Meet Group 16

Ruth Anna Phillips, Sarah Connors, Polly Frame, Carolyn Coleman

Whole

Lockdown has eased. The hairdressers are open. Two teachers, from the same school, find themselves in the same salon at the same time. But they couldn’t be more different. One is childless, the other childfree. Assumptions and judgement are things they both encounter on a daily basis. Whole is a story about grief, empowerment and how two women reclaim their status in the world .

Ruth Anna Phillips – Director
Ruth is director and movement director based in London and the Midlands. She has a specialism in movement, graduating from the MA in ‘Movement: Directing and Teaching’ from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2018. She has worked with companies including the National Youth Theatre, Historic Royal Palaces, Nevill Holt Opera and the Stoke New Vic. Most recently, she directed critically acclaimed LOVE (Watching Madness) with SpeakUp Theatre, which was performed at VAULT Festival 2020 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is passionate about new writing, inclusive practice and work with a social mission.

Sarah Connors – Writer
Sarah Connors is an emerging playwright living in Cornwall. She attended Luton University, and taught for twenty years in the primary sector. In 2019, she stepped away from a career in education to fulfil a long-held ambition to be a playwright. Since then, Sarah has been shortlisted for the Papatango Playwriting Prize (2020) for her play Pushing on Open Doors. This summer, The Bush Theatre have sponsored Sarah to take part in Sphinx 30Lab, a groundbreaking scheme championing women playwrights. Over the last year, Sarah has undergone a playwriting course with John Burgess, WriteWest playwriting course with Papatango and Writing for the Stage with Minack theatre and KEAP.

Polly Frame – Performer
Polly is a Scottish actor and voice over artist, currently based in London. She studied Film, Theatre and TV at Bristol University and has performed extensively across the UK and internationally.

Carolyn Coleman – Performer
Trained at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. She worked professionally as an Actor and Freelance Workshop Coordinator and engaged in projects with The Custard Factory Theatre Company and Maverick Theatre Company. Carolyn moved to North Wales in 2003 and opened her own Health and Fitness Centre with her husband, along with working at Theatre Clwyd as a workshop leader. Carolyn is currently a Drama & Theatre Studies/Film Studies Lecturer at a 6th form college. Carolyn is passionate about making accessible theatre as well as ensuring the Arts stay current and vibrant within an educational setting.

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