LIFT has given me a life-long sense of the possible.
My 25 years there as co-founder director, with Rose Fenton, of the London International Festival of Theatre (1980-2005) have been foundational, giving me a world-view; skills of creative entrepreneurship and the ability to navigate complex social and political environments, often at times of major historic cultural change world-wide.
Many of our productions in London were 'site-specific' so we worked across private and public sectors, creating new connections against the odds to make things happen in London with a wide range of communities, partners and participants. Many of these productions triggered lasting change wherever they took place: Three Mills Island Studios, Gabriel's Wharf, Paddington Basin and Bankside Power Station. With artists Paul Burwell and Anne Bean, we drew attention to the derelict station in 1993 by lighting a giant flame from its chimney. Nuclear Electric had wanted to demolish the building.