Debs GatenbyWelcome to my world! What would you like to know?

On this website you’ll find out all about what I’ve been up to for the last 25 years. I’ve made a show about depression, a show about happiness, I’ve talked and delivered and workshops, and a bundle of other stuff. It has been 25 years after all.

But if you want to know the truth about me…

I began in a feminist theatre company in York called Strip Search in the 1980s (when it was uncomplicated to be a feminist!) That’s when I felt I belonged on a stage – even if the stage was a pavement and I was busking as a clown.

On the advice of some very smart women in York, I was told to get to drama school. The only prospectuses I could find in the local library were for RADA and Manchester Polytechnic. Having studied both of them for ten minutes, and realising that Julie Walters went to Manchester Poly, my decision was made. I knew that RADA would have to do without me this time…

Three years later I was a master of breathing, vowel tones, Stanislavsky, Alexander Technique and working in an ensemble. But work eluded me. So I decided to make my own work…and have spent the last 25 years doing just that.

So here I am. And here you are. If you want to get in touch I’d love to hear from you.

Debs x