Biography

I am a performer, comedian, writer and director/facilitator of creative projects.

I was born in Hertfordshire. Some people think I have a Northern twang. Northerners don't think that. They think I might be Australian. I have voice clips on my Spotlight page. You can judge for yourself and view my most recent acting CV here. You can hear some of my work here.

Cockney

Received Pronunciation

Lancashire

As an actor

The bug bit quite early. I rushed home in great excitement when I was five to tell my parents I was going to be 'townspeople' in the school play.

I've done a wide range of acting work in a variety of venues (including Shakespeare in a shopping centre, comedy on a plane and storytelling in a toilet). I gravitate towards comedy and improvisation but other notable highlights include - Hedda Gabler at The Steiner Theatre, The Rape of Lucrece at The Union Chapel, The Bath at The Etcetera Theatre and one-woman show 'Cheer Up, It Might Never Happen' at The Nightingale, Brighton and The Camden People's Theatre, London. For more information click here.

As an improviser, I'm a founder member of Fluxx which presents character-led long-form work, performing nationally and internationally. I created the children's show The Quest!, which premiered at Warwick Arts Centre as part of Shifti and was programmed for The Hackney Empire Spice Festival (2006).

I also perform regularly with The Black Sheep, including Holy Days at the Soho and FairLy Tales at the Lyric Hammersmith and Edinburgh 02.

Film work has included promos for UKTV Food (Living TV), directed by Brian West, the lead in Relent for Frank Films, Hooded for Silvertown films and a video for the band Embrace, directed by John Hillcoat.

Maggie in colour
Maggie in Black and White

As a comedian

I have worked with several sketch groups, such as Pepperstock (creators of C4's sitcom 'Pets' and Comedy 365) for Sketch Club, Downstairs at the Kings Head, Isoceles Comedy Company (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and Andy Parsons' TBA at The Gate.

I've also gigged on the circuit in London and Brighton. My two main comic personas are Mary Christmas and Margo Crabstick. I reached the Funny Women final in 2006, playing the Comedy Store as Margo; an alcoholic, lecherous Edinburgh Festival reviewer and the Funny Women showcases (Assembly Rooms/Underbelly) at Edinburgh, wearing a bullet-proof vest as protection from the venom of all the alcoholic, lecherous reviewers.

Margo Crabstick

Mary Christmas

Sketch Club

More comedy info can be found here.

As a writer

I've written or co-written many sketches and a lot of the material for my characters.

'The Quest!', which I created for Shifti, (a scripted play for children with improvised games) has subsequently been performed in Pennsylvania with an American cast. See 'The Quest Improv' page on Facebook.

I had a blog for The Argus called 'Pet Peeves'. Some of the blog entries on this site have also appeared there. I've also had various articles published online, click here for an example.

As a director/facilitator

I set up and run Mothers Uncovered. It is a creative support network for mothers and the main project for my company Livestock.

'Your Stories' and 'The Naked Truth' (both available on cd!) were created from the workshops. The script is compiled from interviews with mothers and writings about their experiences, which have been performed for health professionals and in theatres in Brighton.

I ran two large scale all-day events called Big Sunday for mothers who had attended previous projects.

For more information and further articles, go to the Mothers Uncovered Facebook group or Mothers Uncovered Blog.