Biography

In 2016 Francesca created Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night, commissioned by Birmingham Rep. ‘Stories to tell’ is a series of short, quirky, dark tales told live to an audience that follows the pattern of a sleepless night. The show played to critical acclaim at Edinburgh 2016, and was followed by a two week run at Birmingham Rep in January 2017, continuing to tour the West Midlands in hospices, schools, and community centre’s as part of the prestigious Sir Barry Jackson Tour.

Francesca is currently working on a project commissioned by Warwickshire County Council researching the extensive archives of Hatton County Asylum.  She is also part of team creating Fair Field a series of performances re-staging the 14th century poem Piers Plowman at Ledbury Poetry Festival and Shoreditch Town Hall.

During 2015 and 2016 Francesca was artist in residence at the National Waterways Museum, in Ellesmere Port, working across 10 months to create ‘Walking the Shroppie‘ a performance based on retracing the steps of a historic 66 mile canal walk, as well as working closely with museum staff and volunteers to explore creative ways of telling the story of the museum. In 2015 she was commissioned by The New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, to create a new piece: Gold! as part of their Staffordshire Hoard Festival. Gold! was an investigation into what that precious metal means to us now and what it has always meant to us. It was re-staged as a double bill with Caroline Horton’s Tranklements at Birmingham Rep in 2016. 

In 2014 Francesca premiered The Forensics of a Flat (and other stories) produced by Pippa Frith in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, followed by a national preview tour. ‘The Forensics’ charted her investigation into the history of the flat she lived in and it’s area in suburban Birmingham while her landlord held karaoke parties downstairs.

Also in 2014, she created two brand new work’s My Dearest Girls: The Letters Book and My Dearest Girls: Helen’s Story based on the letters sent between a group of Shropshire women between 1917-1920. Commissioned by Arts Alive and Shropshire Archives, this duo of performances has been touring across Shropshire and nationally and will continue to do so until 2018 marking the centenary of WW1.

Francesca’s piece Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs toured nationally throughout 2012 – 2015 after its critical success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011, with over 100 performances to date.

Christmas 2015, she was ‘Mother Christmas’ as part of Kiln Ensemble and Birmingham REP’s ‘Dirty Grotto’. In 2016 she was performer for Feast of the Dead created by Dens & Signals to mark 950 year of the battle of Hastings. In 2012 and 2013 she was a devisor / performer for Jane Packman Company on ‘The Wake.’

Francesca graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a BA in Theatre in 2004 and from Brunel with a MA in Contemporary Performance Making in 2009.

Francesca works with long term collaborator, award winning Pippa Frith as her producer.

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