Recent work includes…
2017 – Cinderella – Greenwich Theatre
Director of the hugely popular Greenwich pantomime for 2017. Written by Andrew Pollard, Musical Direction by Steve Markwick, Designed by Cleo Petitt.
2017 – Roberto Zucco – ICAT
Directing final year students at Manchester’s Independent Centre for Acting Training in this rarely performed piece of French avant-garde theatre by Koltes.
ICAT runs on the Mike Alfred’s principles of ‘Different Every Night’ and the show was directed working in this vein, which fits very closely to my own personal belief ofter way actors work best with audiences.
2017 – The Haunted Man – Kindred Theatre
This is a piece designed for touring in Autumn 2017 and produced by my own company, Kindred Theatre.
Building on from the R&D we did last year, this adaptation of the Dickens ghost story is set between two different times, 2017 and 1850 and centres around Jonathan, an elderly man with dementia who is visited by a phantom on Christmas Eve. Jonathan is helped by his young care worker, Asha, by using objects and stories to help him find reconciliation.
Asha’s methods are similar to Life Story, a practice of helping those with dementia talk about their lives, which has led us to organise intergenerational storytelling workshops to generate an audio exhibition to tour with the play called What’s Your Story?
You can read more about the production on Kindred’s website.
You can view the trailer here.
2017 – Farm Boy – Mercury Theatre, Colchester
I am directing Michael Morpugo’s sequel to War Horse, in an adaptation by Daniel Buckroyd. This is a stripped back production matching the simplicity of the novel for schools and the Mercury Studio. This production will also feature live music.
Click here for rehearsal photos
“What a charming piece of theatre this is”
“It’s good to be reminded of the power of words to carry a story; the magic of theatre does not have to rely on technical wizardry and special effects”
“Imagination is alive and well in the younger generation.”
“As this is such a small company (two actors and one musician) the use of sound is key here, and it is used brilliantly”
2016 – Peter Pan – Greenwich Theatre
I was assisting Andrew Pollard (writer, director, Dame) during technical week as an outside eye. This was also to remind me of Greenwich’s distinctive house style as I prepare to direct their pantomime Cinderella in 2017.
2016/17 – ALRA – North
Directing 2nd year drama students as their explore The Cherry Orchard and the Postgrads working Three Sisters. This project is to help them put into practice skills and techniques they have started to learn in the first year, as well as experiencing a professional director and discovering new ways to work. I place particular emphasis on them becoming independent creatives, learning to ‘offer’ and being a genuine contributor to the whole.
2016 – Shakespeare Schools Festival
This is my second time of working with SSF, running workshops and assisting the students and their teacher/directors on their performance days. This year I am working in Sheffield and Inverness.
2016 – Relatively Speaking
Assisting Robin Herford on the Bath Theatre Royal tour of this Ayckbourn classic. This will be my second time of assisting Robin.
2016 – Only Connect
Voluntary work running sessions on devising and free thinking. This is a charity that uses creative skills to develop confidence and imagination in young people who have been through the criminal justice system.
2016 – Independent Centre for Acting Training
Working with students at ICAT London, running a term on Mike Alfreds Methodology in relation to Ibsen’s The Master Builder. This is developing their ability to with with Objectives, Actions and Points of Concentration.
2016 – What’s Your Story?
These are evenings of storytelling from the general public held in casual spaces i.e cafes, bars etc. The stories are real experiences centred around a theme and are designed to be about sharing not performing.
For more information visit my Kindred Theatre site.
2015/16 – The Haunted Man
Continuing development exploring the Dickens short story and adapting it for the stage. This was devised by the actors with subsequent script written by myself. This is designed specifically for the small scale/rural network. This is an ongoing project with a view tp production in Autumn 2017.
2015/16 Quartet in Autumn
This ACE funded R&D project was to discover the form that can be best used to adapt the Barbara Pym novel Quartet in Autumn. The piece was adapted by Amanda Whittington and This was run in association both York Theatre Royal.
Cast included: George Costigan, Eileen O’Brien and Paul Stonehouse
For more information visit the Quartet in Autumn page.
