Vickie Holden-Swinton and Raewyn Lippert: Co-Directors of Pākiki Theatre.

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Vickie - by Raewyn

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​Raewyn - by Vickie

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Vickie is a friend and constant inspiration who tells stories, writes and performs for a living. She trained at The Actors Institute and has been treading the boards for 20+ years. She loves Puppetry, and having trained at The Little Angel Theatre now lives with Cornelius the Marionette, Sock the

Worm, Monkey, The Little Prince and many other puppets, who are eagerly waiting to be put into a show.

 

Work includes productions for the New Vic Theatre Stoke, Millfield Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, and Alton Towers. Vickie has written and produced her own work, some of which has been seen at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the V&A, and the Edinburgh Festival. Vickie is a brilliant character and comic actor who also has that special ability to make you cry.

 

We met doing shows over 15 years ago, she made me laugh then, still makes me laugh now, and I am honoured to be in this creative venture with her. When not zooming across the country pulling off several jobs at once, Vickie lives in Hertfordshire with her family and Bert the dog. We share a love of stories, and a good cuppa and cake.

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I first met Raewyn rehearsing an educational show about 15 years ago and we hit it off straight away. Since then we’ve shared tea, biscuits, dinners, laughs, tears and many, many creative ideas - the biggest and scariest one of which - Pākiki Theatre - has come into fruition.

Raewyn is an actor, devisor, and writer who has been in the acting world for over 20 years since training at the Oxford School of Drama. She has done a whole range of wonderful work including that rather clever Shakespeare & Greek stuff. Her highlights include devising shows for Creation Theatre & Icon Theatre, work for several Theatre-in-Education companies including The Belgrade Coventy, Box Clever and Freshwater Theatre, and children’s shows for Pop-Up Theatre and Riding Lights.

 

She has also had a cough and spit on television including Call the Midwife, Game of Thrones and Close to the Enemy. Her passion is creating new work from adaptations of classic texts, or finding new, untold stories and finding physical and fun ways to tell them. Oh, and she has also appeared across the UK and Europe as a giant slinky. As you do.