Award-winning performer, theatre maker, workshop leader,
creative mentor and director -
well-known for her insightful solo shows
including Wendy Darling, Beg, Topless, Midriff, Invocation, Chastity Belt and Imperfection.
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.
Read various posts about Dark Clown on the blog.
Lily works as a theatre and devising director,
outside eye, script doctor and creative mentor
and acting coach.
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.
Read about the early years and Dark Clown in the Total Theatre interview here.
Read Sorcha Ra's 50 over 50 blog series, celebrating female performing artists here.
Listen to 'Getting Better Acquainted' podcast with Dave Pickering talking about making performance from our personal lives, Clown and Dark Clown, creating solo shows, gender, identity, movement, memory, memoir, and more here.
See pieces directed November 2019 for the MA Costume in Performance show here.
See video of the 2018 December MA Costume in Performance show here.
Watch wonderful podcast 'Up Yer Arts'* on Clown and other things here.
* Fortnightly arts-based podcast hosted by Paulus (AKA Paul L Martin) of BBC's 'All Together Now', and Little Lady Luscious (AKA Emily Jane Flynn) of 'Luscious Burlesque'.
Panel discussion with Nathan Keates alongside Actor Basauri, Clown festival organiser Dan Lees, Nose to Nose's Vivian Gladwell here.
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Photos: Graeme Fudger, Nick Cowell, Alex Traylen, Greg Weddell, Karen Hesmondhalgh, Lindsay Maggs, Mark Morreau