Film, TV & Theatre
Born and brought up in Worcestershire, England. Honours degree in English, Bristol University; Diploma in Education Liverpool University.
Founder and first Artistic Director of London Bubble Theatre Company (1972-1979), Chung-Ying Theatre Company, Hong Kong (1979-1982) and Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre, Liverpool (1982-1989).
Alongside founding and developing theatre projects, a freelance career has included directing many productions in the UK and abroad. Major regional theatre productions in the UK include Sheffield Crucible, Coventry Belgrade, Nottingham Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic.
London theatres include Royal Court, Bush, Greenwich, Tricycle and Aldwych.
Touring productions include Cambridge Theatre Company, Bill Kenwright Ltd and English Shakespeare Company (1990/91 production of "Comedy of Errors" toured UK, Jerusalem Festival, the Ukraine and Moscow).
International productions (in corresponding languages) include: "Blood Brothers" for Shownote Ltd. in South Korea, "Rhinoceros" Cameri Theatre, Tel-Aviv, Israel (Hebrew); "Romeo and Juliet" - Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong (Cantonese); "Blood Brothers" - Deutsches-Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, West Germany (German); "Tugau" - Rumpun Seri Drama Sarawak, Borneo (Bahasa-Melanau); "Prometheus" - Epidaurus
Festival, Epidaurus Amphitheatre, Greece (Greek) (also toured Greece and Canada); five Shakespeare productions for Rhyming Theatre Company, Tokyo and "Blood Brothers" for Shochiku Company, Tokyo and Nagoya (Japanese). ACTING includes leading roles in productions in major regional theatres and in London includes leading role of 'Glenda' in David Mercer's "Cousin Vladimir" for the Royal Shakespeare Company (Aldwych Theatre).
WRITING includes adaptations produced at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Sheffield Playhouse, London Bubble Theatre Company, Chung-Ying Theatre Company, Nottingham Playhouse and Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. DEVELOPMENT WITH WRITERS includes collaboration with Willy Russell (commissioning, developing and directing the original "Shirley Valentine" for Liverpool Everyman, new version of Stravinsky's "Soldier's Tale" developed and directed with Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and developing and directing "Our Day Out" for Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead and Liverpool Playhouse, produced by Bill Kenwright Ltd; new adaptation of "Wuthering Heights".
DRAMA COLLEGES : Productions and projects include Central College of Speech and Drama and Rose Bruford College.
Lectures, master-classes adjudications and workshops in UK and abroad (including tours of Zimbabwe (workshops in Shona and Mtebele), Malaysia (production of "Animal Farm" and workshops in Bahasa-Malanau); tutor-in-residences (including National Student Drama Festival, Arvon Foundation).
Actors Centre, (London). Projects include :
Shakespeare workshops; Acting in Musicals; Farce Technique;
Acting in the Grand Manner; Exposure (encouraging overcomingm fear and risk taking in performance) and Rapport With The Audience. Actors Institute (London). Many workshops for beginners as well as for the more experienced actor encouraging confidence
and trusting in instinct.
National Student Drama Festival. Judge for seven years plus master-classes and workshops in acting, writing and directing. International - in bi-cultural, bi-lingual projects in many languages (with and without interpreters). Countries include:
Japan (Six major Shakespeare productions, one musical production ("Blood Brothers") with associated project work). Hong Kong (Three years as Artistic Director Chung-Ying Theatre Company. Many major productions and associated projects Cantonese and English-speaking - for Chung-Ying, Hong Kong Repertory Company and British Council in Hong Kong and touring South-East Asia.
Malaysia (Major production and associated Bahasa-Melanau-
speaking projects). Israel (Major production and associated Hebrew-speaking
projects.) Zimbabwe (Workshops throughout Zimbabwe including African
townships - Shona, Mtebele-speaking) Germany (Major production and associated lecture)
Greece (Major production Epidaurus amphitheatre Festival and associated workshops, Greek-speaking) Ukraine (Integration into major English-speaking Shakespearean production of Ukraine-speaking actors.) United States Bursary awarded to study mobile theatre and present associated master-classes and lectures.