BECKY FINLAY HALL
Becky trained as an actor at London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and has worked extensively as an actor and facilitator with some of the UK’s leading Community Theatre and Arts companies. Responding to the growing need for a level of psychological support and exploration in much of Olive Branch’s work with marginalised groups and individuals, she completed an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Becky is currently running dramatherapy groups for elders living with dementia, as well as with children and adolescents in mainstream education with a broad range of needs. She also free-lances for the bereavement charity Grief Encounters, counselling charity Young Concern Trust and has recently delivered work with The Harley Street Centre. She continues to perform and work as part of Broke But Making Films independent film collective.
David trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and has recently completed an MA in Theatre for Young Audiences at Rose Bruford College. As an actor he has toured nationally and internationally, and performed in repertory seasons across the UK including a season at the National Theatre.
In recent years, he has focused on creating work for, by and with young people. He is a highly experienced director and facilitator, working creatively with young people across a wide variety of settings, including hard to reach groups or those identified as at risk. Recent projects include the roles of Drama Practitioner and Curriculum Advisor to The Challenge Network – a leading UK National Citizenship Service provider – and as Assistant Director on ‘Tales from the River Thames’, a co-production between NIE and the Unicorn Theatre.
Emma graduated with honours in Photography from Salisbury University and shortly afterwards moved to London to assist many well-known portrait, music and fashion photographers. Following a period of time working in a number of exotic locations such as Cuba, Costa Rica and Camberwell, she struck out on her own and has spent the last nine years working with many clients from the Editorial, Corporate and Arts worlds.
Time spent studying in Rajasthan – and subsequent travel throughout Asia – has now started to focus Emma’s work towards humanitarian stories. She was invited to join Olive Branch Arts for their 2012 and 2013 residencies on the Saharawi refugee camps, and is delighted to join the company as their Associate Artist.