July 2016 Harriet is working on the research and development phase of Sabotage Theatre's latest production, The Looker. Set in the future, the play centres around a shepherd, his flock of sheep, and a whole host of other intriguing characters, brought to life through puppetry, mask and a bit of clowning! For more information about Sabotage, click here.
April 2016 Harriet is filming on location in the Cotswolds for the fifth season of BBC's Father Brown, directed by Paul Gibson. She plays the part of Amy Jones, a nursery maid, in her BBC debut.
November 2015 Harriet recently filmed a pilot episode of a new TV show, GOOD FELLAS, appearing as an Amish Girl. The series is a new comedy and will be shown in 2016.
August 2015 Harriet has recently returned from touring rural Sussex and Kent with horse drawn company Sabotage Theatre's production of Owlers, a tale of smuggling on Romney Marsh in the 1800s based on real lives and events. Harriet played Kit, a cross-dressing teenage tub boy, who works for the infamous Adlington Gang of smugglers, and lives in a lighthouse with her adoptive mothers, the lighthouse sisters. Full of physical comedy, song, puppetry and mask, the tour sold out all over rural Kent and was met with high praise from audiences. Between each venue the company camped together, cooked over fires and walked with the horses and wagons to get to each performance space, most of which were historical churches and nature reserves. For more information on the UK's only horse drawn theatre company, visit Sabotage Theatre's website here.
November 2014 Harriet directed and performed in Boireannach Theatre's debut season at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. She played the role of Sophie in The Octopus Trap - a play about family, loss and the methods of coping we employ when faced with tragedy. She directed Sally Reichardt and Komal Amin in And All The Children Cried, a two hander written by Beatrix Campbell and Judith Jones about women in prison for terrible crimes.
How will they draw the human from the monster, the vulnerable from the killer, the innocent from the guilty? Will they even dare to attempt it? …They sure did, and with astounding success. I sat and watched with an open mind, and in spite of myself, I left with an open heart. The PostScript Journal on And All The Children Cried.
September 2014 Harriet co-founded a theatre company called Boireannach Theatre, along with the women in her class at East 15 Acting School. The company is all female and have announced their first season of three productions will take place in November 2014 at Ye Olde Rose & Crowne, Walthamstow. Harriet is very excited to be both directing one of the pieces and performing in another. Please visit the company website for more information on the company, the team and upcoming productions. www.boireannach.com
July 2014 Harriet played the part of Kit in Owlers, a new play written and directed by Zoe Hinks of Sabotage Theatre. The production was performed in St Mary in the Marsh, Kent, in a beautiful historical church. The play was based on the lives of smugglers who used to roam and make their living off the marshes. Harriet will be reprising the role of Kit in June 2015 for the full tour of Owlers.
July 2014 Harriet is very pleased and excited to have recently signed with ANA. Visit their website here.
April 2014 Harriet recently performed in a showcase of new writing by Ghost Dog Productions at the Leicester Square Theatre and is now rehearsing in Sussex for a site specific production, Montfort's March, directed by Stephen Israel and produced by The Company, Sussex.
She also recently reprised her role, Elaine, in The Queen of Hearts for a one-off performance in Bristol's Wickham Theatre.
November 2013 Harriet recently appeared in Immerse, a short film written and directed by Lucinder Pratt. The film can be viewed here.
Harriet has recently finished filming a short film with Everything Is Okay Productions, which is now in post production and will be shown at film festivals worldwide.
July 2013 After creating a devised piece as part of her MA at East 15 Acting School, Harriet and the rest of her devising group were asked to transfer the piece, Boohai, to the Union Theatre, Southwark.
August 2016 Harriet is rehearsing with Hobo Theatre for their latest immersive piece, The City Limits, which invites audiences to collectively 'walk out' of London, on an interactive 15 mile journey from Limehouse to Chingford, creating characters and telling stories en route. The City Limits is part of Camden People's Theatre's ongoing strand of work 'Whose London Is It Anyway?', and is designed for private renters who feel that London does not belong to them. The act of walking out of the city is a symbolic act of protest against a housing culture that makes the capital prohibitively expensive. It is also a chance for people to come together, share stories and find strength in the fact that there are others in the same boat. For more information and to book, click here.
February 2016 Harriet is performing in Hobo Theatre's latest interactive piece of game theatre, The Lowland Clearances. It's being performed at Camden People's Theatre in February & March.
September 2015 Harriet is performing in Newfoundland at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre as part of ImpFest 2015. Newfoundland is directed by Jamie Harper of Hobo Theatre, and is about family, home and borders. The performances are improvised based on the rehearsal process that the cast worked on together with Jamie. For information about dates and tickets please visit the website here.
August 2015 Harriet is currently rehearsing a new devised play, Newfoundland, with Hobo Theatre, directed by Jamie Harper. Harriet has worked with Jamie previously helping to develop Archipelago and People vs Democracy, both of which were interactive pieces of game theatre exploring real world issues whilst giving audiences full autonomy and agency to influence the productions. More information about Newfoundland will follow shortly. Visit Hobo Theatre's website here.
February 2015 Harriet appeared in Boireannach Theatre's production of La Barbe-Bleue at VAULT Festival. The production was based on the bloody tale of Bluebeard, whose wives have a habit of mysteriously vanishing. It is a tale, above all, of love, curiosity and the dark secrets that we all keep locked away.
The overarching sense of the piece is one of being trapped in a stranger’s nightmare, which is still giving me chills. A Younger Theatre.
September 2014 Harriet recently appeared as Juliet in Grow Up, Juliet at Ghost Dog's New Writing Night, 'Playground: Deceptions' at the Horse & Stables, Lambeth North. The short production received a positive review in Views From The Gods -
"Spoofing Shakespeare can be a tricky business and, for my money, the only people to come close to the Bard are The Reduced Shakespeare Company and Tom Stoppard. Now I can add Rex McGregor to that list for Grow Up Juliet, in which "Oh happy dagger" has a retractable blade and from then on, much like the evening as a whole, things just get weird. I'm not going to spoil what happens to Juliet (Harriet Layhe) at the hands of Friar Laurence/Mercutio/Rosaline (Sarah Anson). McGregor's script - in rhyming couplets and probably iambic pentameter but I was too busy laughing to check - is chock-full of quality running gags (hard to do in ten minutes), terrible but brilliant puns ("A ruse by any other name...") and it's all handled with a panto-cum-Jeremy Kyle flair by director Matthew Radway."
May 2014 Harriet played the part of Robin in Montfort's March, a site specific production to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. The production took place over a 4 mile walk across the South Downes, Sussex. 'Montfort's March' was written by Suzi Hopkins and directed by Stephen Israel of The Company.
August 2013 Harriet recently appeared as Elaine in The Queen of Hearts, a new comedy written and directed by Matthew Radway as part of the Camden Fringe. The production took place in August at the Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe.
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