Gemma Curry is an actress, storyteller & theatre maker. After over 15 years experience in theatre she started her own professional touring theatre company, Hedgepig Theatre. As her family own grew so did her company, as Hedgepig added a children’s company, Hoglets – Theatre fun for little folks.
Over the last 5years Hoglets has been running storytelling and theatre workshops for babies, toddlers and primary age children, and this year saw the production of their first children’s play The Sleep Pirates.
In this episode we discuss how to tell better stories, about diving in and having an open approach to learning new skills, and about whether children get enough exposure to the arts.
David Jarman (@JarmanPoetry) is a poet, playwright and songwriter, currently working on a solo show called “Made of Nowhere” to be produced in autumn 2018. This time last year he was Poet in Residence at the Great Yorkshire Fringe, he’s an associate artist at both Say Owt and Common Ground Theatre, and as a playwright has written re-imaginings of Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows, which have been performed at York Theatre Royal and Bolton Abbey Estate.
In this episode we chat about the juggling act of working across multiple mediums, his advice on dealing with creative burnout, and how having other people in the room pushes you forward to finish your work.
Jamie McKeller is a film writer, director and editor, with a background in theatre acting. Over the last six years he has created three award winning web series, as well as a heap of short films, under his company RedShirt Films.
In this episode we chat about the his first feature film Chestersberg, including the focus needed to stay on track during long projects, why he loves the horror comedy genre and the creativity it brings, and his practical tips for making films on a budget.
Tom ‘Strasz’ Straszewski is a theatre director and writer, and is the pageant master for this years York Mystery Plays.
We discuss what that role involves, the importance of guilds in our city and the community benefits they bring, his theatre company Bronzehead Theatre and how they explore site sensitive pieces, and the huge variety of tasks artistic directors take on to bring projects to life.
Nat Roe (@filmpixie) is a film writer, director and producer, with a background in theatre.
Having worked on big site-specific theatre productions, such as Blood and Chocolate, the Minster Mystery Plays, and for Theatre Mill, she took that experience and started her own company ‘Plotting Films’, creating a medieval comedy series called Tales Of Bacon (@pardonmybacon)
We discuss her research and writing process, running a successful crowdfunding campaign, coming up with practical and creative solutions for props, and the wider filmmaking scene in York.
Matty Waudby is an illustrator, photographer and adventure seeker, turning his passion for the outdoors into a range of hand stitched hats, illustrated works, and photographs.
We discuss the origins of his “Get Wild” brand, when needing to quickly raise money to catch a bus across Australia, how stubbornness and selfishness can be a necessary trait in pushing yourself to continue creating, and the upcoming Get Wild Adventure Talks on 15th February at the Attic Coffee Bar.
Amy is an actor and founder of Act With Amy: acting classes, workshops, and team building in York. After graduating from ALRA North drama school Amy has performed in many theatre, film and TV productions, including a TV advert for Boots.
We discuss the eclectic set of skills she’s picked up through taking on new and exciting roles, the link between creativity and confidence, and staying motivated in the face of uncertainty.
Gill Douglas is an artist and printmaker working from her home studio in the centre of York, The Lighthouse. Originally trained as a theatre designer she cut her teeth working at the Theatre Royal in 1976, before becoming a freelance artist in 1983, working across all mediums.
We discuss her creative journey from art school to the present day, about working through illness and adapting to limitations, and about where great art comes from.