ITCH was founded in the terrible year of 2020, when the world ground to a halt and we all became more intimately aquainted with the four walls of our homes. We were bored, we were frustrated. At the worst of times we were also scared.
Drama, which since ancient times has been a form of catharsis both for the writer and the spectator, stepped in to save the day. I'd often wondered about creating a writing workshop that could pull together what I knew from acting, writing and directing to empower writers to create in a way that was accessible, spontaneous and fun. The formula seemed to fit the moment perfectly: a virtual writing workshop with live challenges, readings and group discussion on the theory and practicality of writing a script.
It soon seemed there was an appetite for this, as people had grown bored of their four walls and were itching (geddit?) to express themselves. We fired up Zoom and began a journey as old as time that felt refreshing and new.
I studied English Literature at University of Sussex where I also spent vast amounts of time debating the important things in life at unsociable hours of the morning in forests and on Brighton beach. I've spent two decades acting for TV and Film (Wolf Hall, Misfits, The End of the F*cking World) whilst producing a new writing event (Brave New Word) and making work for the stage (The Space, Stockholm International Fringe Festival, Arcola, The Bunker). I'm represented by Steven Russell at Collective Talent for writing and Kate Staddon at Curtis Brown for acting. I don't like talking about myself in the third person.
I also do one-on-one acting coaching and mentoring for creatives.
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