Theatre director, dramaturg and creative practitioner
cyfarwyddwr theatr, dramatwrg ac ymarferydd creadigol
Working in new writing and new musicals bilingually, I have worked with companies such as Wales Millennium Centre, RWCMD, Goodspeed, The Other Room, Sherman Theatre, Papertrail, August012, NOISEMAKER and Chippy Lane Productions.
Yn gweithio gyda ddramau a sioeau gerdd newydd yn ddwyieithog, dw i wedi gweithio gyda cwmnïau fel Ganolfan Mileniwm Cymru, RWCMD, Goodspeed, The Other Room, Theatr y Sherman, Papertrail, August012, NOISEMAKER a Chippy Lane Productions
Working predominantly with underrepresented writers and bilingual theatre, I’ve worked on commissions, awards and across multiple mediums. I currently run a ‘pay-it-forward’ scheme for underrepresented writers and those in financial need. I was most recently Literary Associate/Acting Literary Manager for the Sherman Theatre.
Yn gweithio yn bennaf ar brosiectau dwy-ieithog a gyda sgwennwyr sydd wedi eu tangynrychioli, rwyf wedi gweithio ar nifer o gomisiynnau, gwobrau ac hefyd dros gwahanol gyfryngau. Dw i’n rhedeg cynllun ‘talu-ymlaen’ ar gyfer dramodwyr sydd wedi’i tan-gynrychioli ac sydd o angen ariannol. Yn ddiweddar fi oedd Cydymaith Llenyddol/Rheolwr Llenyddol Dros Dro Theatr y Sherman.
I work as a facilitator and practitioner with community, youth and school groups. I work as a lead practitioner bilingually with companies like Theatr Iolo and Sherman Theatre.
Rwyf yn gweithio fel hyrwyddwr ag ymarferydd creadigol gyda grŵpiau cymunedol, theatr ifanc ac ysgolion. Dw i’n gweithio fel prif ymarferydd yn ddwy-ieithog gyda chwmniau fel Theatr Iolo a Sherman Theatre.
work in progress
gwaith ar y gweill
Pwy Sy’n Siarad?
A new actor-muso show co-created by Leila Nevabi and Alice Eklund. A story exploring the intersections of identity and code-switching. It looks at the human experience of someone who straddles multiple communities and adjusts their character based on who they are and who they are trying to impress… or appease.
Sioe actor-muso newydd wedi’i chreu ar y cyd gan Leila Nevabi ac Alice Eklund. Stori sy’n archwilio croestoriadau hunaniaeth a chyfnewid cod. Mae’n edrych ar eu profiad nhw sy’n pontio lluosog ac yn newid eu cymeriad ar hwylio adar a phwy mae nhw’n ceisio creu cynnydd… neu dawelu.
Anything Is Popsicle
Anything is Popsicle was first written and performed as part of the Sherman’s Out-Rage-Us workshop and scratch night in 2022 led and directed by Alice Eklund. The show was originally performed as a 10 minute musical with plans to develop it further into a 1 hour, one act show. The show is a musical comedy exploring queer joy through the lens of a sentient ice-cream cone. Along this character’s journey they seek to attract the attention of the rival ice-cream van’s 99 flake and they go on the quest to find their sprinkles.
It’s An Epidemic I’m Afraid by/gan Tori Lyons
A new comedy musical following the trials and tribulations of mental health, CPTSD and corporations. R&D August 2022.
Sioe gerddorol gomedi newydd yn dilyn y heriau o iechyd meddwl, CPTSD a chorfforiaethau. Y&D Awst 2022.
reviews & awards
adolygiadau & gwobrau
“5* The Welsh language is celebrated in Alun Saunders’ exquisite Zip, performed with melancholic energy by Gillian Elisa. On the surface, nothing much is happening, it’s just another boring day in lockdown. But sadness tinged with bitterness enhance the script and performance, as we all miss the world we used to know..”British Theatre
4* “It is an unashamedly joyous and very Welsh send-up of Saturday night prime-time staples such as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.”‘Anthem’ Llinos Mai from The Stage
4* “With this smart, exuberant show directed by Joe Murphy, writer Hannah McPake throws famous folk tales into a meta melting-pot and blends them vigorously into a patriarchy-smashing brew…the rebellious Stevie – played perfectly at the performance I attended by understudy and associate director Alice Eklund.”‘Tales of the Brothers Grimm’ Hannah McPake from The Stage
“5* It is a perfect nugget of a play. So, brief as to just have been a dream…the vulnerability of the protagonist proves to be the monologues greatest strength. There is much lyricism to the piece; Abouayen’s soft Swansea accent (so beautifully spoken) and the mesmeric sounds of the sea with the mournful seagulls are so important to create the atmosphere. A sound out of place would have broken its spell.”Seaside by Martha Reed
London Pub Theatres
“Anthem is awash with the oddities of Welsh culture; an equal parts affectionate and hilarious depiction of our homeland…A blend of the chaotic and the absurd, Anthem delights in mess and joy – instructions suggest we cheer, clap and sing, but we’re already doing so anyway.”Wales Arts Review – Anthem (Llinos Mai)
The Violence Series – Tour
This January (into February), I had the incredible opportunity to continue working on the Violence Series at The Other Room as they geared up for their tour to London and across Wales. I had already worked on Hela by Mari Izzard…Keep reading