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Hester is an international theatre director, performer, facilitator, host, clown and self producing artist with a passion for play and community. She devises performances that are socially engaged, highly visual, physical and immersive. Things involving food and silliness make her happy.
This site needs updating but here you will find a flavour of her past work.
Working in diverse communities, cultures and environments continue to inspire her. She frequently works in Malaysia, China, France and the UK, and has also previously worked in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Italy, India and Canada. Currently based in Bristol, UK.
Hester studied at GOLDSMITHS, University of London (UK) where she focused on Theatre Making, Applied Theatre and Post-Colonial Theatre. More recently she has been a receiver of insults from master clown teachers at ÉCOLE PHILIPPE GAULIER, France. In London she trained with Clowns Without Borders in Creative Facilitation and Trauma Informed Practice. She is an Associate Artist and Trainer with the world-renowned DAVID GLASS ENSEMBLE and Associate Artist of the fabulous London venue OMNIBUS THEATRE.
She is a Co-Artistic Director of WAYANG KITCHEN, fusing food and performance. We bring stories to life through the senses. Based in Malaysia and now spreading to the UK. Check out our website for what we've been up to digitally with the two British Council grants we were recently awarded.
In Paris, she is a core member of THE LOST CABARET team- a night of big ideas, experimentation and alternative acts, from the risky to the utterly absurd. Now organising and hosting LOST CABARET BRISTOL! Recently she has been taking to the streets in acts of clown activism. Her and a giant pink dildo-cum-baton feature on the front page of the Bristol Post at a recent Kill The Bill protest.
Currently facilitating English through Drama and Play classes at Bristol Old Vic Theatre for refugees, asylum seekers and ESOL students., as well as the Homemade Project.
Join Hester for PLAY SESSIONS at Trinity Centre: for adults whose inner child needs some love. More information and links on @SpiltInkTheatre Instagram
The Immersive Gig @ The Gingerbread House is now online. Watch it HERE Directed and produced by Hester, original music and dance by Bryony Perkins and poetry by Toby Thompson. Live streamed on facebook in aid of Julian House Domestic Abuse Refuge Fund.