Hester Ullyart is a British actress, director and award winning playwright born in Hull, East Yorkshire.
She creates full‐length theatre shows, cabaret and spoken word works with shapeshifting central performances; working in close collaboration with cross-platform artists to bring her multi-disciplinary concepts to life. At turns gritty, magical, musical, vulnerable or explosive, rich worlds are often tackled with the wit of disarming Northern gaze. Deeply inspired by cinema and in love with the tangibility of theatre up close, she oversees all aspects of her independent work.
She is currently based between the UK and New Zealand where she has been working on a creative exchange in directing and performance; collaborating with NZ artists such as the avant-garde Free Theatre, country-noir musician Delaney Davidson and Mike Friend of the Lyttelton Arts Factory (on Our Town among others) where she collaborated with composer Anita Clark for the first time. Clark and Ullyart’s fertile working connection is gratefully nurtured further in Hester's first film, 'I am all the rooms of the house'.
Hester’s independent work includes The Ballad of Paragon Station (winner ‘Stellar Outstanding Content’ NZ Fringe, Hull Truck, Edinburgh Festival, Heads Up Festival) and Paragon Dreams (Hull Truck) *****Yorkshire Post
Photo Sabin Holloway 2020 ‘I am all the rooms of the house’ in Lyttelton, New Zealand.