Annie Siddons is a Londoner,single parent, middle eastern British, multidisciplinary artist.
Her work is hilarious, brutal, honest and poetic, embracing the mythic and the mundane, sitting somewhere in the intersection between comedy, theatre, spoken word and live art. Music and narrative are always central.
As writer/performer, Annie created Raymondo in 2014, which ran at Summerhall as part of Escalator East to Edinburgh, then returned in 2015 for the British Council Showcase, touring across the UK 2015-16.
She followed Raymondo with How (Not) to Live in Suburbia, her first foray into autobiographical work. The show, a hilarious look at her own chronic loneliness, featuring videos by performance artist Richard DeDomenici, played Summerhall 2016 before two sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre 2017. As part of making the show Annie trained as a Samaritan. Suburbia tours the UK in Spring/Autumn 2018/2019. How (Not) to Live in Suburbia is in development for TV and lead to Annie making her TV debut on Alan Davies’ chat show, As Yet Untitled.It’s also been part of a cross disciplinary symposium on Loneliness at UCLAN in November 2016, and more symposia are planned for 2018/19.
Her most recent show, Dennis of Penge, a mythic spoken word show about addiction, friendship, Dionysus and her childhood ends of SE20 with music by Asaf Zohar played to great acclaim at Ovalhouse and Albany Deptford in autumn 2018.It will tour in autumn 2019.
Her new show, made with Ursula Martinez, explores the divided self, authenticity, identity, and being in between. It will be developed throughout 2019.
As playwright/ dramaturg, she has worked with Kneehigh, Bristol Old Vic, Battersea Arts Centre, Teater Sagohuset, the Gate, National Theatre Studio, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Unicorn, Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, Fillament Theatre, Undercurrent Theatre. Her play Rapunzel written for her young daughters in 2005 was picked up by Kneehigh in 2006 and did two London runs at BAC and London’s Southbank before touring the UK and US. It’s since been remounted by several other theatres. In jan 2018 she dramaturged on Caroline Byrne’s production of All’s Well that Ends Well at the Globe.
Annie regularly mentors younger and emerging artists particularly those from challenging backgrounds and works collaboratively and alone in a variety of settings. She has a fruitful long term collaboration with director Justin Audibert. She is published by Oberon Books.
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“Theatre artists are essentially charlatans and thieves”. Simon McBurney.