Moving Stories | About

If you don’t know the trees, you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories, you may be lost in life” (Anon)

The essence of the company: MOVING STORIES

In 2009, a daring team joined forces to pilot a mad idea. The Moving Stories Event was an experiment to try and engage people in a simple and direct way: We offered our small audience  a rare chance to stop, slow down and meet the folk they rush past every day. Capturing and framing the natural and wonderful theatricality of life, Moving Stories is a walking tour with a difference; meet some of the fascinating characters with whom we share the city, but whose stories often go unheard. Our story-guides led the audience from place to place, gathering around the ice cream vendor’s van, the pub landlord’s bar, the Big Issue seller’s street corner, where we were able to open our ears, our eyes and our hearts.  Everyone has a story- and often we are too busy to listen. The impact of this event was profound and resonant, and we decided to form a company by the same name that used this experience as its founding philosophy.

 “An unexpected gem of humanity’s raw beauty; what theatre should strive for!” (Audience member, Moving Stories, Southwark Playhouse, 2009)

WHO WE ARE       Moving Stories is home to a group of passionate, inventive and creative individuals who thrill in playing, inventing and inspiring through making theatre. Our artists form a collaborative, generous ensemble which seeks to engage with the work deeply and personally. We celebrate diversity and individuality within our collective. Working together we are able to combine our expertise, craft skills and passions.

WHAT WE DO         We are theatre and event makers who seek to illuminate meaningful stories to be shared, heard and experienced.  We aim to awaken the senses of our audience by creating theatre that engages, inspires and resonates. We strive to engage our audience from all walks of life, and aim to be inclusive and accessible for both theatre and non theatre goers

WHAT WE FEEL       Everybody has a unique story that deserves to be told and heard. We seek to engage with our chosen stories with respect, truth and dignity. We are particularly interested in giving platform to stories that are often unheard, forgotten or misunderstood. We aim to find the most articulate and expressive forms of communication to extend and enhance our storytelling. This often includes original and or live music, movement, poetry, and multimedia.

IMG_2007Artistic Director, Emma Gersch

Emma founded Moving Stories in 2010, following the success and impact of the Moving Stories Project at the Southwark Playhouse (March 2009). She went on to direct ‘Vanessa and Virginia’ (European Tour, and Riverside Studios revival London 2013) and ‘Twelfth Night’ (Minack Theatre; winner of best production 2012). Emma trained at Hull University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and went on to work as an actor in theatre, film and radio in the UK and abroad. Following work with the Wrestling School, Emma was invited to direct ‘Judith’ by Howard Barker, which marked the start of her directing career. Emma is a regular director at London Drama schools and has worked as a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Bath Spa University, where she directed over 20 productions for Full Tilt Theatre, including ‘Hamlet’ (Bath Shakespeare Festival, Minack Theatre), ‘Heresies’ (Bristol Old Vic) ‘Macbeth’ (Bath Shakespeare Festival), ˜The Comedy of Errors’ (Minack Theatre, USA and Canada tour). ‘The Oresteia’ ’Agamemnon: Stripped, Re-Loaded, Re-Told’ (BAC and Tour), ‘Complex: Electra’ (Bath, Camden People Theatre) ‘Orestes Re-examined’, (Prison Tour, Southwark Playhouse), ‘Mummies and Daddies, Medea Re-visited’ ‘Hippolytus:Re-Framed’, ‘West Side Story’ (Minack Theatre). Recently Emma has directed ‘The Women’ (Jacksons Lane), and ‘Women Power and Politics’ (Tabard Theatre). Emma is currently acting tutor on the MA Music Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and also directs and teaches at Arts Ed and Alra.

