Jocelyn was born in Liverpool and was a member of the Everyman Youth Theatre throughout her teens. She followed her dad Billy into theatre and trained in theatre design at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 1990.
She went on to design numerous small scale and theatre in education tours for companies including Nottingham Playhouse, Contact Theatre, Manchester and Liverpool Playhouse. She also worked with the TiPP centre at Manchester University developing forum based workshops with sets and props for work in the prison and probation service.
In 1997 Jocelyn was awarded an Arts Council of England Design Bursary based at The Octagon Theatre Bolton.
Her theatre credits include:
Kiss of The Spiderwoman, My Children! My Africa!, Talent, Top Girls, Candida, Christmas Carol, Ghost From A Perfect Place, Bolton Octagon; Making It Up, Library Theatre, Manchester; One Fine Day, Noel and Gertie, Skylight, Betrayal, Anorak of Fire and Twelfth Night, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; Double Top Hull Truck Theatre. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, A Little Pinch of Chilli, “Master Harold”…and the Boys, Bouncers, Shakers, Treasure Island, Mother Goose, Dick Whittington and Aladdin, twice.
After a break in her career to have her children, she returned to the Everyman to co-design Fiddler on the Roof, The Conquest of the South Pole, The Story Giant and The Sum for Everyman Rep Company 2017. This was followed last year by co-designing Paint Your Wagon, A Clockwork Orange, Othello and The Big I Am.
Jocelyn has won awards from the Liverpool Echo and Manchester Evening News for her work.
Everyman Theatre Repertory Season 2017
14 Actors. 5 Plays. 3 Directors. A Contemporary take on an old model of theatre, design being integral to its success. This is a join submission with Molly Lacey Davies.
Fiddler on the Roof : a rare revival of a classic, attempting to accentuate the contemporary relevance.
The Conquest of the South Pole: a design that evolved during the rehearsal process, from the initial concept of an attic full of junk.
The Story Giant: a visual response to the cycle of life and death and the magic of words.
The Sum: a multi location domestic drama with music, solved by locating in a DIY store.
Romeo and Juliet: a re-gendered production, saw the REP company of 14, swelled by a troop of 25 young everyman and playhouse actors for the seasons Shakespearian climax. The production epitomized the hope and investment in the next generation of theatre practitioners.
Peter Brook / Equity Ensemble Award
The Stage innovation award 2018
Liverpool Everyman Repertory Company 2018
The second rep season gave us the opportunity to build on what we had learnt from 2017, with the aim to improve the experience for the actor’s, audience and technical crew...
14 Actors. 4 Plays. 2 Directors.
Paint your Wagon: soil, water, wood, and fandango girls.
A Clockwork Orange: a sterile cubic climbing frame, with hatches shoots ultra-violet and ultra-violence.
Othello: Contemporary military with female lesbian lead.
The Big I Am: based on Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, from the North of England to Vegas to Dubai, as fast as a life flashing before your eyes…wheels, wheels and more wheels!
It was a huge joy to be able to follow in the footsteps of the old Everyman companies, producing the first rep in the new Everyman building, and trying to re establish and facilitate that rapport with the audience.”