Rachael is Artistic Director of children’s theatre company Jabuti Theatre, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Raised by a family of puppeteers and taken on tour across Scotland from the moment she was a bump, you could say puppetry is in her blood. It is definitely where her passion for telling stories with visuals began.
From working with her parents making pageants and touring shows, Rachael began to train in aerial-dance and that’s when she became an artist in her own right; combining objects and movement to make visually led narrative theatre, primarily for children. Rachael has trained in physical theatre, contact improvisation, and makes work through devising as a director, manager, producer and performer. Her aim is to create challenging and experimental work for children, which is innovative and inspires her audience.
In 2012 Rachael began making work under the name Jabuti Theatre. She has toured small-scale theatre productions around Scotland as part of the Puppet Animation Festival and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
In 2017 Rachael worked as Assistant Director to Cora Bissett on the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Adam, which performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. This was part of the FST Assistant Director bursary programme. Adam won a Fringe First, Herald Angel and was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
Jabuti Theatre have recently been awarded funding from Creative Scotland to create a new show, Paper Memories, for children aged 7+, in association with Platform. Paper Memories will explore the themes of migration, displacement and memory using dance, aerial and puppetry. Over 2018 we will run various workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow with refugee and asylum seeker children and begin creatively developing the production. The show will tour across Scotland in Spring 2019 as part of Puppet Animation Festival.