Director, writer and theatre maker experienced in new writing, devising, classics and comedy. Director of touring company Mouths of Lions which creates award-winning original theatre and comedy.  Trained under Cal McCrystal, Marcello Magni and Philippe Gaulier. 

 

DIRECTING INCLUDES

Ryan Lane will be there now in a minute | Heroes, Edinburgh Fringe/Soho Theatre/VAULT | Ryan Lane | two months | 2019/2020

A Welsh League of Gentleman meets RuPaul's Drag Race supported by ACE & Soho Theatre. 

Frills and Spills | Shorditch Town Hall/The Wardrobe Theatre/Camden People's Theatre | Stumble Trip Theatre | three weeks | 2020

Bouffon show created in collaboration with dark clown Peta Lily & supported by ACE & Shorditch Town Hall

An Evening with Evie Fehilly | The Glory/London cabaret venues | Evie Fehilly | 2019

And hour of songs, dance and cabaret with the UK's No.1 award winning Drag King Evie Fehilly. 

Charlie and the Christmas Cat | The Lichfield Garrick Theatre | Sarah Argent & Kevin Lewis | one month | 2019

Fun filled family show for ages 3+.

The Men Who Knew Everything R&D | Rosemary Branch Theatre | The Moodboard | two weeks | 2019

Film Noir clown satire exploring male privilege. 

The Astonishing Singing Fish! | The Brockley Jack/UK Tour | Tice Oakfield | three weeks | 2019

A fun-filled musical comedy about a goldfish who dreams of being in Phantom of the Opera. 

Tragic Scenes of Legendary Women where Snakes were (kind of) present  | Limerick Festival, The Blue Elephant | Monia Baldini & Lucia Pena Pin | six  nights | 2019

A cabaret clown show exploring the mystical, mythical and historical links between women and snakes. 

 

Tohtori Zeiffal, Tohtori Zeigal ja virtahepo, jota ei koskaan  saatu kiinni! | Finland tour | Georgia Murphy & Jouni Backstrom | ongoing | 2018-20

A finnish production of ‘Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal…’ a Mouths of Lions family show. Produced & translated by finnish clown company The Fabulous Backstrom Brothers.

JITTERS | Vault Festival | Finbarr Doyle & Jeda de Brie | one night | 2019

Miniaturists new writing showcase at Vault festival. A dark comedy about the life of a children's entertainer. 

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze | Theatre Deli/ Brighton/ EdFringe | Georgia Murphy & Jessie Allam | two months | 2018

Roald Dahl-esque family show for ages 6+ combining live music, mask & storytelling. Original story by Jessie Allam, produced by Mouths of Lions, commissioned by Jim Jam Arts, supported by ACE & Theatre Deli. Shortlisted: Primary Times Award & Broadway World Award

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never Be Caught! | UK tour/ Ireland tour | Georgia Murphy | two years |2016-18

Interactive family clown show about two expert hippo enthusiasts chasing the wild UK hippopotamus, ages 4 +. Devised by Oli Weatherly, Louise Dickinson & Georgia Murphy. Winner: Best Family Show Buxton Festival. Produced by Mouths of Lions & commissioned by Jim Jam Arts.

Girl from Ipanema |  Omnibus/ BAC/ New Diorama | Georgia Murphy | six performances | 2016

Devised semi-autobiographical solo show about grief, motherhood and time travel supported by Omnibus’ Engine Room Scheme.

The Catastrophists | The Criterion | Jack Stanley | one night | 2015

Rehearsed reading for Criterion New Writing Programme. A dark comedy set in a dystopian future. 

SUPERFUNADVENTURETIMES | Camden People’s Theatre / Leeds Studio Theatre | Georgia Murphy | two weeks |  2015

A show about the role of women in the fantasy genre. Devised by Georgia Murphy, Louise Dickinson, Rimi Solloway, Chloe Courtney. Supported by Farnham Maltings and produced by Mouths of Lions.

Brief Encounters | London Bridge Live Arts Festival | three days | Jane Gauntlett & Georgia Murphy | 2014

Interactive audio experience with storytelling & treasure hunts around Kings College London. 

Cuckoo Land | Tonybee Studios/Paris | devised | one night | 2014

Interactive performance combining skype, game play & two countries.

 

HAM | The Space/ The Roundhouse | Nathan Wood | three weeks | 2013

New writing, a solo performance of Noah’s Ark. 

Blind Date | Southwark Playhouse | Ziella Bryars | one night | 2013

A short play produced by Little Pieces of Gold.

Skin a Cat | Bussey Building | Isley Lynn | one night | 2013

Rehearsed reading produced by Tell Tales.

Ayodyha | The Bush | Vinay Patel | one night | 2013

Short play produced by Theatre Renegade.

Session One | Theatre 503 | Nathan Wood | one night | 2013

Short play produced by Rapid Write Response.

The Breakout | The Last Refuge | Anders Lustgarten | one night | 2013

As part of Theatre Uncut.

