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A summary of current projects can be found below. For more updates, follow me on twitter here →
Variations Variations / April 2023

I am currently Director of Variations written by Katie Hims. This will be performed at The Egg Theatre and is with Bath Theatre Academy.

The Snow Queen / November 2022

I am currently Assistant Director on New International Encounter's Christmas production of The Snow Queen at The Tobacco Factory Theatre. Directed by Alex Byrne and devised by the company, this show will be running throughout December and into the new year.
The Snow Queen - Directing
Move Makers / October 2022

The Eden Project and Rising Arts Agency have commissioned me to create a responsive event inspired by  Pollinator Pathmaker  by artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. Move Makers at Windmill Hill City Farm will be an interactive event to explore mutualism and celebrate biodiversity. Performer Deepraj Singh will lead the audience through a series of offers in order to build an imaginary garden and celebrate how we move.

 Move Makers 
Acting Lab / September 2022

This academic year, I will be co-directing the Acting Lab course at Tobacco Factory Theatre alongside George Nichols. This course consists of weekly acting classes for adults – an opportunity to develop performance skills, explore scripts by celebrated playwrights and discover the approaches of renowned theatre practitioners.
Play in a Week Play in a Week / August 2022

Working alongside directors John Ward and Kate Pasco, I will be assisting and movement directing two devising plays at The Tobacco Factory Theatre this summer.
ROAR / July 2022

I’m currently Movement Director on ROAR which will be a parade through Weston-super-Mare. Collaborating with Theatre Orchard and IntoUniversity, this project aims to empower young people from underserved communities to challenge perceptions through art and performance.
The Story Olympics The Story Olympics / July 2022

The Schools Takeover Project is a chance to collaborate with a local SEN School to create an entire show at The Tobacco Factory Theatre. This year, I will be Movement Director on The Story Olympics, a play devised and created with New Fosseway.

The Wardrobe / May 2022

I am currently working as a Movement Director on The Wardrobe, directed by Jenny Davies. This will be performed at The Egg Theatre and is with Bath Theatre Academy.
Photo credit Chelsey Cliff

The Wardobe
It Snows It Snows / May 2022

Working alongside Director Kate Pasco, I’m Movement Director on
It Snows
, written by Bryony Lavery at The Egg Theatre with Bath Theatre Academy.
Photo credit Chelsey Cliff
RTYDS / April 2022

I have been selected by the Tobacco Factory to be part of the
New Directions South West training programme. This is ran by the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme and will be a 3 day intensive training workshop with industry professionals. Partner organisations include, The Exeter Northcott, Hall for Cornwall, Beyond Face, imPOSSIBLE Producing and The Tobacco Factory Theatre.
Movema Movema / March 2022

I have joined an amazing dance company called Movema and with them, I’m currently delivering a Shakespeare Project to schools across Bristol using movement to explore storytelling and wellbeing.

Creative Journeys / February 2022

I have been commissioned by Art Acumen to make a site-responsive short film as part of a wider project called Creative Journeys. Working with three dancers, Joe Kennedy, Anna Kaszuba and Mia Macleod and supported by Gathering Voices, this piece will look at how different energies intersect on the crossing outside of St Mary Redcliffe Church.
Creative Journeys
Tobacco Factory Theatres Acting Lab / January 2022

I have joined the Tobacco Factory Theatres team as a Resident Facilitator on their Acting Lab Programme, working as an Assistant to Director John Ward.

 Tobacco Factory - Our Team 
The Beat of Our Hearts / January 2022

I am currently Movement Director of a new play at The Exeter Northcott Theatre. The Beat of Our Hearts, written by Natalie McGrath, is “A tender exploration of LGBTQIA+ loneliness and belonging”, directed by Scott Hurran.

 The Beat of Our Hearts 
the beat of our hearts
Little Women in Black Little Women in Black / December 2021

Merging the classic novel Little Women and the cult movie Men in Black, I'm currently choreographer on the Wardrobe Theatre's Christmas show LWIB. To find out more visit the link below.

