Airing one's dirty laundry in public:
revealing that which is normally not spoken about, except maybe in private; having an argument where others might hear

Dirty Laundry are:


Nancy Monaghan - Artistic Director / Performer

Nancy first found her true love for performance in Paris almost 20 years ago, where she spent two years working for Disneyland on stage and in street parades as various characters such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. She has since gone on to study at the Laine Johnson School of Theatre, Film and Television and has a First Class Honours degree in Performance from Huddersfield University.

Since graduating, Nancy's predominant focus has been on the development of Dirty Laundry. The first 12 months of Dirty Laundry has been about experimentation in two ways; firstly finding a working method which provides a platform for everyday stories (relating to common human themes) on the stage through the use of verbatim accounts and everyday gestures and secondly exploring ways in which other art forms can feed into and enhance this process. This experimentation led to Dirty Laundry's first piece 'Woman Scorned' - based on the Greek Myth, Medea, and using the words of the general public from around Greater Manchester and beyond. The piece explored the themes of love, passion, betrayal and revenge and experimented with live music (live instrumental and electronically mixed) improvised within a score, percussion, live-streamed physical movement and interaction with projection. It toured around Greater Manchester and Yorkshire and was well received by audiences and critics alike.

Nancy has also been involved in several other theatre projects within this time. In 2011 she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 'Inbetween' with the In-House Writer theatre company. In 2012 she performed in 'CLUNK', a durational improvisation in a shop window on Birmingham New Street for the Three Week Window Festival curated by Point Blank and Tin Box, and was part of an intensively-devised ensemble piece 'How Do We Learn?' for a conference on teaching and learning directed by John Dwyer for the University of Huddersfield. In 2013, Nancy appeared in the performance art piece 'Gag' for the Cornerhouse and Library Theatre in Manchester, directed by internationally renowned artist, Sarah Pierce. Her involvement in other artists' work has enhanced her interest in the personal as political within the theatre.

A proficient and experienced workshop leader, Nancy was most recently commissioned to Project Manage the 'SAFE' Project for Peshkar Productions - working alongside Horse and Bamboo Theatre and Huckleberry Films to produce a 2D animation with young girls at risk of sexual exploitation. The sessions involved the use of drama and animation to instil confidence and promote pathways into the 'creative industries' for teenage girls around schools in the Oldham area.

Nancy’s other professional work includes a number of commercials and extensive corporate roleplay with organisations such as Jobcentre Plus, the RNID, Pirelli Tyres, Evoke People Development, SCA Hygiene and Manchester Metropolitan University. Nancy has been teaching drama for many years now and in 2008 set up 'Wild Things' - a Drama School in Denshaw, Oldham that focuses on the minimising of pressure associated with drama - allowing each individual student to learn in their own way and at their own pace - and encourages experimentation and imagination play in drama training.

Eilon Morris

Eilon Morris - Associated artist - Music/Composition

Eilon Morris is a theatre practitioner and percussionist with over fifteen years experience working professionally with theatre and music ensembles in Europe and Australia, as well as teaching at Universities and on public workshops. Eilon grew up in Melbourne, Australia where he was a performer in the Quiddity Ensemble, a founding member of the Butterfly Club Pocket Theatre, a drummer in the music group Boat, and an instrument maker working for Rungo Drums. In 2004 Eilon relocated to the UK where has lived, studied and worked over the last nine years.

In 2013 he completed a PhD at the University of Huddersfield investigating the use of rhythm in performance training and contributed to the book, 'Encountering Ensemble', edited by John Britton. Eilon is an Associate Director and performer in the Duende Ensemble, an Associate Artist of Whitestone Arts, an an Associate Member of the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research and a member of the music groups, Kelter and Stems. Since 2011, Eilon has also worked in collaboration as a musician and performer with OBRA Theatre Co. in France. Other companies Eilon has worked with recently include Dirty Laundry (2013), Encounter Productions (2013), and Unfinished Business (2012).

Over the last five years, Eilon has run workshops and master classes in rhythm and performance for actors, dancers and musicians. This work has taken place at institutes and training centers including the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of Kent in the UK, the Taller de Investigación Teatral in Mexico, Fara Training Centre in Greece and the Au Brana Cultural Centre in France.

Meic Watkins

Meic Watkins - lighting

Meic worked as a lighting technician and stage manager with Welsh National Opera after leaving university and was then appointed Head of Lighting and Sound at the Sherman Theatre. Here he designed the lighting for a vast range of shows including drama and contemporary dance, touring the designs to all major Welsh theatres and the Edinburgh Fringe. He has worked in vocational education and is now Senior Lecturer in Technical Theatre at Huddersfield University. He has continued to design lighting alongside his teaching, particularly in university and college theatres and touring to small venues. Meic is a professional member of the Association of Lighting Designers.


