Lisa Adams-Davey – by Kathleen Whitehead and English Producer/Host Racheal Owens
Lisa Adams-Davey trained at the East 15 Acting School and performed Nationally and Internationally for a number of years before returning to education. She gained a First Class Honours degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature and, subsequently, a PGCE at Huddersfield University, and an MA in Contemporary Performance at Bretton Hall (University of Leeds). She is also a trained classical soprano and composes music for the productions that she directs. Her practice as an Artist, Director, and Consultant began in 1988 and her practice as research (Consultancy) includes collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music. Lisa has most recently directed They Shoot Dogs for SuckitAndSee Productions and also played the part of Ruth’s Mum.
Lisa founded Confiança Collaborative, in October 2014, as a development of SuckitAndSee Productions, which she initiated in June 2014. Confiança comprises of highly successful Edge Hill University (EHU) Alumni, whom Lisa has worked closely with as a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at EHU since 2005. “Confiança” is Portuguese for ‘Confidence’, ‘Trust’, ‘Trustworthy’, ‘Belief’, ‘Reliability’, ‘Faith’… and the Company Members of Confiança Collaborative have been carefully chosen by Lisa for having these qualities. The Company consists of 13 founder members, and specially invited artists, who collectively engage in professional theatre practice. Their first production in October 2014, under the guise of SuckitAndSee Productions, Directed and Produced by Lisa, received critical acclaim:
Confiança Collaborative is a group of artists who work closely on exciting and innovative performance projects, including scripts, exhibitions, devised work, and adaptations. The company originated from Lisa’s desire to work with, and to provide opportunities for, talented graduate artists, alongside an aspiration to engage in energised, innovative, and intellectually stimulating socio-politically charged performance.
The company present art that publicly provokes exceptional and diverse argument and opinion on (typically) delicate and contested issues, in order to expose and examine the human condition, man’s ‘habitual’ inhumanity to man, and personal ‘silent scars’. They choose, and create, dramatic texts, which are challenging and distinctive, and which frequently boast a rich mixture of comedy and intense drama.
Presently, Confiança Collaborative focus on mental and physical illness, and the impact of the psycho-biological interface, with a view to inspiring opinion and change. They attempt to empower individuals, to encourage people to reconsider how we judge and value those who suffer, and aim to help instigate a deeper understanding, empathy, and support of those in need.
Confiança Collaborative are to perform a new script by Jools Owen in 2015 entitled The Grit in the Pearl, which focuses on self-harm. The production is a rich mix of graphic drama and outrageous humour, laced with powerful physicalisation.