Eliza Wills-Crisp

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Lecturer/Practitioner in Drama & Performance – Touring Theatre

School of Arts

Theatre and Performance

Contact Details

email: e.willscrisp@worc.ac.uk

Eliza is an award-winning performer, theatre maker and lecturer. She trained for 2 years at the prestigious Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She studied clowning with Jos Houben (Compliicite) and Angela De Castro (Slava Snowshow)

Eliza is Co-Artistic Director for Jammy Voo Theatre, whose work is an alchemy of ensemble theatre, puppetry and live music blended to create contemporary works of theatre. Founded in 2006 Jammy Voo  are an international, critically acclaimed all female company of four. They create original work with a strong visual aesthetic, drawing on puppetry, physical theatre, music and influences of clowning.  Eliza is committed to making ground-breaking work that inspires, moves and entertains.

Fast leading the way in contemporary female clowning in the UK, Jammy Voo's show  Something Blue was heralded a 'celebration of imagination' (Scotsman).  This was followed by 'Corner of the Ocean'   '...an electric blend of comedy and anxiety’ (The List) and Birdhouse which received a Total Theatre Awards nomination for innovation, experimentation and playing with form.   Eliza's most recent work in 'The Sleeper', continues to push the boundaries of form and style in this international co-production, made in the UK and Norway.(2017/18)

She worked as assistant director to Angela De Castro on the stage production 'Wild West Show’ for Disneyland Paris.  For Blue Scream Theatre, Eliza was co-artistic director and performer on the puppet adaptation of Tom Thumb alongside Finn Caldwell (War Horse) and Elena Riu, classical pianist.  Originally performed at The Pleasance, she was awarded a Fringe First before playing at the Lyric Hammersmith, Purcell Room RFH & an international tour.

She was a performer and puppeteer as part of the Moving Words collaboration at the Soho Theatre, and worked as a voice over artist for the BBC.

Qualifications

The Oxford School of Drama  
L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq  2003-2005

Teaching

Eliza’s teaching is rooted in the Lecoq pedagogy, focusing on physical performance and devising.

Contributing to modules - Making Performance, Playwriting, Devising and Physical Theatre as well as directing on the 4 year Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre. Also directing ;  Skellig MTheatre UK tour and NSDF. (2018)

Recent Publications

Arts and Workshop Facilitator

Commissioned to write and develop a course to encourage young people to play, experiment and create new art forms thorough technology, performance, comedy and puppetry. To nurture new artists encouraging them to push boundaries and take risks. Italy working with groups of 15 –18 year olds- Milan, Bologna, Venice, Napoli, Sicily

Workshop Leader – Sadler’s Wells,  Exeter University,  Schools in the UK Associate Director and Facilitator 

Disneyland, Paris - Working with the cast of the ‘Wild West Show’ to develop the show and create a positive working environment.

Credits as a performer/puppeteer

THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMEN (Puppeteer - Soho Theatre) OPERATION POSTAGE STAMP (Puppeteer - Soho Theatre)  SECRET POLICEMANS BALL (Chanel 4) FOG HEART Immortal Pictures) BBC CULTURE SHOW (BBC)  BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS (Stephen Fry) EDINBURGH NIGHTS (BBC Scotland) RANDALL & HOPKIRK DECD. (ITV) ‘Fringe First’ for Tom Thumb with Blue Scream Theatre Co. (Co- Director and performer) THE ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB:-‘A captivating production that is in turn both marvellously funny and profoundly moving. If only more adaptations were this inspired’ (Three Weeks)

Reviews and Critical Acclaim for Jammy Voo

Something Blue

The company are a delight to watch, teasing out a tremendous amount of comic and emotive content from the smallest of moments- The Scotsman’   Award for 'Excellence in Theatre’ at the International Theatre Festival of Algiers;  ‘A fantastically funny and loveable show’-Total Theatre

A Corner of the Ocean

‘Striking, vital performances from the strong cast carry with ease the electric blend of comedy and anxiety that crackles throughout the production’- The List

‘Besides the puppetry, the piece is built from many skills; the human performances are also rich and crafted, there is beautiful live musical accompaniment, highly accomplished singing, and moments of great choreographic synchronicity’-Animations On-Line

‘Watching this is like taking a voyage of discovery into your own imagination’-What’s on Stage’

‘One of the most beguiling shows I saw last Edinburgh festival: it stayed with me for months’ Ali Robertson,    ‘I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed 'A Corner Of The Ocean' last night. I thought it was intelligent, accessible and beautifully put together. Frankly, there isn't enough small-scale touring theatre that's as good as this.’ Steve Cowton (formally) Head Programmer, The Lowry

BIRDHOUSE

TOTAL THEATRE AWARD:
Nominated for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form 2013 Full review: http://totaltheatre.org.uk/jammy-voo-birdhouse/

‘Jammy Voo's clever Birdhouse is an entertaining and smartly staged absurdist tragedy. Funny and Dark. Deceptively sophisticated.’ Lyn Gardner, Guardian     

‘A MUST SEE SHOW! Audacious, ambitious and thoroughly inspired.’ The Stage ‘Beautifully atmospheric’ The Telegraph    

‘An ode to bravery, originality and to a new rise of female comedians.’ Edinburgh Festival Magazine: full review http://www.edfestmag.com/20130819/

‘Terrific moments of visual invention’ Fest Full review: https://www.festmag.co.uk/archive/2013/101757-birdhouse  

‘Powerful original compositions’ Three Weeks   ‘Highly Recommended Show’ - Fringe Review 

‘A weird and wonderful homage to a bygone cinematic era’ The Public Reviews

‘A stunning interpretative homage’ One Stop Arts ‘An absolute treat’ Animations

Jammy Voo’s show The Sleeper: Sleeping Beauty's 100 Years of Dreams was made in collaboration with Rhum and Clay & an international team of performers, designers and makers.  Developed and created in Hammer, Norway it was Co-produced by Teater Innlandet (Norway) Commissioned by The Northcott Theatre (England) Developed with support from Arts Council England