Witchfinder - cast member Clare Burman's story

This short documentary film explores how visually impaired performer Clare Burman worked with director Emma Bernard to prepare for her first professional performance, in music theatre piece Witchfinder.

Witchfinder is an immersive music theatre performance piece inspired by the infamous witch finding activities of Matthew Hopkins (self-professed ‘Witchfinder General’) during the 1600’s. In its live performance format, the show combines elements of immersive theatre, music and song in a narrative that explores themes of prejudice, difference and division within communities.

Within the film, Clare and Emma discuss accessibility, disability and the importance of representation within the performing arts.

  • Amy Mallett
  • John Fensom
    Film Maker
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    disability, theatre, acting, accessibility, documentary, visual impairment
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Amy Mallett

Dr. Amy Mallett is a composer, director and theatre-maker creating work inspired by contemporary and historical stories. Her PhD thesis examined interdisciplinary collaboration in musical theatre.
In 2021 she founded UK-based performing arts company Cohere Arts, through which she began experimenting with narrative and documentary film-making.

Amy is passionate about using creativity as a catalyst for change, health and wellbeing, and also applies her rich cross-sector knowledge and expertise as a creative health consultant, drawing on experiences working for a wide range of cultural and health organisations as strategist, evaluator and facilitator.

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