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The National Student Drama Festival and Sheffield Theatres in association with The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University present

Sheffield 22 - 30 June 2012



Photographs (c) Allan Titmuss


    You’re invited to take part in Central’s workshops, presentations and interviews at this year’s ISDF The government says that Central School of Speech & Drama is the ‘UK’s Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre’ because they believe our teaching standards are exceptionally high. Our students rate us as the top joint-5th place to study in the whole country for similar reasons (that’s competing alongside all other UK universities). Find out why they rank us so highly by taking part in one of our workshops and presentations at this year’s ISDF.

Saturday 23 June, 3.45pm – interviews for MA Advanced Theatre Practice

Central wishes ‘good luck & have a great festival’ to the ISDF team and all the ISDF participants.

Thursday 28 June, 3.45pm – ISDF’s Industry Speed Networking

Sunday 24 June, 10.00am – devised workshop Tuesday 26 June, 3.45pm – puppetry workshop Thursday 28 June, 10.00am – interactive presentation ‘How to prepare for your career in prop-making, scenic art, scenic construction or costume construction’

One in four UK postgraduate students are likely to receive financial support next year. Application for postgraduate and research places and scholarships is open now.



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The International Student Drama Festival Alan Ayckbourn Festival Patron

Holly Kendrick Director NSDF

Welcome to the 2012 ISDF. This year the Festival totally justifies its description ‘International’ embracing an amazing range of cross-cultural work from all round the globe. As its Patron, I have watched this essentially simple idea, students gathering for a celebration of live theatre, performing, learning and exchanging ideas, gradually begin to blossom into the exciting and ambitious event it has become today. The measure of its importance is perhaps summed up by the seriousness with which the professional theatre regards it. The impressive list of distinguished alumni, many of whom owed their own working start in life to earlier Festivals, speaks for itself. My personal thanks to our departing CEO, Holly Kendrick, who over the past six years has played such a major role in achieving and developing all this. This is sadly her last NSDF and we will certainly miss her.

And now at the end of six incredible years I would like to say thank you to some extraordinary people without whom none of this could have been possible: Thelma Holt, Nick Allott and Sir Cameron Mackintosh, to whom I owe everything and are the best mentors a person could wish for;Yorkshire and all its glorious people, I never felt prouder to come from a place; all of the incredible young companies I have had the privilege to work with; all of the NSDF administrative team, past and present, who have been fearless in their passion and their commitment. I would also like to say very special thank you for this year to: the NSDF Selection Team, who are the most wonderful and talented group of people you could meet; the NSDF Board who had the courage and imagination to back the ISDF; NSDF’s Front of House team; NSDF’s marketing and press team who have ensured that so many people know about ISDF; NSDF’s mighty Technical Team led by Ben Stephen; as well as, Kathleen Herron, Stephen Wood, Sophie George-Moore, Mike Braddick, Reuben Grocock, Dan Bates, Daniel Evans, John Palmer, Barbara Matthews, Amanda White, Amanda Lewis, Charlotte Thomson, Louise Chantal, James Phillips and David Larking. This year could not have happened without such a determined and inspiring group of people, I will always be indebted and in awe. After all the hard work I hope that everyone really enjoys this special Festival and that everyone has the chance to watch shows they would never normally get the opportunity to see and dip into some marvellous workshops. Take risks, debate, have fun. Lastly, I wish Michael Brazier and his NSDF Team the best of luck and cannot wait to see how the organisation develops and triumphs in the future.

If you’re here at the Festival currently as a performer then my congratulations. That’s a not inconsiderable achievement as the competition so I understand this year was tougher than ever. And if you’re here to watch, to support, to learn or simply to listen, I hope you’ll find the next few days rewarding. It is my belief that theatre at every level, besides being enjoyable, continues to play a seriously important and much needed unifying role in our increasingly fragmenting society. Whatever, seriously enjoyable or enjoyably serious, above all HAVE FUN.

Welcome from Our Sheffield Partners Daniel Evans Sheffield Theatres It is a genuine thrill to welcome the International Student Drama Festival to Sheffield – and to Sheffield Theatres! In this Olympic year, it feels absolutely fitting that we’re celebrating the best of student drama from all over the world. As record-breaking athletes from the global community warm up for their main event in London in July, I wish all the companies and individuals from the global theatrical community all the very best with their performances, workshops and social events. I look forward to seeing as many productions as I can possibly manage. On behalf of Sheffield Theatres, let the festivities commence! NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss

Professor Mike Braddick University of Sheffield I am delighted that the University of Sheffield has been able to support the festival. It brings a wealth of creative talent to the city and offers an exceptional opportunity to see the work of some of the brightest young producers and performers in the next generation. The programme looks outstanding, and I am looking forward to seeing as many things as I can over the next ten days.

Sheffield Hallam University

We are delighted to be involved in this year’s International Student Drama Festival. We’re very proud to be one of the venue hosts for the array of exciting creative work we will be seeing in Sheffield, and thrilled to be given the chance to mark the opening of the festival with a contribution from our own students working with playwright and director John Godber. The festival is a great opportunity for students and staff here to see, meet and work alongside so many talented young artists and performers from across the world. We wish all of them every success and hope to welcome the festival back to the city for many years to come.


A Big Thank You! Thank you to everyone who made ISDF possible, most importantly all of the wonderful people who actively supported NSDF this year. Financial support has come from: Arts Council England,Yorkshire Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts The Sunday Times Foundation for Sports and the Arts CC Skills Equity Ernest Cook Trust Evan Cornish Foundation IdeasTap John Clayton The Mackintosh Foundation Martin Bowley Trust Michael Palin Noel Coward Foundation PLASA Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield Theatres Spotlight Stage Electrics Theatre Development Trust Trusthouse Charitable Foundation University of Sheffield Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation Everyone who contributed to our on-line appeal, without whom we could not have created such an extraordinary event. The ISDF is part of the London 2012 Festival – the 12-week nationwide festival which is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

Partnerships have been offered by: LAMDA The Old Vic Tunnels Royal Shakespeare Company Support in-kind has come from: AKA CC Skills Central School of Speech and Drama Jury’s Inn, Sheffield Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts National Theatre Studio Park Inn, Sheffield The Stage Technical support has been led by Stage Electrics who have now supported the Festival for many years and without, which it could not happen. This year have been supported by: Martin Professional Zero88 Acoustics RCF Audio UK Yamaha Commercial Audio Ambersphere Solutions supporting Clay Paky & MA Lighting Stage Sound Services supporting QLab Avolites Sennheiser UK Le Maitre Green Hippo

Special Thanks To:

