Making Retold

Making Retold

Collaborator Information

Oliver Scott
Artistic Director
Oliver is founder and Artistic Director of Mercurial Dance and Mercurial Arts Charity. His companies bring together a range of roles he undertakes as choreographer, performer, producer and educationalist From his Coventry base at the Canal Warehouse he has been producing work in the city and midlands for 15 years.

Works include 100 Faces, a dance film installation at the Leamington Gallery (2006). BeRibboned (2007) at the Herbert and Risky Business (2009). From 2010-15 his artistic work centred on The Bubble Chamber- a pop-up arts studio in Coventry which hosted performances & installations including: Hinterland (2012) a piece for city squares, commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome; Cascades (2011) an interactive projection piece with Belgrade Theatre and Cascades CODA (2013) which toured with DanceDigital Festival.

In 2014 we combined digital dance with neuroscience to create The Chaotic Liquid Network in partnership with mac, Ikon, University of Birmingham and Oasis Academy Hobmoor. This relationship launched a journey for Hobmoor Community Centre, in which Oliver has been a key in establishing art projects at turning points in the centres development from empty space to over 1000 people using it every week. Fair Youth (ACE) in 2015 continued his artistic approach making work for non- theatre spaces. A piece inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnets, it toured the region’s libraries. 2018 he presented Ballet at the Bar(re) his new ballet for social spaces, bars, festivals and corporate events.

Oliver trained at Coventry Centre for the Performing Arts, and independently in London. Touring internationally as a performer with his own work and with other company includes: Fair Youth (2015) and Hinterland (2012) with Mercurial Dance, Dare You Watch with Nocturn Dance (2013) The Wednesday Improvisation group, ESP and Fluxx (2006/7), Julyen Hamilton Quartet (2006), Wild Party (film) Rosie Kay Dance Co (2005) Volatile for Motionhouse (2002-3); Earthfall’s Fabulous Wounds (1997-9); Genesis Canyon at the Natural History Museum (1996).

Oliver guest lectures at Coventry University teaching Contact Improvisation (CI) contemporary dance techniques. An experienced CI teacher he has studied with the pioneers of the form, including Nancy’s underscore practice and continues to draw on CI practice and principles as a foundation for movement. He is on the Board of Dance Hub Birmingham and formerly the programme group for the Coventry 2021 Bid.

Ashley Jordan
Ashley studied at the University of Chichester where he was awarded a Masters (MA) in Dance Performance and a BA (hons) in Dance. Ashley was nominated for the Rising Star award at the Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards 2017. Having previous training in parkour, freerunning and gymnastics, Ashley is keen to explore how these disciples can be combined with dance to create choreography. He is passionate about extending dance opportunities to young people, particularly in nurturing an interest for dance with boys and young men.

Ashley performed works in Mapdance by, Kerry Nicholls, Rick Nodine, Lila Dance, Ofra Idel and Jonathon Burrows. Since graduating, he has performed for Autin Dance Theatre, Balbir Singh Dance and has became an Associate Artist for Highly Sprung Performance Co. Ashley is a founding member and the Artistic Director of Ascension Dance Company.

Lewys Holt
Lewys is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in the UK. He graduated from the De Montfort University Dance BA course with a first class degree in 2013, he went on to graduate from an MA in Performance Practices from De Montfort University the following year. His practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. He has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Sally Marie, Frank Willens, Rosemary Lee and Florence Peake.

In 2015 he was supported by Dance4 and Yorkshire Dance to successfully secure Arts Council England, Grants For The Arts funding to make a solo show titled Of, Or At A Fairly Low Temperature. Lewys is also a founding member of the ACE funded Leicester-based contemporary performance collective Tetrad who providing support and opportunities for artists in the area, as well as being an associate artist at Attenborough Arts Centre and a Breakthrough Artist at Curve Theatre

Henry Curtis
Originally from Coventry, Henry was part of the Boys Dancing initiative as well as PAS’s Alpha Dance group and Beingfrank Youth. He then went to graduate from London Contemporary Dance School in 2013.

