that I get to see the world through different people’s perspectives, and I’m constantly learning about a huge variety of different topics, places and people. Theatre is all about empathy, and it’s the director’s job to help the audience access and empathise with the characters they see onstage.
In the meantime, I’m rehearsing a new play called Yous Two at the Hampstead Theatre in London which runs from 18th January – 24th March! ■
“ I’ve just returned from a trip to New Orleans, where A Streetcar Named Desire is set, to research for our FEATURES
This year has been really exciting for me. In February, I directed a production of Low Level Panic by Clare McIntyre at the Orange Tree theatre in London. It’s a 1980s feminist play which explores the effect of objectification on the way women view themselves and their bodies. Sadly it still resonates very strongly today. The highlight of my year was winning the Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall Director Award. It’s an annual award and it provides a rare opportunity for an upand-coming director to direct a fully
funded production of a play in the main space at a regional theatre. This year, I will be directing a tour of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams in eight different venues across the UK: Nuffield Theatre, Southampton; Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; Malvern Theatre; Bristol Old Vic; Oxford Playhouse; New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; Cambridge Arts Theatre and Theatre Clwyd in Wales. I’ve just returned from a trip to New Orleans, where the play is set, to research for our production. It’s an astonishing play – about how we treat the people who we consider to be outsiders, and it unpicks toxic ideas of femininity and masculinity. I’m looking forward to seeing what audiences around the country make of it.
Scenes from Low Level Panic (below, left), and Chelsea in the rehearsal room (below, right). Photography by Helen Murray
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