Paula Crutchlow is an independent artist and performance maker who has been working as a director and dramaturg with storytellers, musicians, dance artists and new writing projects for over twenty years. Alongside this, her work with artist collective Blind Ditch creates collaborative and unexpected happenings in everyday spaces; often using participatory approaches and digital media to engage publics as thinking citizens and active spectators. Paula is currently Artistic Adviser for Adverse Camber and is a board member of B-side multimedia arts festival. As a scholar and educator she was an Associate Lecturer in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Devon 2001-10, and is now an ESRC funded Doctoral Researcher in Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter.
From a background of sculpture, Sophia Clist creates installations, sets and objects for performers and audiences to inhabit, manipulate and transform. Much of her work is collaborative and interactive, working with artists in dance, theatre, music, film, and with the general public.
Recent work includes Parallelist – Clay Gold & Laura Moody; Stretch at Exeter Cathedral – Sophia Clist with Nick Burge; The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – Kneehigh Theatre; Get Happy – Told by an Idiot; 16 Singers – Katherine Morley; Life Forces – Jane Mason; In This Place – Pentabus Theatre and Hands Full/Phenomenal People – Fuel.
From 1998-2008, Sophia was Associate Artist to Theatre-Rites, designing touring & site-specific shows for young audiences.
Sophia was shortlisted for the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project II in 2016.
Naomi Wilds studied English Literature at the University of Leeds. Following work with arts organisations including West Yorkshire Playhouse and Sinfonia Viva, she specialised in literature development from 1999 -2008. Naomi set up Adverse Camber in 2006 and has produced ten national tours for the company, raising funds for creative investment and working closely with individual artists, ensembles and venues to commission, creatively develop and tour productions. In addition to steering Adverse Camber’s development, Naomi has also recently worked for Wirksworth Festival, Signposts South Yorkshire and East Staffordshire Borough Council as a fundraiser, development worker and producer.
Associate Producers Wales
Sandra Bendelow is a a writer and producer based in Aberystwyth. For Scriptography Productions she produced “To Kill a Machine” by Catrin Fflur Huws a play about Alan Turing which toured through Wales, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 and a three week run at Kings Head Theatre London in 2016. She coordinates Aberystwyth MusicFest an annual eight day classical music festival, Summer School and Fringe Festival which takes place throughout Aberystwyth at the end of July and includes a wide variety of storytelling events including story walks throughout the town.
Associate Producers Wales
Tamar Eluned Williams
Tamar Williams is an award-winning performance storyteller and theatre maker based in Cardiff and working bilingually in Welsh and English. She was awarded Young Storyteller of the Year in 2013 and the first Gwobr Esyllt Harker Award from Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in 2016 for an emerging Welsh storyteller. She has created storytelling performances for a range of audiences and contexts, including Green Man Festival, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, “Storyknowing” at York St John/York Theatre Royal, and the Birmingham Book Festival. Most recently, she created The Girl Who Came in from the Sea/Y Fenyw Ddaeth i Fewn o’r Môr, a new spoken word show interweaving song and bilingual storytelling, for the National Centre for Folk Arts at Halsway Manor. She is a Creative Associate of Rambling Heart, and a long-term collaborator with PuppetSoup. Other credits include Emma for Heartbreak Productions (2015), Multiverse (2014), House of America (2014); assistant directing credits include The Princess & the Pea/Y Dywysoges a’r Bysen Fechan Fach (Theatr Iolo/Sherman Theatre), Bright Child (Rambling Heart) and Macbeth (Heartbreak Productions).