Sarah Punshon

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Giles Smart
Assistant: Ellie Byrne

Film, TV & Theatre

Sarah is founder and Artistic Director of One Tenth Human, collaborating with artists, scientists and children to create innovative arts-science adventures (“really great children’s theatre” Maddy Costa, Exeunt). One Tenth Human are currently developing projects for young audiences with Polka Theatre and Big Imaginations. Their most recent show, Arthur, was a solo-and-a-half show performed by Daniel Bye and his 4 month old baby, and won a Scostman Fringe First 2019. www.onetenthhuman.com

Sarah’s other writing and directing for young audiences includes Hattie Naylor’s unique take on The Three Musketeers (nominated for the UK Theatre Award for Best Production for Children and Young People 2018), as well as several critically acclaimed and hugely popular Christmas shows for The Dukes Lancaster (“this is children’s theatre of the highest quality” Northern Soul).

Sarah trained at Cambridge University, the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, on the Regional Theatres Young Directors Scheme (West Yorkshire Playhouse 2003-2005) and on the BBC Drama Directors Academy (2006). She was a Clore Leadership Fellow 2010/11, mentored by Sir Richard Eyre. She was Artistic Director of The Dukes Lancaster 2017-2019.

In Development

ProductionCompanyNotes

CINDERELLA: THE UGLY TRUTH

Polka Theatre / One Tenth Human

By Sarah Punshon and Felix Hagan, created with Toni-Dee Paul

THE JUNGLE BOOK

2020

Oldham Coliseum

Written by Jessica Swale based on the book by Rudyard Kipling
Directed by Sarah Punshon

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes

ARTHUR

2019

Edinburgh Festival

Co-created with Daniel Bye
*Winner: Scotsman Fringe First

CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE

2019

The Dukes Lancaster

Devised by Sally Cookson, Adam Peck and Company

PETER PAN

2018

The Dukes Lancaster

By JM Barrie
Adapted by Sarah Punshon

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

2018

The Dukes Lancaster & Williamson Park

By Hattie Naylor
*Nominated for the UK Theatre Award for Best Production for Children and Young People

EDUCATING RITA

2018

The Dukes Lancaster & the New Vic Theatre

By Willy Russell

ALADDIN

2017

The Dukes Lancaster

By Mike Kenny with additional lyrics by Ivan Stott

THE ASTONISHING VACUUM CLEANER ADVENTURE

2017 - 2018

One Tenth Human Ltd / National Tour

By Sarah Punshon

PARTNERS IN CRIME

2016

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

Adapted with Johann Hari
Co-directed by Sarah with John Nicholson

DIAL M FOR MURDER

2016

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick

By Frederick Knott

WE'RE STUCK!

2016

China Plate Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall and Z-arts

Written by Sarah Punshon

TINY HEROES

2016

Beaford Arts and The BikeShed Theatre, Exeter

Written by Daniel Bye with original music by Boff Whalley

THE BOX OF PHOTGRAPHS

2016

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

A new play by Daniel Jamieson.
*Nominated for Best Production for Young People, Off West End Awards 2016

THE SECRET ADVERSARY

2015

Watermill Theatre / Eleanor Lloyd Productions

By Agatha Christie
Adapted by Sarah Punshon & Johann Hari

STORY HUNT

2014

Arc, Stockton-on-Tees

Written by Daniel Bye
As Director and Dramaturg
Site-specific
Seven unique versions created with partners including Fuel, Theatre Royal Margate and Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton

GASLIGHT

2013

New Vic Theatre (Newcastle under Lyme)

By Patrick Hamilton

HOW TO OCCUPY AN OIL RIG

2013

Daniel Bye / Northern Stage at St Stephen's

Part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
National tour, Spring 2014

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

2011

Oldham Coliseum / New Vic Theatre (Newcastle under Lyme)

AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG

2010

New Vic Theatre / Oldham Coliseum

Additional tour to Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

2009

Creation Theatre Company

THE LADY IN THE VAN

2009

Salisbury Playhouse

A NUMBER

2009

Library Theatre, Manchester

DON'T YOU LEAVE ME HERE

2008

West Yorkshire Playhouse

THE CARETAKER

2008

Theatre-by-the-Lake, Keswick

BE MY BABY

2008

New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Lyme

OF MICE AND MEN

2007

Theatre-by-the-Lake, Keswick

FROZEN

2006

Theatre-by-the-Lake, Keswick

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

2006

Theatre-by-the-Lake, Keswick

JOACHIM & NANA

2006

The Janus Project, West Yorkshire Playhouse

SEVEN FOR A SECRET

2006

West Yorkshire Playhouse & Regional Tour

MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD

2005

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Television

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DOCTORS

BBC

39 x 30'
2006-2015

SHAMELESS - SERIES 8 - EP. 16

Company Pictures / Channel 4

1 x 60'
2011

EASTENDERS

BBC

7 x 30'
2007-2009

EMMERDALE

ITV

12 x 30'
2007-2008

Other

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Wonderstruck

2014

Manchester Museum / People United

By Boff Whalley and Daniel Bye
Site-specific choral performance with more than 100 community singers

Wrong! A carnival of human error

2013

Wellcome Collection

As Curator
A late-night extravaganza of art and science

Curator of Performing Arts

2013

Natural History Museum

2012-13

REVIEWS

THE SECRET ADVERSARY (Watermill Theatre and Eleanor Lloyd Productions)

"“Punshon gets the atmosphere spot-on... dizzyingly brilliant perspective changes... a clever, versatile cast give it a propulsive momentum”  (The Stage)

"Nifty, old-school and fun" (Daily Mail)

HOW TO OCCUPY AN OIL RIG (ARC Stockton/ Northern Stage/ Tour) 

"funny, real and touching" (The Times)

THE GLASS MENAGERIE (New Vic Theatre/ Oldham Coliseum)

"bordering on perfect" (Manchester Evening News)

DON'T YOU LEAVE ME HERE (West Yorkshire Playhouse)

"dazzling debut play... fine direction"  (The Observer)