Chris Keech - Associated artist

Chris is a Theatre and Installation Designer, currently based in West Yorkshire. Originally from the South of England Chris moved 'up North' where he graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2011 with a BA Hons Degree in Technical Theatre. Currently Chris is undertaking an MA by Research within alternate projection viewing. Although Chris is a designer, he originally comes from a technical theatre background and still works as a technician. As a result he has a diverse and varied range of experience. This includes working as a sound engineer for live music, on a variety of performances including the FutureDesh project and Small Fish Big Cheese by Peshkar productions, carrying out scenic work for The Duke Theatre Lancaster, casual technician at Salisbury Arts Centre and as a member of the technical crew for Salisbury International Arts Festival 2012. This wide range of experience and knowledge has helped Chris develop the range of skills required when designing sets for shows and his own installation work. Chris collaborated throughout 2011/12 with Dirty Laundry on a visually and musically provocative version of Woman Scorned in which live projection was used to provide a distorted view of the characters with whom the protagonist interacts throughout her journey. This version of the piece was extremely well received at venues such as ZArts Manchester, The Oldham Coliseum and ALRA North. Chris is currently pursuing a number of creative projects as well as working as a set-dresser for QVC in London, but very much hopes to collaborate on future projects with Dirty Laundry. Find more information about Chris' work on his website.


Stacey Johnstone - Associated artist

Stacey Johnstone is a performer, actor and drama training practitioner based in Yorkshire. She has a BA(Hons) in Drama and MA in Ensemble Physical Theatre both from the University of Huddersfield. Stacey's specialist areas of interests are psychophysical actor training, physical theatre, dance, improvisation, collaborative creation of work and language with physicality. She has recently become an Associate of Whitestone Arts Research Centre. As well as being involved with a development workshop and performance of Judith Adams' adaptation of ‘South Riding’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, she collaborated on a short physical theatre piece, developed in the Whitestone Studio, called, ‘Lost and Found', which in June 2011 formed part of the Emerge festival in Leeds. Since September 2010 Stacey has had regular personal creative development residencies with other artists at Whitestone Research Centre, collaborating with two performers and Judith Adams developing ‘Devil in the Box’, The Golem Project which is now evolving into two Whitestone Arts productions for 2012/2013: Daedalus (a performance installation) and a mixed media and physical performance for 'Unbounded Moor: A Symposium on Landscape and Literature', with Simon Warner, Judith Adams and Christopher Keech. She also assists with marketing and workshop organisation at the Centre. After graduating from her MA Stacey became an Associate Performer of DUENDE (international physical theatre company est. 2010, Artistic Director: John Britton) performing in 'The Shattering Man'. Stacey has worked with Duende this summer, first in May when she assisted on part of a performance installation project 'Re; Occupation' at the University of Huddersfield and in July travelled to Lesbos, Greece to collaborate with the Duende ensemble to develop, 'Collision # 1', performed in Mytilini. Stacey has recently attended a residential workshop with Studio Matejka from the Grotowski Institute as part of her personal professional development and performed a durational performance alongside Hannah Dalby and Nancy Monaghan at 'Makeshift Three Week Window Festival', Birmingham run by Tin Box Theatre Company.


Nicky Pilkington - Associate Artist – Music/Composition

Nicky has been performing music publicly since his teens and is a proficient multi-instrumentalist, having performed nationally at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Manchester Jazz Festival and many other venues, as well as supporting reggae legends Toots and the Maytals on their UK tour in 2009. He developed an interest in composition whilst studying as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds. During this time he also directed jazz ensembles and music for the stage, including an award winning production, Phaedra's Love, at the National Student Drama Festival. Nicky is currently studying for a Masters Degree in composition (also at Leeds), Nicky is particularly interested in combining improvisation into the compositional/performance process, which forms the majority of his current focus. His main influences include Philip Glass, Earle Brown, Stockhausen, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and John Zorn. Nicky collaborated throughout 2011/12 with Dirty Laundry on a visually and musically provocative version of Woman Scorned in which live, semi-improvised music was used to represent the different characters in the story. This fusion of music, movement and text allowed the audience to be involved in a very different, very live version of the show each time it was performed. Whilst Nicky is currently living and working in Bristol, Dirty Laundry would most certainly love to collaborate on future projects with Nicky.

Jenny Thomas

Jenny Thomas - arts administrator

Jenny is a freelance arts administrator. Having had a successful career in complaints handling, initially in the travel industry and latterly in medical complaints (the GMC and the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman), she launched her arts administration business in 2011. Since then, she has worked for various arts organisations including Conor McKee Productions, Lingua Franca World Music Community, North West Drama Services (working on the Children’s Shakespeare Festival), Inspire Levenshulme and Oldham Coliseum Theatre. She is currently chair of the board of Lingua Franca World Music Community.

Being an active volunteer, she has undertaken voluntary administrative roles for Manchester International Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, London 2012 Olympics and Manchester School of Samba. She will be heading to Glasgow in 2014 to volunteer for the Commonwealth Games. Being a compulsive hoarder, Jenny is very much looking forward to working with Nancy on her project ‘Stuff’.


Lucy Clayton - Costume Designer

Lucy is currently a third year Costume design with Textiles student specializing in Embroidery at the University of Huddersfield. She has worked in a variety of performance areas including theatre, ballet and film. Her passion for art and history is the predominant factor which inspires her costume creations. With art being a significant influence it means that much of her work is driven creatively and the raw expressive nature of producing something thought provoking is translated over to her costume work. With a love of research; meaning and depth is something she hopes to reflect throughout all of her work and fully encapsulate the personality of the character within the garment. She enjoys pushing the boundaries on not only the media she uses, often incorporating the non conventional into her costumes, but also in the productions she works on.

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