Kirsten Shepherd-Barr is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow in English at St Catherine’s College. She was published widely on Ibsen, and works regularly with theatre companies on productions of his plays
Tzen Sam is a DPhil Candidate in the Faculty of English, researching Ibsen’s first female English translators under the supervision of Kirsten Shepherd-Barr. Her research interests include Victorian and modern literature, C20th and C21st drama, translation studies and performance studies. She is also the co-convenor of the TORCH Reimagining Performance Network.
Breach is an award-winning devised theatre company founded by theatre-makers Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens with filmmaker Dorothy Allen-Pickard. The core team collaborates with performers and other creatives to make socially engaged, formally innovative live shows that blend humour with a sharp political edge. They combine documentary and verbatim theatre techniques with devising and new writing to create a layered performance style. Their playtexts are published by Oberon books.
Billy Barrett is a theatre director, writer and co-founder of Breach. Recent productions for Breach include Joan of Leeds and It’s True, It’s True, It’s True. He has led workshops in documentary and devised theatre for organisations including the National Theatre, Old Vic Theatre, and the Roundhouse.
Ellice Stevens is a performer, deviser, writer and co-founder of Breach. She has co-written all of their film and theatre productions including the Scotsman Fringe First winning It’s True, It’s True, It’s True and Tank. She has also worked as a deviser and performer in all of their productions, most recently the short film Van Life and It’s True, for which she was part of the ensemble that was awarded The Stage Edinburgh Award for Acting Excellence. She is also a freelance performer who has worked with companies such as The Handlebards and Barrel Organ.