 Little Women In Black 
Natural Theatre Company / November 2021

Founded in 1970, The Natural Theatre Company is a street theatre company based in Bath. Performing all over the world, I am honoured to be joining the company as an actor.
Oh Europa Oh Europa / October 2021

Experimenting with a new form of creative documentation and writing, I've been an eye-witness for Oh Europa on their visit to Filwood Community Centre in Bristol. Action Hero have been traveling Europe collecting and recording love songs since 2018. To find out more visit the link below.

 Oh Europa 
SMOOSH! / September 2021

Working with Flamingo Chicks and New Fosseway School, I performed as part of SMOOSH! an inclusive, celebratory mobile street party, made up of 70 wind and brass musicians and a troop of dancers on the streets of Knowle West.

BBC New Creatives BBC New Creatives / September 2021

Written by Alice Wilson, Consumer Luxuries is a radio play that explores a world in which you can sell daydreams. As part of the BBC New Creatives series, I play the role of Charlie and Customer. This aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra and is now available on BBC Sounds.

 Consumer Luxuries 
#WhoseFuture / July 2021

My poetry has been featured on billboards across Bristol, as part of the #WhoseFuture campaign with Rising Arts Agency. We are taking up to space to spark conversations about Care and Wellbeing.

Sophie Poetry Poster 1 of 3
National Trust The National Trust / June 2021

For the past 6 months I have been working as a Creative Consultant on Our Future - a National Trust pilot project to amplify young people’s voices in the organisation.
Nora: A Doll’s House / May 2021

I’m currently working as Movement Director on a production of Nora: A Doll’s House. Directed by Julia Head, this play is written by Stef Smith and is presented by Bath Theatre Academy, at The Egg Theatre.
Photo credit
Chelsey Cliff
Nora: A Doll’s House
Chaos Chaos / May 2021

Performed at The Egg Theatre, Bath Theatre Academy presents Chaos by Laura Lomas. I’m working alongside director, Josh Whatsize, to create the physical world of this piece.
Photo credit Lloyd Evans Photography
Zero for the Young Dudes! / May 2021

Bath Theatre Academy presents, Zero for the Young Dudes! Directed by Kate Pasco and written by Alistair McDowall, I’m Movement Director on this show at The Egg Theatre.
Photo credit Lloyd Evans Photography
IWD Extracts IWD Extracts / March 2021

In honour of International Women's Day 2021, I have created a experimental visual poetry collection. Written in response to inspiring stories from "100 Nasty Women of History" by Hannah Jewell.
Inclusive Dance Artist / January 2021

I'm delighted to be working as a teacher for Flamingo Chicks. They are a fantastic inclusive community, giving all children the chance to enjoy and explore dance. We work in settings such as special schools, hospices and community organisations #BalletNotBarriers

 Flamingo Chicks 
Flamingo Chicks
Rising Arts Agency Rising Arts Agency / November 2020

I have been welcomed into Rising Arts Agency’s collective of artists. Focusing on advocating for radical change in the arts and beyond; I am very proud to be a part of this group of forward-thinking creatives.

 Rising Arts Agency 
Icarus / October 2020

Emile Clarke and I are co-directing a dance piece called Icarus. This will be performed by Joe Kennedy as part of Gathering Voices Fragments II at TheWorksTheatre.
The Sea / Hammerpuzzle R and D Hammerpuzzle R and D / September 2020

Looking at human connection with the sea and the stories it can tell us; I will be Movement Director on a research and development project with Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company.

 The Sea 
Unlocked and Unbolted / August 2020

I will be Movement Director on a show at The Corn Exchange in Newbury called Unlocked and Unbolted. Directed by Bryn Holding, this piece will consist of 12 socially distanced performers, working on a grid design and exploring what this unprecedented time has been like for young people.

