This year the Fringe asked two fantastic Reading natives to curate part of the festival. Here is a little bit about them both…
An award- winning BBC Radio presenter Fiona was born in Reading where she went to school and University and where she still lives. For over 20 years Fiona has been one of the main presenters on BBC Radio 3, presenting programmes from Breakfast to the Proms. She is a founding presenter of the Sony Gold Award BBC programme ‘Late Junction’ bringing together her love of music which challenges boundaries and delights in contemporary culture, supporting new music as well as the heritage of other eras, other cultures.
As a curator she has worked with venues such as the Royal Opera House and Kings Place, and has worked extensively with the Norwegian music and arts scene, bringing together British and Norwegian musicians for which she was honoured with the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. Fiona has written widely on the Norwegian Jazz scene. She has also presented for BBC 6 Music and for BBC Radio 4.
“I’m thrilled to be a guest curator for the Reading Fringe Festival this year” says Fiona. “I am so impressed with the way it engages Reading’s vibrant community, supporting new talent and celebrating international excellence. There’s a real sense that Reading’s fantastic cultural scene is about to enter a new and exciting chapter and it’s an honour to play a small part in this for my own home town.”
Laurence is a director, performer, and theatre make who grew up in Reading.
Laurence makes work for young and adult audiences that is playful and dynamic; rooted in movement, text, and musicality.
Playing with abstract physicality, object manipulation, projection, shadows, live and recorded sound; Laurence is interested in telling urgent and provocative stories.
His work as a freelance artist includes; Movement Director for Blind Tiger Theatre Company and Clamour Theatre Company, Assistant-Director & Writer for Theatre Jemilda, as well as experience as a tutor/ facilitator for Rose Bruford College, Bath Spa University, Blackheath Conservatoire, and NCS. As Co-Artistic Director of Floods of Ink, Laurence devised and performed in a range of shows for young audiences which toured nationally through Half Moon Presents. Other work with Floods of Ink included projects with organisations such as V&A, YMT, Group 64 and The Marlowe Theatre.
Laurence frequently works in collaboration with other artists and is interested in exploring non-traditional approaches to devising and presenting theatre and live arts.