Productions (see cv for full list)

Designer - Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte

Abbey Theatre. St Albans.  March 2014

Produced by SACO

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cosi design 3 for web

 

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Designer / Director/costumes. The Jubilee Mikado

Regional Tour - starts 2012- to 2014.

Produced by Opera Anywhere.

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mikado 4 for web

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Producer. Best of Edinburgh 2013. Claire Dowie’s Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?

Maltings Arts Theatre . St Albans. 

irrational theatre / Solo Theatre co production April 5th 2014

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Producer . An enjoyable evening of Opera Arias and Bite Sized Theatre.

18 May 2014. Maltings Arts Theatre. 

An irrational and Usher review co production

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Director/ Designer - Bedford's Babes in the Woods

Rada Studios. London 

Produced by JLP

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Director. Designer. Till the Pips Squeaks – Two new plays . Bloo Hoo and Flash by Jane Fookes. 

Maltings Arts Theatre. Hertfordshire.

produced by irrational theatre. 

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Director/ Designer - Bedford's Cinderella and The Soul Sisters.

The Maltings Arts Theatre. Hertfordshire.

Produced by irrational theatre

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Cinderella and The Soul Sisters.
magical rework of the classic tale set to all your favorite motown songs.
includes ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Love Train
Don’t Leave Me This Way.
Endless Love…
come and sing along and have some fun…
We are going to have a party…All NIght Long....

cinderella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Director/ Designer. Menotti's The Telephone. sullivan's Cox and Box and Norland's Cycle. 

Barons Court Theatre. London and Maltings Arts Theatre. Hertfordshire. Sept and Dec  2013

It's a wrap - sublime singing and performed with gusto 

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An evening of comedy.

Sullivan’s Cox and Box, Menotti’s The Telephone. Norland’s Cycle

The Telephone

Sullivan’s Cox and Box

Cycle

.Something old, something new, something borrowed and you.

A marriage is a fusion between opera and new writing

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Director/ Designer.  Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

The Maltings Theatre. May 9.10.11 and 16.17.18 @ 8pm 19 @ 6pm. 2013
 
Produced by irrational theatre/ ovo theatre.

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Director/ Designer.  Improbable Fiction by Alan Acykbourn

GBS studio @ Rada. 9th – 13th April 2013.

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As you open the text of Alan Ayckbourne’s Improbable Fiction there lies a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelth Night..
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Director/ Designer.  Bizet’s Carmen

The Abbey Theatre. 18th – 23rd March 

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Director/ Designer.  Sullivan's Trial by Jury 

Abbey Theatre. October 2012 

 Produced by SACO 
 
 

Designer - Humble Boy written by Charlotte Jones.

Norden Farm Arts Centre ,Maidenhead.

 

[read more="Read more" less="Read less"]    Felix Humble is a Cambridge astro-physicist in search of unified field theory.
Following the sudden death of his father, Felix returns home and soon realises 

his search for unity must include his own chaotic home life, all under the shadow of his father’s now empty beloved beehive.
The story is very English. It’s set in the Humbles’ rural back garden, where the secrets and revelations of the two central, dysfunctional families are exposed in a public way.
This wry, witty and very funny portrait of middle-class England enables clear parallels to be drawn with the plot of Hamlet, especially noticeable in the relationship between Felix and his overbearing mother, Flora.

Cast: Felix Humble: Phil Coleman
Flora Humble: Mel Pyne
Mercy Lott: Mary Rutterford
George Pye: Barrie Armstrong
Rosie Pye: Sophie Pierce
Jim, the Gardener: Gerry Wilkinson 

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Director/ designer. .Short plays. Us and Cycle. 

Work shopped on 21st / 22nd June 2012 Maltings Theatre. St Albans and Young vic freshworks

[read more="Read more" less="Read less"] Joanna Norland takes a real life neighbourly dispute over ‘right of way’ as its inspiration. In Us by Steven Shawcroft two young men fail to consider the consequences as they embark on a crusade for financial vengeance.

Stuart Young – Warren Albers
Veronica Young – Esther Wane
Julia – Holly Jackson Walters
Miranda – Esther Wanecycle[/read]

 

Director/ designer.  Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

24th November – 3rd December 2011 @ 8pm. Maltings Theatre.

