As part of the Waltham Forest Catalyst Grant programme, this Heritage Lottery Fund / Arts Council England supported R&D project fuses theatre and VR to explore Shakespeare in this new and exciting immersive performance space.
In partnership with the Visualise and CentrE17, I will investigate the intersection of 360° VR and Shakespearean texts to create a prototype Shakespeare VR experience and series of working principles for directing, and producing theatre-based, narrative VR content. The prototype will be showcased at CentrE17 in May/June 2018 (more details to come).
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SHERLOCK - NEW MUSICAL WORKSHOP
I'll be directing the initial workshop of this contemporary re-imagining of the classic Sherlock Holmes story in March with a full workshop production to come later in 2018. Watch this space.
Music and Lyrics by Penny Lane and Glenn Keiles
Book by Paul Alexander
Producer: Adam Paulden for Adam Paulden Enterprises
OPERA SCENES - TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC
January - March 2018
This is the second year running that I will be directing the term two Opera Scenes for the MA Performance students at Trinity/Laban. This year's project explores Greek mythology as we present scenes from Iphigénie en Aulide, Idomeneo and Elektra. Performance dates are the 28th and 29th of March at Blackheath Halls (see venue website for ticket information).
Spring / Summer 2018
This Arts Council England funded project fuses theatre & VR to create an immersive, female-led, LGBTQ drama. Through the 're-orientation' of two female AI units we will explore the unethical practice of gay conversion therapy and the ongoing need for LGBTQ inclusivity. This project is happening in partnership with Breaking Fourth Ltd and will be shared internationally via various online platforms, & offline at several UK based conferences, festivals & events.
The West End Up Close... at Christmas - Relative Motion and HOSB, 2017
The Blue Room - American Musical Theatre Academy, 2017
Opera Scenes - Trinity College of Music/Blackheath Halls, 2017
The Theory of Relativity - Relative Motion/The Drayton Arms Theatre, 2015 (+Designer)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - The Mumford Theatre (Cambridge), 2013 (+Designer)
Ruthless! The Musical, The Junction, (Cambridge) 2011(+Designer)
Bright Lights, Big City (UK Premiere) - Hoxton Hall, 2010 (+Designer)
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brow - The Junction (Cambridge) 2010 (+Designer)
They Shoot Horses Don’t They? – Goldsmith’s University/The George Wood Theatre, 2008. (+Designer)
The Mikado and Side by Side by Sondheim - Arts Educational School, London, 2008
john & jen, (UK Premiere) - Finborough Theatre, 2007
A Devilish Exercise (Anthology of Marlowe’s plays) - The Rose Theatre at Bankside/The Rose Theatre Trust. 2006
Timon (site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens) - Central School of Speech and Drama, 2005
Beckett’s Shorts: Play, NOT I, Rough for Theatre 1 - Central School of Speech and Drama, London. 2005
Mitradate Rè di Ponto - Graham Vick, The Royal Opera House, June 2017
Norma - Alex Ollé, The Royal Opera House, August/September 2016
Banished, - Elaine Kidd, Trinity College of Music, May/June 2016.
Oedipe - Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco, The Royal Opera House, April/May 2016.
Manon Lescaut, - Jonathan Kent. The Royal Opera House, May/June 2014 (Observer Director)
Tosca - Stephen Barlow. Opera Holland Park, February 2009.
I have twenty years of experience in the teaching/training of actors and of facilitating theatre training workshops. From 2007 – 2016 I was the head of movement and a senior acting tutor on the RADA associated Foundation Drama Programme run from the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts. I have facilitated workshops in movement, acting through song, classical text and devised theatre in the UK, France, Canada, and America and continue to develop this freelance teaching practice. In the autumn of 2017 I ran a series of acting and movement master classes on the MA in Performance at Trinity College of Music (Trinity-Laban) and I am working with Directors UK to facilitate secondary school workshops on Theatre and Film directing. In addition to the above experence, I hold a bachelor’s degree in education with a specialism in teaching performing arts and a master's degree in directing from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Please be in touch if you'd like to discuss having me work with your actors or students.
Having started at the age of eight I worked as an actor until I moved to London in 2004 and amassed an ecclectic array of credits over these 20+ years. I cut my teeth in musical theatre and over my career have also worked in straight theatre, TV and film.
Principle Theatre Roles include: Tony, Beautiful Thing; Conrad Birdie, Bye Bye Birdie; John Jasper, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Whizzer, Falsettos; Danny, Baby; Jan Warwick, The Unexpected Guest.
Film and Television includes: Mob Stories, Waldo’s Present Condition, Malachi Crunch, several corporate/industrial videos and a variety of television commercials.