2015 – What’s The Matter With You? – Mighty Heart Theatre
Another day working with this fabulous company. This was a day looking at the structure of their new show and helping to find a journey through the narrative.
More about the piece here.
2015 – Shakespeare Schools Festival
Facilitating eight workshops for sixteen schools of 8-18 years olds on theatre skills retailing to their production of various Shakespeare plays. I was also Venue Director for their performance at the Bolton Octagon Theatre, Epstein Theatre Liverpool and The Mechanics in Burnley.
2015 – Dissolution
This was a workshop for Theatre 503, London, to help the writer Isobel Middelton with a further draft. We spent the day with 6 actors, exploring the narrative and character developments and providing Isobel with a collection of questions that will form the basis of the next draft.
It was a practical workshop as much as it was a ‘discussion’.
The actors involved were Sarah Waddell, Shamia Calabi, Marjorie Hayward, Malcolm Ward, Chris David Storer and Toby Liszt.
2015 – The Daily Plays
Six writers, six morning newspapers, six new short plays.
I directed Whose Right is it Anyway, (the Tuesday play) a game show where three contestants compete to win basic human rights. However, it is not until the Polish migrant worker and the unemployed woman from Hull are forced to physically compete for the Right to Freedom from Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment that that realise the game is rigged.
This very playful piece, whipping up audience and contestants alike, is written by Jenny Knotts.
Cast: Maria Theresa Creasey, Molly Vevers, Rachel Chambers, Valerie Gogan
2015 – When I Feel Like Crap I Google Kim Kardashian – Mighty Heart Theatre
This Arts Council England funded verbatim project used interviews compiled by the company, Lisa-Marie Hoctor, Samantha Edwards & Esther Dix, from interviews with women aged 16-90 exploring what to means to be a woman.
I spent three days in Manchester working with them to develop play and freedom within the monologues and games they had made the show out of. I pushed their intuitive performances further to constantly surprise themselves, one another and the audience, to always re-discover the text and character each time and to produce sparky, alive work each time.
We also worked on finding a secure structure from which they could play and divided it into ‘chapter’s to enable them to have footholds every so often.
“I have learned so much from working with you about freedom and impulse. It was absolutely essential for us to put our show in the hands of someone with an open mind to creating theatre & someone who was going to push us in different ways of working” – Lisa-Marie Hoctor, actor and co-founder of The Mighty Heart Theatre
2015 – Invention Theatre – Stanley Halls SE25
Curator on a week of new work created by nine companies. We put a call out to theatre companies and artists offering free space for five days in order to create a series of 20 minute pieces inspired by this south London Victorian gem. It culminated in an evening of performance where groups of audiences toured the building taking in performances ranging from adult storytelling, to contemporary dance, immersive game playing to Shakespeare to local stories.
This project as one of the first artistic venture this venue has worked on, and is set to be the start of a new lease of life for this building.
For details about the event click here
For the list of performers click here.
Marianne Powell’s new short play as part of Miniaturist 49 is a dystopian vision of the near future where the ‘acceptable right’ is running a Britain filled with intolerance and purges. As a play within a play within a play it is also a looks at how theatre can affect audiences and how better and truer stories can make a difference.
2014 – W4M – Theatre 503, London
This two-hander by Marianne Powell explored the nature of intimacy and how to judge its use. This was part of the Rapid Write Response.
This was a production for final year BA students on the Martin Crimp version of Moliere’s play. Nafa is accredited by East 15 Drama School. This contemporary telling of the play was transposed to modern day Singapore and took advantage of the students gender balance to set them some challenging and inspiring work.
To see productions shots and read my programme notes, click here.
You can read the blog I wrote while away by clicking here.
2013 – The Only Way is Ethics – The Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Director/curator. October 2013. A commission for The Mercury Theatre Colchester involving three weeks of performance and non-performance events to inspire debate and a deeper understanding of The Mercury production of The Good Person of Sichuan. I commissioned two live performance pieces, Joel Horwood’s Privacy and Nicola Werenowska’s one-on-one piece Cash! The event also included a series of Painted Words, sound pictures written by The Mercury audiences and recorded by the cast.
