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Company C.V bright s h a d o w ltd. Beach Creative, Beach House, Beach Street, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5PT 07823 697697 Company No: 7813202 Mission s t a t e m e n t bright s h a d o w exists to transport people to different places and spaces through playful, immersive and imaginative performance experiences. We do this through Performance and Dementia, participatory projects and interactive performances. The d i r e c t o r s Katy Hirst and Rhiannon Lane (Both 1st Hons MDram with specialism in Applied Performance) direct, perform, facilitate and project manage for the company. Both have a rich experience of working in diverse community groups for a wide range of organisations. Rhiannon and Katy share a passion for using performance and creativity to give people a voice, an opportunity for self expression and to bring about positive social change.

Skills & e x p e r i e n c e ℘ Research interest in Performance and Dementia. Presented findings at UK Dementia Congress 2012. ℘ Current Associate Theatre Company and previously Resident Theatre Company at the Gulbenkian Theatre and UKC School of Arts ℘ Confident facilitators and workshop leaders ℘ Experienced in stage production ℘ Excellent project management skills, including financial management ℘ Organised with good administration skills, including IT/computing (on word, excel, Mac) ℘ Both members hold full, clean driving licences.

Memberships & q u a l i f i c a t i o n s ℘ ℘ ℘ ℘ ℘

Members of Equity, trade union for Actors Hold company public liability insurance up to £10,000,000 Hold company employers liability insurance up to £10,000,000 Directors in possession of a fully up to date enhanced CRB check Trained in first aid, child protection and food hygiene

Work h i s t o r y Date


Sept 2011ongoing

Multiple performance and Dementia programmes


Bright Adventures drama workshops.

MayAugust 2013

Dementia Installationworking with early onset dementia group and young people to create an installation to show the experience of someone with dementia. Herne Bay Community Play

April 2013August 2014


Funder/ commissioner Current/ongoing Avante care Avante homes across Kent and South East London Various, N/A including community centers, early years N/A SILK, KCC

The Herne Bay community Previous Gulbenkian Theatre and various Early Years settings in Canterbury district.

Creative Team

Faclitators and Project Managers: Katy Hirst & Rhiannon Lane Evaluator: Rasa Mikelyte Company Directors

Faclitators and Project Managers: Katy Hirst & Rhiannon Lane


Bright Shadow and Claque Theatre Company Partnership

ACE, Sure Start, Gulbenkian Theatre

Facilitators, performers and project managers: Katy Hirst and Rhiannon Lane. Performers: Javan Hughes and Amber Rose May. Director: Katy Hirst Designer: Jo Dyer, Animate Faclitators and Project Managers: Katy Hirst & Rhiannon Lane Consultatnts: Claque Theatre Rhiannon Lane: Script development and director Katy Hirst: Performer Blackbox Videography: Filming and editing Faclitators, project managers and performers: Katy Hirst & Rhiannon Lane. Director: Matt Feerick, Wet Picnic. Designer: kate Unwin

October 2012January 2013

Home Sweet Home. An immersive performance adventure for pre-school children and their families. Devised by the company through working with pre-school children.

Sept – Nov 2012

Community Treasures: community consultation project

Thanington ward, Canterbury

Brook Trust Fund

JuneOctober 2012

Virtually Safe: creating a film for Social Work degree training materials.


University of Kent

January August 2012

Salon Luminhaire. Research and Development and subsequent tour of installation for outdoor festivals.

Winchester Hat Fair, Winchester Hat Fair Out There (rural touring), Herne Bay

ACE, Winchester Hat Fair, South Hill Park, KCC

Sept-Nov 2011

Bright Skies drama clubs: community clubs.

SeptOctober 2011 JuneSept 2011

Judy’s Place. Interactive performance installation.

Oct-Dec 2010

Get Your Wires Crossed. Staff development programme to promote inter-department communication. Tales from the Chair. Sitespecific performance in a hair salon using real-life stories of kindness and heroism.

April-July 2010

Style a While. Interactive performance installation for outdoor festivals based on Tales from the Chair.

