Who we are

Eager Spark is Estelle Buckridge, Corinne Furness, and Charlie Whitworth. We’ve been making work together since 2010 but we each have areas of particular interest and specialism. You can read about us below, along with how to contact us if you’re interested in working with one of us.

Estelle Buckridge

Estelle is a Community Artist, Theatre Maker and mother.

She is interested in the connection between arts and wellbeing. She has an inclusive practice and likes working with communities to devise and create socially engaged theatre that is  informed by personal stories. She has trained in arts for Dementia care and worked extensively with adults with brain injuries. She is currently setting up West Exe Elders theatre company in Exeter and working on her first one-woman show about Motherhood and social isolation.

 Estelle’s credits for Eager Spark as director/co-director include Walking Stories, BlueprintJoseph Mills Presents…Reasons for Listing and Ovid Reworked: The Brixton Project. She has also performed in ‘If Wood Street Could Change the World’ and Regeneration. She is the lead facilitator across WBN’s community work and created The Exeter Living Library and ‘Walking Stories’ and co-created ‘Once Upon a Walthamstow…’
She loves getting involved in communities, connecting with people (usually over tea and cake), and trying to make the world a fairer place.

Corinne Furness

Corinne is a theatre-maker, academic, and cultural policy nerd. She writes about, teaches, and consults on a range of areas connected to contemporary performance.

An Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Doctoral Researcher with the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Corinne is currently researching professional-amateur collaboration and the RSC’s 2016 flagship production A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation. She is more widely interested in arts participation, and is currently writing a chapter on working with artists in empty shops for publication in late 2018. Additionally, she regularly works with Stage Directors UK, including providing their latest research on the gender divide across directors employed by subsidised theatres in England. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as leading workshops on both writing for performance and producing your own work.

Her credits for Eager Spark include Regeneration (Co-Writer), Blueprint (Writer), Beneath the Albion Sky (Co-Writer), Joseph Mills Presents…Reasons for Listing:16 Facts and One Story About Things That Make Me Happy (Writer), If Wood Street Could Save The World (Writer), Once Upon A Walthamstow… (Co-Creator and Dramaturg) and Skipping Games (Writer). Corinne also curated Theatre41 and Ovid Reworked: The Brixton Project and fulfilled a childhood aspiration by being a librarian in The Exeter Living Library. Notable writing credits away from Eager Spark include you, me and the way the world ends (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Some Sort of Beautiful (finalist Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing).

Corinne likes re-watching The West Wing, ridiculously patterned secondhand dresses, and any flavour of vegan cake. You can read more about her and her work here.

Charlie Whitworth

Charlie is a Writer, Dramaturg and Director. He has also recently been found teaching young people Writing for Performance and consulted on such projects for organisations like Southwark Playhouse. He studied Drama at Exeter University and did his MA at Goldsmiths in Writing for Performance. He also co-founded Theatre with Teeth back in the day.

For Eager Spark Charlie co-wrote and directed Beneath the Albion Sky and Regeneration. He also wrote and directed When Charlie met Joan which was part of our People and Politics festival.  He has also co-directed Blueprint and Ovid Reworked: The Brixton Project, taken the helm for all four incarnations of Cold Writing (directing 18 short plays in the process), written All Quiet in the Boxing Ring which was performed at our Theatre41 and was Dramaturg for Joseph Mills Presents…Reasons for Listing. And he is bound to have done other things which his poor memory has temporarily caused him to forget.

Charlie’s other writing credits include being involved in a few of The Story Projects meaning he has had shorts performed at Theatre503, Arcola Theatre and Southwark Playhouse (more details here). He has also had his play Fire Nation read at Soho Theatre and Take Some of This performed at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. He is also a winner of the Body Gossip Writing Competition with The Day Things Will Never Be The Same Again After (The Hub, Kings Cross) and a Reading the Future winner with What Dreams Are Made Of (Exeter University). As a Dramaturg he has worked for Theatre Bristol before, read for a few different theatres and organisations including Tobacco Factory Theatres and worked with many different writers (which is most commonly how I work as a ‘Turg).

Charlie loves watching sport but barely partakes in any. He is fascinated by political polling and reads far too many blogs about it, secretly follows Wrestling (less secret now) to see how the writers will come up with new storylines and is interested in getting into computer game writing if he ever has time to start something new again in his life. Which he thinks is doubtful.

If you want to get in touch with him about Writing, Dramaturgy, Directing or leading programmes of teaching young people to write plays, contact him here.