This is half my face. Photo by Naomi Woddis.

This is half my face. Photo by Naomi Woddis.

I am a performance maker and writer with a background in theatre, live art and comedy. I explore the idiosyncratic cultural and political constructs that inform the way we are together, as people, just trying to figure it all out.

My work is text and action based. The text is sharp, witty and observational, often referencing and sending up modes of popular culture. It is poetic but comprehensible, leaving enough space for an audience to insert their own personal experiences. It interweaves personal reflection with universal questions, those of politics, identity and place. I also dally with fact, taking audiences on journeys that mess with satire and fabrication.

The body in my practice is a site of personal histories, inherited behaviours and cultural expectations – both true and invented. A lot of influences are Jewish and Queer. Many of my performative images play on the smallness of my frame, and the way that my cultural heritage has written itself large on my face without my consent. My performances have involved eating as many twiglets as possible in a bid to grow a family tree in my guts, escapology acts, and small feats of - or attempts to improve - physical strength. Influences include -  Curious, Ken Dodd, Morecambe and Wise, Lisa Kron, Bobby Baker and Gob Squad.

I make performance work as a solo artist and collaborate with a range of artists including Greg Wohead [Story #1] and nat tarrab as mars.tarrab - the 2017 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award Winners.

Recent commissions have included The Junction, Cambridge; Royal Court Tottenham; Fuel Theatre; Home Live Art and Ovalhouse. I've been on residencies recently including The Orchard Project and Asylum (NY),  Playwrights Centre (Minneapolis) and Playwrights' Workshop (Montreal) and Cove Park (UK)  I am a fellow at the Birkbeck Centre of Contemporary Theatre, have taught workshops on University courses in the UK and artist development programmes in the UK, Canada and the US. I'm a regular contributor to 'Pause for Thought' on BBC Radio 2. 

To get in touch: Rachel\at\rachelmars\dot\org