Creative Team | Adverse Camber


A creative team worked with Xanthe and Arash to develop this version of the Shahnameh from a selection of hour-long pieces which they had developed.

Collaborating Director
Kate Higginbottom

Kate Higginbottom is a director, writer and performer with a background in theatre, physical theatre, film, music and dance. Her principle work as director has been with Nicole & Martin, creating staged versions of Grimm’s tales. Kate studied English Literature at Cambridge, Theatre Performance and Creation at the École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris, Dance at Laban London and the European Dance Development Centre in Holland. As a performer and devisor she has worked with many international companies, including Complicite, Herdeg&Desponds, and Theatre O.

Design Assistant
Claudine Scheer

Born in Luxembourg, Claudine studied Theatre Design at the University of Central England, Birmingham. She currently works at Vivid Design Works, an Event Design Company in South East London as a painter, seamstress and general PA alongside work in theatre, making props and costumes.

Technical Manager
Gethin Stacey

Gethin Stacey runs Sound Hire Wales, supplying high quality sound and lighting for events large and small across the UK. This is his second production with Adverse Camber, in addition to Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finand

Associate Producer
Louisa Davies

Louisa Davies is an independent creative producer, working on a range of projects encompassing music, spoken word, theatre and outdoor arts, alongside a part time role as Events Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company. For ten years, she was the Producer – Performing Arts at mac birmingham, where she first discovered Adverse Camber.  Louisa is a board member of Birmingham-based theatre company The Bone Ensemble.

Naomi Wilds

Naomi Wilds is an independent producer and literature specialist and founder of Adverse Camber productions.  She has produced ten national tours for Adverse Camber, including Fire in the North Sky which is a co-commission, in association with mac birmingham and Beyond the Border Festival.  In 2009 Naomi was awarded a Producers Bursary from Arts Council England – East Midlands, enabling research on storytelling traditions in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.  Naomi worked in literature development for the East Midlands Literature Network from 1999-2008.  Other recent producing, development and fundraising work includes Wirksworth Festival, Apples & Snakes, Signposts, South Yorkshire and East Staffordshire Borough Council.