Alicia Marsden - Actress, Musician, Singer, Puppeteer

Alicia is very excited to have newly joined the creative team at Horse and Bamboo as a permanent Performer/Maker at the theatre.

Alicia trained at Rose Bruford, graduating with a BA hons in Actor-Musicianship in the summer of 2012.

She is a Grade 8 Flautist, Grade 8 Classical singer and also plays Saxophone, Clarinet, Piccolo and Recorder, and more recently, Ukulele.

She was awarded her Bronze Stage Combat award early 2012 and has over ten years of dance experience, performing in venues including the Bolton Albert Halls and Manchester Palace Theatre.

In 2011 Alicia developed an interest in the art of puppetry. After completion of the beginners puppetry course at the Little Angel Theatre, she went on to specialize in Marionettes with the theatre. Her first professional experience as a puppeteer was whilst co-manipulating the Bunraku style Tiny Tim puppet in New Vic Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol. Since then, she has also worked as a puppeteer with S4K International on their production of Pinocchio. Alicia is eager to build and strengthen her skills as a puppeteer and develop her knowledge further within the puppetry field.

Having recently developed an interest in learning sign language, Alicia is currently working on progressing this skill further and is looking to evolve it within a professional capacity in the future.

Alicia joined the Halle Youth Choir in 2009 and performed with the choir in venues including the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, the Stage Gateshead and the Royal Albert Halls, appearing in the televised performance of the 2009 BBC Proms. In 2010 she went on to work with the band Elbow, and appears in their album Build A Rocket Boys, released in 2011.

She also worked with Limelight Musicals early 2012, recording their soundtrack to Dazzle the musical.

Alicia is a member of National Youth Theatre and has also performed with Youth Music Theatre in their production of A Silver Bough, appearing in the 2008 Aberdeen International Youth Festival. She was also proud to be awarded her Gold LAMDA award for acting in 2009.

Professionally, Alicia has worked with companies such as Bill Kemwright Ltd., Tall stories, and the New Vic, and is always on the look out for the next adventure.

                                                                                                                            Photography: Heather Winstanley  

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