2013 – The Lost Plays Revue – Nottingham Playhouse
Co-Director. Mini-festival of five short ‘lost’ plays from he early 60’s including the recently discovered Umbrellas by Harold Pinter and Then and Now by Shelagh Delaney, a piece un-performed for over 50 years, plus five new commissions by Nottingham writers. Part of the Nottingham Playhouse’s 50th Anniversary and launched their new Neville Studio.
2013 – Fear of Drowning
Dramaturg on a new play by Paul Jenkins. This piece was subsequently taken up by a Cardiff based theatre who are seeking funding from Arts Council Wales.
2013 – Misrepresented People – Nottingham Playhouse
A try-out of a Nottingham Playhouse commissioned R&B musical. With a cast of 12 and a creative team to establish the future of the project.
2012/13 – Intimate Exchanges – Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Assistant Director to Robin Herford. The Mercury produced four of the eight Ayckbourn interconnected plays in rep. Due to the length of the rehearsal and performance period, five months, I had particular and lengthy periods of responsibility for the productions. Poster images for Intimate Exchanges
2012 – Red Riding Hood – Polka Children’s Theatre, London & Civic Theatre, Darlington
Associate Director. Re-mounting of Engine House Theatre’s production of Mike Kenny’s play. The original production was directed by Matt Aston. I was engaged to re-rehearse it, bringing in a new actor and seeing the production into the Civic Theatre as part of their Children’s Festival. Click here for trailer
2012 – Iphigenia’s Dolly – Nottingham Playhouse
Director. A performance of a new Kosovan play as part of an initiative encouraging greater artistic links between Nottingham Playhouse and a theatre in Kosovo. The event included a live link-up and discussion with Kosovan artists and audiences.
Director and co-deviser of a piece inspired by Krohg’s painting. This mixed discipline work was a direct response to Vakhtangov’s directing principles.
2011 – French Fancies – Two Friends Theatre
Director/producer. An actor/musician piece for 4 performers based on the stories of Maupassant. It was an Arts Council England funded rural tour visiting 19 community venues and arts centres. Click here for photos
2013 – Puss in Boots – Greenwich Theatre
Assisting Andrew Pollard which also played the Dame providing an outside eye particularly during tech, dress and opening. I also made follow visits throughout the run.
2012 – I ❤ Peterborough – Eastern Angles Theatre Co.
A new play by writer Joel Horwood who also debuted as a director. Pleasance Edinburgh & tour
2012 – Diary of a Football Nobody – Nottingham Playhouse
A new play by William Ivory. Director Matt Aston. This assist included responsibility for a rehearsal space for the show’s movement work.
2012 – Of Mice and Men – Nottingham Playhouse
Director Giles Croft
Work prior to 2011 includes…
Working with Coal, a North West based physical devising company, and director Paul Hunter (Told by an Idiot) on initial development of the play Fragility of X. For Lancaster’s Demi-Paradise productions I directed a site specific Hamlet at the castle and workshopped a new adaptation of Bleak House. This led to a request to work alongside four female actors in devising a piece inspired by the sexual politics of Twelfth Night and all-male Shakespeare productions. My previous work with Two Friends Productions has included Pretty Witty Nell, a one woman show about Nell Quinn for a 30 venue rural tour and the re-direction of Two Sisters (MEN Nominated Best Fringe Play) for an arts centre tour. The Blue River ACE funded R&D of a new play exploring the plight of a Bosnian refugee living in a Manchester hostel. For two weeks we worked with the Manchester Bosnian community, Iraqi theatre practitioner Alan Amin, the writer Mike Crowley and 5 actors exploring issue of refugees and asylum. Through workshop, discussion and rehearsal we moved the script to ‘rehearsal draft’ culminating in semi staged script-in-hand reading of the entire play for industry professionals and the Bosnian community. Festival work in Manchester has included Quadruped, a new play looking at mans relationship with animals past and present for 24:7 New Writing Festival and Bursting, a new short play by TV writer Lisa Holdsworth for JB Shorts.