Kath Akers has been an Associate Artist for the Gramophones since 2009. After performing and devising on Anything to Declare (2009), including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011, and Wild Duck (2010), Kath subsequently played a role in the early ideas, dramaturgy and formation on End to End (2012) , and on Wanderlust (2014). Kath has performed at a number of events as a storyteller, and was a performer in Excavate’s 2015 But I Know This City!, as part of the Being Human festival.
Kath has worked as a State Registered Dramatherapist since 2010. She has 18 years’ experience of working in education, health and community settings, running creative therapeutic groups and individual sessions, and providing training and consultation to other professionals in the creative and caring industries. Her work is specialised in working with complex trauma, and on issues around gender and power. Kath is one of a team of facilitators for the Auroara women’s Theatre Company based at the Women’s Centre, led by Nikki Disney; and is very excited and proud to be part of the Party Somewhere Else collective, providing a platform in Nottingham for women’s voices.
Rebecca D’Souza is an actor and singer who has been working with the Gramophones since 2012 in various guises. She trained at Birmingham School of Acting and at the Carroll Coyne Performing Arts Centre in New York and has since appeared as Youth in the national tour and film of Inside Out Of Mind for Meeting Ground Theatre Company, made two shows with The Gramophones (and worked on a few others) and performed as part of the ensemble of actors at Nottingham Playhouse for NEAT ‘11 and NEAT ‘16, including several staged readings and the UK premiere of The Syrian Monologues. She has also performed in several children’s shows, with Roundabout Theatre for Nottingham Playhouse and Big Window Theatre Company, making work for all ages. Rebecca enjoys working with and developing new writing and is particularly interested in women’s voices and stories on stage, screen, radio and in fact throughout the cultural landscape. She is a member of Nottingham Collective The Party Somewhere Else – an outfit committed to showcasing work where women have at least fifty percent of the creative agency. She (quite usefully) can turn a hand to stage management and tech when required. She is also mum to two lovely boys, both under five.
Tilly Branson is a director and dramaturg with a particular interest in new writing and women’s voices. She has recently completed a practice-based AHRC funded PhD researching the UK rural touring sector. Directing includes Getting Better Slowly by Nick Wood (Lincoln Drill Hall/national tour 2016-2017), Think of England by Madeleine Gould for Anonymous is a Woman (national tour 2016), Acting Alone by Ava Hunt (international tour 2015-16), Man to Man by Manfred Karge (Mercury Theatre Colchester 2013 and Park Theatre London 2014), Entertaining Angels by Brendan Murray (New Perspectives, rural tour 2013) and End to End, (The Gramophones, Edinburgh Fringe and national touring 2013-2015). Assistant directing includes All The Little Lights by Jane Upton for Fifth Word Theatre, Skybus by Esther Richardson and Andy Barrett for Derby Live, and Those Magnificent Men by Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon for New Perspectives. She regularly works with writers on scripts in development and has directed several rehearsed readings and showcases of new writing. She also works as a teacher, lecturer and workshop facilitator for schools, universities and arts organisations.www.tillybranson.com