Performance work has included design and making for the following fringe theatre, dance and live art events in New Zealand and the UK: ‘Antigone’- Theatre Behind Bars project at Paremoremo Prison, ‘The Wild Seed Thief’- Kate Parker for Auckland Theatre Company, ‘Maui Me Te Ra’- Auckland Theatre Company, ‘The Floating Theatre’-Winning Productions, ‘This Way Out’- Mixit, Refugee youth arts, ‘The Rime Of The Modern Mariner’- Playground Collective, ‘The Elephant Thief’- Indian Ink, ‘A Fantastical Journey By Boat’, ‘Bird Booth’, ‘The Punch Show’ and ‘Shoot the Freak’ -Sarah-Jane Blake, ‘How the Kiwi Bird Lost It’s Wings’-Hawkins Theatre, ‘Trash to Fashion’, ‘and ‘Chatter of Starlings’- Red Leap Theatre co., ‘Before You Can Run’-Lost Dog Dance co. ‘Trial of the Mariner’-Lotos Collective, ‘Jew(ish)’- Eye Spy Arts, ‘The Death of The Cool’-Imperial productions.
Educational work: ‘Tales of Tamaki’-Red Leap workshop at the Auckland Museum 2015, Puppetry mentorship for the ‘Young and Hungry Festival’-Basement Theatre, Theatre Design for Battersea503 ‘Five O Fresh’ youth project. Performance workshops and design for a site specific production of ‘Hamlet’ with the Lincoln school in Kathmandu, Nepal. Design and performance for a live art event and community project, ‘Napoli Scorticarta’ in Naples, Italy, with the Lotos Collective.
Sarah-Jane’s own work investigates dark and macabre themes with a sometimes surreal humor and naive aesthetic. She seduces the viewer into an unexpected world with underlying currents of a bizarre and menacing nature. Man vs Nature and the decline of the environment is a strong theme throughout her work.
She studied theatre design at the Motley Theatre Design Course, London, UK and gained a 2:1 BA Hons in Drama at Bristol University, UK.