Residency Artists

14 - 18 March 2016   

A playful investigation into our need to connect with the natural world. What does it give us? What happens when we’re away from it? Why does it pull us back?

A musician, a writer, a film-maker and an installation artist-turned designer head out into the wilds on a mission to capture its essence and maybe bring a little of it back for you.  Writer and theatre maker, Caroline Horton, was invited to come up with a starting point and assemble a team of four artists to spend a week together at the Sidney Nolan Trust. Follow their progress via The Green Room

On Saturday April 2nd, they’ll come back together for an informal public sharing of their work so far. Click here for details. 

The Artists

John Biddle is an actor and musician.  He has composed and designed sound for theatre productions at venues including the Southbank Centre, Dukes Lancaster and Theatre Royal Bath. Previously a classical baritone, he performed over a number of years as a soloist and with numerous choirs, including the Dmitri Ensemble, Oxford Voices, and Westminster Abbey Choir. As an actor, he has performed in productions at theatres across the country, including the Sheffield Crucible, Theatre Royal Bath, Bush Theatre, Unicorn, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Manchester Royal Exchange, as well as live on BBC television with physical theatre company Gecko, and he is an Associate Artist of the Egg in Bath.  He has also recorded over ten radio series and numerous plays, all for BBC Radio 4.

Rachel Bunce is a filmmaker/photographer, based in Coventry's Canal Basin. Her work covers a range of areas, including Education and Not for Profit, however she specialises in Theatre filmmaking.

Rachel has worked as a photographer for outstanding charity Send a Cow in Uganda, Kenya and Burundi. She works extensively with established and emerging theatre artists/makers/writers throughout the UK to document and promote their work. In 2015 she spent an exciting and unusual week at Death Row in Huntsville, Texas with theatre maker Stephanie Ridings producing content for upcoming show 'The Road to Huntsville'.  And she plays the guitar and trumpet.   top of page

Eleanor Field is a designer who, since graduating from RADA’s Postgraduate Theatre Design course in July 2011, has worked on a variety of theatre projects including Man to Man with the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, and Park Theatre, London, Amateur Girl which toured nationally with Fifth Word Theatre and devised pieces Anything to Declare? and Playful Acts of Rebellion with The Gramophones Theatre Company. Eleanor has worked at Nottingham Playhouse on various youth and community theatre projects and is currently design the main stage youth theatre shows for Derby Theatre. Eleanor is Associate Designer for Off-Off-Off Broadway Theatre Company and Peaceful Lion Productions. She has worked with both Hiccup Theatre and Theatre Hullabaloo. She has worked at East 15 on two productions, a new translation of Brecht's Fear & Misery with Stephen Unwin, and Three Birds Alighting on A Field, with Tony Graham, and she returns to RADA each summer to work on their Shakespeare Schools Tours.

Caroline Horton is a Birmingham based writer/performer. She was nominated for a 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement for You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, which won The 2010 Stage Awards Best Solo Performer. Her show Mess tours internationally since opening at The Traverse in 2012, where it won Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards. Her controversial show Islands, opened at The Bush in 2015 before being programmed into the Edinburgh British Council Showcase.  Caroline created Penelope RETOLD (Derby Theatre) and Tranklements (New Vic). She’s written/performed two plays for BBC Radio 4: Paris, Nana & Me (shortlisted 2014 Imison Award) and recently, Pandora. Caroline was part of the recent Royal Court Writers’ Group has just been selected as Birmingham Writer in Residence, working across BBC programmes The Archers, Home Front and Doctors and on attachment at Birmingham Rep.   top of page

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Arts Council England