we are continuing to develop the story of the piece and how best to present it.
my plan for 2019 is to work alongside my husband Paul F Taylor
I feel it is important to explore how a diagnosis like mine impacts those closest to you.
as performers we are used to working together in our double act short & curly this will be a very different way of working together, we may still use elements of comedy but it will be much more exposing and reflective.
It will eventually be an exciting and innovative piece of theatre that tours theatres around the UK which will help raise awareness and provide support.
MAY 2018 R&D AT THE BUNKER
we managed to raise a whopping £6616 through our kickstarter and justgiving pages.
we kicked things off with 8 days Research & Development exploring ideas to devise a piece of theatre based on my diagnosis.
I worked with 2 other actors and a DJ all of which are women with heart conditions. WE ALSO MET WITH OTHER WOMEN ALL OF WHOM HAVE ARVC LIKE ME.
a wonderful facilitator and writer then helped to shape the work we created.
SEE A LITTLE PREVIEW IN THE VIDEO BELOW.
CREATIVE CONSULTANT & honorary man
Kieran has worked as a movement director contributing to productions at Glyndebourne Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. He has received funding for individual dance theatre projects from arts council england, touring nationally and regularly mentors emerging movement practitioners. he is currently Vice Principal of ALRA. He has previously worked as an associate artist at ice and fire and dance digital as well as developing productions within circus and film. He has developed innovative participatory projects for companies including Opera North, Access All Areas and the Butterfly Foundation. Kieran is a trustee of Westminster Arts and Shadow Governor of York Creative Arts Academy
Polly trained as an actor at RADA and began her writing career as a member of The Royal Court Theatre Young Writer’s programme.
Plays include: Somewhere In England, produced by Eastern Angles, National Tour, the libretto for Reflections In Swan Lake, produced by YMT:UK at Saddler’s Wells, Manchester Sound: The Massacre, produced by Manchester Library Theatre, nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award, The Power, short-listed for the Nick Darke Award, Bright, produced by Soho Theatre: Trying It On produced by Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and adapted for TV for BBC Fiction Lab, Loaded: awarded a Peggy Ramsay Foundation bursary, produced by Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, The Pinball Master: commissioned by the National Theatre Studio and Birmingham Rep, Stormin’ Jack Norman: produced by Menagerie TC, at Theatre 503 in London and The Roxy Theatre in Edmonton, Canada, Swedish Rustic: produced at BAC, Fierce: Canadian tour, Andy & Edie, produced by Fireraisers Theatre Company, toured the UK, nominated for a Total Theatre Award. Underground Girl: produced by Atomic Productions at Latitude Festival.
She has been Writer-On-Attachment for Birmingham Rep, Theatre Absolute and Theatre Royal Margate.
She is currently adapting her stage play, Ruby Blue, in to a screenplay for production company Danfilms and developing her stage play Warlords & Tyrants with RADA. Her cabaret play Femme Fatale will be produced at Wilton’s Music Hall in July 2018
Lucy has appeared in various productions in Stage 65 (Salisbury’s Youth theatre) & as an adult with Studio Theatre based in Salisbury. Productions with Studio Theatre include “Don’t get your Vicars in a Twist” and “Larkrise”. She currently works as supporting artist most recently appearing in channel 4’s Electric Dreams series in “The Commuter” episode.
Lucy was born with a leaky bicuspid valve. Doctors managed to get her to the age of two years-old before she needed any surgery. Two heart surgeries later however her heart was still struggling and she was put on the waiting list for a transplant. A matter of days later she was lucky enough to receive one and will be celebrating her 25th transplant anniversary later this year.
Olivia trained at the University of Birmingham and East 15 and refuses to be defined by one career label. As an actor, she has won awards at independent film festivals and has worked in all areas of the industry; film, radio, theatre, voiceover, commercials, and even the odd musical. Recently, she has been playing Lady Macblair (Cherie) in Macblair - a hit satire play at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Kinds Head Theatre, and beyond. This summer she is starring in radio comedy Dexit, at The Comedy Store.
Olivia is currently producing her own online sketch comedy series and is also a producer with The Springhead Film Company, with whom she co-produced the BAFTA long listed short film Driftwood and is now involved in their first feature film project. She is a trained secondary school teacher therefore consults on arts education, a songwriter, a presenter on the Women’s Radio Station, and she is even working on a children’s book. Olivia is a Volunteer Ambassador for Theatre for a Change, a wonderful charity that uses interactive theatre to empower vulnerable women and girls.
In line with her eccentric personality, Olivia has an ‘eccentric' heart - an arrhythmia and a few possible syndromes that are, as yet, undiagnosed as she keeps forgetting to get it checked out, instead living life as an ostrich, hoping that youth is on her side.
IAMN0TJ3SSI3 has had 14 years of high-profile performance experience as a musician. She has played at a multitude of venues, ranging from Buckingham Palace to Glastonbury and the Royal Albert Hall to various catwalks and nightclubs. She has performed live on BBC radio and TV on a number of occassions. Rehana graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a BMus degree in classical music and then studied at the London Sound Academy on the DJ and Music Production courses. Aside from being a highly experienced musician, Rehana has also worked as a presenter and actress. at 22 she survived a cardiac arrest and now lives with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).