Alison paints and performs.  

 

PORTRAITS:

Process: single painting/drawing session with the sitter along with photo references Alison takes.  

5X5 small portrait square (colour, oil): £250

5X5 small portrait square (BW / sepia, or white on plain wood, oil): £100

12X18 portrait (oil): £800

4 weeks drying time.

 

EXHIBITIONS include 'Given' Group Show for RR Gallery, St Peter's Notting Hill 2013;  Work shown at The American Coffee Traders, Islington;  The Coffee Gallery, Bloomsbury; 'Women at Work and in Other Places', The Drill Hall.

 

PERFORMING - CHILDREN:

Bijou Theatre (see www.johndslater.co.uk) touring with Scarecrow's Holiday and Robinson Crusoe.  Since 2004 she has been telling stories to young children regularly at local pre-schools, primary schools and play centres in West London, at the Horniman Museum and Fulham Palace.  In 2004-2005 she received a grant from Kensington and Chelsea to make 'The Big Blue' for a pre-school audience which played local settings and schools, with further shows for Sure Start North Kensington and Tower Hamlets Early Years.

In 2015 she developed a new Punch and Judy show which has played for Nipperbout Mobile Childcare at Excel in London, Cardiff and the Cambridge Folk Festival.

 

ADULTS:

Alison improvises regularly for an adult audience with Third Person, and has worked with Alice's Diner, Jeremy Stockwell and the Conspirators of Pleasure, the Black Sheep, Multi-Story, Melting Pot and Fluxx.  She has played in 'A Christmas Carol' twice at the Trafalgar Studios in London's West End for Horla TC, and in both classics and new writing on the London Fringe at the Gate, BAC, Etcetera, White Bear, New End, Canal Cafe, Court Theatre and Tristan Bates. Site-specific work includes Stoke Newington Cemetery and Brighton Mausoleum.  

She has worked with rehoused adults for the 240 Activity Centre and co-facilitated reminiscence work as well as theatre-in-education  with Bijou TC, Face Front and White Horse Theatre.  

She is on mandy.com (membership number 84440) under her equity name Alison Edmundston, and is a founder member of Unhinged Theatre (unhingedtheatre.com) who developed a theatre project on social care with writer Martin Malcolm and director Sophie Besse (psychedelight.org) for the OpenLab programme at the Barbican in London, followed by a semi-staged reading at he Rosemary Branch of 'Care' by Martin Malcolm directed by Russell Lucas.

FIlm includes 'A Beautiful Death' for Crooked Finger Films, 'The 56 Year Old Boy' by Bertie Gilbert (www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHFwNVNTy6E), and 'The Unspeakable Freedom Device' by Jennet Thomas (jennetthomas.wordpress.com) playing at Matt's Gallery London in November 2015.

 

ILLUSTRATION:

Alison illustrated children's ebook  'Freddie's Privates' by Joanna Volinska of LeleoPekeo   facebook.com/Leleo-Pekeo-short-stories-Tall-Tales,  available from amazon.co.uk, and wrote and illusrated 'Being in the Present' (bigbluestories.co.uk).  She paints portraits and landscapes in oils and acrylic, makes bespoke glove puppets and rummages around in bins for props.

In 2012 she was the first World Book Day Storytelling Superstar.