[read more="Read more" less="Read less"] A second rate seventies hotel on the English Riviera,

but this time there are two unhinged proprietors, two incompetent waiters and twice the mayhem.

A reworking of one of Shakespeare’s best loved and most hilarious comedies, and a great alternative to the Christmas panto

 

Shakespeare Revue

Reviewed on : 2011-11-29 11:11:27 ; Reviewed by : Wendy Attwell

A second rate seventies hotel on the English Riviera – but this time there are two unhinged proprietors, two incompetent waiters and twice the mayhem.’ Thus reads the promotional blurb for OVO’s production of The Comedy of Errors. An Errors inspired by Fawlty Towers eh? What an excellent idea! Now, execution is everything, and this could have been one of those brilliant ideas that fail miserably. But I have to say that, on the whole, the cast and crew do a really good job, and this should be another successful show for OVO.

The play opens, rather bravely, with several minutes of silence, whilst we see Egeon and Emilia, with their twin babies, adopting two more twin boys, and becoming separated and shipwrecked. The action then moves on, and the comedy begins, with Egeon walking past with a suitcase – on which is a sign that says ‘23 years later’.

Set in Budleigh Salterton(!) rather than Ephesus, this production drops some of the smaller characters (they aren’t missed), and adds three singing hotel staff, (Chris Delaney, Vince McLoughlin, and Linda Bagaini), who act as a kind of bitchy Redcoat Greek Chorus, breaking into song when things get too confusing for the other characters on stage.

I’m getting to recognise the OVO regulars, and have seen Rob Ferguson in a couple of productions, but he’s never really made it onto my radar. So I was pleasantly surprised to see him channelling John Cleese as Antipholus of Syracuse, proving that he has a real talent for comic acting. With jiggling legs and fidgeting fingers, he gets more and more frustrated, and more violent towards poor Dromio/Manuel. He really is a joy to watch. His counterpart, Warren Albers, as Antipholus of Salterton, is rather more physically static, but gets himself worked up a treat, perspiring and almost spitting with rage at the confusion around him. This sharing-out of characteristics works with the Dromios too, with Mark Snelling as the more downtrodden Dromio of Syracuse, and Howard Salinger (always a good bet) as the cheekier Dromio of Salterton. Both do an excellent job.

Paul de Burton is on top form as Egeon, with his lengthy speeches at the start of the play. Lucy Crick as Adriana, and Jo Emery as Luciana play it totally straight amidst the madness, and are all the funnier for it. Musical Director James Pitchford makes a cameo appearance as the creepy Doctor Pinch – (I heard someone in the audience whisper ‘Mr Bean!’). And I have to commend the extremely versatile Kieran Cummins, who plays two very different roles: suited and bespectacled Solinus – serious and sympathetic; and goldsmith Angelo – in the tremendously camp style of a 1970s sitcom homosexual. The only cast member I was disappointed by was Linda Bagaini as the Abbess/Emilia. I know that Bagaini does well with comedic roles, but as serious Emilia she was just flat and emotionless.

Whilst the acting is – for the most part – sound, and the production enjoyable, I’d like to see the comedy – especially the physical comedy – pushed even further, and the serious moments – such at the reunion scene at the end – given rather more emotion. The play itself makes provision for more physical comedy, and the 70s sitcom-style depends upon it. Slaps and pratfalls need to be larger. And to contrast with this, the tender moments need to be extremely tender. The audience has laughed hard throughout, and it should be easy to make them a little weepy at the end, but I felt that the final scene was rather rushed and the opportunity wasted.

The set, with a backdrop of seventies wallpaper, is deliberately made to look shoddy and second rate, as though it has been repaired with sticky tape and odd bits of wood one time too many. What I didn’t like was the white wave-painted rim around the edge of the set. I understand that this exists to create a boundary between indoors and out, but I found it somewhat distracting to the eye. I would do away with this entirely. I was also unimpressed with the use of mime to establish doors and windows. Mime is one of those tricky things that everyone thinks they can do but few can actually do well. And this inconsistency in mime quality (some actors got it right, some messed it up, some forgot to mime a door at all), and sounds cues (the door slamming shut) was one of those small irritations that build throughout a show. I’m not sure how this issue could have been addressed with the current stage set-up, but there were times when some kind of physical barrier would have been better, especially in the scene where the two Dromios are either side of the door shouting at one another.

