…the past should be altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past.
Belinda loves Science Fiction and jazz.
Belinda only wears black and white clothes. (All colours on stage)
Belinda collects Hellmann's mayonnaise lids.
OUR PAST INFORMS OUR FUTURE
Born (Uganda) and spent her child-time in (Malawi). My father was an academic (Professor of English and Philosophy) and my mother was a; DJ, journalist, designer, jazz singer, party giver.
Back to colder climes. SCHOOLS; Sarum Hall (Hampstead, London), St. Margaret's (boarding school, for a year - hated) and Queen’s Gate (South Kensington, London) - left at 16.
… and Belinda's mother studied for an MA in Knitted Textiles at the Royal College of Art and was given government funding to start the British School of Knitting. Where my fascination with all things structural, constructed, woolly, made and developed, art and inspiration began.
At 16 I dyed her hair pink and ran away to join the … theatre; 2 years training course in Performance at the Cockpit Theatre (Marylebone, London), improvisation, clowning and devising. Co-founder of the London Performance Company (young people’s political theatre), whilst studying for a Diploma in Graphics (London College of Printing), then a BA Hons. in Jazz History and Jazz Vocal Performance (University of East London). Singing live and recorded (Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s, Comedy Store, Bass Clef, etc.).
Fell in love, married a computer analyst that played drums in a jazz band, had two children. They didn't go to school. So much to say, so for another conversation-day-article-dream-world. Started a children’s rights organisation the Libertarian Family Network and ran a ceramics gallery (Glazed Expressions).
Back to performance; member of Heart’s Tongue Theatre Company. We won the Street Performance Award 2006, performed in the main theatre at Glastonbury), MA in Devised Theatre (Dartington College of Arts, Devon - researching the multiple voice/bodies woman present/keep silent on stage). Surreal Saloon (a live chat show); co-hosted a cabaret, encouraging people to ‘tell their tale’.
Big Brother 8 (2009) housemate (and all that goes with the media whoosh); 15 minutes of z-list celebrity status/fame leading onto setting up Screens South West (training in acting and re-acting to the camera) and so on to role-play work in the corporate and public sector (encouraging people to find their true sense of self, their guiding principle, being honest and transparent and human).