Inspired by "Odin and the Mead of Inspiration" (folk tale from Norway)
Part of Articulating the Arts: Tales in Time
This short play was part of a 9 play collection, all based on a range of myths and folktales from around the world.
This was my first time working with Articulate Theatre Company, who warmly welcomed me into their midst and let me work on this piece. It was a great experience and a starting point for my new life in this city.
More information about the company and the event through the link.
All That Fall, 2016
All That Fall by Samuel Beckett
Max Stafford-Clark's production of All That Fall embraces Beckett's desire for the voices to be heard as if from the void. Stafford-Clark's vision for the play was for there to be no vision: our audiences heard the play live whilst it was played out around them; wearing eye masks.
This production presented a different set of challenges to anything I'd ever done before. Focusing on how things sound like, rather than the visual queues and gestures was fascinating.
I walk away from this process with a lot of respect for the art of storytelling at its most basic.
The production was well received during its run at Wilton's Music Hall and even transferred to the Arts Theatre in London's West End for a five-week run.
Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
This production toured widely starting at the Watford Palace Theatre, two weeks with Eastern Angles theatre company in small rural venues in East Anglia, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, and finishing with a four week run at the Arcola Theatre in London.
Working with director Ria Parry was a great experience; she is a dynamic, intelligent and very creative person, which was source of inspiration for me.
In June 2015, Out of Joint hosted an evening to celebrate 21 years of one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies – and to support its future.
The cast included David Haig, Olivia Poulet, Ian Redford, David Rintoul, Caroline Catz, Frances Ashman, and many more talented actors.
We presented scenes and stories from the company's back catalogue of entertaining, epic and inquisitive plays. These included: Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar, The Positive Hour by April De Angelis, The Permanent Way by David Hare, and Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertembaker.
Out of Joint was founded by director Max Stafford-Clark with Sonia Friedman, its first producer, and is celebrated for developing politically and socially engaged theatre of a high quality. The company has premiered plays by writers including Richard Bean, Caryl Churchill, David Hare and Mark Ravenhill, exploring the world in powerful dramas, shrewd and moving comedies and eye-opening documentary plays. In touring its shows around the country we occupy a unique and vital place in the programmes of many regional theatres.
Sunday, 14 June 2015, 5.30pm Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London
Private Thoughts in Public Spaces, 2012
Private Thoughts in Public Spaces a devised piece by Isabel Quinzaños and the company
Physical, sexy and lots of fun, the show explores the ideas that we're told to keep locked in. This is storytelling without words; rather, everyday movements are choreographed to create a seamless continuing chain of events fuelled by the power of music. Wherever we are, our imaginations run wild and our fantasies wilder... What would happen if they actually came true?
Adrián Arroyo, Cristina Catalina, Nanou Harry, Pia Laborde Noguez and David Tudor
It was performed at theOvalhouseTheatre in London.
Julieta, 2009 (short film)
As part of my final project for my Directing BA at Drama Centre, I wrote and directed a short film.
It was the story of a Adela, a live in full time nanny in Mexico who comes up with a plan to kidnap one of the kids she works with as a ploy to make money. However the plan goes terribly wrong, leaving Adela and her ill equipped accomplice to make a decision on what to do about the child, as he recognised them during the kidnapping.
So what do they do now? Either they let the kid go an risk being fired and pursued by the authorities, or they take matters into their own hands.
The film takes place during a family gathering at a ranch, meaning there are many opportunities for them to make it look like an accident.
The film was produced with the help of Gran Número Once film production company.
An English Tragedy, 2008
An English Tragedy by Ronald Harwood
I was assistant director on this production during my second year of drama school. It was a very scary experience, walking into a room full of veterans of the industry and winging it.
The play is the story of the John Amery (the book The Meaning of Treason by Rebecca West looks at the case of Amery amongst other traitors in the Second World War),son of Cabinet minister Leo Amery, who along with the infamous Lord Haw Haw made propaganda radio broadcasts for the Nazis that were beamed to England. John's contemporaries described him as having no sense of right or wring or the consequences of his actions. He had a penchant for champagne, grand hotels, fast cars and even faster women as well as men.
He fought for Franco in the Spanish Civil War and wrote violently pro-Nazi letters to the French press. Eventually the Germans realised that he could be a considerable feather in the Fuhrer's cap. On November 19, 1942 John Amery started broadcasting Nazi propaganda into the English airwaves. He also visited prison camps in Germany where he tried to recruit the prisoners to join his self-styled Legion of St George to fight with the SS against the Soviets. He managed to recruit a grand total of 57 men.
He was eventually captured by Italian partisans and sent to England for trial. His family tried everything in their power to save him. His mother even petitioned the king. They built a strong defence for him (they found documents purporting to prove John had become a Spanish citizen therefore making hum immune to prosecution for treason agains Britain, and they also hired a psychiatrist who pronounced him mentally incapable of differentiating between right and wrong).
Either defense would have worked, but John pleaded guilty and was sentenced to death. The entire proceeding lasted eight minutes.
Richard Goulding, Jeremy Child, Diana Hardcastle, Michael Fenton Stevens, Nick , Bill Thomas
Director Di Trevis
Designer Ralph Koltai
Lighting Roger Firth
Assistant Director Isabel Quinzaños
Produced by Watford Palace Theatre
An English Tragedy Trailer
House of Gingerbread, 2008
House of Gingerbread by Benjamin Askew
This play was developed by Benjamin Askew in collaboration with myself as a project to take up to the Edinburgh Festival. The characters were written specifically for the actors we had in mind, and the play was in iambic pentameter. The play is an exploration of the story of Hansel and Gretel; we used the darker shades of the original fairytale as a way of exploring the pains and difficulties of adolescence. In our story, the characters inevitably encounter tragedy.
We were chosen as a Pick of the Fringe during our first week there, which helped us to sell out. Unusually for a Fringe show, we made a profit during our two week run.