Firetree
 

Who Are We?

We are Firetree, an international collective of theatre makers and feminist activists.

Founded in 2019, our core group of artists were united by a desire to create work that challenged the status quo and created a space for stories that often go untold. We’ve extended this to our practice and that’s why we work in the radically democratic and inclusive format of Open Space.

We are currently developing our first project: Disappearing Women. It explores the questions: What does the world lose when women disappear? And what do we gain when they reappear?

 

Artistic Director Wendy Bollard on how Firetree came to be.

Our ethos is simple:

We work together with communities to create work that is inclusive and reflective of the world we live in;

We work across artistic forms to create projects that are unique, accessible and interesting;

We create space and build platforms to share the stories that have gone untold for so long.

Wendy Bollard    @wendybollard    Wendy is a director, producer, vocalist and actor who received her Masters in Directing from East 15. She is the artistic director emeritus of Peninsula Productions where she created a mainstage theatre series, a reading series, a music series and a youth theatre company. Her favourite directing credits include the Canadian premiere of  Belfast Girls  by Jaki McCarrick and  Sea of Stories  by Shawn MacDonald – a newly commissioned musical that celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. As an assistant director Wendy has worked on productions at RADA, Improbable Theatre, The Vancouver Arts Club and Bard on the Beach. Wendy’s career as a jazz vocalist saw her performing with her own band, a jazz orchestra and various jazz festivals. As as an actor she performed in everything from large scale musicals to a one woman fringe show. Currently Wendy is teaching acting at AMTA-Belfast/Rome/London/NYC and pursuing directing opportunities in Canada and Europe.

Wendy Bollard
@wendybollard

Wendy is a director, producer, vocalist and actor who received her Masters in Directing from East 15. She is the artistic director emeritus of Peninsula Productions where she created a mainstage theatre series, a reading series, a music series and a youth theatre company. Her favourite directing credits include the Canadian premiere of Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick and Sea of Stories by Shawn MacDonald – a newly commissioned musical that celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. As an assistant director Wendy has worked on productions at RADA, Improbable Theatre, The Vancouver Arts Club and Bard on the Beach. Wendy’s career as a jazz vocalist saw her performing with her own band, a jazz orchestra and various jazz festivals. As as an actor she performed in everything from large scale musicals to a one woman fringe show. Currently Wendy is teaching acting at AMTA-Belfast/Rome/London/NYC and pursuing directing opportunities in Canada and Europe.

Naomi Joseph    @NaomiJoseph_    Naomi is a theatre maker and writer. She creates stories that embrace the transformative power of grief. As a creator her work includes  Motherland , a dark comedy exploring cultural identity in the wake of a bereavement. Her spoken word film   Criteria   (a TEAfilms production) is the companion piece to  Motherland  and was shortlisted for nine festivals, winning a tenth. Naomi works across platforms and beyond expectations of the brown, female creative. Warning: her work contains equal doses of empathy and shade.

Naomi Joseph
@NaomiJoseph_

Naomi is a theatre maker and writer. She creates stories that embrace the transformative power of grief. As a creator her work includes Motherland, a dark comedy exploring cultural identity in the wake of a bereavement. Her spoken word film Criteria (a TEAfilms production) is the companion piece to Motherland and was shortlisted for nine festivals, winning a tenth. Naomi works across platforms and beyond expectations of the brown, female creative. Warning: her work contains equal doses of empathy and shade.


Davinia Hamilton    @daviniahamilton    Davinia Hamilton is a performer, theatre maker, and writer. She received her Masters in Acting from Arts Ed, and has also trained with practitioners from Punchdrunk, Improbable, and Complicité. She is the founder of  The Agitate Collective , a socialist collective that seeks to explore the intersection between theatre and activism. Devising credits include:  Wordgap  (R&D Etcetera Theatre),  The Average Project  (Blue Elephant Theatre), and  Revolting Women  (Battersea Arts Centre Homegrown). Performance credits include: Lilith in  Land of Nod  (Croydonites Festival), Il-Gawgaw in  Gawgaw  (Teatru Malta), Agave in  The Bacchae  (COLAB Factory), and Ariel in  Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On  (Capstan House). Davinia also holds a degree in English Literature and a Masters in Digital Media, as well as a certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her articles on FGM and Dementia, published in Malta Today in 2013, were nominated for EU Health Journalism Awards. She is also a trained singer and speaks four languages.

