Theatre and Performance

My work in theatre and performance includes writing new plays, creating texts for immersive, experimental work, solo-performances as a storyteller live artist and working as a script-consultant and dramaturg.

It also crosses over with my work with different communities as I have created new performance work with learning-disabled young adults, people with life  limiting illnesses and other groups. You can read more about that here. 

As an artist who writes/creates both for the page and for live performance, I am increasingly interested in engagement of the senses in my theatre work, and in created spaces where people can share time with those most important to them. A vital question for me right now is what can theatre do that a book can't and vice versa.

 

Below are just a few recent projects, from the many works I've written/created since graduating from the BRIT School for the performing arts.

Photo by Holly Revel, from solo project What Happened to Your Face?

 

 

Nest

Created with Rachel Lincoln for our company, Akin, Nest is an immersive journey through the seasons, which unfolds in a custom-build performance tent using playful poetry, puppetry, movement, sound and song and complete engagement of the senses.

Nest has been performed over 100 times in the UK and had its international premiere at Lincoln Center in New York in October 2019. 

Find our more about Akin and Nest at our website www.akintheatre.co.uk

Photo by James Allen

 

Skin of the Teeth

 

A one-man play, based on the Grimm's fairytale, The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn to Shudder. 

Nicholas wants to feel fear. People can smell that something is missing in him. After a violent accident he accepts the help of charming stranger, Mr Bacon, who takes him under his wing, out of his small seaside town and into an enchanting and perilous world.

Skin of the Teeth was directed by Rachel Lincoln and performed by Daniel Holme. It premiered at Please Edinburgh and went on to Vault Festival in London, Scranton Shakespeare Festival in Pennsylvania and the Ophelia Theater in New York. 

'Dark, distinctive writing from an intriguing new voice'

THE STAGE

"Anna Beecher's tough, hallucinatory writing  sticks in the mind,.. spellbinding piece of work...as unsettling as it is bewitching"
THE LIST
'Beecher twists the grubby everyday into the uncanny Beecher’s prose and Holme’s performance make for a potent, teeth-on-edge pairing in a shivery hour of theatre' 
FEST

Photo by Richard Davenport

 

 

The Surplus

The Surplus was a new play, commissioned by Young Vic Taking Part and performed by a cast of 60 young people at the Young Vic in  2015. Exploring technology, myth and resistance, The Surplus was directed by Jonathan O'Boyle with design by Cecilia Carey  music by Max Perryment. 

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Living Things

Living things was my first solo-show and the performance project that taught me the most. I began trying to create this work about death in 2011 unaware at the time of just how close to home that subject would come. The final piece - a highly-personal collection of stories, movement-fragments and songs, in a immersive set created by Kirsty Harris - took 3 years to develop, through a series of residencies at Battersea Arts Centre. Living Things was created with the support of producer Sophie Brady and dramaturg Caroline Williams. 

Living Things was filmed for the British Library's Performance Archive. Click here for details of how to access the recording.

Photo by James Allen