The White Knight Theatre Company was founded in 2008 by writer and actor Alison Porter. She worked with a director, a visual artist and a group of actors to develop the script for Late Bus, a black comedy about suicide that was performed at UEA Studio, Norwich and Camden Peoples Theatre in London. The team worked closely with the mental health charity Mind to help understand the issues around the core theme. Since then Alison has worked with a number of other collaborators including dancers and musicians to create plays, monologues and films.
Creative Director, Alison Porter
Alison has a passion for bringing together artists from diverse disciplines to collaborate on creative projects. Originally from Birmingham, she studied modern languages at Leeds University, creative writing at the University of East Anglia and is currently researching a PhD in verbatim theatre/modern slavery at Warwick University.
As a performer she specialises in movement roles, credits include ; Primary School Teacher in The Messiah directed by Deborah Warner at the ENO, Magazine Woman in Marie-Gabrielle Rotie's Human Zoo, a tv producer in Plan B's music video Love Goes Down and a refugee in How to Hold Your Breath at The Royal Court. She was also long-listed for the National Poetry Prize in 2015 and 2019.
Before moving to the Arts Alison had a business career with BT, The Crown Prosecution Service and The National Crime Agency and is a trustee for theatre companies Out of Joint and Told by an Idiot.
Designer - Kate Hodges
Kate is a visual artist who graduated from Norwich School of Art & Design with first class honours and was awarded The Institute of Sculpture Prize. She also has an MA with Distinction in Creative Entrepreneurship from the University of East Anglia. She specialises in installation work creating atmospheric settings through lighting, sound and video. Kate is also employed as a community artist working with adults suffering mental health problem. She has her own studio and co-coordinates exhibitions for the Unit 5 studio complex in Norwich.