Welcome. I am a Writer and Theatre Director interested in galvanising word-based theatre in visceral and collaborative ways. In 2015 I founded ‘Stream-Lyric’ to produce work that plays with form and lyricism to tell socially provocative stories. I also write and review other media.

BIOG

Originally from Uppingham, Rutland, I am an emerging Writer and Theatre Director. I enjoy reflecting on how the idiosyncrasies of language and poetics effect the texture of our lives.

My studies have taken me to Oxford, Canterbury, London and Norwich (UNESCO City of Literature). I am currently based in Peterborough, where I will nurture, new company, Stream-Lyric. I studied Acting at Oxford School of Drama (Foundation School Scholarship) and Mountview (MA Acting & Performance Studies) as sponsored by the Sir Thomas White and Harry Riddleston Charities of Leicester and NEXT PLC. Following a period of assisting in TV and Film development, I moved to Norwich to write.

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In 2011 I graduated from UEA’s Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) programme and received development from Escalator Live Art, Writers’ Centre Norwich and and Menagerie Theatre. A testimonial from Anthony Roberts (Dir’ Colchester Arts Centre)

‘Tamsin Flower is a writer and artist of great integrity and vision.’

In 2014 I received Arts Council funding to develop ‘MENTAL Play’ and was further supported to tour the show to Camden People’s Theatre and other South Eastern venues in 2015.

PROJECTS

In Spring/Summer 2016, I developed new show, TRANSFORMER, with the support of ACE & Vivacity Arts, during residencies at The Key Theatre and Metal Culture. This culminted in work-in-progress sharings at Hotbed Festival in the main space at Cambridge Junction in July. TRANSFORMER explores female transformation in english language cinema through the matrix of a strange mother/daughter relationship. I will be developing this show further in collaboration with a mentor, two actresses and two male dancers/physical theatre actors. See the Stream-Lyric page for more info.’

Cambridge TV interview 2016

The intelligent representation of current social and political issues/crises on stage is something I feel strongly about and aim to tackle in the future. In the current financial and artistic climate, it can be challenging to make work that might not fall into a particular category. However, this presents a worthy challenge to innovate and commit to experimentation.

A quote from Spoken Word Artist, Martin Figura:

‘Tamsin Flower’s play is deftly directed and utterly convincing, with strong performances by the cast. The text explores the difficult issues around mental health without flinching. The characters conflicting needs are brought vividly to life and uncomfortable truths explored. A challenging and original piece of theatre.’

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EDUCATION

While studying at UEA, I trained and worked as a Movement, Music and Drama Leader for the disability charity, Musical Keys. I try to apply the empathetic communication skills learned in this context to every teaching setting. As a SEN facilitator, I have worked with BUILD, Community Music East and Norfolk County Council among others. I also have valuable experience gained from working on youth projects for minority groups in Ealing Borough and delivering MENTAL Play outreach sessions for Mind*

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A highlight of my education work has been coordinating the education pilot for the National Portrait Gallery’s Picture the Poet exhibition. I did this in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich and The Literary Trust as well as Apples and Snakes. Creating and delivering activities related to images of some of my favourite poets was a joy, as was discussing the role of the poet with school groups prior to narrating the digital exhibition loop. An added benefit of this project was visiting a range of rural and urban schools to witness poetry teaching in the classroom and contribute in a spectrum of ways.

If you desire input on project­ development or workshops for your students; please send a message and telephone number to the contact address and I will be in touch. As a dyspraxic artist, I pride myself in adapting to different learning styles and tailoring content to the specific needs and interests of a group.

MISCELLANY/NEW PROJECTS

I am currently broadening my skill-set across media, working with established industry figures to produce new work.

Keep your eyes bouncing off the Stream-Lyric page for two up-coming community participation projects in Peterborough and London. These will be a surprising feast for the senses.

Some heavy influences: The University of Kent’s BA Film Course, Tom Stoppard, Samuel Beckett, Shared Experience, Katie Mitchell, Steven Berkoff, the Beat poets and the many contemporary writers I’ve heard/worked with in Norwich.

REVIEWS & WRITING

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