Barbara Matthews, Emma Forster, Mark Hollander, Cluny Macpherson and the Arts Council England; Kathleen Herron, Helen Hawkins, Kevin Hayes, David Mills, Richard Brooks and all at The Sunday Times; Charlotte Thomson and Amanda Lewis and all at AKA; Philip Norfolk and Chris West from Ambersphere Solutions supporting Clay Paky & MA Lighting; Stephen Baird-Smith and the team at Avolites; Fatma Baysan and all at the British Consulate in Turkey; Zanele Mukwedeya and all the British Council in Zimbabwe; David Reddaway and all at the British Embassy in Turkey; Deborah Bronnert and all at the British Embassy in Zimbabwe; Richard Beecham; Andrew Davidson, Tina Giddings and all at CC Skills; Meg Ryan and all Central School of Speech and Drama; Sir Trevor Chinn and The Trevor Chinn Charitable trust; John Clayton; Peter Clayton; The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation; Ed Kinsella and David Kelland at EM Acoustics; Louise Grainger and all at Equity; Jose Phillips and all at the Ernest Cook Trust; Rachel Cornish and all at the Evan Cornish Foundation; Mehdi Farajpour; Nelson Fernandez; Simon Harris and the team at Green Hippo; Lucy Hind; Peter de Haan, Amanda White, James Hopkirk and all at IdeasTap; Diana Jervis-Read; Helen Xhallo and all at Jury’s Inn; Mie Kakigahara;Alan Lane; Joanna Read, Sarah-Jane Chapman and all at LAMDA; Elaine Peake at Le Maitre; Louise Chantal, Ruth Mackenzie,Will Hutchinson, Kendra Potts, Gill George and all at London 2012; Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Nick Allott, Nicky Mackintosh and all at the Mackintosh Foundation; Jane Marriott; Ritchie Reed, Chris Hale and the team at Martin Professional; Martin Bowley, Tony Barber, Richard Thomason, Matthew Westrip and all at the Martin Bowley Charitable Trust;Yvonne I’Anson and all at Mountview; Mark Rosenblatt and all at the National Theatre Studio; Hamish Jenkinson, Douglas McJanet, Kieron Vanstone and all at Old Vic Tunnels; Michael Palin; Rachel Lawty and at Park Inn, Sheffield; Claire Pender; James Phillips; Alan Brodie and all at Noel Coward Foundation; Matthew Griffiths and all at PLASA; Phil Price at RCF Audio UK; Lyn Darnley and all at RSC; Susan Rosenberg and John Lazar; Stephen MCEnally and all at The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation; Nick Pemberton and Phil Cummings at Sennheiser UK; John Palmer, Nick de Courcey, AnneMarie Mallon, Maureen Barry and all at Sheffield Hallam University; Sue Jones,Andrew Farmer, Jamie Everington and all at The Hubs; Daniel Evans, Dan Bates, Dan Franklin, Claire Murray, Bookie Oshin, Jackie Pass, Sarah Nicholson, Gary Longfield, Andrew Wilcox, Nick Greenhill, Julius Wilson-Wolfe, John McCall and all at Sheffield Theatres; Dasha Shenkman; Pippa Harrison and all at Spotlight; Paul Roughton, Matt Cowles and all the team at Stage Electrics; Phil Hurley from Stage Sound Services supporting QLab; Rory Stewart; Stephanie Street; Richard Johnson and all at Sheffield City Council; Jo Eames and all at The Stage; Julian Bird and all at Theatre Development Trust; Chris Thorpe; Piers Torday; Lord Jeremy Beecham and all at the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation; Professor Mike Braddick, Reuben Grocock, Rob Hemus, Scott McMullin, Edmund Breslin, Dr Carmen Szabo, Professor Andrew Linn, Dr Steve Nicholson, Dr Frances Babbage and all at University of Sheffield; Ian Knowles and Teaching and Learning Support, University of Sheffield; Jacqui Atkinson and all at Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank; Jenny Vila; Mark Fielding, Gary Verity and all at Welcome to Yorkshire; Deborah Shaw and all at World Shakespeare Festival; Sam Beeson, Karl Christmas and all the team at Yamaha Commercial Audio; Peter Kirkup and Jon Hole at Zero88.

We have lost a fine member of the NSDF family this year, Aaron Cryan, who tragically died earlier in the year. Aaron was a wonderful part of the NSDF Team, a dear friend and a great person. He is in our hearts and will be sorely missed.


Contents Welcome




Sheffield Partners




The Judges


Visiting Companies


FOH Team


Visiting Artists






Special Events






Technical Team


Noises Off


Selected Shows




Noel Coward




Youth Council


NSDF 2013


The National Student Drama Festival Ltd Registered in England no 310362 Registered charity no 1054121 Board members Khalid Abdalla Anthony Alderson Professor Robert Hewison Donna Munday (Chair) Paula Ridley CBE Meera Syal Gary Verity Glen Walford President: Clive Wolfe Festival Patron: Alan Ayckbourn


Sheffield Venues and Partners

The ISDF has been lucky enough to find a home in Sheffield for this Olympic year and we have been working with some incredible Sheffield partners without whose generous support the Festival could not have taken place.

Sheffield Theatres

Sheffield Theatres is the largest producing theatre complex outside London. Across its three theatres: the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Studio, the company produces and presents a diverse programme of work including drama, dance, comedy, musicals, opera, ballet and children’s shows. In November 2011, the Crucible celebrated its 40th birthday and embarked on a celebration to mark this momentous anniversary. In September 2011 the 40th season opened with the first ever production of Othello in its history on the Crucible stage. With a cast including Clarke Peters and Dominic West under the direction of the Theatres’ Artistic Director, Daniel Evans, the production won widespread acclaim. The season continued with co-productions with Eclipse Theatre (One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show which toured nationally) and Paines Plough (the Roundabout Season opening at Shoreditch Town Hall this autumn); a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company and a season of work celebrating the career of Michael Frayn, which saw the plays Democracy, Copenhagen and Benefactors staged simultaneously in all three of the Theatres’ spaces. Sheffield Theatres also launched its People’s Theatre, which offers its communities the opportunity to work with professional theatre makers to produce work for the stage. Its first production, Lives In Art, brought over 80 local actors, aged between 12 and 90 from in and around the city to perform on the Crucible stage during the birthday week. To find out more about our work, including next year’s world premiere of The Full Monty, which Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) has adapted for the stage please visit our website Sheffield Theatres Senior Team Chief Executive Dan Bates Artistic Director Daniel Evans Business Resources Director Bookey Oshin Commercial Director Roxy Daniells Sales and Communications Director Claire Murray


NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss

Sheffield Hallam University One of the UK’s most progressive and innovative universities, Sheffield Hallam is a multicultural institution with a vibrant and diverse student population including over 4,000 international students from 120 different countries. We have a lot to offer international students - from award winning student support to courses, which are tailored specifically to the international market to enhance students’ employability opportunities. In the most recent International Student Barometer we were voted first amongst 59 UK universities for the quality of our laboratories, our virtual learning environment and support for students with their finance when they first arrive. And we were voted second for the quality of our learning spaces, our learning technology, online library facilities and international student support, advice and information. As well as attracting students from around the world we have a long tradition of working with international partners. We welcome, and actively seek, partnerships, which are broad in subject area and rich in opportunities for international students to get a university qualification. There are various ways for international students to study with Sheffield Hallam including summer semester programmes, international exchanges and courses delivered in their home country with integrated study in the UK. Our staff are leaders in their field, many with current and previous industry or applied research experience, all committed to giving students the highest quality education. We design our innovative and career orientated courses to enhance careers, ensuring students gain the skills and knowledge demanded by the workplace. (

The Hubs Sheffield Hallam University

University of Sheffield The University of Sheffield has been named UK University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards. Judges said that the University “stood out as a result of a strategy based on its values and rooted in its founding principles” and praised our “determination and grit” in focusing on our local community. University guides also confirm our position as one of the UK’s leading universities. The 2010 Virgin Guide to British Universities says that “Sheffield is a top university across the board”. Teaching quality assessments rate our teaching very highly across a wide range of subjects, and official research assessments confirm our reputation as a centre for worldclass research in many disciplines. We have nearly 25,000 students from 128 countries, and over 5,500 staff. The University of Sheffield is a popular choice with applicants for university places, and once they arrive our students enjoy the experience so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate. Our research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The HUBS is an extremely flexible venue has a variety of rooms and facilities to offer event and conference organisers, and is becoming a very well established conference venue with many loyal returning customers. It is situated in the City centre and is a minute walk from both train/bus stations. We can host everything from corporate conferences, meetings and away-days to event nights, celebration parties and weddings. Wheelchair access and facilities are available throughout the building. We provide you with a dedicated conference administrator to liaise with before, during and after your event to ensure that you are happy at every stage. If you would like a under no obligation quote/tour please contact Sue Jones on

Sheffield Children’s Festival 2012

Monday 18 June to Saturday 18 July A fort made of cardboard boxes, an enchanted loft, a bicycle that thinks it’s a submarine, a canon that fires paint and some of the best street entertainment you’ll ever see! All this, plus over 20 shows performed by children and young people and a whole host of events celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games. Come on, join in! Pick up your full programme from Tourist Information Centre, Libraries or Crucible Theatre or visit You can also call us on 0114 273 4400 or email us on richard.

PWC UNDER 25s club

Our academic partners include leading universities around the world. International partnerships include Worldwide Universities Network (USA, Europe and China) and our partnership with Leeds and York Universities (the White Rose Consortium) has combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge. The University’s history stretches back to 1828, when the Sheffield School of Medicine was founded, and our University Charter was granted in 1905. The University holds charitable status as an Exempt Charity. The benefits include tax savings to both the University and to charitable donors or their estates.


Team ISDF Steven Atkinson Selector Steven is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide Festival Theatre. HighTide Festival Theatre is a national theatre company and engine room for the discovery, development and production of exceptional new playwrights. The annual HighTide Festival in Suffolk has become one of the UK’s leading theatre events, and in 2012 we are excited to premiere 18 new works. HighTide’s productions then transfer nationally and internationally in partnerships that have included: the Bush Theatre (2008 & 2009), National Theatre (2009), Old Vic Theatre (2010), Ambassador Theatre Group / West End (2011), to the Edinburgh Festival (2008, 2010 & 2011) and internationally to the Australian National Play Festival (2010). HighTide Festival Theatre is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. Contact: Justin Audibert Selector Justin Audibert is the current recipient of the National Theatre Studio’s Emerging Director Bursary and Education Associate Practitioner for the Royal Shakespeare Company. As a director, his productions include: The Tempest (RSC, ed. Ben Power) Future Regrets (RSC, Live Theatre Newcastle): Company along the Mile (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Arcola/The Lowry). From 2009/11 he was Assistant Director on the Long Ensemble at the RSC, where he has assisted Lucy Bailey, Gregory Doran, and David Farr. Justin has directed at Drama Centre, WAC and ArtsEd and was Director of Stage and Acting Tutor to the finalists of BBC 2’s Shakespeare Off By Heart. Contact:

Richard Beecham Selector Richard directs at theatres across the UK. His most recent credits include the UK Premieres of Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp and In A Garden by Howard Korder, which were part of a season of new American drama at the Theatre Royal Bath. Richard is also Artistic Director of Threshold Theatre, which launched in 2009 with a rare revival of Githa Sowerby’s Geordie classic, Rutherford & Son, co-produced with Northern Stage in Newcastle. Future projects in development with Threshold include the UK Premiere of Ulysses On Bottles by Gilad Evron. Richard regularly teaches and directs at drama schools, works as an Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England and is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme. Contact: Mihaela Bodlovic FOH Team Deputy Coordinator for Translator and Translations Mihaela is a History of Art and English Literature student entering her final year at the University of Edinburgh, a degree she often neglects in favour of amateur dramatic pursuits. As a member of the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, based at Bedlam Theatre, she has been involved in over fifteen productions and has spent the past year working as Bedlam’s Marketing Manager. The ISDF ‘12 presents her first visit to the Festival and she’s excited to be joining the team at such a busy time! Hannah Bowen Marketing Assistant Totally passionate about theatre, Hannah has been working at ISDF for 3 months on marketing, happy to tell as many people as possible about how exciting the festival is and helping to launch the bright shiny new website. Alongside she has interned at the Old Vic Tunnels and spends her free time going to the theatre, dancing and trying to learn languages. One day she dreams of programming her own arts venue but for now she just can’t wait for aerial hula! Contact:

Renata Faria Brandão FOH Team Deputy Coordinator for Translator and Translations Renata Faria Brandão is the Deputy Coordinator for Translators and Translations at the IDSF. Born in Brazil she moved to the UK in 2008 to acquire higher education, having graduated from Hult International Business School with an honors BA in Communication and International Relations she is now doing Global Journalism master at University of Sheffield. Currently Renata is also involved with the 2012 London Olympic Games as a Protocol and Languages team member and has an outstanding ability to adapt to new environment and is always keen to learn new skills and get to know new people. Michael Brazier NSDF Director Elect Michael trained as an actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked for Bristol Old Vic, Almeida Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Leicester Haymarket, Old Vic and toured to Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. He appeared on television for BBC, Central and HTV and directed for the National Youth Theatre. Michael worked for Pola Jones Associates prior to becoming Associate Producer at Glynis Henderson Productions, producing and managing shows in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, Europe, Scandinavia and UK including Dublin Theatre Festival, World Stage Festival Toronto, Bergen Festival, Aarhus Festival, Spoleto Festival, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Macau Festival, 45 Bleecker New York, Barbican, Southbank Centre and Lyric Hammersmith. Contact:

Lucy Briers Selector Lucy Briers trained in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has worked at the National Theatre, the Royal Court, Soho Theatre, performed in many regional theatres including Edinburgh, Sheffield and Birmingham and performed her one-woman show off Broadway. On television she was fortunate enough to rub shoulders with Mr Darcy in the BBC Pride and Prejudice and escape death in Midsomer Murders. In 2011 Lucy played Pope Joan in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls at the Chichester Festival Theatre and the Trafalgar Studios, London. Later this year Lucy will be on a train to Bradford in BBC’s The Thick of It, and leading a double life in ITV’s DCI Banks. Lucy is currently training to be an energy healer and co-writing a sitcom called Women Aloud. Contact: Jonathan Broadbent Selector Theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Filter/Lyric Hammersmith); Chekhov in Hell (Soho Theatre/Drum Theatre Plymouth); Ghost Stories (West End); Three Sisters (Filter/Lyric Hammersmith); Grand Guignol (Drum Theatre, Plymouth); She Stoops to Conquer (Birmingham Rep, Touring Consortium); Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre/Tricycle/RSC); Amadeus (with Matthew Kelly at Wilton’s Music Hall); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Verbier Festival, Stafford Shakespeare Festival and West End); The Dumb Waiter,The Turn of the Screw,The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, Master Harold and the Boys (all Bristol Old Vic); The Secret Garden (Tobacco Factory); Master Harold and the Boys (Southwark Playhouse); Strange Orchestra (Orange Tree); The Mill on the Floss (Nottingham Playhouse/Exeter); The Magic Toyshop (Shared Experience); The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (RSC Stratford and Sadler’s Wells); The Sonnets of Willie Hughes (The Other Place and The Pleasance, London); Peter Pan (RNT). Television credits: Five Years (directed by Ben Warwick); Cold War (BBC); Alice in Wonderland (Hallmark/C4) and Gimme Gimme Gimme (BBC). Film credits: As You Like It and The Magic Flute both directed by Kenneth Branagh. Writing includes: Burn Me Dead (NT Studio), The Late Mr. Shakespeare (Radio 4). Contact:

Matt Chisholm Technical Advisor Matt trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance Technology. Matt has always specialised in audio and has worked for many audio companies as a freelance sound engineer. Since June 2009, Matt has worked as the Head Of Sound for the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool, which houses the BT Convention Centre and the Echo Arena. His work includes sound design and system engineering for concerts, conferences, product launches and special events for a range of clients including Sony, BBC Worldwide,Volvo and the Liberal Democrat and Labour Party Political Conferences. Contact: Alexandra Cory FOH Team Deputy Coordinator for Translator and Translations Whilst at school in Sheffield Alexandra trained with Stagecoach, performing professionally at the Lyceum in Joseph, Sheffield Town Hall in Tosca and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, London. She accompanied studies at The University of Edinburgh with roles in the student run Bedlam Theatre, acting as FoH manager, writer and director of Disappear, and event manager to Student Festival 2010 and the Scottish segment of the national theatrical debate Theatre Uncut. As a creative producer she is passionate about facilitating engaging new work and maintains a theatrical sustainability conscience throughout her projects. Alexandra recently graduated with a degree in English Literature. Mark Cunningham Head of Sound Mark has been involved with the NSDF since 1999 in various roles. After three years on the tech team crew he decided to turn what he’d learnt into a career. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and now works around the world as a sound designer and production sound engineer. Most recently he was Sound Associate for Cheek By Jowl’s worldwide tour of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore. Other recent productions include: Voices Across The World – Royal Opera House; Yes Prime Minister – West End and UK Tour; Clybourne Park – Wyndhams Theatre. Contact:

Chris Dockerty Deputy Coordinator FOH, Venue Management and Ushering Chris has extensive experience within the role Front of house. He has previously run a programme at University as a part of on the edge and also not forgetting helping his peers at University. Chris developed a passion for theatre at a very young age and every since that moment he has wanted to work with the theatre field. Chris became the front of house co-ordinator last year when the festival was situated in Scarborough, helping to provide specific training that was needed at each venue and also making sure his team knew what was needed of them from each venue. Lucy Ellinson Selector Lucy Ellinson is an actor and theatre maker specialising in devised, experimental performance; with a strong interest in political/international work. She is an associate artist with Third Angel and Forest Fringe; and long term collaborator with writer/director Chris Goode, Metis Arts, Unlimited Theatre and Slung Low. Lucy was nominated for the ‘Best Solo Performance Award’ as part of The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence in 2009 and has toured extensively throughout the UK and internationally, presenting work at venues including The Barbican (BITE), and National Theatres in London (Square2 & NT Studio), France (TNS) and Sarajevo (Future:MESS). Forthcoming work includes playing Julian Assange in TENET for Greyscale at The Gate; presenting a new piece of work at the Courtyard Theatre for the World Shakespeare Festival (RSC/Pilot) and performing in celebrated New York writer Will Eno’s Oh the Humanity (and other good intentions) directed by Erica Whyman for Northern Stage.  It is her first year working as a Selector for the Festival and she’s delighted to be here. Contact:

NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss

Femi Elufowoju Jr Selector A freelance theatre practitioner, Femi has directed plays for flagship Theatre Royal Stratford East, Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre, the Royal Court and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his work with Britain’s foremost African theatre company, Tiata Fahodzi which he founded and artistically led for 13 years. As an actor his work include Wire in the Blood, Moses Jones, Legend of 1900 and from the producers of The Killing BBC new drama series Borgen. Femi is currently Michael Attenborough’s Associate Artist at the Almeida Theatre, London. Contact:

Tamara Harvey Selector Tamara is a graduate of the University of Bristol. She spent 2011 as Associate Director of the Bush Theatre, directing Where’s My Seat?, part of Sixty-Six Books and The Kitchen Sink. In 2010, she directed the plays that form an integral part of the film, Anonymous, from director Roland Emmerich. Further work includes: Tell Me on a Sunday (UK tour); Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep), Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Plague Over England (West End). She recently directed Blue Heart Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre) and Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory). She is currently developing a new musical with Tim Rice. Contact:

Sophie George-Moore Assistant to Director and Workshop Coordinator Sophie graduated from Leeds University in 2011 from a degree in Theatre and Performance. During her time at university she co founded Leeds based production company The Hungry Bitches, producing original shows Middle Class Filth and The Pollution. Sophie was invited to join the NSDF Ensemble in 2011, going on to produce Chris Thorpe’s adaptation of Robin Hood, which performed at Latitude Festival. Sophie then joined NSDF in August 2011, and has been working on the International Student Drama Festival since. Contact:

Andrew Haydon Editor of Noises Off Andrew Haydon was a freelance UK theatre critic (FT, Guardian, Time Out, etc.). He was also the editor of the CultureWars theatre section between 2000-2010 where he discovered exciting new theatre thinkers, including Andy Field, Matt Trueman and Miriam Gillinson. Then he went to Berlin for a while. Now he seems to be back in Britain for a bit. Twitter here: @Postcard_Gods His blog, Postcards from the Gods, here:

