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Biography 

In Summer 2017 Francesca completed writing, curating and performing Confessions of the Sins for the ambitious Fair Field project created and commissioned by Penned in the Margins. Fair Field was a re-staging of the medieval poem Piers Plowman at Ledbury Poetry Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall. Confessions of the Sins, site responsive to two different venues over two weeks, was a multi room, interactive performance that combined sound, performance and visuals to create personifications of the sins while the audience decided if the sins, themselves, should be forgiven. 

During 2015 and 2016 Francesca was artist in residence at the National Waterways Museum, in Ellesmere Port, working across 10 months to create a performance based on retracing the steps of a historic 66 mile canal walk, as well as working closely with museum staff and volunteers to explore creative ways of telling the story of the museum. In 2015 she was commissioned by The New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, to create a new piece: Gold! as part of their Staffordshire Hoard Festival. Gold! was an investigation into what that precious metal means to us now and what it has always meant to us.

In 2014 Francesca premiered The Forensics of a Flat (and other stories) produced by Pippa Frith in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, followed by a national preview tour. ‘The Forensics’ charted her investigation into the history of the flat she lived in and it’s area in suburban Birmingham while her landlord held karaoke parties downstairs. 

Also in 2014, she created two brand new work's My Dearest Girls: The Letters Book and My Dearest Girls: Helen's Story based on the letters sent between a group of Shropshire women between 1917-1920. Commissioned by Arts Alive and Shropshire Archives, this duo of performances has been touring across Shropshire and nationally and will continue to do so until the end of 2018 marking the centenary of WW1. 

Francesca’s piece Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs toured nationally throughout 2012 - 2015 after its critical success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011, with over 100 performances to date. 

Christmas 2015, she was 'Mother Christmas' as part of Kiln Ensemble and Birmingham REP's 'Dirty Grotto'. In 2016 she was performer for 'Feast of the Dead' created by Dens & Signal to mark 950 year of the battle of Hastings. In 2012 and 2013 she was a devisor / performer for Jane Packman Company on 'The Wake.' 

Before moving to Birmingham in 2012, Francesca lived in London taking part in artists development programmes such as Starting Blocks at CPT, Ballon at Arts Admin and a residency at BAC. She also performed her cabaret act 'Instructions for Heartbreak' at Duckie, the act is part of a longer show on how to break your own heart, that she performed at CPT and Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. At the time she was also promising to swim the channel as a project (she broke that promise) a project that will see a reinvention in

An Island Nation. She created and performed I Told It To A Mannequin for Fierce Festival in 2008 and created an interactive tour around London within the walls of Arts Depot for Depot Untapped in Ms Guided's Tour of London. 

Francesca has a MA in Contemporary Performance Making from Brunel University and a BA in Theatre from Dartington College of Arts. Francesca works with long term producer Pippa Frith, whom she has known since they were three and grew up in Watford together.