‘I don’t remember where I am when I decide to walk. Maybe the idea creeps up on me over time – born somewhere within me the first time I saw the sea.
Like osmosis, the thought it soaks into my skin and lies in wait until I cry it out as a single teardrop. Glistening, shimmering, and whole – it falls out of my subconscious and into my knowledge.
The know, the knowing, that I need to walk.’
RIGHT OF WAY, involving walking the South West Coast Path, and is a semi-autobiographical piece that explores the intimate connection we have with powerful bodies of water, our heritage, and with the women in our lives. Rooted in a place of joy, breath, and deep listening, it is an embodied reflection on chronic illness, accessibility, Young Carers, and radical joy.
Beth Bowden is an interdisciplinary theatre-maker and director, based between the South West and London. Trained at the University of Exeter, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Advanced Theatre Practice) and the National Youth Theatre, her practice makes a mess, deconstructs form, and subverts traditional theatre structures. Working in collaborative, research led, responsive ways, and rooted in communities, she champions accessible art for social justice. This intersection provides a fierce creative foundation, within which she moves, makes, and advocates. She is a Vault Five Artist for 2022/2023 and an Almeida Youth Board Member.
Susannah Bramwell is a Creative Producer based between the South West and London. She believes in the transformative power of the arts, and is passionate about making socially driven, interdisciplinary, and female led theatre. While completing her MA Creative Producing at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama she toured her production ‘Lavender’, a play about growing up queer in the South West, to Devon and London. She also recently produced the OFFIE Nominated 'Confinement', a costume-led site specific piece exploring motherhood in the pandemic. Her work champions accessibility and collaboration, and has a strong foundation in participation, collaboration, and research. She is the current Interim Cultural Programme Manager at Shoreditch Town Hall.
Cast & Creative Team Performer/Writer: Beth Bowden
Creative Producer: Susannah Bramwell
Associate Artist: Nina Fidderman
Production Manager: Lizzie Debonnaire
Artwork: Nell Weston
Thank you to Royal Central School of Speech and Drama ATP team, MakeTank (Exeter), The University of Exeter and the Vault Festival Team for your continued support.
Nina is a theatre-maker and actor based in London. She trained with the National Youth Theatre and has just completed her MA in Acting at East 15 Acting School. In her early career, she has sought work which represents the queer community and those that champion marginalised voices. She is passionate about creating work which places accessibility and diversity at its core. Nina seeks stories that are unapologetic, truthful and daring.
Lizzie Debonnaire is a Production Manager and Theatre Maker based outside West London. Her most recent work includes a site specific Offy nominated show entitled 'Confinement' by Ceshi&Lane. Lizzie works to stage productions that excite audiences, creating projects from old and new writing. She has also trained in Production Management at the National Film and Television School. Working her way across Theatre, Film and TV, Lizzie has a passion about creating a world for the audience to immerse themselves in.