David Graham Technical Advisor and Technical Director NSDF13 David will take over as Technical Director for NSDF13. Based in Glasgow, David is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. With a focus on lighting and technical stage management he has experience working in theatre, opera and live events. As a Scottish based freelancer involvement in the Edinburgh Fringe has been inevitable and David has been involved with Underbelly, in management roles since 2007. With a passion for site specific theatre, challenging venues and meeting new people David is very excited to be involved with NSDF. Contact:


Tamsin Higgins Technical Advisor Tamsin originally trained as a theatre designer, specialising in costume, then went on to complete a BA (hons) in Furniture Design. Her work as a designer and project manager has focused primarily in the exhibition and events industry working in diverse venues in the UK and internationally. She never strayed far from theatre, as design support for Macbeth at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, prop making for Sun and Heir – Royal Opera House and set design, construction and ASM for Twelve Days of Christmas at Tilbury Cruise Terminal, amongst others. Contact:

Lucy Hind Selector Lucy trained in South Africa and was a member of First Physical Theatre Company. She has been a member of the award winning Slung Low since 2006. Lucy works as a Performer and Movement Director and credits include: Year of the Rat (West Yorkshire Playhouse); And a Nightingale Sang (New Vic Theatre); The Count of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Chipping Norton Theatre), A Tale in Time: Youth Opera (Opera North, Director) The Trial (The Palace Theatre, Watford). Lucy is currently touring a commission with dancer David Toole as part of the Cultural Olympiad and is on the team of choreographers for the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Contact: Sarah Hyman Duty Manager Sarah is currently studying for a Masters in Advertising and Marketing at Leeds University, here she also did her undergraduate in Theatre and Performance. Alongside this she is part of a young theatre company, The Hungry Bitches, where she takes on the main role of Producer as well as performing with them on occasion. In September she plans to move to London and start a career in producing. Contact: Mark Jenkins Technical Advisor Mark works as the Theatre Manager for Cranleigh School, a co-educational boarding school in Surrey. Previously he worked at the Almeida Theatre, Islington as part of the resident crew and prior to this at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (on The Producers) and at various London theatres as casual crew.  He continues to work on a freelance basis and in support of NSDF with specific interest in production electrics, student training and stage weapons. Contact:

Holly Kendrick Director (CEO) This is Holly’s last year working for NSDF, as she will be joining the HighTide Festival as Executive Director in July. As well as running NSDF she has also recently co-produced a production of Stephanie Street’s Sisters at the Sheffield Crucible and a new ballet choreographed by Viviana Durante, Lamentosa, at Dancebase, Edinburgh, before which she founded and produced for Sound Theatre, founded and produced for Caird Company, produced for National Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh Board for Oxford University Drama. Holly has also produced at The Tricycle Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Gate Theatre, National Theatre and The Oxford Playhouse and toured to: Japan, Russia, Europe, USA, Canada and Yugoslavia. She has worked as an Associate Producer in the West End for both Stanhope Productions and Centreline Productions. Holly is proud to be on the board of Sheffield Theatres,Viviana Durante Company and Curious Directive. Contact: Chloe Kenward Technical Advisor Chloe first attended NSDF as a student in 2004, and will always be grateful for the kick-start that the Festival gave to her career. She graduated with a first class degree in Drama from the University of Hull, and now works as a freelance lighting designer and technician. Since the last Festival, Chloe has worked across five continents, largely with Hofesh Shecheter Dance, and now feels the need to settle down in London. Chloe is hugely excited about the international nature of ISDF but despite travelling constantly, her language skills remain embarrassingly bad. Contact:

James Lamont FOH Team Coordinator (London) James graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011, with a 2:1 in Psychology. He has worked with NSDF for five years now, starting off as humble technical crew, moving up to venue management and finally into FoH administration. He now works as a London-based technician and freelance production assistant, looking to move into theatre management and marketing/administration. On top of his other responsibilities, he has been involved with several freelance/volunteer projects for companies such as Theatre West, the Tobacco Factory Theatre, and Punchdrunk. He can be contacted at Contact: Alan Lane Selector Alan Lane is the Artistic Director of Slung Low, a company specialising in making adventures for audiences in non-theatre spaces. Slung Low is based in 5 railway arches in South Leeds at the Holbeck Underground Ballroom. Alan has directed work for Slung Low in partnership with The Almeida, The Barbican, The Lowry, The Gate Theatre, Liverpool Everyman, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Singapore Festival, and I Love West Leeds Festival. He directed Joel Horwood’s adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo and James Phillip’s version of The Wind in the Willows at Latitude Festival with the NSDF Ensemble. He’s been an NSDF selector since 2003. Contact:

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David Larking Technical Advisor David works as a freelance scenic carpenter throughout the entertainment industry, building staging and scenery for theatre, film and TV, as well as festivals, corporate and sporting events. Recent projects include, Theatre: The Not So Fatal Death Of Grandpa Fredo (Traverse Theatre and Scottish tour), Five Guys Named Moe (McEwan Hall and Theatre Royal Stratford East), Film: Outcast (Dir,Colm McCarthy) and TV: Iron Chef (Channel 4), Life of Riley (BBC), River City (BBC), He has worked with the Underbelly since 2002, setting up their venues in Edinburgh and London, and also helps maintain a 98 year old cinema in Edinburgh. Contact:

David Newman Selector Training: University of Warwick and the National Theatre Studio Director‘s Programme. In 2000 David was awarded an Arts Council Bursary to work as Trainee Director at Nottingham Playhouse under Giles Croft. He was Resident Director at Sheffield Theatres working alongside Michael Grandage on the 2003/04 season and assisting Nikolai Foster on A Chorus Line, Anna Mackmin on The Crucible, Michael Grandage on A Midsummer Nights Dream and Timothy Sheader on Piaf. As Director: Tracy Beaker Gets Real (Nottingham Playhouse and Tour), THE 39 STEPS (Japan, Moscow and West End, The Rakes Progress (WNO) Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (Sheffield Theatres), The Jazz Conductor (Sheffield Theatres), Kitty‘s Story (Nottingham Playhouse, Roundabout), When the Wind Blows (Southwark Playhouse), Bitter Fruit of Palestine (Caird Company at Barons Court), I Am a Camera (Caird Company), Angels in America (Warwick Arts Centre), The Country Wife (Rose Bruford College), selected for NSDF05, The American Clock (Rose Bruford), Twelfth Night (Rose Bruford), Company (RWCMD). In 2006 David worked for a month as Associate Director at the National Theatre Studio where he developed new plays by William Gaminara, Diane Samuels and Joe Fisher. Contact: Gordon Nimmo-Smith Venue Designer and Head of Stage Gordon has been a member of the NSDF Technical Team since 2002. Gordon graduated from the University of Leeds in 2007, and during his time there was heavily involved in the Backstage Society as well as working as an Events Technician for Leeds University Union.  He has since worked as a freelance technician, sound engineer and sound designer for theatre and corporate events, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  He has recently moved from being Technical Manager of the Byre Theatre of St Andrews, to sunny York to become Technical Manager of Stockeld Park. Contact:


