The STILL

The STILL is co-created with Laura Sampson to test the possibilities of combining live sound with storytelling.

On Friday May 20th and Saturday May 21st Laura presented a work in progress sharing of her brand new show HIDE at Theatre Deli as part of their SHIFT + SPACE programme. Featuring live art/animation by Andrea Aste (and accompanying live sounds by yours truly ;D) HIDE uses the classic folktale THE LIND WORM as a way for Laura to explore her heritage and identity. Our audiences at SHIFT + SPACE gave us all sorts of wonderfully useful feedback and we’re now looking to develop the show further. Watch this space.

I was thrilled to be asked by wonderful storyteller Minnie Wilkinson to create and perform live sounds for THE END AND OTHER BEGINNINGS, her brand new show which had its debut on Tuesday May 24th at the London Hospital Tavern as half of Small Tellers, Big Tales, a fantastic double bill. Minnie is currently planning future performances – more news soon I hope!

Via Bandcamp Laura and I are proud to present Three-Crossing River (after YOKAI). It’s a response in narrative and improvised soundscape (for the latter I teamed up with the amazing Stephan Barrett) to some of Helen Maurer and Angela Moore‘s photographed installations in the exhibition YOKAI for White Conduit Projects Gallery, London (Feb 2022). The artworks that inspired us are available to view at www.maurer-moore.com.

In September 2021 we were delighted to be invited by Adam Kinsey and (once again) Stephan Barrett to create a second sea-themed show with them for their Littoral Transmissions project: WRACK was broadcast on 14th February 2022 as part of the Scottish sound art festival Radiophrenia. Meanwhile our previous show with Stephan and Adam, THE DIVER, was broadcast on Threads Radio on 20th Feb 2021 and it’s available on the Sinister Masterplan Bandcamp now.

During lockdown Laura and I developed a show called THE NEW MIRROR based on Hans Christian Anderson’s THE SNOW QUEEN. On 21st October 2020 we performed it at Holy Cross Church as part of that year’s Bloomsbury Festival, who did a beautiful job of livestreaming it: you can watch a recording of the whole thing here.

Before the pandemic, our biggest project yet was this:

LUNAR DREAMS was a full evening of celestial-themed storytelling and sound as part of 2019’s Bloomsbury Festival. Laura and I are teamed up with three of our favourite storytellers (Minnie Wilkinson, Jordan Campbell, Alys Torrance) and three of our favourite sound artists (Greta Pistaceci, Lou Barnell, Sylvia Hallett) in the beautiful Holy Cross Church in King’s Cross, under Luke Jerram‘s astonishing installation Museum of the Moon. The show sold out its 120 capacity and made Time Out’s Top Ten Best Things To Do in London that week.

Greta Pistaceci and Laura Sampson beneath Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon at LUNAR DREAMS, Fri 18th Oct 2019
 (c) Bloomsbury Festival / Stuart Keegan
Greta Pistaceci and Laura Sampson beneath Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at LUNAR DREAMS, Fri 18th Oct 2019
(c) Bloomsbury Festival / Stuart Keegan

‘Powerful storytelling and atmospheric soundscape’ -Bloomsbury Festival audience for THE NEW MIRROR.

‘Audience members find themselves chilled, entertained and disturbed all in the space of one intriguing evening.’Buxton Fringe Spoken Word Reviews 2019 for our show there that year, IMPOSTORS.