PERFORMER + WRITER
Colleen Cameron grew up in Brussels, and first began a career in performing as a singer of lyrical music, opera and in musical theatre. Colleen developed a love for text, and whilst studying English Literature at the University of Glasgow, decided she would much rather perform texts than read them to herself in a library - although she's still keen on doing that too! Colleen was accepted on the BA Acting course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and also trained at the Paris Conservatoire (Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique), where she first became interested in making theatre.
Colleen's first piece of writing BOTTLED UP explores eco-anxiety, our dependency on plastics in day-to-day life and considers the irony of living in a world of plenty. BOTTLED UP was first performed in l'Usine Brussels, which on the day of the performance, Colleen found out was one of Belgium's first plastic-producing factories. After the first performance, Colleen was commissioned to write a twenty-minute version of the piece to perform at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), at a day of events and world-changing talks on single-use plastic. BOTTLED UP was then further developed for two weeks in Glasgow July 2018 in the National Theatre of Scotland's studios, Rockvilla, with a brilliant team of fellow RCS graduates, before its run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 and Camden Fringe 2018. Colleen was invited to write a Guest Blog for Creative Carbon Scotland, and BOTTLED UP was highlighted as one of their GREEN PICKS to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
MADE IN SCOTLAND FESTIVAL
The Made in Scotland Festival brings six key performances from the last decade at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to Brussels from 11th-14th June 2019. Colleen is part of the Brussels-based team helping to organise the festival, and is working closely with the Scotland-based producer of the project. For more information on the festival, visit www.madeinscotlandfestival.com
PUSH - LA MONNAIE/DE MUNT
Colleen performed in the Royal Opera House La Monnaie/De Munt in the chorus of "PUSH", by Howard Moody and directed by Benoît De Leersnyder, in March 2019. Both the King and Queen of Belgium attended performances of this startling opera based on Gronowski's story about his survival of the Holocaust.
"Bottled Up...skillfully structured one-woman play...powerful"
Sally Stott, The Scotsman ***
"Bottled Up is a hard-hitting drama...Cameron holds the audience's attention in totality. This is not an in-your-face political show. The focus is the environment, but the narrative is woven cleverly around the travesty that is Jeanie's present."
Udita Banerjee, Fringe Guru ****
"...a compelling human story that is instantly engaging and cleverly constructed...a pertinent topic and captivating story."
Debbie Gilpin, Mind the Blog *****