“Foxtale is a group of international actresses who are pushing at the received notion of theatre, twisting narratives with their energy and imagination.” (Paul Hegarty, Theatre Bubble)
Five European women step into the unknown and tell stories that you have to finish. Threading images and text, we piece together visceral performance artworks. We come into the space with a shared physical language that playfully guides our devising process. We train, we play, we dance together.
We believe in the liminal.
We believe in the spontaneous.
We believe in creating for the sheer joy of it.
Meet the devising performers of Foxtale Ensemble:
We are five women – Judita Vivas (Lithuania), Lucy White (UK), Hannah Newman (UK), Emilia Oldani (Norway) and Elena Skreka (Greece) – we are devising performers with five different bodies and a shared performance making vocabulary.
Judita is a Lithuanian performer and physical theatre artist based in the UK. She is an Associate Artist of DUENDE, one-half of theatre duo Double Trouble, and holds a PhD from the University of Kent. For the past ten years, Judita has performed in a number of performance projects, collaborated with international theatre practitioners, companies and researchers, worked with communities and taught physical theatre. With an emphasis on performer’s presence, movement, text and tangible materials, her work often draws on real stories, mythologies and autobiographical narratives.
Based in Bristol Lucy is exploring the link between the arts and mental health and continuing to develop her practice. Since graduating from LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts) in Berlin (2017), she has further explored clowning with Clown teacher and Drama Therapist Holly Stoppit. Dramaturgy, improvisation and character work play an important part in her creative approach. Previous to this she was immersed in the world of curious encounters with spoken word as Co-Producer of the award-winning Wise Words Festival after having completed her undergraduate Masters degree in Physical Actor Training and Performance at the University of Kent (2012).
Hannah is a PhD candidate researching into how immersive drama environments can aid the diagnosis of autism in children and has worked as a senior practitioner on Imagining Autism. She is interested in the combination of drama and the sciences, exploring how this connection can be utilised in training, performance and research projects. Currently, Hannah is also an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent, teaching modules on devising and physical theatre. She is drawn to physical comedy, working with the ridiculous and encouraging playful encounters with others. She is a self-confessed geek who loves to research ideas and is always on hand to feed and water the Foxies (and anyone else).
Emilia is a Norwegian theatre and film actress. Before returning to work in Oslo, she studied theatre in the UK and attended DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in Athens, Greece. She enjoys experimenting with text and physicality on stage, telling imaginative stories to children, doing comedy and drama on the screen and creating moving experiences for the audience. In 2017 she co-funded a film collective in Oslo called På en måte Produksjoner (In a Way Productions), a group of up-and-coming actors who write, produce and perform in film.
Elena is a Greek performer and dramatherapist residing in England. She has studied English Language, Literature and Theatre (in Greece and the UK) and trained with DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in Athens. She has an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her performance training involves Playback Theatre, contemporary dance and a life-long training in traditional Greek dances. Her interests include creating abstract narratives, innovative staging of literature and physical improvisation.