Nothing ever happens | Rich Mix | Keziah Warner | one night | 2013

Produced by Descent productions.

Rats Nests | Vaults | Michael Ross | two nights | 2012

Produced by Descent productions.

Health and Safety | Vaults | Rebecca Walker | two nights | 2012

Produced by Descent productions.

Stuck in the Middle | BAC | Micheal Sands | one night | 2012

Rehearsed reading  produced by Artists Anonymous.

Shit Happens | The Lion Upstairs | Shyama Perera | three nights | 2012

Dirt | C -Venues, EdFringe | Nathan Wood | one month | 2012

The Suicide | Stage@leeds | Nikolai Erdman | one week | 2011

Student production.

A Midsummer Night's Dream | Stage@leeds | Shakespeare | one week | 2010

Student production.

Measure for Measure | Stage@leeds | Shakespeare | one week | 2009

Student production.

Measure for Measure | The Albany/ Liverpool Cathedral | Shakespeare | four performances | 2008

45 min version directed as part of the Shakespeare Youth Festival and Liverpool Capital of Culture Festival.

 

ASSISTANT & ASSOCIATE DIRECTING INCLUDES

 

A Christmas Carol | Liverpool Playhouse | Spymonkey & Mathew Crosley & Ed Gaughan | five weeks | 2018/19

Assistant to Ed Gaughan on Spymonkey’s interpretation of Dickens’s classic.

Cyrano De Bergerac | Southwark Playhouse | Glyn Maxwell | one month run | 2016

Assistant to Russell Bolam & Mov. Dir Marcello Magni, starring Kathryn Hunter.

Plague of Idiots | EdFringe | devised | four weeks |  2015

Assistant to Cal McCrystal on devised clown show with clown company Plague of Idiots. 

Macbeth | Shakespeare & Co/ Notre Dame Park | Shakespeare | three weeks | 2014

Assistant to Cressida Brown on an outdoor production of Macbeth.

Bed | The Brockley Jack | Jim Cartwright | four weeks | 2013

Assistant to Cecily Boys.

Released | UK Tour | devised | five weeks | 2011

Assistant to Nancy Hirst on Fringe First Winner Released.

 

COMMUNITY | EDUCATION | PARTICIPATION

I am an experienced workshop leader and facilitator, alongside running workshops in movement, devising and clown that have accompanied my touring shows I also tailor workshops for companies and artists on a freelance basis. 

Clown for Beginners | Yellow Earth Academy | 2020

Movement & Clowning Workshops | Blue Elephant Youth Theatre | Ages 6-25 |  2018/19

Devising Workshops | Edinburgh Kids Theatre | Ages 5-10 | 2018

Making Songs Workshops | Edinburgh Kids Theatre | Ages 5-10 | 2017

Advanced Acting Course | Morley College | 2016

Teaching acting as part of the course which led to staging Love and Information as a final production with four performances.

 

OTHER

Artistic Director

Mouths of Lions | 2013 - present

AD of award-winning theatre company supported by Theatre Deli and Arts Council England. I plan projects, source funding, run marketing and coordinate tours.

Writer

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze | Brighton & EdFringe | 2018

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught! | UK tour/ London tour/ Ireland tour/ Finland tour | 2016-19

Girl from Ipanema | Omnibus/ BAC/ New Diorama | 2016

SUPERFUNADVENTURETIMES | Camden People’s Theatre | 2015

Brief Encounters | London Bridge Live Arts Festival | 2014

 

EDUCATION

City Lit | 2D, 3D, Stop Motion Animation using Animate, Adobe After Effects & Dragonframe | 1 year  | 2019-2020

Ecole Philippe Gaulier | Two Year Theatre & Performance Programme |  2013-2015

University of Leeds | B.A (Hons) English & Theatre (2:1) | 2008-2011

 

TRAINING | SKILLS

Complicite | Trained in directing & devising adaptations with Marcello Magni | two weeks | 2017

The Why Not Institute | Trained in clown with Angela De Castro | two weeks | 2017

GECKO | Trained in movement direction | one week |  2016

Told by an Idiot | Trained in directing & devising with Paul Hunter | one week | 2014

Little Angel | Trained in object manipulation, puppetry & live animation with Paper Cinema | six weeks | 2013

Young Vic Directors Scheme | Training with; David Lan, Carrie Cracknell, Maria Aberg, Joe Hill Gibbons and Natalie Abrahami | one week | 2012

Living Pictures | Trained in directing classics using Stanislavski techniques with Ian Rickson & Lyndsey Turner | two weeks | 2012

Artistic Director Internship | Placement with Battersea Arts Centre | three months | 2008

 

REFEREES

Toby Park | Artistic Director | Spymonkey | Details available upon request.

Gemma Bodinetz | Artistic Director | Liverpool Playhouse | Details available upon request.

Chloe Courtney | Producer | Contact Theatre | Manchester | Details available upon request.