Our associate artists for 2017 include Royal Opera House senior lighting designer Simon Bennison and international choreographer Hannes Langolf.
Simon has lit for years for the Royal Ballet and other major dance companies including Rambert. Simon will be creating a light & sound installation with us as a background for a new dance piece.
Hannes will be leading a master class and development workshop with us.
And we are proud to welcome our first sponsor - one of the most celebrated cheese making companies in the country: High Weald - whose fine array of organic grace farmers markets nationwide as well as our gourmet foodshops, leading stores ,delicatessen and supermarkets . Mark and Sarah's excellent organisation are supporting Stories of Serendipity at Edinburgh this August. An exciting partnership in its opening phase. We cannot thank them enough.
Our charity, The Sister Sarah Trust is currently being formed to help us broaden the creative work and masterclasses we run in schools and colleges - and the workshops we have for all kinds of business, educational, sporting and parallel arts organisations. We will be shortly publishing details of its formation, Trustees, and its aims and objectives in the artistically creative worlds we work in.
ABOUT SISTER SARAH
Our mission is to create performance and run participatory events for all which promote positive social change. Fusing dance, music & text, stirring hearts and opening minds. Bringing people together through the shared experience of performance and leaving them inspired. We aim to advance awareness in people of any age or ability level, of the educational value and interpersonal benefits offered by creating and participating in dance, theatre, storytelling, devising and theatre activity and their own projects therein.
Executive & Artistic Director Sarah Hutchinson:
“I’m from Sussex and was born with an instinct for performance. Early on playing a donkey in the nursery nativity, then briefly pursuing ballet and acro before later in life finding my home with contemporary dance, contact improvisation, lindy-hop and of course physical theatre. I took a degree in Theatre and Performance and there I developed a love for both devising and directing. Warwick Arts Centre was a matchless starting point, where I could work to seriously get on top of my skills, develop my style, create and try out new pieces”.
Following Warwick, Sarah trained in the Meisner technique of: emotional authenticity for actors, and moved on to work in Physical Theatre Ensemble with Duende Theatre. As one of the JMK Regional Directors group, Sarah has worked alongside leading figures including Max Stafford Clark, Lisa Spirling and Jeremy Herrin.
Whether as a director, facilitator or performer she has been variously welcomed at many leading venues including Chichester Festival Theatre, The Place, London, Edinburgh Festival, Salisbury Playhouse and Arts Centre, Theatre 503 London and The Nightingale Theatre, Brighton amongst others.
"Having just completed my third short film, I Know You, i'm keen to do more in this medium but not leaving behind my theatre roots. I will always make work for the stage. The two mediums allow for different qualities of magic."
"The name Sister Sarah is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Sally Army mission doll in the musical “Guys and Dolls”. I’m no mission doll. The reverse in fact.
Unlike her, I started wildly – and later (hopefully) found my place…”
Directing and theatre making:
I Know You Short Film, co-produced by MET Film School, 2019.
The Bridge of Magpies Chinese myth with opera and dance, for Tete a Tete Fest at The Place, London, 2019
The Never Ending Story BYMT devised musical. 2018
Lucia di Lammermoor By Donizetti Revival for Fulham Opera at Grimebourne Festival, Arcola Theatre. Producer & Director. 2018
Lucia de Lammermoor Fulham Opera, Assistant director, to Jim Mangenelo 2017
Stories of Serendipity Development space & sharing. Salisbury Arts Centre Feb 2o17
A Christmas Cratchit by Alec Selwyn Theatre 503, London 2016
Stories of Serendipity Sister Sarah Tour 2016/17
Synergy Centre Brighton 25th, 26th Nov 2016
Salisbury Arts Centre, 15th Feb 2017
Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals 2017
Explore BYMT UK Musical Theatre, workshops and productions. May 2016-present.
No 60 to the Somme by Greg Mosse and Carol Godsmark, Riverside Theatre, Chichester. Assistant to Roger Redfarn. Sep-Nov 2015
Moving Tales Distraction Dance Co, Portsmouth. Development workshops for verbatim inspired dance piece based on recent interviews and oral histories from Portsmouth and Hampshire area, along with family history. Performances, Hampshire, Spring 2016.
