The Morphea

“I don’t want to end up … treading the land. I want to tread the water…
So I need what the swan has! I need my rights on the water ”

what audiences said….

insightful and contemporary

The play, the venue, the location. Great ambience

it’s for people who are curious

bold, exhilarating … serious

Excellent artistic production and it related personally to my experience

really original

crazy, frantic, intense

we live in a hierarchical society … there’s no mercy there and I think that’s what the show was showing

The Morphea by Rowenna Mortimer

Morphea’s home is the canal, but her peace is being disturbed – rents are rising, people are losing their homes, her friends are mysteriously disappearing. So she sets off on a journey to get help from the highest authority in the land. But how will she get what she wants, when what she finds, of course, is not what she expects?

Sometimes a fairytale, sometimes a harsh realistic story, this physical theatre production explores ideas of transformation, metamorphosis and change, as the canal is embodied in the central character Morphea.

Morphea dialogues her way through her fairytale-esque, but all too real world – taking us with her on the journey.

An allegory for the power and possibilities of change.

selected as part of the The Bloomsbury Festival  2023

New Wave Theatre programme


Saturday and Sunday, October 14th & 15th, 2023

The Studio Theatre, RADA, 16 Chenies St, WC1E 7EX

Tickets: £12 full price,  £10 concessions

Who’s who on The Morphea

photo Alan Howard

Ella McCormack – Morphea “always animated and engaging” 

Ella trained as an actor at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company before making her professional debut as Morphea at The Greenhouse Theatre in July 2023. Ella is excited by stories that move people and female-led work as well as physical and political theatre. She loves working on The Morphea as it encompasses many of her theatrical passions as well as offering a new and exciting challenge of performing solo alongside a supportive and creative team.

Micah Baker – Percussionist a live percussive score, performed with flair ” Micah is a drummer, percussionist and composer, recently completing a Bmus degree in percussion and drum kit at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He is a percussionist and drummer for several commercial ensembles and a rock band, brass ensemble Beyond The Bell and London-based Afro band the Amalgam, and a founder in award winning duo Cymbiosis. Working on The Morphea has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience because of how unique the rehearsal process has been, and is definitely unlike any other project Micah has been part of!

Ferdy Emmet – Lighting Designer “creates a lighting design that literally becomes a character in the drama”

Ferdy is a lighting designer and theatre maker based between London and Dublin. His design credits include OffComm Winner “Outlier” (Jack Studio Theatre), “Just a Minute” (Dublin Fringe), Next Door’s Baby (Tabard Theatre), Where Are You From (Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre), and The Epiphany of Eileen O’Keefe (Irish Tour). He has also worked as lighting crew on United Queendom (Les Enfants Terribles), as production manager of Painkiller (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and as a Venue Manager at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Sally Marie – Movement Director “movement elements were inspiring”

Sally Marie has loved working on the movement direction of this show; it’s been a constant collaboration and very fulfilling. She also directs her own company Sweetshop Revolution, which produces theatre production with movement at its heart. Current full length touring works for the company include a children’s production entitled ‘I am 8′, as well as a piece called ‘Your Heart is Too Loud’ about the end of our lives. There have been numerous awards and nominations, including Best Independent Company and Best Female Performance from the National Dance Awards. Her current interest is in the creation of work, where physicality and feeling exist in tight hug.

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Ella McCormack in 'The Morphea', Studio Theatre, Bloomsbury Festival October 2023
Micah Baker and Ella McCormack in 'The Morphea', Studio Theatre, Bloomsbury Festival October 2023
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October 14th & 15th 2023 at 5pm

The Studio Theatre, RADA, 16 Chenies St, WC1E 7EX

  • The Morphea - Ella McCormack
  • The Drummer - Micah Hall
  • Movement Director - Sally Marie
  • Writer/Director - Rowenna Mortimer
  • Images - Tasha Coupland Eve

The Morphea
“Water, water everywhere and not a place to sleep?”
Morphea’s home on the canal is being disturbed, so off she sets on a journey…

a tailor's dummy lies by the canal side
the shadow of a dancer is cast on a brick wall