Starting out on UEA’S Creative Writing MA, a benign older poet once scanned the work I’d emailed to him and said ‘you are definitely a writer.’ This comment kind of hits the nail on my particular [...]
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.
I am a writer and theatre director interested in the visceral power of words to provoke, inspire and educate. Through independent commissions and company, ‘Stream-Lyric’, I aim to both comment on contemporary society and raise marginalised voices across platforms.
I grew up in the tiny market town of Uppingham in Rutland with a LAMDA Teacher, an Alternative Therapist and a sausage-dog called Harvey. I have an MA in Creative Writing from UEA and one in Acting from Mountview. My BA is in Film.
Since 2014, Arts Council England have supported my work, including the development of MENTAL Play and its South East Tour; the development residencies and scratches for TRANSFORMER and ‘The Lives of F Cycle’ – a new literature project. GREEN-SPACE, a CPP commission, was completed in 2017.
I have received development from the Young Vic, Escalator Live Art, Menagerie Theatre, Arvon 42 and informally through collaborating venues/organisations such as Writers’ Centre Norwich, Metal Culture, Vivacity and Cambridge Junction. I am currently working across the EU via Erasmus+
In previous lives I have worked as a Community Arts Producer, Education Coordinator, Trainee Circus Project Manager, Film Script Submissions Assistant and Crime/Romance Bookseller.
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.’
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.’
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*
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.
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.