Kat Palmer FOH Team Coordinator (Sheffield) Final year BA Creative Writing Student at Sheffield Hallam University, she has been an active member of the SHU Drama Society for the past three years and is the current President for the academic year 2011/12. She is also the current Societies Representative at Hallam Union. She has an avid interest in directing and has been directing amateur productions over the years. She would like to take directing further into her career and is very privileged to be a part of ISDF. Contact: Raffy Parker Deputy FOH Venue Management and Ushering Raffy is a 3rdyear Theatre and Performance student at the University of Hull, who secretly can’t wait for all the dissertation-related stress to be over so that she can finally focus on getting excited about being part of the first ever internationally-based NSDF. This year will be her third taste of the NSDF experience, but only her first of Sheffield; and will see her taking on the role of Deputy Coordinator of FoH,Venue Management and Ushering alongside the lovely Chris Dockerty as she attempts to get to grips with the new location without getting herself hopelessly lost. If you spot her slightly comical-looking face floating about during the festival week, feel free to give her a smile and a wave, a map, or a piece of cake; at whichever point you encounter her, any is likely to be equally as welcome.   James Phillips Selector James is a director and writer. His first play, The Rubenstein Kiss won the John Whiting Award and TMA Award for Best Play. Other theatre includes Mapping the City (Slung Low), The Little Fir Tree, Macbeth (both Sheffield Crucible) Frankie and Johnny (Sound West End) Observe the Sons of Ulster (Pleasance London), Touched (Soho). He’s just completed a new play about Alexander McQueen for a New York producer. His script, If We Dead Awaken, for Touchpaper/Channel 4, will be broadcast later in the year. Contact:


Freddie Porter Deputy FOH Coordinator Visiting Artists & Workshops Freddie is an aspiring arts curator and producer and studies Theatre and Performance at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus. He is now undertaking his third year and is excited to be graduating and seeking new opportunities in the arts arena. He also says that he would ideally like to work in producing and use theatre in new contexts and places to promote social change. Freddie took part in NSDF10 and NSDF11 in Scarborough and is delighted to be returning for the first ISDF, which promises to be exciting. Michael Price Deputy FOH Coordinator Michael is a final year Theatre and Performance student at the University of Hull and has thoroughly enjoyed his time at their Scarborough Campus. This is his third year as part of the NSDF crew, having taken part in 2011 as Local Coordinator Administration Deputy and in 2010 as a Box Office Assistant Manager. Working with NSDF has prompted Michael to explore a future career in Arts, Events and Festival Management. Michael is proud to take part in the running of the first International Student Drama Festival. He looks forward to exploring Sheffield and its respective venues and hopes that all audience and organisers have an amazing time. “There’s nout quite like it”. Mark Rosenblatt Selector Mark is the Associate at the National Theatre Studio. In 1999 he won the prestigious JMK Young Director’s Award for the The Dybbuk (BAC). Subsequently he has directed for Oxford Stage Company (now Headlong), Shakespeare’s Globe (Holding Fire! and Henry VIII), Northampton Theatres, the Tricycle, ENO at the Young Vic, the National Theatre and the Watermill. For his company Dumbfounded, Mark directed CP Taylor’s Bread & Butter (Southwark Playhouse, Scottish Tour, Tricycle) and produced The Last Waltz Season at the Arcola for which he also directed Professor Bernhardi (and on BBC Radio 3). Mark has written two feature screenplays for Brilliant Films. In September he will direct John O’Keeffe’s Wild Oats at Bristol Old Vic. Contact:

Ben Stephen Production Manager Ben is a production manager, pyrotechnician, lighting designer and the General & Operations Manager for The World Famous. Working internationally and in the UK he has recently brought fireworks, fire and spectacle to Titanic Belfast, Newcastle Birthday Blaze, the SO Festival (All Hands), the Fete de la Lumiere (Blast!) and the National Theatre (Concrete Inferno).  He got his first zap as a technician at NSDF00 and has been successfully and legally blowing things up ever since.  His specialist subjects are accounts, electricity, salsa dancing and he is regularly hampered by forgetting to say No. Contact: Pete Stormont Technical Advisor Pete is the Theatre and Technical Manager for Alleyn’s School in South London, managing 6 performance venues, having previously spent 10 years as their technician of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.  He has worked on the Liverpool capital of Culture, as well as a wide range of commercial events. Contact: Stephanie Street Selector Steph is a writer and actress. She grew up in Singapore, read English at Cambridge and trained on a scholarship at LAMDA. Her first play, Sisters, re-opened the Sheffield Crucible Studio in 2010. Her second, Seizing Cinderella, was presented at the HighTide Festival in May 2012 and she’s developing a piece about the London riots with the START programme at the Lyric Hammersmith. As an actress she’s worked extensively in theatre and TV. Her theatre work includes critically acclaimed work for the National Theatre (whatsonstage award nomination for Best Solo Performance in 2011), Out of Joint, The Bush and the Royal Court, and her TV work has involved guest lead and regular parts in numerous series for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. Steph is a trustee of Shakespeare North and a founder member of the Lamb Players. Contact:

Matt Thompson Head of Lighting Matt is a freelance Lighting Designer and Technician working in theatre and events. Previously Matt was the Chief Technician at Hull Truck Theatre where he helped to transfer the Company to its new home. After earning a BA in Theatre Production at QMU in Edinburgh, Matt became lighting designer and project manager at a large Scottish events company for events across the UK and Europe. Matt has been Head of lighting for NSDF since 2006 having first joined the tech team back in 2002. Contact: Chris Thorpe Selector Chris is a writer and performer from Manchester. He’s a core member of Unlimited, a devising and new writing company, and an artistic associate of Third Angel, a live art/theatre company based in Sheffield. He tours with both companies in the UK and abroad. Chris also writes plays, and is currently working on a new piece with the Royal Exchange in Manchester, as well as writing radio drama for the BBC - his latest radio play, Rio Story was set and recorded in Rio de Janiero. He also collaborates with companies such as Slung Low, Forest Fringe, RashDash and Soup Collective, with whom he wrote and recorded The Bomb on Mutannabbi Street is Still Exploding, permanently installed at the Imperial War Museum North. Currently he is working with Unlimited and Third Angel on new pieces, as well as touring Third Angel’s What I Heard About the World and his collaboration with poet Hannah Jane Walker, The Oh Fuck Moment, internationally. He is also making an anthology of solo pieces for publication and performance called Eating Wasps. He’s recently written three plays for Portuguese experimental company mala voadora, and worked with the Belarus Free Theatre on the English version of their show Minsk 2011, and a new co-written piece, Twelve Proposals for the Future of Europe Respectfully Offered by Observers from the Sidelines. He has been a selector for the NSDF for several years and loves it. Contact:

