Meet Group 12

Cora Kirk, Libby Mai, Julene Robinson, Rebecca Saffir, Martha Watson Allpress


When you’re in two separate places there’s only so much you can do in sync. Lil and Gemma only just managed to get it together and now they’re being forced apart. As Lil heads home from a difficult conversation with her parents, Gemma waits and hopes to connect. Fusing text, movement, film and sound, SINK UP explores the pain of distance, the sting of disapproval and the sweetness of coming to know one’s self.

Available Online August 31

Cora Kirk – Performer
Cora Kirk is a Northern actress who graduated from the BA (Hons) Acting course at The Royal Central School Of Speech And Drama in June 2017. She made her professional debut whilst training as Irina in ‘The People Are Singing’ directed by Tamara Trunova (Manchester Royal Exchange). Since then her theatre credits include: ‘A Monster Calls (UK/USA Tour), ‘Peter Pan’ (National Theatre/Troubadour Theatre), ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ (Leeds Playhouse) all with Sally Cookson; ‘Emilia’ (West End); ‘Peter Pan’ (Regents Park Theatre’; ‘Not Such Quiet Girls (Leeds Playhouse/Opera North) and her television includes ‘Doctors’ (BBC).

Libby Mai Priestman – Performer
Libby is currently in her last year of Actor training at Central School of Speech and Drama. Before Central she worked professionally on stage for Mainspring Arts and on screen in Professor Brain Stawm and Partners in Crime both for BBC. She’s just finished a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Girl With a Pearl Earring playing Griet which span over five episodes. Libby is also a Neurodiverse writer, having an eight part TV series and a full length feature film currently cooking.

Julene Robinson – Director
Julene Robinson is an actor, writer, director based in London. Robinson’s work interrogates the self and relationships across culture and the world. As an actor, credits include The Mountaintop (University Player), The Black That I Am (Edinburgh Fringe), The Ranch of the Lost Boys (Global Voices Theatre- Roundhouse) and many more. As A Director some of her notable works are A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (University Dramatic Arts Society) Youth Rise (Irvine Hall Society) Robinson completed her Masters in Theatre at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and is working on her first original solo performance piece in the UK.

Rebecca Saffir – Writer
Rebecca Saffir is a Sydney-born, London-based writer, actor and theatremaker. Her debut play, Baby, premiered at Clapham Fringe Festival in 2019 and received a Testing Ground Commission from the New Wolsey Theatre for 2020-21. As an actor, credits include Baby (Clapham Fringe Festival), The Things That Were There (Hen & Chickens) and The Vagina Monologues (Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club.) 2017-
18, she produced three editions of 2FIT, a new-writing event that commissions short plays tailored to the actors that will perform them. She is an alumni of writer’s groups for the Royal Court and Deafinitely Theatre, China Plate Theatre’s Optimists and East 15 Acting School.

Martha Watson Allpress – Writer
Martha Watson Allpress is an actor/writer from Lincolnshire, based in Peckham. As an actor she has worked professionally in both stage; All One Fabric at the Yard; and screen; My Mad Fat Diary for Tiger Aspect. As a writer; her debut show – Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her) – sold out its run at the VAULT festival 2020, and will be transferring with the Pleasance the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021. She is currently on attachment to HighTide for the next year, under their Playwright Support Programme.

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