Rosemary Harris is a writer, performer, director and workshop leader. She is a NIDA Acting graduate (National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney) and an MA (Distinction) in Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Her work has been widely published, including Poetry London, Index on Censorship, Magma, Staple, Chroma, and various anthologies. A former member of the Sydney Theatre Company, Rosemary has performed at Sydney Opera House, New York’s Summerfare Festival, and her UK performances include the Southbank Centre, Bristol Poetry Festival, Soho Writers’ Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Radio 3's The Verb, the Australia and NZ Festival of Arts and Literature, and many others.
As Papertale, Rosemary has produced the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word shows for young people, including A Roo In My Suitcase, One Way Ticket, and Map of Me touring the UK with Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snakes, funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England. Papertale's last project, Boys Don't, explored issues of boys' emotional expression, and the impact of gender roles on mental distress. After premiering at Half Moon Theatre, Boys Don't toured the UK, including live-streaming from Brighton Festival, and was a finalist in the 2018 Off West End Theatre Awards, for Best Production for Young People.
The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Battersea Arts Centre, on Sunday 8 March 2020.
Developed in direct response to the growing number of teenagers in the UK struggling with their mental health, Crowded told the story of ordinary young people whose anxiety, depression and desire lead to harmful and destructive behaviours. It was written and performed by three emerging poet performers: Desree, Laura Rae and Slam the Poet, with dramaturgy and additional text by Rosemary Harris.
Rosemary's 2018 award-nominated co-production with Half Moon was releasd as the first show to be made available online as part of Half Moon's new Half Moon Theatre at Home initiative, bringing live theatre into living rooms during the Coronavirus lockdown.
In the first weeks of release, the performance (livestreamed from Brighton Festival 2018) has had several thousand views, generating a new audience for the work.
Boys Don't is available to watch here.
Rosemary was the winner of a 2019 RSL 'Literature Matters' Award, presented at the Women In Power event with Helena Kennedy and Gina Miller, at the British Library on March 8th, International Women's Day.
Word Bridges delivered creative writing workshops and a performance event for young refugee participants, their families and the public.
The Word Bridges anthology, including an original poem written by Rosemary for the project, can be downloaded from the English PEN website.