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One of the things I love about theatre is its collaborative nature and the inter-action between artists from different disciplines. Accordingly, as with my writing, I have no signature style but seek to respond to the particular needs, demands, challenges and possibilities of each text, company and audience I work with. Whatever else I am, I am not an auteur.

Selected directing credits

Up Down Man
Salisbury Playhouse, 2016
Premier of this dance-play starring Nathan Bessel and featuring Heather Williams, Emily Bowker & Vic Llewellyn with music by Kieran Buckeridge, choreography by Bryn Thomas, designs by Katie Sykes and lighting by Michael Straun. Commissioned and co-produced by Myrtle Theatre Company.

The New Diorama, June 2015
Ensemble production of this new version of the Sophocles Tragedy with graduating students from Drama Studio London.

The New Diorama, June 2014
Ensemble production of Polly Teale’s Shared Experience play with graduating students from Drama Studio London.

Cider With Rosie
The New Diorama, June 2013
Ensemble production of Laurie Lee’s childhood memoir with graduating students from Drama Studio London.

After Columbus
The New Diorama July 2012
A new production for Drama Studio London of this 1983 play about the Triangle Shirt Factory fire in New York, 1911.

Johnny Boy
Pavilion Theatre Brighton, 2011
Mozart’s Don Giovanni re-imagined for youth theatre performers. Musical direction by Dominic Harlan. Produced by Glyndebourne Education.

The Magic Flute

Brighton Festival & Glyndebourne, 2009 / Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 2010
Mozart's opera adapted for small forces and young audiences. Produced by Glyndebourne Education for the Brighton Festival, with musical direction by Dominic Harlan, set & costumes by Kitty Callister and lighting by Bruce Williams. Cast: Stephen Clark, Georgia Ginsberg, Matthew Sharp & Ann de Renais.

Ain't Misbehavin'
Oxfordshire Theatre Company, National Tour 2008
The Fats Waller musical show. Produced with Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. With musical direction by Dominic Harlan, set & costumes by Jane Linz Roberts, choreography by Sue Colgrave and lighting by Mark Dymock. Cast: Elexi Walker, Duane Gooden, Sharon Wattis, Nigel Philips & Simone Sauphanor

Princess Rubyslippers
Oxfordshire Theatre Company National Tour 2007/8
My own play with music and sound designed by Richard Taylor, set & costumes by Jessica Worrall and lighting by Helen Morley. Cast: Matthew Tanner, Chloe Lang, Orla Cottingham & Paul Spephenson

Under Milk Wood
Oxfordshire Theatre Company, National Tours 2006 and 2007
Dylan Thomas's poetic comedy with a cast of hearing, deaf, blind & sighted actors using both English and BSL. Music and sound design by Jon Nicholls, set & costumes by Keith Baker and lighting by Mark Dymock. Cast: Darren Cheek, David Ellington, Cerianne Roberts, Tim Gebbells, Jane Allighan, Bev Denim, Ruth Dawes, Claire Stanley & Hannah Timms.

The Firebird
Oxfordshire Theatre Company, National Tour 2006/7
Jane Bucker's Russian adventure with music & sound design by Richard Taylor, set by Aurelian Koch, costumes by Hayley Spicer, lighting by Mark Dymock and video design by Kasia Howard. Cast: Sam White, Elliot Quinn, Cassie Hubert & Paul Huntley-Thomas

After Columbus
The Hen & Chickens, London, 2005

Written with Lawrence Evans & Stephen Ley, with lighting by Rob Smith and costumes by Crispin Harris. Cast: Oksana Shtolcere, Charles Aston, Margaret-Ann Bain, Elisa Lasowski, Avril Poole, Nana Bengston, Warren Bradley, Valeria Sacchi & Tom Wedemire.

People Are Living There
Oxfordshire Theatre Company, National Tour 2005
Athol Fugard's poignant comedy with set & costumes by Sophia Lovell Smith and lighting design by Adam Leigh. Cast: Sam White, Jilly Bond, Anna Blizard
& Philip Dinsdale.

Big Baby
Oxfordshire Theatre Company, National Tour 2004
My own play with music by Olly Fox, set & costumes by Jessica Worrall, movement direction by Lawrence Evans and lighting by Mark Dymock. Cast: Samantha Adams, Philip Dinsdale, Chris Buckingham & Cristina Catalina

Big Sister, little brother
Oxfordshire Theatre Company, Regional Tour 2004
Mike Kenny's retelling of The Emperor's New Clothes with music & sound design by Jon Nicholls and set & costumes by Hayley Spicer. Cast: Samantha Adams & Jon Atkins

The Nutcracker & the Mouse King
Oxfordshire Theatre Company, National Tour 2003/4
Jane Buckler's re-telling of Hoffman's tale with set & costumes by Lesley Travers, lighting design by Paul Batten, movement by Lawrence Evans, fight direction by David Broughton-Davies and puppetry by Roman Stefanski. Cast: Sally Armstrong, Zoot Lynam, Wendy Crowley-Dynan & Paul Huntley-Thomas
Time and the Conways                                    
Theatre 503, London 2000
Six week run of Priestley's time play with sound & lighting design by Derek Carlyle and costumes by Crispin Harris. Cast: Chella Ferrow, Julia Rollo, Nansi Hwyel-Davies, Mark Huckett, Melanie Downs, Elaine Heathfield, Annie Julian, Nicky Herring, Stephen Harvey & David Ashdown.

Mirad, a boy from Bosnia
Minerva Theatre, Chichester & Komedia, Brighton 1999
Ad de Bont's moving two-hander translated by Marian Buijs and produced in association with the cast of Paula Tinker and Gareth Williams.

The Cherry Orchard                                           
Drayton Court Theatre London, 1998
Chekhov's last play translated by Michael Frayn with lighting by Derek Carlyle and cast including Pia Henderson, John Cormack, Kirsty Yates, Simon Wilkinson & John Albasiny.

It took more than one man                                 
Albany Theatre Deptford, 1997

Ivan Cartwright's one man show about gender identity produced by Andrew Broadley and with lighting by Andrew Siddall

Serfdom Right                                     
Crucible Theatre Studio & Vancouver Children's Festival, 1990
Originally devised by Bruvvers Theatre Company and co-directed with Wendy Harris with set & costumes by Jane Linz Roberts and music by Roy Bailey

Hot Doris the Musical                        
Oval House London, 1988

The Hot Doris Band with music & lyrics by Sayan Kent & Juliet Hill, set & costumes by Nadia El Nigoumi, choreography by Sue Colgrave and lighting design by Peter Byard

Lives Worth Living                    
Doctor Fosters Travelling Theatre, 1988
Greg Banks leads the cast in the play by Lawrence Evans & Jane Nash

The Yellow Wallpaper                                       
The Man in the Moon London, 1987

Lini Robinson's adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's horror story starring Kate Ingram with set & costumes by David Blight, sound design by Chas Stoddard and lighting design by Kevin Sleep.