Us

As artist researchers we have a long track record of working together in residence, exploring ideas which inspire and innovate new thinking.

MIKE AKERS

Mike trained as a teacher and spent ten years working in Bristol primary schools. Subsequently he worked as Education Director for Travelling Light Theatre Company, exploring and delivering new ways for children to engage with live performances. He is also a playwright, writing theatre for and with young people. His credits include ‘City of One’ for Myrtle Theatre Company, which was an acclaimed production looking at the issues facing young people in the care system. He has worked on many creative education projects for organizations like 5x5x5=creativity, Devon Arts in Schools Initiative (DAISI) and Pivotal Education.

SANDRA BAREFOOT

Sandra has over 25 years of extensive experience working as an artist researcher, mentor, facilitator, documentor and specialist within Deaf theatre interpretation and performance. With a driving passion to enable ‘the voices of the unheard to be heard’, Sandra facilitates spaces of inquiry and creates spaces to explore the experiences of life that are unspeakable through the frame of group dialogue, music, dance, painting and writing. Sandra’s recent studies in trauma and environmental movement work with Helen Poyner has inspired an inquiry that looks at translations of narratives through movement within the landscape of our world.  Sandra is Programme Manager for the award winning programme RESTORE with The Forgiveness Project. (www.theforgivenessproject.com). Sandra supports and facilitates a team of speakers of real lived experience to share their stories inside prisons and outside in the wider communities, with focus on women,  ex-servicemen and women, and families.

SARAH MOODY

Sarah is a musician/composer who has written for and played with many of Britain’s leading touring companies including Kneehigh and Travelling Light. She is a multi instrumentalist and has formed her own company, The Devils Violin which creates and tours music and storytelling shows. The present show is called The Singing Bones which is currently touring the uk. www.thedevilsviolin.co.uk Alongside her performance work, Sarah has also always worked with children and adults in the role of facilitator. This has ranged from running creative English language courses for Young People at the British Council in Cairo to co-founding a music project for children in Uganda. She has worked extensively with special needs adults and children and facilitates music workshops that support participant’s creative exploration of their own musicality.