Award-winning performer, theatre maker, workshop leader, creative mentor and director - well-known for her insightful solo performance with well-reviewed shows including Wendy Darling, Beg, Topless, Midriff, Invocation, Chastity Belt and Imperfection. Read more on her career in this interview.
Lily teaches vibrant theatre courses where people learn loads and unlock their performing energy. Her teaching style reflects a synthesis of a rich range of influences in her training which includes Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneaux, Theatre du Mouvement (Corporeal Mime), Yoshi Oida, Carlo Boso (Commedia dell'Arte), Sankai Juku and Natsu Nakajima (Butoh Dance),
as well as training in directing with Mike Alfreds.
She helps people stretch their emotional, physical and imaginative expressive range and in her
Clown and Comedy teaching, she demystifies the rules of comedy.
Over the last 30 years, she has developed a unique methodology for a new clowning genre. You can read various posts about Dark Clown on the blog.
As a director, works include award-winning Je Regrette for Sarah-Louise Young, Famished for Lost in Translation Circus, A Touch of Mrs Robinson for Fiona Coffey, Rough Magic for LCF at Wilton's Music Hall.
She has written three plays: The Porter’s Daughter (Cockpit Theatre and NTC tour), Blame (Teatro Mechanis, Athens) and Random Oracle (Unity Theatre, Liverpool). She also works as a creative mentor to artists including circus trailblazer John-Paul Zaccarini.
Lily works as a theatre and devising director, outside eye, script doctor and creative mentor.
Read about the early years and Dark Clown in the Total Theatre interview here
and also in Sorcha Ra's 50 over 50 blog series, celebrating female performing artists here
See pieces directed December 2017 for the MA Costume in Performance show here.
Remount of the 1999 show 'Topless' is currently available to book look here
See short videos of previous work here
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Photos: Graeme Fudger, Nick Cowell, Alex Traylen, Greg Weddell, Karen Hesmondhalgh, Lindsay Maggs, Mark Morreau