“You are a beautiful monster, a singing dragon. A spectacle. An intimacy. ” – John Zuill
I’m a Bermudian writer, director and actor now residing in London. After I graduated from George Brown Theatre School in Toronto, Canada, myself and fellow poet Sandra Alland fronted the fusion band Stumblin’ Tongues with the musical Kien brothers, Grant and Garth; We become a regular feature on the verging spoken word movement in Toronto at the time. I returned to Bermuda in 1997 where I co-founded the popular and Bermuda’s first open-mic evening FLOW SUNDAY with DJ Beatnik and Suzanne Mayall, I was host until it closed in 2001.
In 1999, along with Alan C. Smith I co-founded Waterspout Theatre (supported and co-produced by Lisabet Outerbridge). In 2000 John Zuill joined the team and over the next seven years it developed into one of the most acclaimed theatre companies in Bermuda. Our mandate focused on innovative and/or experimental new work as well as new and relevant interpretations of classic material; yet always keeping in mind our Bermudian audiences. Our first production, my one-person choreopoem Sometimes an Ass is Gotta Shake the Load Off His Back led me to receive the Bermuda Gold Award by Bermudian Magazine for Best Actor. I was later mentioned by the same magazine in 2002 as one of Bermuda’s top 15 Artists ‘on the Cutting Edge’. In 2004 my play Starsongs received the Golden Inkwell for best short play in the Annual Fifteen Minute Play Festival Held in Bermuda by the BMDS. In 2005 my play White Cedars was short listed for the same award. Another play Harpoon was short listed for Stageworks/Hudson Play by Play Festival 2007 in New York.
Since settling in the UK in 2004, I have been focusing on two areas- poetry, and performance. In September 2009 I published The Joshua Tales with Treehouse Press. JT are a set of poems chronicling the life of an ageing poet and a small boy who hold on to each other as they encounter love and its many devastating incarnations. I’m now working on TURTLEMEN, a collection of poems, prose and plays using myth to explore the passing of trauma through the DNA of a small island people and who the are today. Not a critic of their culture but simply a mirror. Some of those poems were first exposed to the public during the 2012 Poetry Parnassus at the South Bank Centre, where I had the honour of representing Bermuda alongside over 100 poets from around the globe. We came together to share, scheme and dare the world. I also enjoy the challenge of guiding and sharing what I’ve learned over the years with workshop participants and students as a Facilitator at various venues as well as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, London.
In 2007 I teamed up with French virtuoso percussionist Stephane Roul to form Amphibia- we’re a little bit funk, a little bit poetry, and a lot of punk. In April 2009 we premiered our children’s show I’m Gonna Plant Me a Loquatseed at The Oxford Playhouse. Our current project under development is debris.debris while always working on new material for gigs in the UK and internationally.
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