Gabby Vautier Selector Gabby Vautier is a freelance theatre producer currently working for the Barbican Theatre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama as Programme Leader and is also a producer on the TheatreFit International Producers Network. She recently produced Punchdrunks production The Crash of the Elysium for Manchester International Festival in collaboration with the BBC and she continues as Creative Producer for the Playground Studio. Prior to becoming freelance Gabby worked at the Young Vic Theatre for many years - beginning in Project Management and Audience Development, moving into Producing and Management of the Genesis Directors Programme and finally as Creative Associate. Contact: Naomi Wilcox Deputy FOH Coordinator Box Office, Registration and Information Making my debut as Grumpy the dwarf in a local pantomime of Snow White when I was 8 years old began my love for theatre. Since then I have been involved in a number of theatrical roles over many years, both onstage and off, although my personal highlight is definitely being in a production of Amadeus staged at the stunning Minack Theatre on the cliffs of Cornwall in 2009. I love all types of theatre, particularly Shakespeare, hence why I am currently studying English Literature at University, and I am very excited to be involved in the ISDF

Mike Williams Technical Advisor Mike graduated from LIPA in 2007 after working in and around theatres for seven years. He now works as a freelance Lighting, Video and Rigging Engineer on a wide range of projects. He deals mostly with the technical side of larger events and the problems and logistics unique to each of them.  Recently his escapades have taken him all over Europe providing video and lighting systems expertise. Contact: Chris Wootton Administrator Chris joined NSDF in June 2008. In October 2010 he produced the first NSDF Workshop Weekend in partnership with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Slung Low. Prior to NSDF, he worked at Caird Company, Sound Theatre and The North Wall. In 2008, he produced a reading of The Condor at the London International Arts Theatre and a tour of Romeo & Juliet to the Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Space. In July 2006, he produced The Constant Prince at the Oxford Playhouse, following its creation in Egypt and a run at the Arcola Theatre, London. Contact:

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The Judges Robert Hewison NSDF Board and Chair of ISDF Judges

Robert chairs the judges, and is a member of the NSDF Board. He has written for the Culture section of The Sunday Times since 1981. He has been a Professor at Oxford, Lancaster and City Universities, and is an Associate of the think tank Demos. He is the author of some twenty books on British culture. Last year he published The Cultural Leadership Handbook: How to run a creative organisation, and is currently working on a study of the cultural politics of the Blair-Brown years.

John Godber ISDF Judge

John’s plays are performed across the world and he has the distinction of being one of the most performed writers in the English language. He has won numerous awards for his plays including a Lawrence Olivier award and seven Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards. His plays include: Bouncers, Up ‘n’ Under, April in Paris, Teechers, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Cramp, Happy Jack, September in the Rain, Salt of the Earth, Passion Killers, Happy Families, Up ‘n’ Under ll, Gym & Tonic, Dracula, Lucky Sods, Hooray for Hollywood, Weekend Breaks, It Started With A Kiss, Unleashed, Thick As A Brick, Big Trouble in Little Bedroom, Season In The Sun, On A Night Like This, Our House, Departures, Men of the World, Reunion, Screaming Blue Murder, Black Ties & Tales, Perfect Pitch Going Dutch, Christmas Crackers and most recently Crown Prince. In 2005, John’s 50th play Wrestling Mad marked his 21st anniversary with Hull Truck as Artistic Director. The John Godber Company is now working in partnership with Theatre Royal Wakefield. John also devised the BBC2 series Chalkface and his screenplay My Kingdom for a Horse starring Sean Bean was nominated for an alternative BAFTA award. John’s first feature film Up ‘N’ Under was released in 1998.  In 2005, he co-wrote Odd Squad for BBC 2, with his wife Jane, which was shot in Hull using local actors and won two British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards in the Schools’ Drama category and in the BAFTA original writer section. John trained as a teacher of drama at Bretton Hall College. Whilst he was Head of Drama at Minsthorpe High School he won every major award at NSDF between 1981and 1983.   John has an MA from Leeds University, an Hon D.Litt from Hull University, an Hon D.Litt from Lincoln University, a D.Uni for the Open University and was a PHD research student for five years at Leeds University. He is a Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Liverpool Hope University, a visiting Professor of Drama at Hull University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Rani Moorthy ISDF Judge

Malaysian born Rani came to Britain in 1996 after many years as an actress, writer and director in South East Asia. She is artistic director of Rasa, which celebrates the enduring migrant experience. Her plays include: Pooja which toured the North West, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Manchester United and the Malay Warrior, an international collaboration with a Malaysian Five Arts Centre, part of the 2002 Commonwealth Games’ Cultureshock; Dancing Within Walls, Contact Theatre, Manchester; Curry Tales, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Library Theatre, Manchester, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, 80 venue international tour and was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Fringe Performance; Too Close to Home toured nationally and was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Best New Play Award; Shades of Brown two national tours; Handful of Henna was commissioned by Sheffield Crucible for the Children’s Theatre Festival. Her latest work is Looking for Kool which had it’s world premiere at the Alchemy Festival, Royal Festival Hall. As a freelance writer, Rani has written for BBC1’s Doctors and is a regular contributor and presenter on BBC1’s The Heaven and Earth Show and BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. As an actor, Rani has appeared on Coronation Street, A&E, Cold Feet, Moving On, Prisoner’s Wives among others. Film work includes Twenty8K, Throw of a Dice and the soon to be released All in Good Time by Ayub Khan Din based on his Olivier winning play Rafta Rafta. As a filmmaker, Rani’s short film Incense which she wrote and directed and funded by the Film Council “New Cinema” fund, has been shown in major national short film festivals and in Berlin, Cannes and New York.

Richard Schiff ISDF Judge

Richard Schiff is enjoying a prolific career as one of America’s most respected character actors having shot over 50 films and countless TV shows. Skip Galweather on Showtime’s House of Lies is his most recent stand out character. Recent film work includes Man Of Steel, the newest Superman; Decoding Annie Parker; Fire With Fire; Knife Fight and two recent British films: Made In Dagenham and the comedy hit Infidel. He’s known for such films as The Lost World; I Am Sam; Ray and Se7en. Recent TV work includes his acclaimed portrayal of Tommy Molto in Scott Turow’s Innocent for TNT; recurring turn as King Leopold in Once Upon A Time for ABC; Dr Shulman on The Mindy Kaling Untitled pilot and he is currently shooting an arc on NCIS. Richard is developing a political web series called Chasing The Hill. He is best known for his Emmy winning turn as Toby Ziegler on The West Wing. Richard’s roots are in the theater in New York City where he founded and served as Artistic Director for Manhattan Repertory Theater directing Off Broadway productions for several years. Upon moving to LA he joined Tim Robbin’s troupe, The Actor’s Gang. He’s won an Ovation Award and several Dramalogue Awards. His love for the stage manifested in a highly acclaimed, award nominated one-man show Underneath The Lintel which he performed at The Duchess Theater in London’s West End; Smash at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory last year and the highly acclaimed turn as Matt in Talley’s Folley, his favorite, by the beloved Lanford Wilson at the McCarter. He is a sometimes contributing columnist to The Independent in the UK and Huffington Post.


