April Wiseman is a performer specialising in physical theatre, devising and experimental theatre but also has a diverse range of experience across creative outlets such as working on radio dramas, podcasts, backstage roles, filmmaking, scriptwriting, directing for stage and screen, immersive character performances and stage acting.
In her debut solo performance, ‘Welcome H.O.M.E.’, April explored early 20th Century inhumane mental health treatments and healthcare’s technological future to generate this multimedia stage play. Creatively influenced Antonin Artaud, Marilyn Manson and In-Yer-Face theatre, April shaped this intense subject matter through symbolist imagery, physical theatre, extreme theatrical effects and provoking audiences through shocking narratives.
April hopes to continue using her personal experiences and taste for the obscure to explore relevant issues through an extreme and bold performance style that transcends tradition or expectations. April is currently collaborating to collate an online gallery of lockdown creative exploration and will unveil this project soon.
Achievements & Experience
The Halfling Laws 2019:
April performed as ‘Hamish Lynes’ alongside Transparent Theatre in the original play written and directed by Axel Carlsson, performed at the Alma Tavern. ‘The Halfling Laws’ explores the fight for New Zealand actor’s rights during the filming of The Hobbit, showing the nitty gritty politics behind show business.
UWE New Performance Festival 2018 and 2019 (Actor):
April has collaborated as a performer in two experimental theatre performances.
2019: April performed in ‘Balloon Buildings’, a devised performance about love, loss and regret featuring writing from multiple students. Directed by Amanda Penlington.
2018: April performed in ‘Fact or Fiction’, another piece featuring writing by multiple students, exploring unreliable narrators and tales we convince ourselves to believe. Directed by Amanda Penlington.
UWE New Performance Festival 2017 (DSM):
April worked closely with professional technical staff and used her previous backstage experience to help run and call a seamless performance.
Welcome H.O.M.E. - Scene One: Welcome to the Asylum
Welcome H.O.M.E. - “Doctor Fink always knows what’s best.”
Welcome H.O.M.E. - "We hope you enjoy your stay.”
Welcome H.O.M.E. - "My mind is a game."
Welcome H.O.M.E. - Therapy