Born in Bristol, raised in Hull and now based in London. As a nipper Cathy was in Hull Truck Youth Theatre Company before completing a B.A English and Drama degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a one year Post Graduate Diploma in acting from East 15 Acting School.
After various forays into cabaret, stand–up, short films and pantomime she first worked in street theatre for The Medicine Show in ‘The Camembert Crisis’ and loved it! From this came two tours with the Clown Jewels touring the Highlands and Islands of Scotland after which she came back to London and SWANK Street Theatre was born, with Fools Paradise as it’s main agent.
SWANK is now 18 years old and has really come of age. It has an extensive repertoire and an excellent national and international reputation. Internationally SWANK has worked at events and arts festivals from Singapore to China, Canada to Australia and New Zealand, Sweden and Denmark to Spain and Scotland.
Corporate work has included the World Expo in Shanghai in the award winning British Pavillion, The Millenium Dome Tickled Pink Breast Cancer fundraising Galas and the Harry Potter Book Launches – at both The Albert Hall and Edinburgh Castle. SWANK has also worked at two Olympics – The Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 and The London Olympics and Paralympics 2012.
Cathy creates each show, making the props and designing the costumes. She particularly likes creating commissioned works such as for Showzam, Blackpool or the British Council. She loves to work in collaboration with other artists such as Petra Massey from Spymonkey, Dik Downey from Pickled Image, Jo Kessel from Stickleback Plasticus and Ned Evans from Creature Feature.
She continues to work as a director, workshop facilitator and stand up comedian.
SWANK is incredibly proud of our talented pool of freelance performers who all work professionally as actresses or run their own companies, some additionally also work voluntarily – as mothers!
*SWANK:(verb) to work with Swank Street Theatre
**SWANKER:(noun) one who works with Swank Street Theatre