Festival, Canterbury High Festival Parents and toddlers, over 60s and people with dementia and their carers. Gulbenkian Theatre cafe


Company Directors

Gulbenkian Theatre

Company Directors

Emerge Festival, South Hill Park, Winchester Hat Fair UKC staff


Company Directors

University of Kent, Creative Campus.

Company Directors

Herne Bay Hairdressers and wider public

People United, We All Do Good Things project

Facilitation, project management and performers: Katy Hirst and Rhiannon Lane. Performer: Emma Reader, Wide Eyed Theatre Researchers: Nicola Shaughnessey and Melissa Trimmingham (UKC) Performers and facilitators: Katy Hirst and Rhiannon Lane and Clare Beresford and Alex Scott, Little Bulb. Company Directors

Sept-Dec 2009

Imagining Autism. University research project, investigating performance interventions with children with Autism.

St Nicholas School, Canterbury

University of Kent

JuneAugust 2009

Guide Before the Tide. Interactive guided tour/performance of Herne Bay. Created using real life stories and memories.

Herne Bay Festival

Canterbury City Council MAD development fund.

References Liz Moran, Director, Gulbenkian Theatre

Richard MacIntyre Operations Manager, Avante

Case s t u d i e s Project: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Adventure Workshop Client: Aylsham Neighborhood Project, parent and toddler groups About: For World Book Day, Bright Shadow created a participatory adventure to tell the story of the popular children’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Walls became trees, ceilings hung with vines, we journeyed through the sea and had a wild rumpus! ‘fantastic’ ‘excellent storytelling and group participation’ Project: Home Sweet Home, October 2012-January 2013 Funders/partners: ACE, Sure Start, Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury Performances: Gulbenkian Theatre, City View Pre-School, Aylesham Neighbourhood Project, Choo Choos day nursery. About: This was a research and development project to explore making an interactive, immersive piece of theatre for pre-school children and their families. Starting with the themes of family, hope and security, we worked with pre-schools to explore these themes. This was used to inform the devising process. The finished show was about Mr Pillowmaker, and his quest to make his lost ‘magical stuffing’ come back again.

Project: Performance and Dementia Participants: Residents and Staff at Avante Partnership Care Homes About: Bright Shadow is passionate about enabling people with dementia to express themselves and their character, celebrating the present moment and improving a person with dementia’s social and emotional wellbeing. We do this through performance workshops that take participants on imaginary, sensory journeys to different places and spaces. Our projects also involve a training programme for staff. We have had a project evaluated by an independent evaluator and our work proved to have positive results for people with dementia. “I was quite fed up with myself and they cheered me up” Participant with dementia “I think that Bright Shadow had that spontaneous approach. It was meaningful, related to them and took them out of themselves a bit…it’s about valuing people, respect and understanding.” Operations Manager, Practice Development, Avante

Project: Salon Luminhaire January 2012-August 2012 Performances: Winchester Hat Fair, Hat Fair Out There, Herne Bay Festival 2012 Funders: ACE, Winchester Hat Fair, KCC, CCC About: Salon Luminhaire is an interactive installation that is hairy on the outside and all heart on the inside. In this salon for the mind, explore a world of stories, experiences and provocations that divert your attention to the kinder side of life. Salon Luminhaire’s staff will always be on hand to help you on your journey through this installation which spotlights, magnifies and celebrates the small things that make a difference. This project involved collaborating with Matt Feerick, Artistic Director of Wet Picnic as director, Kate Hazel of Winchester Hat Fair as Creative Producer and Kate Unwin as set design and builder.

Project: Guide Before the Tide, April-August 2009 Client: Herne Bay Festival Funders: Canterbury City Council, Mad Award About: Interactive performed guided tour of Herne Bay, based on community engagement.

Project: Get Your Wires Crossed, October-December 2010 Participants: University of Kent Staff Funders: UKC Creative Campus About: A creative communication project to develop internal relations at the University of Kent.

‘Excellent, a great way to bring community into the work place’ ‘Innovative’ ‘The highlight of my day’. ‘I will miss it now it’s over’

Bright shadow cv 2013