emerging talent showcase
I directed an emerging talent showcase with Bashir Productions, performed by all-new talent at The Tristan Bates Theatre, in September 2019. First of all, I think it's great to work with new actors and writers as a director because the opportunity to learn and experiment is essential as a director. No one really teaches you how to direct, so learning through practice is the best way to keep that creative muscle working. Secondly, I leap at opportunities to promote new writing and new talent, because having graduated from what is considered by some as Britain's top drama school, I know how hard it is to actually enter this industry and find kind people, especially in your early days. And finally, for me, it is about working with as many different groups of people as I can, and so I like to keep myself open to the possibility of learning and experiencing things from anyone who will work with me, regardless of their level of experience. I like to experiment a lot and so am grateful especially to early-career artists who have the time and willingness to humor a playful attitude.
The pieces I directed were A Dave with Destiny by Ken Preuss, Antigone by Sophocles, Elise by Marina Jenkyns, Monument by Clare Woodward, and Family Tree by Colette Cullen.
I think the Actors' Centre does some incredible work for people passionate about the performing arts, and I'm glad I was able to work there as a director.