Emma Frankland

Emma is an award winning theatre maker and performer.

In recent years her work has been focussed on issues around gender and identity (relating to her own transition as a trans woman) and politically motivated performances. In the past 12 months, she has spoken on panels and led talks around the themes of the None of Us is Yet a Robot project at Trans* Pride, Brighton; Wadham College Queer Week, Oxford University; The Wellcome Trust’s ‘Sick of the Fringe’, Edinburgh Festival and for transgender youth organisation, Gendered Intelligence. She has also written for the Guardian newspaper online.

She has created a diverse collection of work and was featured in the British Council Showcase at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival with an anarchic adaptation of ʻDon Quijoteʼ. The show won the Wildfire Critic’s Choice award at the 2014 Ignite festival and has toured the UK & internationally, appearing in Rio de Janeiro at Festival del Tempo.

Emma is an associate artist with Coney and a regular collaborator with Chris Goode and Company. She regularly works as guest performer or dramaturge for other artists and companies including: Jamie Wood, Camden People’s Theatre, Rachel Mars, Old Salt Theatre, Pink Fringe, Rachael Clerke, The Frequency D’ici and Wild Works.

She is a two-time Fringe First award winner and Total Theatre Award nominee. Throughout her work, there is a shared theatrical language that focuses on honesty, action & a playfully destructive DIY aesthetic.

Abby Butcher

Abby Butcher is a Brighton-based Creative Producer who works across contemporary, interdiserplinary practices and queer performance.

Her practice is focused on explorations of gender and sexuality in performance. She collaborates with artists on all aspects of new work from conception to touring.

Until 2013, Abby worked as Programme Manager at The Basement, having worked up from her entry-level post three years prior. She has continued to work in venues in a freelance capacity, most recently as Artist Development Producer at Camden People’s Theatre.

Abby co-runs The Marlborough Theatre’s programme and produces independent artists Rachel Mars, Ira Brand, Mars.tarrab and Eilidh MacAskill. She is a producer for LGBTQ organisation Pink Fringe and is a passionate champion of queer performance work. She is a Live Art UK associate in her role at Pink Fringe.

Abby is a recipient of the Edinburgh Fringe Emerging Producers Bursary 2014 and is mentored by Sarah Jane Murray, Deputy Head of National Theatre Studio.