Stephanie Kempson

  • 24th January 2016

Steph is a Bristol-born writer and theatremaker who often works in outreach contexts with younger and older groups to create text and theatre for communities. She studied under WildWorks writer Mercedes Kemp, and has since gone on to write for companies such as Mercurial Wrestler, Bristol Old Vic Young Company, Guilty Party, as well as being a storyteller and performer herself. She directed and adapted The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil for Bristol Old Vic Young Company earlier this year, and is about to embark on her second time dramaturging on Bristol Old Vic and Prince’s Trust’s Truth About Project, working with a group of young people and LinkAge to create a production for Bristol Old Vic Studio. She has also worked widely in Outreach contexts, last Summer working with director Lisa Gregan and a group of 20 young people from Bruton to make theatre in response to the sculptures of Phyllida Lloyd at Hauser and Wirth to create an episodic cyclical piece which travelled the audience in small groups round the gallery into different areas.

Steph is working as writer on the seed ideas – Sentient City and Hidden City Writers in Residence – part of Bristol Doors Open Day on 12th September 2015.

‘I love working with a hive mind to create ideas, pooling experiences and memories from others to create a character, a story, a production, or an experience. I’m interested in the landscape of a city and how it can speak to us, and how it changes, and what it can represent. Bristol has a fascinating history, and I am looking forward to the challenge of creating a piece with Limbic Cinema. I’m interested in text on buildings, and projected image interacting with recorded sound. I’ve been particularly influenced recently by the neon sign poetry of Robert Montgomery and the work by Limbic Cinema opens up a whole range of possibilities for text, image and audience experience. To work with a visual artist will be a new and fascinating experience for me, it feels like a space where anything is possible.’