Alison Neighbour

Alison is a scenographer, theatre designer, and performance maker, interested in using art to activate and empower communities and to connect people and place.

Alison Neighbour

Alison is a scenographer working in theatre, dance, installation, and site specific environments.  She transforms spaces and tells stories visually, aiming to use design to connect people and place, and give the audience agency, always working closely in response to site and environment. Most often her work takes place outdoors and in public spaces, and it includes a mix of devised, scripted, and self-led projects. 

Alison is currently a recipient of an Arts Council England Developing Creative Practice Award, through which she is exploring Participatory Scenography-  a design-led practice that aims to deepen connections with audiences and communities through socially engaged co-building of scenographic adventures. She is interested in finding ways to create democratic spaces, to empower audiences, and to develop participatory work where scenography is the lead element, and she is at the beginning of a journey to find out how creative technology might support these aims.

In 2009 Alison founded Bread & Goose, a company making site based work with communities and regular users of public spaces. Work with Bread & Goose includes Fox in the Snow (a BMX adventure through Brixton that explored culpability and decision making, with the audience riding BMX bikes and having to make choices about the story); Stations By Heart (a London 2012/Up Projects commission for St Pancras Station); Lost in the Neuron Forest (a touring theatre production that explored the experience of Alzheimer's disease); The Memory Store (a touring installation of memories); and Return (a participatory arts project with military wives in South Wales). 

Her theatre design work has appeared as far afield as Singapore, and more close to home in Cardiff, London, and all around the UK. 

As an independent artist Alison is currently working on several projects that are investigating the possibilities of participatory scenography to transform public spaces - a light installation created through a geo-caching adventure; a skate park opera; and a walking performance around the themes of home and starting over. 

 Alison trained at RADA and is represented by The Designer’s Formation. She is also Associate Artist at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

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