Co-creators, Emma and Lucy welcome you to WhatNot.
We like sharing stories. Whether based in the world of imagination or fact. There is an epic tale to be told in the simplest of everyday stories, sometimes found in the most unlikely of places.
People gathering together to share, partake or simply observe can be a powerful experience; it can provoke change. We want you to challenge us to look at the world differently. To share the journey as we laugh at ourselves, ignite passions, confront our fears and evolve.
Our goal is to produce theatre in random places and not always be confined to the more traditional venues. We want to create connections, we do not want separation from our audiences. Theatre, in all its forms, should be accessible to all.
We actively invite an audience from all walks of life, and want to break down the invisible boundaries between the spectacle and spectator.
What not? Why not? Where not?
WhatNot Theatre creates high quality work with a strong focus on community. Collaborating with individuals and groups who suffer social injustice, prejudice and those who aren't given a voice. Through comedy, movement, story telling and a little bit silliness WhatNot create theatre accessible to all in unusual spaces.
Emma is an Oxford born and bred based performer/devisor. She started her early performance years with Oxford youth company MYCO, getting stuck in with all things musical.
She studied at READ Dance and Theatre College for one year before going on to train at Rose Bruford College on the European Theatre Arts course. Here is where she found her love for ALL styles of movement and devised theatre whilst collaborating on the original piece, 'The Opticon Illusion' and Taduez Kantor inspired performance Today is my 100th Birthday which the company took to Edinburgh in 2015 . Bruford took Emma to Barcelona's Institut Del Teatre where she learnt the ever-so sexy art of flamenco and spent 4 months devising, dancing and eating cheese.
Emma has a keen passion for producing, design and moving!
She likes to focus on dance, devised movement and ensemble theatre and has a strong passion for getting everyone involved! She started in musical theatre and loves telling stories though all the mediums of the body. A keen singer, she regularly performs for Oxford University as a cabaret singer staging old American songs to the Alumni.
Dabbling in the technical theatre world, Emma loves a bit of side lighting. She is very proficient at stage make-up and special FX . She has stage managed for Oxford Youth Music Theatre at both the Oxford Playhouse and Headington Theatre.
Fellow Oxford born and bred, Lucy began treading the boards at the tender age of 8, singing and dancing her way through the world of Pantomimes and Musicals.
Upon graduation from the Birmingham School of Acting she became the face of Scots Porridge Oats, peeking under a Scotsman’s kilt for the ‘Scots so Easy’ Television campaign. She later joined the cast of ‘Doctors’ at the BBC with a touch of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Lucy’s soul thrives in theatre.
A core Actress with the Deck Theatre Company for 5 years, she discovered and developed a passion for Mime, performing new pieces of writing at the OxFringe (now OffBeat), Camden Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. These include creating the role of ‘Muse’ in ‘The Muse Sneezes’ where she toured Switzerland as this purely physical, non-speaking clown. In the play, ‘Pinch in Love’ she was a frazzled mother managing to keep her cycle of child rearing, distraction and despair sympathetic. And in the ensemble piece ‘Armageddon’ as the Godly ‘Juno’ who has fallen from grace in a world of misconception and half-truths.
Lucy was delighted to perform in Poland with ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, a production she co-devised which brought her character quite literally off a canvas. A journey through an augmented reality where spectator is a co-facilitator, redrawing the line between artwork and the audience.
Engaged by the growth of interactive theatre she is producing her own piece of writing; ‘Murder Amongst the Spires’. It is based on true events, which lead to the murder of local resident, Ann Crotchley in 1824. Promenading the cobbled streets of Oxford this immersive tour will preview in 2020.
Technical Supplier, Company Technician
Ben is WhatNot's fabulous technician supplying the company with all of our light and sound equipment as well as being lighting designer and operator. Ben runs his own company BG Productions hiring out equipment to events, individuals and venues. Not only this but Ben is also a freelance technician and Events Management graduate.
Rachel is another of WhatNot's dream technical duo. Rachel has a background in prop making, stage management and technical management making sure our stage looks wonderful and our sound designs are top quality. Rachel is also an artist and illustrator as well as a freelance prop maker and technician. She is currently technical manager at Arts at The Old Fire Station.
WhatNot are very lucky to work with some fabulous artists and performers for our projects!