Christmas Show Abstract Performing Arts Centre, Portsmouth. Selection of scenes and songs from well known musicals. 12/2014 (Ages 7-16)
Invisible Cage devised in collaboration with new writer Sally Lewis, Edinburgh Festival, 2014.
Theatre Casino, Salisbury Playhouse, two pieces of new writing, River by Linda Morse and Rain by Daniel Page 03/2014
Authentic Artist Training assisting Director Kath Burlinson. 02/2014
The Michael Collins Moment by Ruby Carr, The Salisbury Playhouse, New writing. 01/2013
Moving Tales initial development with Laban dance specialists, Rebecca Stancliffe and Hannah Martin, improvising dance in response to extracts of my writing, short stories. 08/2013 on going.
Performing at the Edge, with DUENDE, Lesvos, Greece. Pat of physical theatre ensemble. Devising and performing solos and duets, "Psychosis" and "Oppression", site specific. July 2013
Invisible Cage Devised, physical theatre inspired by stories of human trafficking, using movement, music and puppetry. Scratches performed at The Beehive Portsmouth (2012) and Wemsfest, Emsworth. 09/2013
As You Like It, Shakespeare, set in 1940s, celebrating fashion, music and dance of the era, The Bishopsfield Theatre, Fareham. 11/2013
Artistic Director, The Bishopsfield Theatre, Fareham – overseeing production management, scheduling, marketing and front of house. 2013
Blood Wedding, Lorca, physical theatre and dance with flamenco music. BFT Fareham. 03/2013
The House of Bamboo, devised musical, inspired by film noir, set in New York, BFT, Fareham. 2012
The Tempest, Shakespeare, BFT, Fareham. 2011
Theatre for All, Youth Music Theatre UK, running four day intensive workshops in schools, young people worked with professional directors, choreographers and musical directors to produce an original piece of Musical Theatre. 2011
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare. Community theatre, Patching, West Sussex.
Production Manager Codpiece Theatre Drama society, University of Warwick
East vs West Directing debut, physical theatre and movement set to the music of Philip Glass, exploring the differences and conflicts between the Eastern and Western worlds.
Vlad, Shauna & Maria Invisible Cage Edinburgh 2014
Brunhilde A Viking’s Tale with SOOP Theatre, Havant. Children’s Theatre. 2013
Roger, Parrots of the Caribbean and Sangria, The Vampire Strikes Back with Cloak and Dagger, murder mystery. Touring, stage.
Queen, Monk and Witch, The Flying Monk, SOOP Theatre, Havant, devised, physical theatre play, stage.
Popov, The Bear, Chekov, Lewes Repertory Theatre, Directed by Rikki Tarascus, stage.
Eve, The Bin Man, played the role of an unfortunate victim of an internet date which went fatally wrong. Film, short.
Weronika, Death’s Door, Drop Dead Theatre, murder mystery play.
Theatre and Performance Studies University of Warwick, 2000-2003, 2:1.
Meisner Technique, Brighton UK. Learning to react in the moment and be emotionally authentic as a performer. 2005/6 I also met William Esper and observed training in his New York studio. 2013
Body Voice with Britt Forsberg at ACT in Brighton, voice and movement training. 2005/6
Physical Theatre Ensemble with John Britton, plus solo and group improvisation workshops with: Kate Hilder, Andrew Morrish, London. 2012/13
Authentic Artist training, mentored by Director Kath Burlinson, work shopping pieces of my writing for stage and directing groups of actors under her guidance. 2012
JMK Regional Directors Mentored by Lisa Spirling, Jeremy Herrin & Max Stafford Clark.
Sister Sarah Productions Ltd, Registered at Companies House no 10593672. VAT no. and charity status pending. Reg address: 103 Elm Grove, Portsmouth, Southsea, PO5 1LH. Director S A Hutchinson (managing) & B Warnett. All rights reserved.