“Curiously Cathartic” The Times.
“Deliciously Dark” The Guardian.
Caroline Smith is a performance maker and shaker whose works explore alter ego and are comical, absurd and sinister. She often works within communities to explore a collective identity, its desires, drives and the dark (as well as the lighter) sides. She likes to have serious fun; empower others, be empowered and play hard through the process of devising work.
Her themes explore complicity and exchange and the inevitable disturbances that arise between self and other.
She often performs and hosts under the guise of 50s suburban housewife Mertle Merman whose got a secret or two up her nylon sleeve; M. Abrakadabrovic (a dead ringer for the other cult figure, Marina Abramovic) or the flamboyant bird, Rita Grebe (The Great Crested) – a pilot project in partnership with the RSPB on Wallasea Island and supported by Metal Culture Southend and the Arts Council of England. Her characters host shows on eating, birdwatching, embarrassment and other delicious delights.
She is quivering her tail feathers with excitement at a collaborative project that launches in November 2013 with another crazy bird – news of that soon.
She’s formerly Arts Editor of Attitude magazine in London; Black Book in New York. She was at the University of Greenwich running the Creative Writing, Journalism and Media Writing programmes for a decade and was appointed Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer.
She has performed at many of the UK’s leading venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery and the Hayward.
Please have a look at GIGS to go see her next performance. Find her on Twitter and Facebook. Ask yourself what exactly IS on the end of that fork?