The Tin Ring



Jane was born in Stockport and trained at Dartington College of Arts graduating with a BA (Hons) in Theatre; she has been a theatre practitioner for the past twenty four years.

As a performer Jane has worked with the Northern Stage Ensemble under the direction of Alan Lyddiard and Erica Whyman. Method and Madness with Mike Alfreds and Shakespeare’s Globe London, New York where Jane played Imogen in Cymbeline opposite Mark Rylance.

As a member of the David Glass Ensemble Jane has worked as a performer and Project Leader on the Lost Child Project in South East Asia, South America and Europe. Leading projects with partners British Council, British Embassy and world leading NGOs Mith Samlanh, Save the Children and World Vision.

The theme of her three solo performance pieces since 2003 have been to investigate the form of biographical and auto biographical theatre. Collecting data of survival mechanisms deployed by human beings in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. Jane has been working on the adaptation and performance of The Tin Ring with Mike Alfreds for nearly three years.

Geneva, a collaboration with Quarantine directed by Richard Gregory, was researched at Everest base camp and Pheriche Hospital with climbers and medical staff. Jane’s research explored the effects of high altitude on the body and the extreme conditions individuals endure in order to climb mountains.

The Gymnast researched the Cambodian genocide through testimonials from the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC- Cam) archives. Directed by the late Nigel Charnock and produced by Empty Space the performance played the Edinburgh Festival in 2008 and was selected for the MI Singapore Arts Festival 2010.

Jane was the Artistic Director for Newcastle upon Tyne’s Holocaust Memorial Event 2010/11. Jane is currently an Associate Artist with the Cambodian Documentation Centre (DC-Cam) and member of the Sleuk Rith museum team in Phnom Penh under the direction of Youk Chhang.

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Mike was born in London and trained as a director at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. He lived in the USA for eight years, during which he was artistic director of the Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park, and of Theatre West, Tucson.

For five years he worked in Israel where he became artistic director of the Jerusalem Khan Theatre. He has also worked in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Norway, China and Mongolia.

In the UK, he founded and ran Shared Experience for thirteen years. He was artistic director of Cambridge Theatre Company, later renamed Method and Madness, and has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal National Theatre, where he was an associate director, and also for several regional theatres. He has staged over 200 productions and won awards both in the UK and abroad.

He has adapted novels and stories for the stage, devised performances and translated the texts of several of his productions. He maintains parallel careers as a teacher and writer. He was a senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University and on the staff at LAMDA (London Academy or Music and Dramatic Art) for several years. Mike is now a visiting Fellow at Northumbria University. The acclaimed book “Different Every Night: Freeing the Actor” by Mike Alfreds shines the light on his theatrical vision and process:

Theatre is predominantly the domain of actors. We speak tautologically of live theatre: we proclaim ‘live-ness’ as its greatest attraction. Rightly so, for without any life there’s no theatre; at least not theatre that honours its true nature. And no one brings the theatre to life - or to be more accurate, brings life to the theatre - but actors.

His new book, “Then What Happens?”, published July 2013, deals with storytelling and adaptation and is particularly relevant to his work on The Tin Ring.

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Mandy has a Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Management and is a fully qualified teacher of English. Over the past thirty years, she has worked extensively in the cultural industries across the UK and internationally managing theatre buildings, performance companies, produced, presented and participatory programmes of work.

During her time in Newcastle as Executive Director at Northern Stage and in Leicester as Chief Executive of The Haymarket Theatre her strategic leadership responsibilities have included visioning a £68m capital campaign resulting in Leicester’s Curve, leading new organisational culture and facilitating complex and mutli-disciplinary partnerships.

Mandy has served on Boards of Governance, such as De Montfort University chaired organisations such as Bamboozle and run lectures and workshops in conjunction with the Theatrical Management Association. She has also been commissioned by the Arts Council of England to review and evaluate capital and project submissions and to lead teams to independently appraise arts organisations across the UK.

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Human Remain Human Remain, born in 2012, provides a home for the performance work Jane Arnfield has been researching, developing and delivering since 2003. Jane has spent most of her working life in ensemble theatre companies but now works on her own, originating, researching, constructing and taking responsibility for the production. Jane assembles a team for each project and collaborates with a series of partners which include Freedom from Torture, The Forge, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, British Council, and The Documentation Centre Phnom Penh where Jane is an Associate Artist.

The methodology supporting Jane’s work is epic and intimate and the work made performs in theatre spaces, libraries, museums, lecture halls, classrooms, state rooms and sitting rooms across the UK and internationally. Human Remain is committed to sharing performances and their associated educational toolkits with universities, non-government organisations, policy-makers, lecturers, teachers, students and the general public.
Jane is a Principal Lecturer in Performance at Northumbria University and the name Human Remain derives from a seminar Jane delivered in December 2012 where the play Seawall by playwright Simon Stephens was discussed by Jane and her students.

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Tony is the Executive Director of The Forge a participatory arts organisation with charitable status specialising in work with children, young people and their communities across the full range of art forms. Established in 1999, The Forge has long-term evidence of high quality partnerships, including public and voluntary sector organisations. The Forge is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also works in partnership with public, voluntary and private sector organisations. Programmes annually engaging over 12,000 participants, providing employment for over 50 artists per year take place within formal and informal education settings. Recent programme has included: Connections, a free membership scheme developing the arts in schools and, the award winning A Sign in Space, involving over 100 children and young people to develop a new music composition performing to 800 people in partnership with Durham Cathedral.

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