Practitioners

Ele Slade (Lead Practitioner / Facilitator)

Scenographer / Theatre & Opera Designer

Ele has initiated the creation of the schools workshops, is advising on aspects of the community days, is leading and designing the exhibitions to celebrate the project, and is running the visual and spatial design workshops in schools under the heritage theme ‘Bells & their Buildings - space, atmosphere, materials’. 

Ele’s full biography here

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Stewart Melton

Writer / Director / Dramaturg

Stewart is running the text and spoken word workshops in schools under the Heritage Theme ‘The Social and Cultural History of Bellringing’. He will be working with the Local History Working Group to explore the old tower and parish records and documents.

Stewart’s full biography here

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Bob Birch

Sound Designer / Composer

Bob is running the sound design workshops in schools, under the heritage theme ‘Bells as Sound - musicality, sound & shape’, and capturing field recordings of the old and new bells for our exhibitions and online archive / resource.

Bob’s full biography here

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Rachel Drazek

Movement Director / Practitioner 

The movement practitioner is running the dance and movement workshops in schools under the heritage theme ‘Scientific Ringing - the traditional art of English bellringing’. She will be working with experienced ringers to explore method ringing as impulse for performance movement and group choreography.

 full biography here

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Blake Byles

Filmmaker / Photographer

Blake is documenting the project through photography and film. A short documentary film will chart the progress of the bells and other aspects of the project and be shown in the Richmondshire Museum exhibition and the online archive / resource.

Blake’s full biography here

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Callum Macdonald

Camera Operator

Callum is working with Blake to capture footage for the films.

Callum’s full biography here