Theatre and Performance
My work in theatre and performance includes writing new plays, creating texts for immersive, experimental work, solo-performances as a storyteller and live artist and working as a script-consultant/dramaturg.
I also make ambitious new performance work with non-professional performers. You can read more about that on my Teaching and Coaching page.
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 creating 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 in 2007.
Photo by Holly Revel, from solo project What Happened to Your Face?
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
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'
"Anna Beecher's tough, hallucinatory writing sticks in the mind,.. spellbinding piece of work...as unsettling as it is bewitching"
'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'
Photo by Richard Davenport
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.
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