 Corn Exchange Newbury 
Unlocked and Unbolted Logo
After Party - Emile Clarke After Party / August 2020

TheWorksTheatre is a new initiative from Gathering Voices and is based in an ex-factory site called PrintWorks in Bedminster. They will be running socially distanced performances with various artists. I have directed a 15 minute movement piece called After Party with performer Emile Clarke.
Albion Fields / August 2020

Albion Fields imagines a divided England of 2049 where the rich live in 100 storeys high skyscrapers, whilst the poor remain in ground level slums: dissent grows at all levels. Directed by Nick Spollin, I have had the pleasure of being Movement Director for this piece.
Albion Fields
The Bristol 48 hour Puppetry Challenge 48 hour Puppetry Film Challenge / August 2020

In association with Puppet Place and The House of Funny Noises; The Bristol 48 hour Puppetry Challenge is an opportunity to create a short original film, culminating in an Online Festival. Funded by the National Lottery. I have worked on a film called Switch as a puppeteer, directed by Matthew Gilpin - link below.

Body Language Diploma / July 2020

During the Covid-19 pandemic, I have taken this time to study the art of Body Language with an online psychology course. I have gained a Diploma (98% and a distinction) through The Centre of Excellence and hope to use my new found knowledge across my work as a facilitator, movement director, puppeteer and beyond.
Body Language Diploma
Poetry Commission / June 2020

I have been commissioned by Rising Arts Agency to write a collection of Poems, based on the provocation “Covid-19: This is How my Life has changed…”.

The Poetry Collection is called The Abrupt Pause - link below.

 The Abrupt Pause 
Funko Animation Studios / February 2020

Through The Egg Theatre, I have had the opportunity to work with the animators from Funko Animation Studios, to explore the idea of creating characters through movement, whilst also live illustrating them.
Crusaders / February 2020

I am Movement Director on the Kings Company's production of Crusaders for their NT Connection Show in February 2020 at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth.

 The Kings Theatre Portsmouth 
Charmane Tour Charmane Tour / January 2020

After a succesful run at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol, Charmane is going on Tour across 8 venues in the UK.
BBC New Creatives / December 2019

I have made my radio drama debut in No Place Like Home on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Playing the role of Lucy, it is written by James Cresswell and directed by Paul Dodgson. It's a 15 minute horror - available via the link below.

 No Place Like Home 
BBC New Creatives
Reindeer on the Roof Reindeer on the Roof / December 2019

I am performing in Hodgepodge Theatre Company's Christmas Tour of Reindeer on the Roof directed by Liam Wyatt.

 Hodgepodge Theatre 
Under the Greenwood Tree / November 2019

I am Movement Director on Hammerpuzzle's Christmas production of Under the Greenwood Tree at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.

 Cheltenham Everyman Theatre 
Under the Greenwood Tree
Charmane Charmane / October 2019

I am performing in the full scale production of Charmane this half term at The Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol.

 The Tobacco Factory Theatre 
Falling / September 2019

I am performing in Leaving, written by Charlotte Turner-McMullan, as part of an evening of 10 new short plays at The Egg Theatre in Bath.

 Theatre Royal Bath 
Sophie Cottle BOV Bristol Old Vic / September 2019

I will be leading Bristol Old Vic Young Company Sessions with various age groups – working on devising, acting and shaping emerging theatre makers.

 Bristol Old Vic Young Company  
Great Expectations / August 2019

I am currently Movement Director on Great Expectations at The Corn Exchange in Newbury. With a company of 32 young actors, this production is directed by Bryn Holding and is adapted by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan.

 Corn Exchange Newbury 
Great Expectations
Fuse Festival Fuse Festival / July 2019

Isle of Apples will be performing at Fuse Festival at the Shoe Box Theatre in Swindon. We are being supported by Strike a Light and have a residency in Gloucester for the rehearsal process.