KittyCo-Founder/Movement Director: Kitty Randle 

As co-founder of Moving Stories Theatre Company and core artist, Kitty takes on a variety of roles for the company, including Actor and Movement Director. In 2013, Kitty was most delighted to reprise the role of Vanessa Bell in Moving Stories’ London premiere of ‘Vanessa and Virginia’ after having the privilege of being part of the play’s European tour. Her theatre credits include: Tree in the Babbling Vagabonds ‘The Christmas Chocolate Shop’, Mrs. Usher / Annie Besant in ‘Sweet Comradeship’, Princess Mitzy in ‘The Devil and the Three Golden Hairs’, Prince Edward & Mistress Shore in Richard III, Electra in Orestes: Re-Examined(Southwark Playhouse), Actor/Facilitator for Moving Stories at the Southwark Playhouse, Bernarda Alba in The House of Bernarda Alba (Rondo Theatre Bath), Violet in Heresies (Bristol Old Vic Studio), Ophelia in Hamlet (Bath Shakespeare Festival & the Minack Theatre), Susanna Walcott in The Crucible (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) Praying Girl in Iphigenia (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Sheryl in The Russian Soldier Who (Babbling Vagabonds Regional Tour). TV credits include Emmerdale and KFC ‘The Taste That Unites’ advert. In tandem with her performance career Kitty also works as a Movement Director and most recently worked on Moving Stories award winning production of ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Minack Theatre. As a movement director Kitty’s credits also include work across a variety of productions and genres including Mobile Phone Show for the NT Connections programme, Arabian Nights, West Side Story, Macbeth, Orestes: Re-Examined, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Into the Woods, Oh What a Lovely War, Heresies.
Kitty also regularly delivers movement skills classes to training actors and is a Director of REC Youth Theatre Company.

Artistic Associates

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People are at the heart of Moving Stories, and the team of artistic associates form the backbone of our work. We like to play, share, experiment, and explore to our hearts’ content! We have been extremely lucky to meet and work with a superb team of associates over the past few years, and cement some wonderful artistic relationships.

Associates:

Kate Unwin photoDesigner: Kate Unwin

Kate has worked as a freelance set and costume designer for twelve years. Highlights include The West End Men (Milton Morrissey Ltd) Vaudeville Theatre, Melody Loses Her Mojo (20 Stories High) Liverpool Everyman, Phoenix (Big House) Hackney Downs Studios, Cymbeline (Phizzical Productions) Coventry Belgrade and touring, Beauty and The Beast (Full House Theatre Company) Luton Library Theatre, Refugees of the Septic Heart (Tom Dale Company), FIB and Trackdown for Metro-Boulot -Dodo (National Theatre), The Beginning (Michael Pinchbeck), Girls Night No. 1 Tour (Goodnights Entertainment), A Christmas Carol in Wormwood Scrubs Prison (Only Connect), The Book Of Everything (National Theatre Connections), Zhe and The African Company Presents Richard III (Collective Artistes),  Godspell number one tour (Oftrot Productions), Animal Farm (Derby Playhouse), Hot Stuff, To Kill a Mockingbird, An Ideal Husband, Macbeth, The Cripple of Inishmaan, all for Leicester Haymarket Theatre where Kate worked extensively designing for the main stage, studio and foyer spaces. Site specific and installation work includes C-Attack in Great Yarmouth (Dende Collective), Special Olympic Village, Street Style Sport Style exhibition, work for The Bullring (Birmingham), transformed shopping unit for Leicester Highcross opening weekend and a solo project celebrating the life of Joe Orton. Art Direction for music video includes work for Example, Scouting For Girls, Iglu and Hartley, Leo Ihenacho and Lil’ Chris. Set and costume design for many commercial clients including Lynx, Pepsi, Doritos and an award winning advert for Samsung. Kate has designed for Moving Stories since 2011, including ‘Vanessa and Virginia’ (European tour, and re-design for the Riverside Studios 2013, for which she was nominated for ‘best designer’ Off West End). Kate loved designing the Roaring ’20s setting of ‘Twelfth Night’ for the Minack Theatre, July 2012 and can’t wait to go back with The Tempest.

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Musical Director & Composer: Matthew Reeve

Matthew read music at King’s College London and works as a musical director, orchestrator and composer. ! Recent credits include: Santa Claus The Musical (Pavilion Theatre, Worthing), Hunchback The Musical (Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey), A Caucasian Chalk Circle, Lady Windemere’s Fan (The MAC, Belfast and Irish Tour), Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Dick Whittington, Billy Elliot Regional Showcase, Cinderella (Milton Keynes Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent), The Break: A New Musical (PickNMix Festival, The MAC, Belfast), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sweet Charity (The MAC, Belfast), Aladdin (Marina Theatre, Lowestoft), Hansel and Grettel (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory (Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), Twelfth Night (Minack Theatre), Our House (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (The Black Box, Belfast), Company, Hair (The Karamel Club), Dying For It, Marat/Sade (The Pleasance Islington), Emma, The Fix (The Albany), and The American Clock (Jacksons Lane and The New Players).

Website: www.matthewreevemusic.com                            Twitter: @matthew _reeve

Associate Director: Hannah Quigley

Videographer: Alex Evans 

Vocal Coach: Deborah Garvey

Associate Artists: Shani Erez, Clare Maguire

Friends and supporters: Susan Sellers, Linda Laurence, Ben Caplan, Irvine Gersch, Barbara Gersch, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.