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Francesca Millican-Slater is a writer and performer that tells stories directly to you. A lot of the stories are true, things that have happened, steeped in history, though sometimes she makes things up. She makes writes and performs work that is accessible, engaging and entertaining, telling small stories that hint at bigger subjects and big stories in small ways.
Francesca has two main strands to her work; self initiated projects driven by ideas and interests that obsess her and commissioned historical research projects creating performances for a range of settings, though often these two ways of working overlap.
In 2016 Francesca created Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night, commissioned by Birmingham Rep. 'Stories to tell' is a series of short, quirky, sometimes dark tales told live to an audience that follows the pattern of a sleepless night. The show played to critical acclaim at Edinburgh 2016, and was followed by a two week run at Birmingham Rep in January 2017, continuing to tour the West Midlands in hospices, schools, and community centre's as part of the prestigious Sir Barry Jackson Tour. Stories to Tell has bee turned into a series of podcasts, BSL interpreted videos and a bookwork due for released in Spring 2018.
Francesca recently wrote and performed 'A Patient Life', a project commissioned by Warwickshire County Council using the extensive archives of Hatton County Asylum, with plans to continue this project in some way.
Alongside long term collaborator and independent producer Pippa Frith, Francesca is in planning for large scale performance investigation project 'An Island Nation', researching British swimming, swimmers and the social histories of municipals pools in the year we set sail to leave a union behind.
Francesca also creates and runs workshops in writing and devising material from primary school age to adults in a variety of settings. She has recently guest lectured at Worcester University in writing for performance. Francesca also works as a performer, workshop leader and facilitator for companies including Woman & Theatre, Kiln, Dens & Signals and Talking Birds.