Since then he as worked internationally as a dance artist as well as producing his own choreographic work for stage and screen. Performing with companies like Kamea Dance Company (Israel) and touring work by Glyndebourne Opera in the UK and Australia. He also has worked with a range of independent companies like Made by Katie Green, Riccardo Buscarini, James Wilton and Feet off the Ground. His choreographic work has been presenting at the Robin Howard Theatre (The Place) as well as part of the Ignition Dance Festival (London), He continues to devise work – most recently concentrating on dance on screen.’

Lucy Ann Sale
Lucy is a music writer and instrumentalist living in Coventry since 2001. Born in Oxford and raised in the beautiful landscapes of Norfolk, The Sale family children were all musical, playing ten instruments between them through their teenage years. Lucy started piano lessons at 6 years old and achieved A.B.R.S.M grade 8 on four instruments by the age of 18. Lined up to study and reluctantly choose just one instrument for a performance course in London, Lucy took a last minute swerve to study Music Composition & Professional Practice (BA hons) at Coventry University from which she graduated in 2004.

“Eclectic, style-breaking, genre-blending, soul-searching, bluesy jazz-edged folk” (Folkwords)

Sale crafts her music with instruments including Piano, Guitar, Flute, Percussion, Marimba… the list doesn’t end there with more than twenty instruments in her collection last time she counted and more still on her wish list. All of this she accompanies with her voice and a passion for rich harmonies. She has made three studio albums – ‘Keeping It All At Home’ (2009), ‘Sonomama’ (2013) and ‘Ear To The Ground’ (2018) – these have all been released independently.

“A persuasive voice that has bags of personality, the kind of characteristics that can win over the staunchiest of doubters” (FATEA)

Over the first decade of her career she has used her skills as a composer, arranger, tutor and performer with various projects including Teatro Youth Theatre, The Tin Music and Arts Centre, Mustard and Blood and Mercurial Dance. She has performed alongside artists including Devon Sproule, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Paul Curreri, Kelly Joe Phelps, Tom Brousseau and Joan Armatrading. Some of the highlights of her performances have put her on to the stage at The Butterworth Hall (WAC), Union Chapel (Islington), Cambridge Folk Festival, Shambala Festival, The Roundhouse (N.London), Glastonbury Festival, BBC C&W radio & BBC 6 Music.

Olivia Winteringham

Kirsten Tranter
Kirsten is an independent producer who has been working with Mercurial Dance for over a year now. Her specialism is Dance and movement, however she has worked on a number of cross art projects and programmes. Kirsten works on a freelance basis with a range of individuals and organisations, across the Midlands and beyond. More information can be found at

Heather Maclaurin
Digital Marketing
Heather is a freelance arts manager based in the West Midlands, she has been working with Mercurial Dance since February 2018, supporting their marketing and social media for Retold. Heather has worked with organisations across the Midlands in various arts management roles, with a particular interest in participation, collaborative projects and youth dance.

Olivia Winteringham

Olivia is a writer and producer working in theatre and live performance. She is 1/3 of KILN (an associate company of Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Olivia creates new works in collaboration with a range of artists and practitioners including food designers, choreographers, neuroscientists and sound artists. She works in a wide range of forms including food performance, music-theatre, text projects, site-based installations, and audio projects.

Simon Ratcliffe

Is lecturer in voice at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has worked for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Birmingham Rep, Cheltenham Everyman, Liverpool Playhouse and others. For seven years, he led pre-show voice warm ups for the RSC in Stratford.
He studied Voice at Central School of Speech and Drama (2003) and trained for two years with Kristin Linklater. He has taught at Oxford School of Drama, Central School of Speech and Drama, London International School of Performing Arts and on RADA summer schools.
He has led voice workshops for fine art students, community choirs, amateur actors, regional Equity groups and others, as well as private coaching for individuals.