A Brief About

I started life working in theatre. Amongst other things, I ran The Room Above The Pub in Richmond, made giant strap-on penises for a production of Lysistrata, and toured the world as an Assistant Stage Manager with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 2001, I began studying photography. Three years later my graduation exhibition was commissioned by Bloomsbury and in 2007 became the book My Celebrity Boyfriend. To fund my photography habit (and pay my mortgage), I became a PA and this led to me being the Assistant to Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the RSC and then to David Lan, Artistic Director of the Young Vic.

I’ve been a stills photographer for film and theatre, worked with refugees and asylum seekers, taught literacy and creative writing, and qualified as a children’s shoe fitter. The Billy Ray? Project, a study of sons of preacher men and what they can teach me started in 2006, and has carried on despite all these other things getting in the way.

And on 7 Jan 2020, I’ll be starting The Everyday Lore Project, a year long project looking at ways to include folklore, superstition and tradition into my everyday life. Sign up to my blog and join in…

Portrait of me © Betty Beston – she’s ace.