Meet the Artists in Our Happy City

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I always love this bit: (cast from L-R),

Victor Esses, Debbie Korley, Heidi Dorschler, Samuel Lawrence, Esme Patey Ford

At Just Jones & we like to build to work with artists we’ve built up relationships with over time and to invite new people to work with us so we keep our processes open, refreshed and are forced to revisit our biases and assumptions.

On this leg of Artist in a Happy City development the creative team is:

  • Jens Demant Cole – Design & Dramaturgy
  • Heidi Dorschler – Associate Design & Participation
  • David Lane – Co-writing and co- Direction
  • Gloria Lindh – Producer for Little Mighty
  • Eleanor Margolies – Accessible Performances Consultant
  • Rebecca Manson Jones – Co-writing and co-Direction

Further Information

  • Heidi Dorschler –  trained at Dartington and has worked across England and Europe with companies such as Golden Tree Productions, Just Jones &, WildWorks, Cube Theatre, CScape Dance, Kneehigh Theatre, and Exeter Northcott. Heidi has also played the lead in several acclaimed short films, including Pat Kelman’s ‘Pianissimo’ and Sean Page’s ‘Emily’. When not acting Heidi works as a visual artist, most recently collaborating with Jeremiah Krage in Hook Skip Repeat. Other installations can be found at the Eden Project, Cornwall. She was associate director for the Cornwall venues of Just Jones &’s An Enemy of the People
  • Victor Esses – Acting credits include devised piece Faraway, So Close (Old Fire Station) on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Codependently Yours (Deptford X Festival, Arcola Theatre Lab) poetic two-hander he co-wrote/composed, Earthquakes (Camden Image Gallery) live-art piece, Dis Place (The Glory, Latitude) theatre game about immigration he devised, An Enemy of the People (Arcola).
  • Debbie Korley – Theatre: Cargo (Arcola); King Lear (Talawa/Manchester Royal Exchange/Birmingham Rep); Boi Boi is Dead (WYP/Tiata Fahodzi/Watford Palace Theatre); Too Clever By Half (Told by an Idiot/Manchester Royal Exchange); Black Jesus (Finborough); King Lear, Little Eagles, Morte D’Arthur, Grain Store, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, American Trade, As You Like it (RSC); Comedy of Errors (RSC/Told by an Idiot); Coram Boy (NT), A Matter of Life and Death (Kneehigh/NT); Cinderella (Stratford East); Whistle Down the Wind (West End/Tour); Aida (Royal Albert Hall); Film: The One’s Below; MONSTER; Creature of The Estuary. Television: Casualty, Doctors, Holy Smoke, Green Balloon Club (BBC); Presentation (Cbeebies); Night and Day (Granada). Debbie first worked with Rebecca at the Almeida Theatre and workshopped the role of Petra for An Enemy of the People.
  • Samuel Lawrence– Samuel graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after completing the 3 year BA in acting and before this trained at the ITV Television Workshops in his hometown of Bristol. Theatre credits include – Victory (The Nightingale Collective, Theatre503), Next Lesson (Hyphen Theatre, Pleasance Theatre), Moon Mission 54321 (Cross Cut Theatre), King John (Hammerpuzzle Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath), An Enemy of the People (Just Jones & UK tour), 55 Days (The Hampstead Theatre), The Wheels on a the Bus (National tour), Hush (Cockpit Theatre).
  • Esme Patey-Ford Esmé trained at Mountview, and is a founding member of Hyphen Theatre Company: Recent theatre includes: Hand to God U/S (Vaudeville); Next Lesson (Pleasance); Myisi (New Diorama); Asking Rembrandt (Old Red Lion); Oh, the Humanity (Tabard); Games of Love and Chance (Bedlam, Edinburgh). TV includes: Coronation Street. Esme first worked with JustJones& as part of the ensemble in An Enemy of the People
  • David Lane – has been a playwright and dramaturg since 2002, writing numerous plays for young companies and professional touring including with Half Moon, Travelling Light, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Chichester Festival Theatre, British School of Beijing, Salisbury Playhouse and the egg. Commissions for adult audiences include productions with Theatre 503, Theatre West and Tobacco Factory Theatres
  • Eleanor Margolies  is a writer and theatre-maker. She has worked as an audio describer for 10 years, describing the visual elements of live performance, architecture and museum exhibitions for blind and partially sighted people. Her other interests include the importance of walking and cycling in making happy cities.  Eleanor will be working with to advise on how to make a show about happy cities, accessible to all audiences.
  • For information about Rebecca, Jens and Gloria follow the links.

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