At the Forest's Edge has been led by artists Gemma Kerr and Miriam Nabarro, in collaboration with artists and practitioners all specialising in co-creation.

Gemma Kerr

Gemma Kerr is a freelance theatre-maker and director with a background in new writing, site-responsive performance and socially engaged theatre. She is Associate Artist at The Point in Eastleigh where she is developing Quiet Girls, a new piece of work created with local communities.
She ran High Hearted Theatre with writer Marcelo dos Santos, creating original work for non-conventional theatre spaces, with productions including Lovers Walk (Brighton Fringe Festival and Southwark Playhouse), Cheer up, this is only the Beginning (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse), and The End of History (in association with Soho Theatre).
Other directing work includes To Have to Shoot Irishmen by Lizzie Nunnery (Liverpool Everyman and national tour), Macbeth (Omnibus Clapham); Scarberia by Evan Placey (York Theatre Royal).  
She is a PhD student at Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey exploring spatial practice and politics in theatre for social change, through the co-creation of work with communities using narratives of home.

Miriam Nabarro

Miriam Nabarro is multidisciplinary artist, scenographer and award winning theatre-maker whose work is characterised by its socially engaged focus, often incorporating co creation in developing collective art works of the highest critical value. She works with Clean Break, 20 Stories High, Tamasha, Fuel, the Royal Court, the Royal Exchange, the National Theatre among others. Currently touring critically acclaimed Stars by Mojisola Adebayo, and developing High Times and Dirty Monsters for Graeae/ Liverpool Everyman.
Miriam spent 20 years leading psychosocial creative arts projects with communities in transit or in the aftermath of conflict, most recently with Art Refuge in Northern France.
As a visual artist, she works with sculpture, installation and alternative photographic processes. Her work is held in many collections including the V and A and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Miriam is artist in residence at SOAS and Creative Associate with 20 Stories High. She is passionate about collaboration, community engagement, interdisciplinary making and sustainability. 

Alison Duddle

Alison Duddle is a sculptor and puppetry and mask maker and director based in West Yorkshire. She runs A Bird in the Hand Theatre, touring imaginative outdoor work for families. 

Alison’s freelance work is for theatres, for outdoor spectacle, parades and galleries, including for NT public works, the Dukes, Pilot Theatre, Wild Rumpus, 20 Stories High, Walk the Plank, Salzkammergut ECOC and Gothenburg 500 year celebrations. 

For 17 years she worked with Horse & Bamboo Theatre, latterly as joint Artistic Director, creating and directing work for adult and family audiences.

Lisa Franklin

Lisa Franklin is an artist & ethnobotanist based in the Midlands. Her practice is rooted in play and investigates the natural world, the language of growing, connection, individualism & the everyday ordinary with a focus on the more than human as collaborator and connecting people through creativity.

Recent works include Art For the People (Talking Birds), becoming fungi, becoming forest (sirenscrossing) and Tappin’ In (Steph Ridings and Lou Lomas).

Emma Waterford

Emma is a creative practitioner who uses a combined arts practice integrating art, craft, theatre and horticulture. She takes inspiration from the natural world and the healing power of green space. As a facilitator she has created workshops for Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Albany Theatre and is currently running the Northfield Community Garden with Northfield Arts Forum. 

She is Co Artistic Director of Crows Nest Theatrean Associate Artist of White Rabbit, and one third of The Bluestocking Society. As a performer she has toured the UK and Europe in plays, dance shows and cabarets. 

Kurly McGeachie

Alan (Kurly) McGeachie is a shortlisted Birmingham Poet Laureate and Hip Hop artist. He visits schools, PRUs and youth/community settings to help increase children’s literacy confidence, promote inclusive language and curricular attainment.

He is CEO of Memorhyme Ltd, an arts collective of literacy specialists who deliver mass engagement assemblies and workshops Years 7, 8 and 9 around inclusive language in response to the rise of hate speech. Alongside primary and secondary schools Kurly has also worked with: Women's Aid, UNICEF, Writing West Midlands, NHS, The National Trust and British Council.

Peter Vilk

Pete Vilk is an award-winning musician, sound designer, community music practitioner, trainer and music producer. He has over 25 years of professional experience on a wide variety of international music projects. In the UK, Pete has worked with young people from communities that experience structural disadvantage, in long term developmental music projects with Drake Music, Youth Music Initiative and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

As a sound designer, Pete has composed music and sound design for award-winning film, theatre and immersive installation projects. As a performer, Pete currently plays with Bristol based Vilk Collective touring the UK with their immersive music. The Vilk Collective Trio consists of Pete Vilk, Roxana Vilk and Algy Behrens.


LYNNEBEC are a multidisciplinary performance company making work for outdoor and unusual spaces. Using physical storytelling, dance and movement, they create interactive stories and adventures that are joyful and empowering.

LYNNEBEC was co-founded by Cat Butler and Jessica Barber in 2018. It was formed on a shared love of movement, physical theatre, devising, and collaboration. They are consistently curious about the ways dance and movement can connect us, challenge our inhibitions and celebrate self expression.

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