WRITER. DIRECTOR. PRODUCER. LECTURER. SPEAKER. CONSULTANT.
Jane's work as an artist explores the impact of storytelling, immersion, intimacy, shared experience and human connection.
She studied Philosophy, Politics and Cultural Studies and went on to work in the charity sector (Mencap, Mind).
In her research she became fascinated by the impact of storytelling. She joined the Royal Court Writers Programme.
In 2007 she had a brain injury and began using technology as an alternative
The Battersea Art Centre Theatre Programme, I became involved in the interactive theatre community as a performer, writer and producer. I had the opportunity to approach and observe audiences from multiple perspectives.
In 2009 I founded the In My Shoes Project, an ever expanding library of interactive audio and audio visual experiences that use storytelling, technology, touch, taste and smell to recreate real-life experiences. I made the 360 immersive experiences ‘ In My Shoes: Dancing With Myself’(2015), and ‘In My Shoes: Intimacy’ (2017) which both premiered at Sheffield International Documentary Festival Alternate Realities and have gone on to tour internationally. I am currently working on The Future Project which explores the future of Technology (‘TrueLove’ uses interactive theatre and Mixed Reality headsets to explore the impact of technology on future relationships - to be launched in September 2018), Climate Change and International Politics.
The In My Shoes Project was inspired by my own challenges and experiences. In 2007 I was attacked, I had a traumatic brain injury (amnesia, aphasia, epilepsy). I lost the ability to communicate. I used storytelling, technology and immersion (interaction, blindfolds, video goggles (vuzix) touch, taste and smell) as an alternative method of communication. I wrote interactive audio experiences for my friends, family and medical team who stopped treating me as a victim/ patient and began to understand/ collaborate with me.
This worked for me. It inspired my friends/ associates to understand me. It gave me a sense of inclusion, empowerment. I became a collaborator/ facilitator in sharing the stories of others. I made interactive experiences with people and their families so they could share their experiences. This worked. I have written over 100 pieces. Shared the experiences of young people who were being groomed as terrorists to share their experiences with thinktanks, I run workshops in parliament to challenge politicians to put themselves in the shoes of the people whose lives they impact. I also use it as a tool for activists, when Esther McVey became elected for the role of Welfare Secretary I worked with people whose lives had been devastated by her previous actions in this area to write an In My Shoes audio letter. She made a uturn on her decisions, whether or not she listenend to to piece bares little importance, giving people the platform to share their experiences, share my feeling of empowerment is what matters to me.
Jane’s work has been shown in the UK (Sheffield DocFest, Edinburgh Fringe, Barbican, Watershed, Raindance, Brighton Basement, Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, Tom Thumb Theatre, London Design Festival), Europe (Cannes Lions Festival), America (Future of Storytelling, Festival of Wonder, New York Academy of Medicine), South America (DocFest & British Council Tour), Canada (Nouveau Cinema Festival), Australia Experimenta (Licensed Tour) & Asia (Jakarta Film Festival, Jogyakarta Festival, British Council Licensed tour of Asia).