Orange Skies is artist/bestie duo Daisy and Rachel, plus pals (old and new).
We make performance to make you want to hold the person next to you. Our shows like to gossip, to debate, to flirt and confide in you. We make work that grows from what makes us feel jazzed. Our work reflects who we are right now and what’s eating us. We like it best when that speaks to something bigger.
Orange Skies is the name we make work under, it’s a collective of people who make work together often, and it’s a way of working too.
Our shows always tackle a central question. We like to think of live performance as not the way we answer them, but the way we can open them up, take them out and disrupt them or hold them. We do this together, with you.
How we got here
Dais and Rach hail from Norfolk and Northants respectively, and started out as artists in the regions. Daisy formed OS in 2016, working in and around East Anglia, until 2018 when Rachel came on board, and the pair became best art making buds.
They had a shared vision to make work to give back to the kinds of areas they grew up in, as such Orange Skies has always centred regional touring and sharing arts practice with the next generation of creatives outside of a metropolitan setting.
Since 2016 we’ve toured across the UK, including to Edinburgh Fringe, FUSE International, the Young Norfolk Arts Festival and Camden Fringe. We’ve worked with schools, universities and charities to create communities with and beyond our audiences, sharing our practice and the disruptive power of live performance. We were mentored by Tangled Feet from 2018-19 as part of their Emerging Companies Mentorship Programme, and have been supported by Camden People’s Theatre, Theatre Peckham, Tramshed, and the Live Art Development Agency.
We’re currently Supported Artists of Norwich Theatre.
Daisy’s (she/her) work is urgent, political with a little ‘p’, obsessed by visual aesthetic and pop culture. Daisy trained with Gecko Theatre as part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme and completed a Masters in Advanced Theatre Practice at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Daisy also works in arts marketing and producing, having worked with Underbelly Ltd and acclaimed contemporary circus company Barely Methodical Troupe.
Rachel Elizabeth Coleman
Rachel (she/her) likes to make stuff in the ‘in between’ places - between bodies, ecologies, landscapes and words. She works across live performance, social activism, photography and education - she likes it best when she gets to do all these things at once.
The winner of the 2015 ESRC Changing World Photographic Competition, Rachel is a Guest Lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and is finishing up a Masters in Movement, Mind and Ecology from Schumacher College.
Past shows n' Highlights so far
We are Supported Artists of Norwich Theatre.
We are making and touring WILD ONION across the UK this year.
Sell out run of Tom Mason:ZERO HOUR at Stour Space.
WILD ONION RnD at Tramshed Woolwich.
Stayed at home like good responsible citizens.
Commissioned sell out show Tom Mason: ZERO HOUR at Theatre Deli. Performed w e t and king at Calm Down Dear Festival at Camden People's Theatre. Created and performed 10,000:HOME at Theatre Peckham.
Revived In Addition for Camden People's Theatre.
Delivered workshops at Bishop Stopford School, Kettering.
Mentored by Tangled Feet Theatre
In Addition shortlisted for the LET Award. Toured across the UK performing in Norwich, Bedford, and Kingston, with a month long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In Addition gained ★★★★ reviews and described as 'the play Britain needs right now' by Mumble
Scratched WILD ONION at Pleasance Theatre Islington.
Performed 2 scratch performances at The Garage Norwich, and our first full length show at the Norwich Puppet Theatre as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival.
Daisy started Orange Skies with a small business grant from the University of East Anglia Student Union.
Hosted our first event: a burlesque night at the Bedford Crypt in Norwich.
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