Crime and the treatment of criminals ought to be black and white. One rule for everyone. But is justice free from the assumptions of gender and class ever really possible? Turning Leaves brings together three stark, powerful solo performances to discuss social perception and analysis of crime and risk.
Trees Grow High
Written and directed by Eleanor Conlon and performed by Jessica Blake
A response to media controversies about female perpetrators of sex crimes.
Oh Danny Boy
Written by Jaime Woodham, directed by John Retallack and performed by Steve Hay
Written and directed by Eleanor Conlon and performed by Glen Kinch
A discussion of the establishment’s attitudes to crime and whether true impartiality is ever possible.
Turning Leaves is available for further touring in 2016. Click here for more information.
L - Trees Grow High
Jessica played the leading role of Jenny in a multi award winning feature film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel The Butterfly Tattoo, shortly after graduating from a drama degree at the University of Winchester. Other feature film work includes comedy drama Being Sold (winner Best Film at LIFF) and The Four Warriors (Lionsgate 2015).
She has also acted in several radio plays for BBC Radio 4, and TV drama The Power of Poetry, again for the BBC. Jessica recently completed a theatre tour of No Man’s Land for History in Action Theatre Company. She previously worked with Eleanor Conlon in Trees Grow High at The Space.
Danny - Oh Danny Boy
Maltravers - Turning Leaves
Glen toured to New York and across Canada with the National Youth Theatre. He trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy and has worked at Derby Playhouse, Worthing Connaught, Nottingham Playhouse (a dozen times), Farnham Redgrave, Bolton Octagon, and in London at the Young Vic, the New Ambassadors, and also at the Leicester Square Theatre in Spike Milligan’s Puckoon. His many tours through England, Wales, Ireland and the Low Countries include outdoor promenade productions with Midsommer Actors, and Original Shakespeare Company productions at the Globe reconstructions in London and Dusseldorf. He has played several Shakespeare clowns including Touchstone, Launcelot Gobbo, and at various times all the Dream Mechanicals except Snug. He played George in a production of Of Mice and Men which won a Manchester Evening News award. He’s also acted for several television companies, and in comedy, commercials, radio plays, and the odd film.
Director - Oh Danny Boy
John is Tutor in Writing for Performance at Ruskin College, Oxford and remains an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic, where he worked from 2010-2013. From 2000-2010, he was the founding director of Company of Angels which produces new and experimental work for young audiences. He has written a number of plays in recent years for theatre and for radio. Plays include Wild Girl (2014), Truant (2013), Arlo (2010), Risk (2007), Virgins (2006), Ballroom (2004) and Hannah and Hanna (2001). His plays have been translated into several languages and are published by Oberon and Methuen. John was formerly director of Oxford Stage Company (1989 –1999) and he was the founding director of Actors Touring Company (ATC) (1977 – 85). His work has been awarded a number of prizes, including two coveted SWET awards, and he has toured and worked in many countries including Europe, India, Japan and America. He is currently under commission from The Unicorn and he is planning to develop Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland for UK Arts International. He is directing Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for English Concert and in July 2015 he will direct the Stage Premiere of Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist for Bristol Old Vic.
Writer - Oh Danny Boy
Jaime is a writer and burlesque performer. She studied Writing for Performance at Ruskin College with John Retallack and is going to be studying Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at Central in 2016. Oh Danny Boy is part of Jaime’s trilogy of monologues Waterloo, first performed at the Old Fire Station in Oxford. Recent work includes Before The Tempest for the Old Fire Station, and SLAG for Ruskin Performance Day, also to be performed in Munich at Actor’s Workout.. Jaime is a regular participant in Ruskin Theatre Platforms; recent performance includes Win in Top Girls and Marlon in Waterloo.