 Shoebox Theatre 
Prototype / June 2019

Working with Palomar Theatre Company, I am performing in their new show Isle of Apples. A feminist physical theatre piece which explores the life of 4 Victorian muses. We are showing a 15-minute section as part of The Tobacco Factory scratch night called Prototype.
Two Noble Kinsman Two Noble Kinsman / May 2019

Working alongside Director Bryn Holding, I am delighted to be Movement Director on a production of Two Noble Kinsman, at Staffordshire University, with the final year drama students.
Song Raids and Sound Baths -
Performance Workshop
/ March 2019

Back by popular demand, WorldRoots Acappella, will be performing their walkabout act at Glastonbury Festival. Working alongside Director of Gathering Voices, Hannah Klewin, I will be running a workshop with the choir about presence, complicité and character. At the end of the session, the company will perform at The Tobacco Factory Sunday Market.
Song Raids and Sound Baths -
FEN logo Grief and High Delight R and D / February 2019

Working in Bristol Old Vic's newly converted Coopers' Loft, I have been involved in the research and development process of a new Live Art Performance, working as a Physical Theatre performer. I am working with Musical Director, Joesph Harris and Choreographer James Kent, who are collaborating with Fen Theatre (Maisie Newman and Rowan Evans) to create this highly immersive project.
Devised Piece Workshops / January + February 2019

Working alongside the Director of the Actors' Workshop Clara Marullo, I will be running two Masterclasses on how to create a personal devised piece for an audition.
Charmane Charmane / January 2019

After working with Raised Eyebrows Theatre Company on an initial research and development process; I have now been cast as Charmane for the next stage, which will be working towards previews at The Pound Arts Centre and the Strike a Light Festival.
The Snow Queen / November 2018

This Christmas, I will be playing Neve in an immersive version of The Snow Queen, directed by Emma Williams. This walkabout performance is at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester and is being produced by Strike a Light.
The Snow Queen
Move. Create. Play Move. Create. Play / October 2018

As a member of Move. Create. Play. I have been collaborating with various Bristol based Physical Theatre Practitioners. Founded by Performance Artist and Trainee Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Fiona Anderson - this community is a space to explore and develop work with like-minded people.
Charmane / September 2018

I am currently working with Raised Eyebrows Theatre on their new family show Charmane playing the character of the Fox. Supported by Arts Council England, Strike a Light, GL4 and Battersea Arts Centre, this show will subvert society’s gender norms using puppetry, story-telling and song.
Drag Project R and D Drag Project R and D / April 2018

Working as a Director, I have been researching and developing a piece of theatre, alongside Performer Nathan Richards, Writer Faye Winne and Musical Director Jack Morrison, exploring the tales of an immortal drag queen.
Colour Project R and D / April 2018

With the support of Gathering Voices I am currently researching and developing my own work as a writer and director. Over the course of 3 days, I am working with 10 wonderful artists to explore this physical theatre piece.
Colour Project
Out of your Mind Festival Out of your Mind Festival / March 2018

I am currently in rehearsal for a show called Hungry which will be performed at The Egg as part of Bath Theatre Royal’s New Writing Festival Out of your Mind. Directed by Stephanie Kempson, this piece explores the relationship between young people and adults.
Sharp Teeth / January 2018

I have been working with Director Stephanie Kempson and a brilliant group of artists on a piece called Merely Existing which will be performed at The Wardrobe Theatre at one of their monthly Sharp Teeth events.
Sharp Teeth
People, Places & Things People, Places & Things / October 2017

I am currently in Headlong’s UK Tour of People, Places & Things, playing a figment of Emma’s of imagination – a double of herself! I am at Bath Theatre Royal, Bristol Old Vic and Exeter Northcott Theatre.
Physical Theatre / July 2017

I am currently working on a devised piece with Up the Ante Theatre Company. The performance explores the idea of “who we are and why are we here”.
Physical Theatre
The Tempest Bristol Shakespeare Festival / April 2017

Following the success of the last performance, I will be performing The Tempest with Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company in The Bristol Shakespeare Festival. As a site specific piece, there will be performances at Windmill Hill City Farm and Arnos Vale Cemetery.
The Tempest / April 2017

