Member Directory

OutdoorArtsUK members are individuals and organisations who actively support and participate in the development of Outdoor Arts in their professional work; one way or another we all care about presenting high-quality work that creates a dynamic relationship with a very large and steadily growing audience.

Alison Neighbour

I am a scenographer working in theatre and installation, with a particular interest in participatory work and re-imagining public spaces, both within landscape and urban settings. I create socially engaged projects with scenography as a starting point, aiming to connect people with each other, with place, and with stories that matter.

For the past 11 years I've worked as a theatre designer, in theatres and for site specific locations, on both devised (co-created) and scripted performance work. I always start by considering the audience relationship to the performance and to the space, seeking to find ways that will engage them in the story through visual and physical means. My work has included immersive performances for young people that try to address gender stereotyping in fairytales; Shakespeare productions with a cast of 100 school children; off-West End theatre productions; and art installations on beaches using found materials.

For ten years I co-ran Bread & Goose, a company creating theatrical journeys for adventurous audiences. We created 7 playful journeys and productions; an ongoing interactive installation about memory; and a book created with and for military wives on a South Wales beach.

I'm currently focussing on making site responsive performance-based artworks that activate public spaces in towns and in the countryside, and which encourage audiences to participate and respond. I am interested in using responsive technology combined with tactility and lo-fi solutions to help audiences connect better with each other and with the issues and stories of a place and community. Part of my current research includes exploring audience agency and how visitors can be guided through a space or experience without direct instruction, and how they might co-build the space and the work with me and with each other, either in person and/or digitally.