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Francesca is an artist working in writing and performance that creates theatre shows, intimate storytelling performances, performative investigations, walks and podcasts. She works in response to histories of place, people, objects and the way stories are collected and told. She finds and tells small stories that hint at wider subjects, live to your face, in your ear in audio, on paper and in objects.
Francesca creates self-led projects and productions with long term producer Pippa Frith, works under commission for projects from partners and organisations and writes, performs and facilitates for other independent theatre companies and artists. She is Dramaturg/ Director of Total Theatre nominated Life is No Laughing Matter by Demi Nandhra and is currently working with musician Katy Bennet to create her first theatre show Worryface.
Her critically acclaimed theatre show Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night was part of the prestigious Sir Barry Jackson Tour in 2017 and was turned into a bookwork, series of BSL interpreted videos and an 8 episode podcast in 2018. She is currently 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 have set sail leaving a union behind.
She has been commissioned, among others, by Birmingham Rep, Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust, Wiltshire Creative, Penned in the Margins, and the New Vic in Stoke. She was artist in residence at The National Waterways Musuem, Ellesmere Port and at Warwickshire Archives. She has worked as a performer, workshop leader and facilitator for companies including Woman & Theatre, Kiln, Dens & Signals and Talking Birds. She has a BA (Hons) in Theatre from Dartington College of Arts and an MA in Contemporary Performance Making from Brunel University.
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