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Emma Spearing

Emma Spearing is an actor and theatre maker. Graduating from East 15 acting school in 2013. She has since studied with different theatre makers and Gaulier trained clowns to further develop her practice and start to explore her own work.

As an actor she has been involved in national tours of new and classical writing. She has created and devised work, including ‘My Mother’ -The Shunt Lounge, under the guidance of renowned Argentinian theatre maker Vivi Tellars (Creator of live action documentary theatre). Her screen work includes: ‘The Agency’, ‘The Silence After Life’, and the feature film ‘Red Call’, in which she plays the lead, and which won ‘Best Feature Film’ at The Wales International Film Festival 2018.

‘Here I begin’ is Emma’s first solo show. It is an autobiographical piece that uses a mixture of story-telling, song, audio and clown to explore identity and what it means to be a twin who has lost her twin. It was triggered after loosing her identical twin sister 5 years ago and wanting to open up the conversations we have surrounding death. ‘Here I begin’ is a show about not being fixed and that being ok. It is a show about trying to put one foot in front of the other. A show about how to carry on living after huge loss. Emma’s sister told her ‘Don’t you dare use my death as an excuse not to live your life.’ And that is all very well, but love holds us static. This is a show about learning how to move again – even if imperfectly.

The show was awarded Arts Council funding for research and development in February this year. Emma worked with award winning theatre makers Jamie Wood (I Am A Tree, Oh No) and Josie Dale-Jones (ThisEgg -Dressed) and movement collaborator Marcin Rudy to start exploring the material. A scratch of the work was shown at Cambridge Junction and the show won a new development award to support it’s growth into a full length piece.

Emma will be using her residency at Metal to fully immerse herself in further research and development of the themes of the piece. Using the space to write, devise, create and work with other invited artists to achieve a working script to take into the next stage of the process.