Directing

I have loved shows 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.

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.

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

- The Wee Review,

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

2019

The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken (2019)
Don Jo!
The Perfect Opera (2019)

2018

The Perfect Opera (2018)
The Perfect Opera
The Left Fang
Virtually Opera: Series 2
Schiller: The Operas
Virtually Opera, Series 1
Gazing In, Gazing Out
Lieder, Leaders, & Lovers
The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken
The Fairy Queen
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