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Assistant Directing Work

Woyzeck

By Georg Büchner

Adapted by David Harrower

Director: Sean Holmes

Lyric Hammersmith and UK Tour - Secret Theatre  (August 2013-March 2015)

 

Starring: Billy Seymour, Katherine Pearce, Leo Bill, Charlotte Josephine, Hammed Animashaun and Nadia Albina

 

Set and Costumes: Hyemi Shin

Lighting: Lizzie Powell

Sound: Nick Manning

 

The Secret Theatre’s part-devised and part-scripted production of Woyzeck examined how social structures dehumanise people in today’s Britain. Embracing the fragmentation of Büchner’s original script, the production pursued an elliptical form of dramaturgy, obscuring its narrative in favour of importing associative texts and songs, to create an onstage nightmare. 

 

Woyzeck rehearsed and performed in repertory with A Streetcar Named Desire.

 

 

A Streetcar Named Desire

By Tennessee Williams

Director: Sean Holmes

Lyric Hammersmith and UK Tour - Secret Theatre  (August 2013-March 2015)

 

Starring: Nadia Albina, Leo Bill, Sergo Vares, Adelle Leonce and Katherine Pearce

 

Set and Costumes: Hyemi Shin

Lighting: Lizzie Powell

Sound: Nick Manning

 

A critically acclaimed stripped-back production that revealed the guts of Williams' classic script. Polarising audiences with its bare bones aesthetic and dispensing with American accents, this show was a highlight for audiences riveted by the Lyric's Secret Theatre project, which comprised an ensemble of ten actors, four writers and three designers. Working together for over a year, this ensemble challenged their own methods, and the practices of their British peers, by replicating the rehearsal conditions of European repertory theatres.

 

A Streetcar Named Desire rehearsed and performed in repertory with Woyzeck

 

 

Breeders

By Ben Ockrent

Director: Tamara Harvey

St. James Theatre/Vicky Graham Productions (September-October 2014)

 

Starring: Tamzin Outhwaite, Jemima Rooper, Nicholas Burns and Angela Griffin

 

Set and Costumes: James Perkins

Lighting: Joshua Carr

Sound: Tom Gibbins

 

A production in the One Stage season for emerging producers, with support provided by an award from Stage One. 

 

This new off-West End comedy about family, tradition and procreation had an all-star ensemble and was directed by Theatr Clwyd's current Artistic Director. The play's heartfelt and hilarious scenes were interspersed with musical numbers sung entirely in Swedish!

 

★★★ What's On Stage

'Sparky dialogue, cracking gags and a quartet of attractive performances' The Guardian

 

 

 

La bohème

By Giacomo Puccini

Director: Christopher Cowell

Conductor: Oliver Gooch

Iford Arts  (May-June 2017)

 

Starring: Máire Flavin, Anthony Flaum, Nicholas Lester and Alison Langer

 

Set and Costumes: Eleanor Wdowski

Lighting: Christopher Nairne

Staged in a Renaissance cloister in the Wiltshire countryside this atmospheric production was inspired by the opera's short story source material and Picasso's "blue period".

★★★★★ FTR

'Iford Festival opera comes of age this year...a beautiful and sensitive production.'

 

 

 

A Time To Reap

By Anna Wakulick

Translated by Catherine Grosvenor

Director: Caroline Steinbeis

The Royal Court  (February-March 2013)

 

Starring: Sinéad Matthews, Owen Teale and Max Bennett

 

Set and Costumes: Max Jones

Lighting: Anna Watson

Sound: Alex Caplen

Composer: Tom Mills

Choreography: Imogen Knight

 

Anna Wakulick's complicated play about the relationship between Poland's reproductive rights policy and the Catholic Church was developed through the Royal Court International Department's unique script development process, which pairs playwrights and translators from the earliest stage of the writing process.

 

The production's fluid storytelling, which shifted seamlessly between different times and locations, was intimately staged on a thrust set resembling the inside of a church.

 

 

 

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Director: Vikki Anderson

The Canadian Stage Company  (June-September 2010)

 

Starring: Christine Horne, Jeff Irving and Ron Kennell

 

Set and Costumes: Jackie Chau

Lighting: Arun Srinivasan

Composer: Claudio Vena

 

Performed in an outdoor amphitheatre holding up to 1,200 audience members, this production was created for Toronto's annual Dream in High Park.

 

Delayed at the Verona train station, a touring company of R&J begin to squabble. To restore order, the station master convinces them to perform their show, but playing different roles than what they have been cast as. 

 

Using only nine actors, this production of Romeo and Juliet captivated audiences with fast-paced character doubling and swift storytelling, ensuring a family friendly production that was perfectly suited for introducing new audiences to Shakespeare. 

 

Show 6

By Mark Ravenhill

Director: Caroline Steinbeis

Lyric Hammersmith, Edinburgh Festival and UK Tour - Secret Theatre  

(August 2014-March 2015)

 

Starring: Steven Webb, Matti Houghton and Cara Horgan

 

Set and Costumes: Hyemi Shin

Lighting: Lizzie Powell

Sound: Nick Powell

 

A new play by Mark Ravenhill about storytelling and entitlement. Developed over five weeks of rehearsals with the ensemble, the production premiered at the Paines Plough Roundabout before a national tour and London run.

 

Staged in the round, this intimate three-hander was a fifty minute adventure story, full of meta-theatrical surprises, following a young man in search of his identity.