Meet Rachel, our Artistic Director

We thought it would be great for you to get to know some of the team a bit better, so we got our newest recruit, Hattie on the case. She has put together some questions for everyone. First up, meet Rachel Adams; Rachel is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Wyldwood Arts, she lives in the Forest of Dean, and makes all sorts of beautiful projects happen.

Hattie Thomas: Who inspires you?

Rachel Adams: My partner Cam – she is so wise and compassionate. She takes the most amazing photographs and has created such beautiful films for Wyldwood. As a documenter, she is an unsung hero, quietly working away in the background capturing all the wonderful projects taking place.

Rachel rehearsing May the play
Rachel in rehearsals for MAY, with Phoebe Kemp. Photo by Cam Adams.

I’m also constantly moved by our intergenerational projects and artists – it’s so special to see friendship surpass age and physical ability, and the tenderness with which our artists and freelancers take with each project is inspiring. 

HT: What is your favourite place in the world and why?

RA: The Rockies in Canada….I visited as a child and it opened my mind to the world and its expanse. It’s truly awesome.

HT: Do you have any hobbies?

RA: Four dogs equals lots of lovely long Forest walks, I love to swim and practice yoga every day and dance whenever I am given the chance.

HT: Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

RA: Carole King, Grace Jones, Dame Judy Dench & May Billinghurst.

HT: Books or films?

RA: Films.

HT: What is your favourite book/film?

RA: I’d love to say something profound and spiritual but everyone who knows me will know that it’s got to be the 90’s classic film Pretty Woman. I just love a good fairytale story and it’s a classic. Although, Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Horari blew my mind!

HT: What’s the coolest thing you are working on right now?

RA: So many things! I’m excited about our new collaboration with The Totterdown Road Project – I’m so thrilled to be working with Mike Akers again. Mike did such a wonderful job of writing Passing the Baton and I’m honoured he asked me to direct this new work too.

Anna Carr, Phoebe and Rachel in rehearsals for MAY. Photo by Cam Adams.

HT: Which superhero do you most identify with? Or make up your own!

RA: I think I’d be Penny from Inspector Gadget – not quite a Super Hero with a cape, but gets the job done with her dog, Brain!

HT: Sum up working for Wyldwood Arts in 3 words!

Joyful, creative & fun.

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