In our roles as performers, Publicist, and President, we brought with us our experience of implementing Chickenshed's inclusive ethos. In 2017 we collaborated with peers to launch Lock Festival at Camden People's Theatre. Lock Festival championed the work of young emerging female creatives who made original performances by, with or about women. The evening showcase has run for two years, doubling in audience size and supporting over 25 artists and performers.
Our shared history has led us back to Chickenshed together, for the time being, so we can experiment and develop our work in a supportive environment.