The actual styling of the play was very well executed, and played with the 1970s flavour throughout, from Antipholus’ necktie which matched the hotel wallpaper, to the Benny Hill chase across the stage. And for fans of Fawlty Towers there are some lovely in-jokes. All in all a wonderful homage to a classic show, and some really fun and very accessible Shakespeare. I love to see Shakespeare given a contemporary edge, and first time director Paula Chitty should be congratulated for achieving this. Although their shows may not be as polished as some larger professional productions, OVO retains a charm and originality that never fails to warm the audience and leave them wanting more. If you want an alternative to the traditional Christmas panto, then this production of Errors is for you.[/read]

Assistant director to Richard Jones –

Puccini’s Il Trittico 2010

Tunage's Anna Nicole 2011

Royal Opera House. London

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Designer- Shakespeare's MacBeth

Directed by Imogen de la Bere, Adam Nichols and Janet Podd1 4th – 23rd July 2011
OVO @ Pudding Lane, St Albans

 [read more="Read more" less="Read less"]Cast Linda Bagaini – Porter, Apparition (Pudding Lane) David Berryman – Duncan (The Bury) Lucy Crick – Witch/Murderer Craig Duncombe – Donalbain Izzy Emery – Witch/Murderer (Pudding Lane) Jo Emery – Witch/Seyton Tim Eridani-Ball – Apparition (Pudding Lane) Rob Ferguson – Malcolm Peter Ford – Apparition (Pudding Lane) Anna Fordham – Witch / Messenger Anna Franklin – Lady Macduff Will Franklin – Lennox (The Bury) Conor Moore – Fleance Trevor D. Oakes – Banquo James Pitchford – Angus Angharad Pugh-Jones – Witch/Murderer (The Bury) Philip Roe – Old Man, Siward Lucas Russell – Young Macduff (Pudding Lane) Rebecca Russell – Doctor (Pudding Lane) Tim Siddall – Lennox (Pudding Lane) Edmund White – Ross David Widdowson – Macbeth Eleanor Widdowson – Young Macduff (The Bury) Liz Widdowson – Doctor (The Bury) Dewi Williams – Duncan (Pudding Lane) Veronica Williamson – Attendant (The Bury) Peter Wood – Macduff Alison Wright – Lady Macbeth Creative Team Adam Bottomley – Lighting and Sound Operator (Pudding Lane) Paula Chitty – Designer (Pudding Lane) Janice Cole – Sound Designer (Pudding Lane) Imogen de la Bere – Director (Pudding Lane) Amy Farmer – Assistant Stage Manager (The Bury) Rick Fears – Lighting Designer and Operator (The Bury) Karen Harding – Sound Assistant Tiggi Harding – Graphic Artist Tim Hayward – Lighting Designer (Pudding Lane) Brian Hughes – Sound Designer and Operator (The Bury) Wendy Ibbison – Production Assistant (Pudding Lane) Kate Kellner – Producer (The Bury), Stage Manager Yael Loewenstein – Fight Arranger Clare Myerscough – Lighting and Sound Operator (Pudding Lane) Adam Nichols – Director (The Bury), Graphic Designer Paride Odierna – Film Director (Pudding Lane) James Pitchford – Musical Director and Composer Janet Podd – Movement Director Liz Widdowson – Publicity Co-ordinator (The Bury) Jim Withey – Technical Manager (The Bury) Peter Wood – Set Construction[/read]
 

 

 

Director - Lampe's The Dragon of Wantley. 
St Saviours Church. Hertfordshire.
 
[read more="Read more" less="Read less" Directed by Paula Chitty
Music director – Simon Haynes
Gubbins – Peter Kestner
Margery – Kathryn Jenkin
Moore of Moore Hall – Phillip Brown
Mauxalinda – Deborah Davison
Dragon – Tom Handley
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Designer - The Yeomen of the Guard – Gilbert and Sulivan.

Directed by Peter Kestner. Set design and assistant director Paula Chitty.

8th- 12th March. 7.30. Abbey Theatre. St. Albans

Produced by SACO

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