The Oddbodies team
Oddbodies is made up of the three founder members (Paul Morel, Tanya Scott-Wilson and John Mowat) and a growing number of associate members who collaborate on the various projects.
After a foundation in art and design, Paul Morel worked extensively as a musician in the UK and USA before training as an actor. He worked with a number of other Companies before forming Oddbodies in 1995. Specialising in the Michael Chekhov Technique, Paul has been a regular teacher at numerous Drama Colleges around the UK. As a director, he has produced adaptations of Moliere’s Loves the Best Doctor, Aristophanes’ The Birds, Farquard’s Beaux Strategem and Bukowski’s Scenes From A Buried Life. He has also directed a number of devised works, including a circus adaptation of Lear for a Festival in France and a Tempest for the People’s Company, Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Paul has worked on a number of award winning independent films that have appeared in festivals around the world. He has co-devised and performed in all of Oddbodies’ theatre productions to date and performed in all the films. Paul also wrote and directed both the award-winning Mrs Lustleigh’s Fancies and The Nature of Angrove, and the Company’s most recent short A Penny For Them. He is currently writing The Doorman & The Usherette (working title), a feature-length screenplay. He recently recorded an album of songs for Ma Bain.
Tanya Scott-Wilson (Morel) trained as an actor and has performed with a number of companies with whom she has toured all over the UK, USA, Canada and Europe. She has worked on independent film and TV productions both in front of and behind the camera. Tanya graduated from University College Falmouth in 2006 with a 1st class BA(Hons) in Fine Art. (www.tanyamorel.co.uk). As well as leading workshops in Animation, Tanya also runs creative courses for Family Learning in Schools, Libraries and Prisons. Tanya has collaborated on all the Company’s projects to date and performed in all Oddbodies’ theatre shows (except Rake’s and HONR which she co-directed) and shorts. She has co-produced and ‘Art Directed’ all the Company’s films to date, including the most recent project, the 60 min adaptation of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman. She is currently working with Paul on the development of the feature-length project.
John Mowat started his working life as an industrial welder before studying sculpture at the Royal Academy. He worked as a sculptor for the BBC, ENO, RSC and Madame Tussauds before he discovered theatre. Mowat presented his first solo show in 1980. He has since devised, performed, directed and collaborated on projects that have taken him to over 40 countries around the world. Mowat currently divides his time between the UK, Portugal and Brazil where he is involved with a number of Companies – in particular the Chapito Company in Lisbon for whom, as Artistic Director he has devised and directed numerous shows which have toured in Europe and South America. Mowat, as well as running his own classes and courses, is a guest teacher and director at a number of drama, dance and music colleges in the UK and Europe. He has directed all Oddbodies’ Theatre shows (except HONR).