Archive | February, 2020

Making and directing 6 shows in the last 12 months

2 Feb

It’s been a busy old time – and what a great range of projects I have had the privilege of working on over the last 12 months. I have worked with fantastic teams with whom I have collaborated with to deliver 6 very diverse pieces of performance work. I will let the pictures speak for themselves – and let you know the teams who helped me to make these happen.

January – February 2019

Let The Right One inBristol Old Vic Theatre School – adapted by Jack Thorne. Designed by Alana Ashley with costumes by Roisin Martindale. Music by Andy Jenks, Lighting and AV by Joe Stathers. This had great laser projection that allowed pinpoint blood splatters on the bodies. It also had a wonderful final year cast. It ran at Circomedia in Bristol in February 2019.

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March – August 2019
Justice 39 – People Power Passion – Revoluton Arts written by Roy Williams, Atiha Sen Gupta, James McDermott. Design, graphics and AR Simon Poulter, Video by Sophie Mellor, directing team Suzann McLean, music by Sandy Nuttgens, Lavz and Sadface the Poet. Images by Simon Poulter. A large scale outdoor production for the city of culture bid in Luton, which had live performance, augmented reality, live music, video and graphics.


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July – September 2019

Pride and Prejudice – adapted by Simon Reade, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Design by Dawn Allsopp, Lighting by Dave Thwaites, Sound by Chris Last, Movement direction by Julia Cave, costumes by Heidi McEvoy-Swift, Photos by Tony Kelly. The production with a professional team of 6 actors and a community cast of 18 ran for 16 shows over the summer.


September 2019

Cambridge International Education & Culture Centre. University of Cambridge Summer School. Words by Tim Wheeler and Marcus Romer. A Shakespeare summer school with our version of the Tempest with these students from across China.


November 2019 – January 2020

Peter PanTheatre Royal Bury St Edmunds – written by Chris Hannon, MD Ward Baker, Sound Drew Bauhmol, Design Dawn Allsopp, costumes by Heidi McEvoy-Swift, LX John Slevin, Choreography and movement Jess Ellen Knight. Images Tony Kelly. This was the most successful pantomime in the theatre’s history and the team delivered 84 performances over a seven week run.


January – February 2020

Shirley ValentineTheatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Рby Willy Russell, with Keddy Sutton as Shirley, Design by Alana Ashley, LX by Arnim Friess, Sound by Chris Last, Associate Director Natasha Rickman, costumes by Heidi McEvoy-Swift. Images by Aaron Weight and Arnim Friess. This just opened on January 31st and runs until February 15th.



So what’s next? Well I will be directing Big Skies in June for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds – written by Atiha Sen Gupta and James McDermott.

Then I will be directing the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Community Production in August. The title for this will be announced soon once we have secured the rights…

I am currently programming the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds season to the end of 2020 as acting Artistic Director.

I am also by working alongside my new partners for Mutiny Projects in a new R&D for Arts Council England. 

Here’s to the next 12 months and making new work happen with great teams