Caroline trained at LISPA and was one of the first artistic associates of The Yard Theatre in London. She was recently awarded a Somerset House Studio residency and was chosen by the Victoria and Albert Museum to represent the UK at the Prague Biennial with her performance installation Shakespeare’s Fools.
‘ I want to say now that it is a performance — looking back — I increasingly value as particularly rare. I look back on it as one of the most insightful encounters I have had in a theatre.’ Theatre Voices on Caroline Williams’ Puffball
Caroline often works in multi-disciplinary participatory performance. Her work focuses on current political issues, for example the semantics of screens in relation to the war in Syria, migration or the relationship between loneliness and technology. Using personal narratives, she works to find a performative language that will most powerfully communicate the heart of these stories. At the core of her work is a passion to give people who wouldn’t primarily consider themselves artists a platform to create great works of art. She seeks stories that matter and people who have something important to say.
‘Caroline’s work is clever, layered and moving. She is an important voice in British theatre.’
Liz Moreton, Senior producer, Battersea Arts Centre.
Projects include Can You Hear Me Now for MAYK, Make Yourself At Home at Nuit Blanche Brussels, Now Is The Time To Say Nothing at The Young Vic, Millions of Years for English National Opera at The British Museum, Dad Dancing with Second Hand Dance and Puffball at Battersea Arts Centre, Shadwell’s Tempest and Le Malade Imaginaire with OAE at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Caroline delivers outreach projects for award-winning theatre company Improbable and is co-founder of The International Activities Club, a performance collective focusing on intercultural participatory performance with Forest Fringe’s Deborah Pearson and May Abdalla. She is currently a resident of The Pervasive Media Studios, Bristol.
‘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 on Caroline Williams’ Puffball