Debs Newbold - Writer
Award winning theatre artist Debs Newbold's powerful work brings together the poetic and the irreverent, the ancient and the defiantly modern. Debs is one of the UK's leading performance storytellers, creating fresh, playful work that can get deep under the skin. Her charisma and innovation has seen her write and perform for prestigious venues such as the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre, Hay Festival and Shakespeare's Globe among many other theatres, festivals and community spaces both in the UK and internationally.
Debs’ work consistently seeks out ways to bridge the divide between performer and audience. Her genre-defying collaborations with renowned director John Wright (Told by an Idiot) have heped re-define contemporary storytelling, resulting in two acclaimed shows; Under Her Skin & Lost In Blue. Her one-woman adaptations of Shakespeare’s tragedies have toured internationally. Debs serves as Storytelling Consultant for Shakespeare’s Globe and is currently directing actors in a season of devised storytelling performances for children in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Debs also recently directed the devised show FERAL, featuring performer Sonya Moorhead and live band The Greyhounds, which will toured in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.
In 2018 she wrote and performed the book for Will Pound’s award winning gig theatre tour Through The Seasons. In late 2017 she wrote and performed the monologue I Cannot Sleep, part of Rusty Quill’s chart topping podcast series for Historic Royal Palaces. This year she will write the book for the folk-opera Rising Up, in commemoration of the 1819 Peterloo massacre, which will open at HOME in Manchester before going on national tour. Debs is also a FURNACE playwriting mentee at Leeds Playhouse and has recently been made a Fellow of the Young Foundation.
In 2019 Debs has embarked on her third and most ambitious storytelling collaboration with John Wright, Outrageous Fortune, which examines Hamlet from a woman’s perspective and incorporates a live jazz drum score. This will be made in association with Square Chapel Arts Centre (where she is Associate Artist), York Theatre Royal and Greenwich Theatre, London with support from Arts Council England.
Twice voted one of the top five performers at the Towersey Festival (the only theatre artist in its fifty year history ever to achieve this), Lead Storyteller and Consultant for Shakespeare's Globe, winner of the Summerhall Acting Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, Debs – collaborator & instigator, word wrangler & crowd tamer – is a Brummie force of nature. And she makes a bostin’ cup of tea.
★★★★★”one unfeasibly talented woman” - Views from the Gods
★★★★★”puls down the spirit of Shakespeare” - StageTalk Magazine
★★★★“one of the UK’s top storytellers” - Broadway Baby