• Ashleigh Owen

Meet the performers

Hi Pals,

I'm back as artist in residence at Metal for the next two weeks continuing the research and development of HIP HIP I'M GAY!. If you haven't already heard me ranting and raving about it on social media, I was awarded Arts Council Funding to create this brand new show which explores mental health issues within the queer community. I'm working with a bunch of brilliantly talented performers that I wanted to introduce you to:

Rebecca Clarke

Rebecca is a Performance Artist and Theatre Maker based in Liverpool. Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Mooncup Theatre, a female led company who last year wrote and produced Arts Council funded show A-Void. Now resident company at 17 Love Lane, she's currently producing seasonal shows in an effort to better understand the inherent nature in which womXn can work. Above all else, Rebecca values the inclusiveness that theatre can bring. Alongside her work at with Mooncup Theatre she also runs a choir for The Studio Widnes and works as a theatre facilitator at Ella Together, a performance group for people with additional needs.

Andrew McKay

Originally from Liverpool, Andrew trained in Acting in Musical Theatre at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. He has worked internationally in many different aspect of the arts but now resides in Liverpool working to change perceptions through the art of theatre. "I am so exited to escape muggle life and work with an incredibly talented team to create a show full of comedy and substance that's very close to home." 

Carl James Fowler

Carl is a Theatre Maker from Liverpool who graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2017 with a First Class BA Hons in Drama. He is the new Drama Teacher for Stagecoach Wirral, he recently directed ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as part of an attempt to break a world record. He has just finished performing with Ugly Bucket Theatre in which he was awarded Best Male Performer 2018 by Liverpool Fringe Festival for ‘Bost-Uni Plues’. Carl is the co-founder of TheatreFace, a new theatre company that collaborates with artists to create original work. He is creating and directing a one man show with the working title ‘Marina’ and is currently directing ‘Piggy in the Middle’.

Isobel Balchin

Isobel is a North-west based actor, performer and theatre maker. She graduated from LJMU in 2016 with a 1st class Drama degree and last year co-founded the female-led Mooncup Theatre, which aim to deliver bold, inclusive work that engages and questions the world around us in exciting ways. Their most recent show ‘A-Void’ was included in Hope St Ltd’s ‘On the Verge’ Festival. She also trained with the Young Everyman and Playhouse acting company, creating new, politically driven work and last year performed as Benvolio in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ with the Everyman Rep company. She’s been involved with Off The Ground Theatre’s open air theatre tours of ‘The Musketeers’(2015), ‘Zorro’(2016) and ‘Around The World in 80 Days’ (2017), and ‘Creature’ which was featured in Physical Fest 2016. A lover of story-telling, she has collaborated with Paperwork Theatre on their promenade show ‘You, Me + The Goalpost’ and toured around Libraries with their children’s show ‘I Spy a Yeti’. Other work includes: The Bells (2014) at The Unity, Scadan (2016) in the Liverpool Irish Festival, Frankenstein (2016) in Liverpool Literary Festival.

It is the morning of day 2 and I'm already so happy with the topics and ideas discussed yesterday and the material we have begun to create. Be sure to follow me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/ashleighpowen to keep up with our check-ins and updates.




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