23 Sep 2018 THE STRIP
Raring to get back to work at Oxford School of Drama, directing Phyllis Nagy's 1995 play The Strip. It's a bizarre and hilarious piece, whilst simultaneously being one of the most devastating portraits of loneliness and self-deception I've come across. We've got a huge challenge ahead of us to bring it to life in all its spectacularly theatrical glory, and I couldn't be more excited to start.
24 Jul 2018 EXPANDING READERSHIP
After a year or so of ad hoc work for the Literary Department at the Royal Court, I couldn't be happier now to be a reader there.
The Court is at the forefront of new writing in the UK – and almost certainly Europe too, probably the world – so I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
06 May 2018 THE HYPERVIOLENT KING OF THE UNIVERSE
On Monday 14th and 21st, I'll be directing my first short play in ages: The Hyperviolent King of the Universe, written by Matt Parvin (Jam) for the very brilliant Pint-Sized, and starring Jasmine Hyde, Dominic Jones & Tom Slatter.
The performance on the 14th is already sold out, but a few tickets left for the 21st – and if you don't make it, an early version of the piece was published by Litro Magazine to coincide with the opening of Jam last year.
08 Mar 2018 RETURN TO OXFORD
This autumn, I'm delighted to be going back to the Oxford School of Drama to direct their 3rd Years. I saw this group perform Chekhov's Three Sisters while I was there directing Fear and Misery... last year, and can't wait to work with them.
05 Mar 2018 "QUIRKY, UNSETTLING, AND STAYS WITH YOU"
I'm exceptionally proud to say that the extraordinarily hard work put in by the Comet cast has earned them ★★★★ in WhatsOnStage. One of the most complex plays I've directed, and they've risen to the challenge brilliantly.
Read the review here.
05 Nov 2017 RE(PRESENTED)
I'm thrilled to be collaborating with playwright Kieran Knowles (Operation Crucible, 31 Hours) and his company From Ground Up to create a new play for actors who have left drama school without representation. The project, (RE)Presented, will involve an open audition process, tailored feedback, and then a three-week run at The Pleasance for a company of five. The play itself will be shaped around the actors, who will also have workshops with agents and casting directors throughout the run.
16 Aug 2017 AN OLD PLAY WITH NEW RESONANCES
With the news full of discussion about the rise of fascism and pictures of resurgent Nazi flags in Charlottesville, it feels horribly timely to be directing Brecht's Fear and Misery of the Third Reich – a kaleidoscopic and incredibly human exploration of life in Germany as National Socialism took hold. A wonderfully pared-back and succinct piece of writing, the Oxford 3rd Years and I have a great challenge on our hands.
18 Jun 2017 GRIFF RHYS JONES: WHERE WAS I?
This autumn, I'll be revisiting my previous collaboration with national treasure and comedy legend Griff Rhys Jones, building on the success of last year's tour and testing out new material at the idyllic Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere.
31 May 2017 OFFIE NOMINATIONS FOR JAM
Matt Parvin and Harry Melling have both received Off-West End Award nominations for Most Promising New Playwright and Best Male Performance.
24 May 2017 ROSIE WYATT & ANDREW FRAME CAST IN MUMBURGER
Offie-nominated Rosie Wyatt (The Cardinal, Southwark Playhouse; One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre) reprises her role in Mumburger, joined by Andrew Frame (This House, National Theatre; 12 Angry Men, West End and Tour). Rehearsals will be kicking off soon, with the production opening at the Old Red Lion on 27 June.
26 Apr 2017 HARRY MELLING & JASMINE HYDE CAST IN JAM
With rehearsals for Jam by Matt Parvin soon to get underway, I couldn't be more excited to be collaborating with Harry Melling (King Lear, Old Vic; Harry Potter, Warner Bros.) and Jasmine Hyde (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Globe; Tiny Dynamite, Paines Plough).
09 Apr 2017 COLLABORATION WITH OXFORD SCHOOL OF DRAMA
Working with the graduating year group at OSD, dramaturg David Loumgair and I will be diving into The Great Gatsby to investigate its potential for reinterpretation as political theatre.
06 Mar 2017 IN FINE COMPANY
This has already been an incredibly exciting year for past collaborators: from the Obama-ology team, Pearl has been charming the nation as Dr Who's new assistant, Aurin has won awards for the incredibly successful This Is Us (NBC/Channel 4), and the Regent's Park revival of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Pete as Herod has been nominated for an Olivier Award.
And, speaking of Oliviers, Neil – writer of I Wish To Die Singing – has had his most recent play nominated for one too.
Strong work, everyone!
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