Photograph by Kev Howard as part of N18, Great Exhibition of the North
Thank you for visiting my site. I am lucky to have collaborated with so many brilliant people and companies over the last 10 years and hope to continue to do so.
Telling stories is my passion and as a Theatre Maker who directs, performs, facilitates and writes, I aim to make work that credits the intelligence of the audience and invites you to take ownership in the storytelling act.
Whilst I come from a theatre background, collaborating with practitioners from other disciplines is embedded in my practice and I am really interested in the skills-sharing and surprises that can come from working in this way.
I enjoy wearing lots of hats and I see each one as an opportunity to learn and inform the work I create as a whole. These bonnets include: National Theatre - directing a new adaptation for young audiences of The Winter's Tale - currently on tour to schools in London, having played at Stratford Circus and the Dorfman Theatre. I also work on a number of different projects with the NT Learning team, including planning and delivering Teacher CPD Training for Let's Play and Macbeth On Tour.
Clown Doctor - working with a brilliant team of sillybillies for TinARTS at a range of local hospitals. You can find out more about this here.
Teacher - Head of Drama and Teacher of English at Cramlington Learning Village up until 2008 - this has had a lasting influence over my work.
Recent and upcoming projects...
Chicken Licken: a Tale Jam A Durham Gala and Ruth Mary Johnson Production Written by and Directed by Ruth Mary Johnson Musical Direction by Calum Howard Performed by Calum Howard, Liam Scarth and Ruth Mary Johnson (March-April 2019)
The Winter's Tale, National Theatre (Jan-Feb 2019)
Photo by Ellie Kurttz www.elliekurttz.com ://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-winters-tale
Izzy Gizmo: A Story Gig
This one-off performance featured live original music, inspired by the book and created with the help of children from all over County Durham. Children under 7 and their families are invited to join us for a morning of singing, dancing and the opportunity to meet Izzy’s illustrator, Sara Ogilvie.
Based on the book written by Pip Jones and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, adapted by Ruth Mary Johnson and Jeremy Bradfield.
You can view the videos here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKuygKmrXOx0_g4YC3qv-hw
TalePieces - The Fables of Bewick and You, 2018 - a digital response to the Great Exhibition of the North as part of the N18 programme bringing together a cohort of artists from across the North.
Chicken Licken: a TaleJam
Little GIFT Scratch 2018.
Hoping to tour in Spring 2019.
Photo by Richard Kenworthy
Video created by Alan Fentiman for the N18 project as part of The Great Exhibition of the North.