Birdlife Productions Profiles
We are Bridget and Roger Sanders; a Nelson-based partnership
committed to creating theatre to inspire, delight and inform.
Together we have been telling stories, playing with puppets
and making theatre for many years.
As well as writing our own material, we make all our own puppets, props and sets,
incorprating live music and plenty of wonder!
- a Traditional Storyteller, Actor, Musician, Puppeteer and Improviser,
Roger has over 30 year’s experience as a performer and creator of theatre. He was a founding member of the UK storytelling and music troupe ‘The Firebird’s Feather’ (UK, 1995), the ‘Body In Space’ theatre company (New Zealand, 2010) and ‘Birdlife Productions’ (2015), and most recently, the theatre/improvisation troupe ‘Peoples Republic of Improv’ (2017). Since 2011, Roger has been collaborating with Japanese Master Puppeteer, Akiko Myamoto, and takes every opportunity for ongoing training in Physical Theatre and Improvisation.
Performance highlights include the solo show ‘The End of the golden Weather’ (Nelson 2009), Philias Fogg ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ (Body In Space, 2013), Oberon and Theseus ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ (Nelson Summer Shakespeare 2017) and Moon in ‘The Magnificent Man in the Moon’ (Birdlife Productions, Nelson Fringe Fest 2017).
Roger performs regularly as a Storyteller and Improvisor, loves creating original theatre work and helps children connect with each other and express their creativity through his regular drama classes and workshops.
- a Writer, Director, Actor, Puppeteer and Set/Props/Puppet Maker who has studied to degree level both Performing and Visual Arts. After a career as a Visual Artist Bridget joined the Body In Space theatre company as Principle Set Designer and Costume/Prop Maker and renewed her interest in Acting (2011).
Bridget’s Playwrighting and Directing include ‘Romeo in the Tearooms at Pergutory Junction’ (Nelson Arts Festival 2013), ‘Birdlife’ (Best Direction – Nelson Fringe Festival 2015), ‘Not I, Not I’ (2015) and ‘The Magnificent Man in the Moon’ (2017). More recently Bridget has been focusing her skills creating theatre for Children, as she believes wholeheartedly in the need to inspire new generations of hungry minds and hearts with good stories that connect them to the greater mysteries of life!