Bernadette Russell

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  • I am a writer and performer, I make theatre and I write and perform stories. At the heart of all of my work is a love of stories. I’m a relentless optimist, a champion of kindness, a compulsive reader, a defender of hope, a mischief maker and I’m very fond of wigs (you’ll see).



    I run White Rabbit arts organisation with Gareth Brierley and together we have made shows with and for National Theatre “Watch This Space”, LIFT Festival, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Rep, Thames Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, Wandsworth Arts Festival, Spitalfields Music Festival, Islington WORD2012 Festival, SICK festival, BFI amongst many others. Our has toured nationally and internationally.


    Storytelling for Kids and Adults

    I perform and write my own stories for children and adults. I have many stories ready to perform, but I’m also often commisioned to respond to a particular theme or environment. I’ve created childrens story shows for Secret Productions at Farmopolis  ( an urban wildlife show called “WILD” and a ghost stories for kids show called “SCARY STORIES” with London Dreamtime), and stories inspired by A Midsummers Night Dream for Teatro Vivo. I also created shows for adults including stories about the Great Fire of London for the Albany Theatre/Deptford Lounge, and stories inspired by Kensal Green Cemetery for London Month of the Dead. I also do storytelling for weddings, and both adults and childrens parties.

    Since 2008 I have produced  “Are You Sitting Comfortably” a monthly live lit cabaret at Arts Admin in East London, featuring the short stories of over 1000 writers. You can see a short film of the show here


    Education and Workshops

    I run theatre, storytelling and creative writing workshops for adults and children both here and in the U.S. I have previously worked for many places including  Brighton College, Roehampton University, ALRA, Deptford Lounge, Birmingham Rep, and the ARC Stockton, as well as many schools and colleges.


    Work with Seniors

    For the last few years I have been one of the team of artists working with seniors on the Meet Me At The Albany project at the Albany Theatre in Deptford. I have created podcasts, storytelling shows, poetry and installations with the seniors there and in sheltered housing throughout Lewisham. I have also delivered workshops for Phoenix Housing Association and shows for The Posh Club (Duckies) as well as creating my own pop up tea parties for sheltered housing.  I am currently working on a intergenerational project at The Royal Albert Hall, creating a performance inspired by the history of the hall.