Caroline Horton is a theatre maker based in Birmingham. Caroline’s work betrays an attraction to the unconventional – whether that’s an unlikely heroine (Chrissy), or an apparently opaque or thorny issue (Mess and Islands). The shows that emerge are universally moving and funny. Always looking to expose a story’s messy mixture of comedy, tragedy and whatever lies in between in a playful stage language that is visually and textually rich and immediate.
Caroline also gets excited about theatre that might make a difference – that might change someone’s mind about something. With both Mess and Islands, she’s formed exciting and surprising collaborations with non-theatre experts. Having them in the rehearsal room and at post-show events like workshops and expert panel discussions, is a special part of these shows and has brought new audiences into the theatre.
Her work is as accessible as it is insightful and has been presented at theatres, village halls schools, colleges and festivals in the UK and abroad.
Caroline is an associate artist at The Bush and is soon to become an associate at Birmingham Rep. She was one of Oxford Playhouse’ first Evolve artists in residence last year and is a member of The Optimists network of young theatre makers in the Midlands.
She regularly delivers workshops and mentors emerging theatre makers. She also works as an actor, director, writer and dramaturg.