Davinia Hamilton
@daviniahamilton

Davinia Hamilton is a performer, theatre maker, and writer. She received her Masters in Acting from Arts Ed, and has also trained with practitioners from Punchdrunk, Improbable, and Complicité. She is the founder of The Agitate Collective, a socialist collective that seeks to explore the intersection between theatre and activism. Devising credits include: Wordgap (R&D Etcetera Theatre), The Average Project (Blue Elephant Theatre), and Revolting Women (Battersea Arts Centre Homegrown). Performance credits include: Lilith in Land of Nod (Croydonites Festival), Il-Gawgaw in Gawgaw (Teatru Malta), Agave in The Bacchae (COLAB Factory), and Ariel in Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On (Capstan House). Davinia also holds a degree in English Literature and a Masters in Digital Media, as well as a certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her articles on FGM and Dementia, published in Malta Today in 2013, were nominated for EU Health Journalism Awards. She is also a trained singer and speaks four languages.

 
Beth Watson    @bethwhatcanido    Beth is a performer, deviser and activist. She studied English & Drama at Goldsmiths University and Acting at London School of Dramatic Art, and is a graduate of Soho Theatre’s Cabaret and Drag Lab and Bryony Kimmings’ autobiographical theatre course.Performing and devising credits include:  ORGASM  (About Wolves, Camden People’s Theatre),  Article 10  (Closing The Gap, Camden Fringe),  Heir To The Throne  (Wicked Bodies, Shakespeare In Shoreditch), and  10 Clowning Street  (Scary Little Girls, Stage Rights!). Beth regularly performs as a drag king and is part of The Family Jewels collective, whose most recent shows:  POWER  and  MANdemic  have sold out at DIY Space and VAULT Festival. Beth is the founder of  Bechdel Theatre : the feminist theatre campaign which uses stickers, social media, blogging, podcasting, workshops and events to create space for conversations about gender and representation on stage, and amplify underrepresented voices in theatre.

Beth Watson
@bethwhatcanido

Beth is a performer, deviser and activist. She studied English & Drama at Goldsmiths University and Acting at London School of Dramatic Art, and is a graduate of Soho Theatre’s Cabaret and Drag Lab and Bryony Kimmings’ autobiographical theatre course.Performing and devising credits include: ORGASM (About Wolves, Camden People’s Theatre), Article 10 (Closing The Gap, Camden Fringe), Heir To The Throne (Wicked Bodies, Shakespeare In Shoreditch), and 10 Clowning Street (Scary Little Girls, Stage Rights!). Beth regularly performs as a drag king and is part of The Family Jewels collective, whose most recent shows: POWER and MANdemic have sold out at DIY Space and VAULT Festival. Beth is the founder of Bechdel Theatre: the feminist theatre campaign which uses stickers, social media, blogging, podcasting, workshops and events to create space for conversations about gender and representation on stage, and amplify underrepresented voices in theatre.

Hester Welch    @hester00welch    Hester is an international theatre maker with a passion for community, play, and collaboration. She creates socially engaged performances with an emphasis on visual and physical storytelling. Working in diverse communities, cultures and environments inspires her. She has been fortunate enough to have worked in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Italy, India, Canada and UK. Hester trained at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she focused on Theatre Making, Applied Theatre and Post-Colonial Theatre. She is an Artistic Associate and Trainer with the world-renowned  David Glass Ensemble  and  Omnibus Theatre . She runs the Arts Activism Collective in London, and is currently training with Philippe Gaulier in Paris.

Hester Welch
@hester00welch

Hester is an international theatre maker with a passion for community, play, and collaboration. She creates socially engaged performances with an emphasis on visual and physical storytelling. Working in diverse communities, cultures and environments inspires her. She has been fortunate enough to have worked in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Italy, India, Canada and UK. Hester trained at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she focused on Theatre Making, Applied Theatre and Post-Colonial Theatre. She is an Artistic Associate and Trainer with the world-renowned David Glass Ensemble and Omnibus Theatre. She runs the Arts Activism Collective in London, and is currently training with Philippe Gaulier in Paris.

Leah Kirby    @leahskirby    Leah is an actor and theatre maker. They trained at East 15 and have co-written many shows, including a devised show,  Mundi , at Rooted Moon Theatre Festival in Sardinia. They use World Performance styles, music, physical theatre, Drag and cabaret in their work. Recently performed as the non-binary Dionysus at the Vaults in  Divine Proportions . They aim to incite change through theatre that addresses social, economic and political issues. Joining the team of incredible artists and theatre makers on this project has been creatively empowering and refreshing and they hope the work sparks intrigue and further research into the stories being explored.

Leah Kirby
@leahskirby

Leah is an actor and theatre maker. They trained at East 15 and have co-written many shows, including a devised show, Mundi, at Rooted Moon Theatre Festival in Sardinia. They use World Performance styles, music, physical theatre, Drag and cabaret in their work. Recently performed as the non-binary Dionysus at the Vaults in Divine Proportions. They aim to incite change through theatre that addresses social, economic and political issues. Joining the team of incredible artists and theatre makers on this project has been creatively empowering and refreshing and they hope the work sparks intrigue and further research into the stories being explored.