Directing

Directing

"A very serious attempt to conquer the comic opera genre." 

- The Wee Review,

The Perfect Opera

I have loved theatre and opera since I was a child, and started directing as soon as I had the chance, working on classic, new, and filmed operas, Shakespeare, new plays, drag fusion shows, sketch, improv, and standup comedy, and cabarets written by victims of the Holocaust.

 

I’ve had the pleasure of working on productions at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Grimeborn, as well as training at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. My work has been nominated for an Offie Award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.

Directing C.V. 2018-2019

I always struggle to define my ‘style’ - I approach each piece differently, drawing on influences from my research into the history of opera and through-sung drama, my work in comedy and theatre, and my own musical experiences. I’m always particularly interested in directing contemporary work, Mozart, and comedy. But the subtext to this question is always ‘do you do, y’know, those weird productions?’

 

To which I have to answer ‘sometimes’. I always want the work to work for my audience today, not the composer’s centuries ago. Sometimes that does mean modernising and reworking a well-known piece, or doing abstract, conceptual work that will move them, even if they don’t understand why. But it can also mean doing a period production on a tight budget, or a slapstick comedy about a camel.

 

Every opera’s different, so my work’s always going to be different. Take a look at the productions below, and see what you think.

Robin Horgan (Macbeth, The Perfect Opera

"Punchy, effective staging" 

- Opera Magazine,

The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken

"Fresh... unlocked the mysteries"

- The Guardian,

The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken

“Extraordinarily well done”

- Saarbrücker Zeitung,

At The Break Of Dawn

“A privilege to behold”

- Savage Magazine,

Theatre In The Theresienstadt Ghetto

2020

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We Sing, I Sang (2020)

A new improvised opera about collectives and individuality, drawing on Noh theatre, science fiction, and game-based theatre at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. Read More >>

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Macbeth (Postponed)

An immersive cyberpunk production of Shakespeare's tale of the uncanny, strange bargains, and virtue and evil, working with the York Shakespeare Project.  Read More >>

2019

We Sing, I Sang (2019)

A new improvised opera about collectives and individuality, drawing on Noh theatre, science fiction, and game-based theatre. Performed at the Omnibus Theatre. Read More >>

Don Jo!

A new way of approaching Mozart's classic - a cover version made with the Arcola Queer Collective. Nominated for the 2019 Offie Awards. Read More >>

Man and God

A new musical for UCL Culture about the Jewish musician-scientists behind the invention of Kodachrome  - bringing together Gershwin, Einstein, and Hitler. Read More >>

Antony and Cleopatra

The antepenultimate play in the York Shakespeare Project's mission to perform all of Shakespeare's plays in twenty years. Read More >>

The Perfect Opera (2019)

Love! Death! Macbeth! And a pantomime camel! With everything you want shoved into this hiphop foxtrot operatic sketch comedy opera at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. " a very serious attempt to conquer the comic opera genre." - The Wee Review Read More >>

The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken (2019)

A return to this rare Kurt Weill opera with University College London academics. "Punchy, entertaining staging" - Opera Magazine Read More >>

2018

The Perfect Opera (2018)

The first outing of this hiphop foxtrot operatic sketch comedy show - hailed as a "perfect fringe hour" by workshop audiences. Read More >>

The Left Fang

A vampire opera webseries, featuring a resistance movement fighting vampires across London's streets. Part of Virtually Opera: Series 2. Read More >>

A War Game

A semi-improvised show based around a new cycle of poems on the evolving history of war, the order determined through live combat. Read More >>

Virtually Opera: Series 2

Continuing the experiments of Virtually Opera Series 1, Series 2 started to place opera in 'film native' contexts like vlogs and news broadcasts. Read More >>

2017

Schiller: The Operas

A semi-staged concert-lecture as part of The Faction's Schiller Festival, bringing together all the different operas based on Schiller's works. Read More >>

A Speaks

A clown play about asexuality, presented at the Camden People Theatre's Hotbed Festival. "Great and inviting. Also very playful and fun." - Audience feedback Read More >>

Gazing In, Gazing Out

A semi-staged concert with fellow students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, exploring pan-European ties after Brexit. Read More >>

Empty

A new play by Anne-Sophie Marie, exploring issues around eating disorders and dieting communities. Including a durian scene which I will remember for some time. Read More >>

Virtually Opera, Series 1

Virtually Opera's first attempt at creating cinematically-filmed opera, turning six arias into six short movies. "Fantastic and unusual" - Artist feedback. Read More >>

Lieder, Leaders, and Lovers

A semi-staged liederabend with students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's opera school, showing the reasons different cultures give for singing. Read More >>

2016

The Common Crown

A  rearrangement of Shakespeare's Histories to focus on the commoners, whether soldiers, peasants, or rebels, performed at a busking pitch on the Southbank. Read More >>

2015

The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken (2016)

A rare presentation of Kurt Weill's comic opera, presented with University College London academics. "One of the most creative and effective opera productions I've ever seen." - Audience feedback. Read More >>

The Fairy Queen

A reinvention of Purcell's opera, inspired by Peter Sellars' approach to The Indian Queen, interpolating arias and songs from his other operas. Read More >>

Theatre in the Theresienstadt Ghetto

A set of cabarets written by inmates of the Theresienstadt Ghetto during World War Two, recreated in collaboration with  academics from the University of York and University College London. Read More >>

At the Break of Dawn

A new play that toured through Germany and the UK, nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Telling the tale of three revolutionaries on the eve of the great event. Read More >>

Student Comedy 2012-2015

Included more for nostalgia, completeness and honesty than anything else - my first forays into directing. Read More >>