Description of Work
Rachel has worked in performance for ten years as a performer, writer and producer. She performs across the UK in theatres, stand up clubs, corridors, and bathrooms. She is an associate artist at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth and the Basement, Brighton. She uses the autobiographical as a starting point to create performances that are funny, intimate, rude, and sometimes heart-breaking. Her work is text and action-based. The text is sharp, witty and observational, often referencing and sending up modes of popular culture. It is poetic but comprehensible, leaving enough space for an audience to insert their own personal experiences. It interweaves personal reflection with universal questions, those of politics, identity and place. It also dallies with scientific fact, taking audiences on journeys that mess with satire and fabrication.
The body in her practice is a site of personal histories, inherited behaviours and cultural expectations – both true and invented. Many of her performative images play on the smallness of her frame, and the way that her cultural heritage has written itself large on her face without her consent. Her performances have involved eating as many twiglets as possible in a bid to grow a family tree in her guts, escapology acts, and small feats of - or attempts to improve - physical strength. Influences include - Stacy Makishi, Curious, Ken Dodd, Morecambe and Wise. She performs solo and in collaboration with a range of artists and curates programmes of art and culture for the JCC for London.
Performance Showreel - 2012
Stand UP Set no.1 - 2012