The White Knight Theatre Company was founded in 2008 by writer and actor Alison Porter working with director Jemma Gross, visual artist Kate Hodges and a group of actors . The company developed Alison's script for Late Bus, a black comedy about suicide which 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. She studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia and is currently researching a PhD in verbatim theatre 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.
Director, Jemma Gross
Jemma is a theatre and film director and artistic director of Epsilon Productions. In February 2019 she directed RATTLED by Rachel Harper at The Old Red Lion, and recently completed a short film, Origami by Sumerah Srivastav, a low-fi sci-fi drama with Pearl Mackie (Dr. Who) and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Marcella) produced by 130 Elektra Films. Jemma is also an Associate Director for the NT Connections Festival. Other directing credits include productions at Sherman Cymru, The Lowry Studio and The Dell, RSC. Jemma is a member of the Young Vic Genesis Directors Network, an invited member of The Director's Lab, Lincoln Centre, New York, and is one of the founding board members for Stage Directors UK. She is driven by socio-political new writing and the need to make the world a better place for her toddler.
Set 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.