I am performing a one-off interactive storytelling version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest for early years at The Main Place at Coleford Library in Gloucestershire. Directed by Elizabeth Cummins of Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company, I will be playing Prospero, Ferdinand, Ariel and Trinculo.
The Tempest Junior Show
In the Net In the Net / March 2017

I am currently on tour with Alter Ego Creative Solutions with their production of In the Net where I play Dotty, a 7 year old girl who gets sucked into the internet when she is not being safe online. The tour will be in the South of the UK during March, April and May.
The Tale Trail to the Snow Queen / December 2016

I am currently in The Tale Trail to the Snow Queen at The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, directed by Bryn Holding. I am playing Summer, Crow, The Clever Princess, Robber Girl and The Snow Queen. For more information click  here .
The Tale Trail to the Snow Queen
Happy Hour -
Tmesis Theatre Company
/ September 2016

I recently spent a week with Tmesis Theatre Company, observing and working with them on their newest production of Happy Hour. I had an amazing experience with this fantastic company and also had the privilege of writing a blog about my time with them.
LIPA BA (Hons) Acting / July 2016

I have completed my 3 years of Acting training at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a First Class Honours Degree.

It's been a fantastic experience and I have learnt so much.

Sophie and Paul McCartney at her LIPA Graduation
Physical Fest Physical Fest / May 2016

During May, I had the exciting opportunity of working at Physical Fest in Liverpool. It is an annual International Festival hosted by  Tmesis Theatre  company. Over 2 weeks, I took part in workshops, street theatre day and watched many inspiring performances.
Electra / May 2016

I will be playing the title role in an adaptation of the Greek Myth Electra, as part of a short play festival in Liverpool in May. Written by Hailey Mashburn and directed by Rhonwen Cash, this will be a modern take on this old tale.
Song Raids and Sound Baths -
Carleton Hobbs Carleton Hobbs -
2 Commendations
/ March 2016

After being selected to represent LIPA in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Awards 2016 I have received 2 Commendations. I was a awarded a Special Commendation for "excellent prose sight-reading" for Queen Victoria’s Letter, and for my "outstanding duologue" with Jodie Micciche for The Girls’ Guide To Saving The World.
Who's Afraid Of The Working Class / March 2016

I will be playing Suzie in a new piece of writing, Who's Afraid Of The Working Class written by Liverpool playwright Luke Barnes, at the Unity Theatre at the beginning of March. Directed by Will Hammond, I will also be the movement director for this exciting project.
 Unity Theatre Liverpool 
Who's Afraid Of The Working Class
Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester Showcase / January 2016

I will be performing in LIPA’s 2016 Graduating Actor’s Showcase in the Royal Exchange Theatre Studio, Manchester, on 27 January 2016 at 13.00.
London Showcase / January 2016

I will be performing in LIPA’s 2016 Graduating Actor’s Showcase in the Soho Theatre, London, on 21st January 2016 at 13.00.
Soho Theatre London
13 / November 2015

I will be playing Rachel in Mike Bartlett’s 13, directed by Adam Penford. With coincidences, omens and visions colliding with the political reality of the UK, this play is an exciting task for myself and the rest of the cast.
Showreel / October 2015

LIPA has given me the fantastic opportunity of working with a professional production crew, in order to film a scene for my showreel.
Sophie in Celebration by Pinter Celebration / May 2015

I will be playing the role of Suki in Harold Pinter’s Celebration, directed by Gari Jones. This is part of a one act play festival at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, in the Sennheiser Studio.
Henry V / March 2015

I am playing a number of roles in a stripped-back, all female version of Shakespeare’s Henry V. Playing French Princess Katherine, Irish Captain MacMorris and the regal Bedford is going to be an interesting contrast. Directed by Judith McSpadden, there will be a chance for some playful ensemble work and martial arts!
Sophie in Henry V
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