Alison Farina is a Bath-based theatre-maker, practitioner and playwright. She is founder and Artistic Director of Butterfly Psyche Theatre, an Associate Director at The Rondo Theatre in Bath and a Trustee of The Merlin Theatre in Frome, Somerset. Her practice focuses on new writing, heritage, family theatre and theatre with a social conscience. Alison’s work has been performed on the Isle of Man, Leeds, Bristol, London, Kent, Bath, and Reykjavik, Iceland.
Alison has worked with Dyslexia Action, The Rondo Theatre, Theatre Bath, Trowbridge Arts, and Wiltshire Libraries giving workshops for adults and young people and in 2105 created Words Alive! – a project for Bath and North East Somerset that brings memories and stories to life for residents in Care Homes.
Currently Alison is writer/director on Butterfly Psyche Theatre’s new accessible, multi-sensory family show, The Snow Child, which will premier in Bath this Christmas. Recent credits include: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (an adaptation of Anne Brontë’s classic for the theatre), Return to Wonderland, (an original follow-up to the Alice in Wonderland stories set against the First World War) and the 5-episode interactive Twitter script Temple Tales for Temple Newsam House, where she is working again in 2015 to write a new script for their visitors Audio Tour.
In 2014 Alison was shortlisted for the Old Vic, New Voices TS Elliot Commission and the Salisbury Playhouse’s 2014 ‘Original Drama’ call-out.
Butterfly Psyche Theatre was set up in 2010 and is a small-scale professional, producing and touring Theatre Company based in Bath, Somerset.
Our work for the theatre includes New Work and New Writing, Family Theatre and Community Arts Engagement.
We believe that through theatre difficult issues can be explored, addressed and experienced promoting positive mental health and well-being.
We use theatre arts activity to engage with our community by:
- Engaging young people in the arts by promoting an interest in/support of the National Curriculum and literacy
- Enhancing a culture in B&NES for socially conscious arts work
- Engaging with hard-to-reach rural areas and marginalised people within B&NES
- Addressing subject matter/issues that challenge and provoke, while promoting health and well-being through participation.
- Promoting collaborative working with other artists/community groups.
- To create legacy and shared experiences through participatory activities.
Work undertaken includes (but is not limited to): performances, workshops and outreach activity for schools/community groups, professional skills/master-class workshops, Q&As/Post-Show discussions and providing opportunities for local artists.