School of Arts

Graduate Theatre Companies

Bloody Nora

Bloody Nora create work that is grounded in human experience and told through a uniquely female voice. Driven by the murky, the mucky and the messy, we invite our audience into unusual spaces, telling stories that create an intimate relationship between performer and spectator, inspiring conversations which extend beyond the event.

Founded by two young women who strive to create and explore female characters in all their flawed glory, Bloody Nora is based in Canterbury on the University of Kent campus.

Previous works include a site-specific adaptation of George Brant’s Grounded and an original devised piece exploring gender and femininity in the 21st century.

We are currently working on two pieces, one of which is an original piece of writing which explores the relationship between two sisters estranged after their parents death. Their coming together prompts the confrontation of their shared history which in turn reveals a dark ulterior motive behind their meeting. Mixing comedy and tragedy through the lense of human experience, Treehouse comments on the lives women are often expected to lead in conflict with those that they choose. The work in progress for Treehouse will be at the Aphra Theatre on the University of Kent Campus on 6th February at 7.30pm. This will be a short snippet of the play, whether finished or unfinished will depend on progress at that time. The performance will be free of charge and links to book your seat will be posted here shortly.

Our most recent project which is being developed in collaboration with artists in Canterbury is a site-specific piece exploring issues surrounding sexual consent. Dates for this performance will be released early in 2017.

Alongside each project Bloody Nora run workshops inspired by the themes of our performances for both research and educational purposes. Having both studied at Masters level here at the University of Kent our specialisms include:

  1. Directing
  2. Script-writing
  3. Performance Art
  4. Devising
  5. Gender and Performance
  6. Feminist Theatre and performance
  7. Women’s Theatre

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in hosting a workshop in 2017. Contact details below. 

You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and see our Wordpress for more details. Please do not hesitate to contact us via the email address or telephone number below with any general queries.

Theatre for women? Bloody Nora!

Saph Westerby-Griffin: Founder and director
Kate Reader: Founder and performer




Twitter: @bloodyntheatre





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Last Updated: 11/09/2017