A short time after graduating, in 1982, I set up with Jan Page, a Theatre-in-Education Company called Big Brum, which took issue-based participatory TIE into schools in Birmingham. I stayed with the company for ten years, as its Artistic Director.
After leaving Big Brum, I became a freelance worker, combining writing of plays [mostly, although not exclusively for young people] directing TIE and theatre work, teaching and performing - both as an actor-teacher or role-player, and as a clown or puppeteer. [See Big Sid page]
Alongside this, I have been involved in a large number of arts education projects, sometimes as co-ordinator, sometimes consultant, animateur, director, depending on the nature of the project. I was nominated in 1998 for a Creative Britons Award, for my contribution to arts for young people.
This record of my work is structured so that you can look at my experience in any of these fields:
Born: 15/1/1959 Education: King Edward’s School B’ham and Manchester University.
8 O-levels, 4 A-levels and BA [Hons] Drama.
1992-1999 Since becoming free-lance, involved in a very large number of one-off or short projects, as workshop leader, facilitator, director, co-ordinator etc. Residencies in many schools, work with community groups and people with learning difficulties. Lecturing in TIE and Drama at Universities of Warwick and Wolverhampton. Co-ordinator of Hippodrome Les Miserables Education Project 1997 and Phantom of the Opera Project 1998, alongside National Tour. Education Co-ordinator for City of Birmingham Touring Opera 1998-9.
1982-92 - Founder and Artistic Director of Big Brum Theatre-in-Education Company, a post involving a wide range of artistic, managerial, administrative and creative activities.
Member of West Midlands Arts/Birmingham LEA Panel for Artists in Schools. Founding member and Executive Committee member of Birmingham Education Arts Forum. Co-Founder of the Theatre and Health Education Trust. Active member of Big Brum TIE Co Management Committee, West Midlands Arts Education Policy Consultative Group, External Examiner for Central School of Speech and Drama. Non-religious funeral and wedding officiant. Stage 1 British Sign Language.