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Make Yourself At Home

‘It is my job to make you as feel at home as possible in this cardboard box’

A piece performed by people who have arrived from somewhere else. Inside an empty cardboard box you meet a person who wants to make you feel at home. After they’ve made you tea, they begin to ask you to think about the room, from any point in your life, in which you felt the most at home.

‘Where were the doors and where were the windows?’

Make Yourself At Home is a one on one performance for five or more audience members performed by local people who consider themselves to be first generation immigrants. Each performer recreates an audience member’s room inside a cardboard box using card- board furniture. Together they place the plants, the bed, the sofa and draw the pictures on the wall. A song is found that they used to listen to there. After nothing more could be done to make them feel at home they are left alone for a few minutes to simply spend some time. Afterwards they are invited to go with the performer to see the place that reminds them the most of home.

First performed at Nuit Blanche Brussels. Based on an original performance by Deborah Pearson and re-conceived by International Activities Club.

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I AM

Residency at The National Theatre as part of Space To Create. Leading a group of young adults to create a piece around labelling. Performed alongside Made In China in The Dorfman Theatre.

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Millions of Years

In collaboration with ENO

In March 2016 I worked as the Associate Director for ENO to create a site-specific music theatre piece which took place in the Great Court of The British Museum. A large scale community project involving 120 adults and young people from across London.

Principal countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who sung the title role in ENO’s production of Akhnaten, members of the Gandini skills ensemble and a professional instrumental ensemble joined us for the final rehearsal and performance.

In partnership with Improbable, Streetwise Opera, Gandini Juggling, Brixton Youth Theatre, Raw Material, The Sorrell Foundation, London Metropolitan University, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL and The British Museum.

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NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY NOTHING

NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY NOTHING

An interactive sound and film installation made with Young Vic’s Taking Part and Syrian film-maker Reem Karssli. Performed at The Young Vic in 2014 and 2015, then with Forest Fringe, Edinburgh 2015. Using stunning video and sound the piece explores the consumption of global conflicts through screens and asks what we can do to remain human in our response.

‘It’s small, but it reverberates… a cunningly constructed and heartfelt piece that acknowledges the complexities of what is happening in Syria, reminds how sitting in the dark watching a screen only distances us, and actively tries to bring us together to reach out to the real people, just like us, whose lives are blighted by war.’ The Guardian

‘Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is a moving new work that has the power to remain in your mind for some time after you leave the space.’ A Younger Theatre

Read an interview explaining the process.

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DAD DANCING

Arts Council England and BAC co- production in which three contemporary dancers dance along side their real dads, including a supporting cast of dads and their children. ‘Sparkily touching’ Lyn Gardner

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5x5x5

Collaboration with Northern Irish playwright and performer Stacey Gregg on a piece of autobiographical work exploring artistic identity and ownership. Performed in the Clare as part of the 5x5x5 initiative.

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Puffball

A production by ‘Upsticks’, a new theatre company based in London, Cornwall and in between.

Directed, written and drawn by Caroline Williams
Performed by Christopher Brett Bailey
Designed by Ruth Shepherd and Oliver Cronk
Original score by Ed Dowie

In association with The Yard and The BAC
And supported by Arts Council England

supporters

‘Puffball is spellbinding. Strange, detailed and deeply personal, it speaks straight to the heart of our fragile, fearful souls. Tiny and epic, contemporary and timeless. I love this piece.’
— Emma Rice, Joint Artistic Director, Kneehigh Theatre

‘Every picture-book-gorgeous thing Caroline Williams does as illustrator is subverted by every dark, challenging, surreal thing Williams does as writer and director.’
— Madi Costa, BAC Dialogue

‘Puffball is a quirky and endearing project’
— Kate Mason, One Stop Arts

Meet Puffball
Rehearsals in Cornwall

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The Last Bock

The Last Bock was performed at The Cube in Bristol as part of a residency with Ausform in 2012.

The Last Bock is a one man show devised by visual artist William Bock in collaboration with Caroline Williams (dramaturg) and Ed Dowie (Musician). The show is inspired by the artist’s project of the same name which explores Bock’s genealogical findings through painting, storytelling and sound. The project took him on a journey to Germany, Sweden, Mexico and Israel to meet his remaining relatives and to sit and paint as many of them as possible. For the artist, this work highlighted his feelings about being a gay man and also being the last in the Bock’s family line. The work embodies the universal concerns of loss, belonging and our unavoidable and yet often neglected connection with our past, lineage and heritage.