Stories

Stories from then and now, crafted and craftily told, for theatres, village halls, pubs, tents, fields, and streets. 



Creating and shaping stories in order to connect human beings is at the heart of everything Seedbed does.

 

I trained in acting at RADA and subsequently acted, devised, collaborated, and wrote for theatre in the UK, Europe, and the US. I’ve performed with British companies such as Cheek by Jowl and Shakespeare’s Globe, and I co-ran Yorkshire-based Flying Cloud Theatre, writing and directing new theatre work for our Northern tours.

 

As a theatre professional, my work has also included teaching and facilitating a variety of groups and individuals. I’ve worked with schools, older people, adults recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, neurodivergent young people, young people with HIV, learning disabled adults, artists, and businesses. I’ve contributed theatre practices to intercultural dialogue, social justice, and community work. In each case I’ve used stories as my medium.

 

I’ve always been excited by stories in theatres. Working with story with diverse groups in different contexts, I’ve become increasingly excited by the power of stories outside of the theatre too. That’s why I founded Seedbed Theatre, to increase connection through effective storytelling. 

Seedbed Stories

Songstring 

 

Yarn by Yarn

 

You have two minutes before leaving home forever. What do you pack? And what do you take that unseen? What songs do you hold in your heart? 

 

Their vibrations carry an essence of where you come from, who you are. They permeate generations and when you find yourself in another time and place, they ignite your heart and carry you home. 

 

A solo performer crafts a painful, beautiful, and rousing tale. Through embodied storytelling that flows between speech and song, Seedbed Theatre unfurls a bastardised heroine’s journey, infused with acappella melodies of the British Isles. 

 

“Atmospheric, Poignant, Compelling, Timely” Audience responses

 

Created by Jennifer kidd 

 

Musical Direction and Composition by Jon Daffyd Kidd 

 

Premiered as part of the RADA Festival 

 

Dedicated to Cara Thompson, and in memory of Derek Richards



The Disappeared 

 

Belfast 2015. After decades away a child, a mother, and a soldier reappear. Where have they been, and what can they teach the people of the town?

 

A new play interrogating what we unconsciously inherit, whether we need to name it in order to let it go, and forgiveness.

 

by Jennifer kidd



The Disappeared, Script Development 

Script development workshops took place at RADA with graduates. Over multiple days we explored plot, characterisation and the ghost element of the script through improvisation, movement, hot seating, games and discussion.  The actors brought the characters to life, contributing their considerable talents and thoughts.

 

RADA Graduate Workshop Cast:

Julie – Lucia McAnespie

Bradan – Keith Dunphy

Roiseen – Corinne Martin

Frances – Molly Logan

Carole – Grainne Keenan

Malachy – Donal Gallery

Leandra Ashton directed the first workshop and Lloyd Trott was the dramaturg.

The Exchange

 

In development 

 

The Exchange is a collaboration with artists and engagement specialists Ruth Shaw Williams and Alex Brooks on an R&D engagement project.

 

So far The Exchange has involved multiple creative engagements around mapping the town including personal mapmaking, arts and theatre sessions, and living installations.



The Magical Island 

 

In development 



A girl is struggling to grow up on an island with her father and adopted brother.

When a ship is wrecked near the shore and survivors make their way onto the island, her world is thrown into a glorious kind of chaos.

 

A liberal re-telling of The Tempest, from Miranda’s point of view.