Claire Alizon Hills – Artistic Director


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claireClaire graduated in 2003 with a degree in Drama with Critical Criminology from Edge Hill University.  Since graduating she has gone on to have a full and varied career, specifically in children’s theatre.

From 2004 to 2010, Claire toured nationally and internationally with several children’s theatre companies. In her time she has tread the boards as the ‘Mad Hatter’ in Alice and Wonderland, ‘Wilbur’ in Charlotte’s Web and at one point or another, played every role in Giraffes Can’t Dance.

Claire also freelances for The Faceless Company, performing walkabout characters and working on community projects with young people in Yorkshire, including their 2014/15 strategic tour of Follow the Diversion. As a highly skilled workshop facilitator, Claire is also based in schools across Yorkshire on behalf of Artis Education, delivering curriculum linked workshops on a weekly basis.

Claire co-founded Topsy Turvy Theatre in 2010 with Rachel Priest.  Sharing a passion for theatre and a joy for performing for children, it seemed like the obvious next step in their careers!  Claire performs in and writes all of the shows as well as overseeing the design and making processes –  oh, and does the dreaded paperwork!

In 2011 her adaptation of Jonathan Emmets picture book Ruby Flew Too! delighted little audiences across Yorkshire and the North West touring to schools and theatres, and is still touring now. Following its success, and in response to pleads for another show, Claire wrote and directed her first original production in 2012 The Lost Present…A Christmas Adventure! as an alternative production for young children to watch during the festive season.  In 2014 Claire wrote her second original production Isabel’s Well. It is a particularly special story to Claire as it is written especially for her eldest goddaughter Isabel, having been based on a daft song she made up and sang to her as a baby. However, Isabel also has 2 younger sisters so the title for her next original production for 2014, Sorry! Christmas is Cancelled…Katie Saves the Day gives you a clue as to for whom this one is written!

This September marks Topsy Turvy Theatre‘s 4th birthday. It’s truly unbelievable to think how far the company has progressed in the time. It’s been a lot of hard work, with lots more to come (we hope!) but it’s great to be doing what makes me happy for a living.