Visiting Companies AKHE was founded by three members of the Boris Ponizovski theatre “Yes No” (Maksim Isaev, Pavel Semtchenko, Vadim Vasiliev) in 1989. Immediately they announced themselves as an independent theatre group (in term of styles and forms) and started working in the fields of performance, cinema and fine art.  From 1996 AKHE developed into a theatre collective, now 7 members, and, as cult icons on the Moscow and St Petersburg independent art scene, the group is sought after at progressive festivals and across mainland Europe. They work as artists and film directors but they also still use their artistic backgrounds, working as the painters and designers. AKHE creates a unique dream theatre of chaos. Filled with countless absurd and inspired events, its shows and work with physical laws to create psychological play combined with fantastic images and endlessly fascinating stage pictures.

Ambersphere Solutions Ltd is the exclusive UK sales, service, support and training centre for MA Lighting and Clay Paky products. A small dynamic service-orientated distribution company, Ambersphere Solutions operates at the top end of the professional entertainment lighting industry with many TV stations, theatres and rental companies as its clients.

ASHTAR Theatre was established in Jerusalem in 1991 as a nonprofit organization by two prominent Palestinian actors, Edward Muallem and Iman Aoun, who worked in theatre since 1977. It is a dynamic local Palestinian theatre with a truly progressive global perspective. It aims at promoting creativity and commitment for change through a novel combination of specific training, acting programs and services, including programs for local students to build self-awareness and confidence, as well as professional theatre performances. If marginalized audiences are unable to come to our main location in Ramallah, ASHTAR moves its stage to those often remote areas to include everyone.


Avolites is a UK based lighting control manufacturer with over 30 years of industry experience. Every product we make is designed with the professional user in mind, with a strong emphasis on intuitive and fun useability.  Our designs come from a love of putting on shows, getting muddy at festivals and partying in clubs. Avolites dimming products can be found behind the scenes on many of the UK’s biggest films, including: Harry Potter series, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Inception and this year’s Dark Shadows. Lighting consoles are currently in almost all major live music venues in the UK, as well as out on tour with Professor Green, Fatboy Slim, Nero and many more.

Birkbeck is based in Bloomsbury and close to the heart of London’s theatre and performing arts world. Birkbeck is a worldclass research and teaching institution and a vibrant centre of academic excellence. The School of Arts at Birkbeck is one of the most dynamic and in the country and has teaching and research partnerships with leading arts organisations. Our staff have expertise in a variety of artistic, cultural and arts management disciplines, and our research activities focus on a range of creative areas. As well as joint MA programmes with The Globe and RADA, Birkbeck has pioneered industry endorsed training for directors and producers: the MFA Theatre Directing and the MA Creative Producing.

CSSD, University of London, is at the forefront of training and research in theatre, film and television. We offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in acting, music theatre, theatre practice, applied theatre, movement, voice, stage management, puppetry, scenography, sound design, theatre design, drama therapy and drama and media studies teacher training, as well as MPhil/PhD research degrees. With over 55 academic staff, together with visiting artists and lecturers, Central contains the largest grouping of drama/ theatre/performance specialists in the UK.

At Circa we discover, cultivate and present works and experiences from the living heart of circus – vital, challenging and delightful. To achieve this, we progress with ceaseless inventiveness (in all aspects of our art and operations) guided by safe danger and fuelled by love and respect. In its five current creations touring Australia and the world, Circa has created a boutique contemporary artform from the traditional languages of circus. Alive to improvisation, multi-media and collaborations, infused with an immersive use of light and sound and featuring startlingly re-imagined circus skills, the work is a new frontier in circus arts. Circa produces work for all different ages and spaces, bringing the Circa experience to the broadest possible audience.

Creative & Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for the UK’s creative and cultural industries, including craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music, performing and visual arts. Founded in 2004, we were granted a new licence from Government in 2010. Our goal is to enable the creative and cultural industries to reach their economic potential through relevant skills and training. We work across the UK and with international partners. We deliver through the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural, a network of education and industry partners working together to improve the provision of skills and training for the creative and cultural industries.

Curious Directive We use scientific ideas and a devised theatre process. The pieces encourage audiences to peer through the lens of science.  Since 2008, the ensemble of performers, scientists, choreographers, video artists, technicians, composers and designers have created 15 pieces of science inspired theatre on varying scales. After The Rainfall (in association with Watford Palace Theatre), Olfactory (Lyric Hammersmith/Greenwich+Docklands International Festival/Latitude) BINARY (HighTide/curious directive), In The Image Of You (West Yorkshire Playhouse FURNACE/curious directive) Your Last Breath (Fringe 1st Winner/UK tour), EXOPLANETS (Latitude) and Return To The Silence (NSDF’09/SHUNT.) @c_directive

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival on the planet. In 2011, there were 41 689 performances from 2 542 companies in 258 venues. The festival is open access, which means that anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them can part. A huge number of people in the arts started their career at the Fringe and it’s the ideal place to develop your skills and make contacts. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the organisation behind the festival and we exist to help everyone make the most of the Fringe, whether you are taking part or in the audience. www.

EM Acoustics is an independent British loudspeaker manufacturer, producing systems that redefine the standards set by passive loudspeakers.  Combining precision engineering with robust build quality, EM Acoustics products are intended to deliver top-class performance on demand, time after time, whilst being backed up by oneto-one customer support.

Since forming the company in 1984, the six core members of Forced Entertainment have sustained a unique artistic partnership, confirming their position as trailblazers in contemporary theatre. The company’s work reflects an interest in the mechanics of performance, the role of the audience and the machinations of contemporary urban life.  The work – framed and focused by Artistic Director Tim Etchells - is distinctive and provocative, delighting in disrupting the conventions of theatre and the expectations of audiences. Forced Entertainment’s collaborative process – devising work as a group through improvisation, experimentation and debate – has made them pioneers of British avant-garde theatre and earned them an international reputation.  

Fuel produce fresh work for adventurous people by inspiring artists. Founded in 2004 and led by Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel is a producing organisation working in partnership with some of the most exciting theatre artists in the UK to develop, create and present new work for all. Fuel is currently producing projects with Will Adamsdale, Belarus Free Theatre, Clod Ensemble, Inua Ellams, Fevered Sleep, David Rosenberg, Sound&Fury, Uninvited Guests and Melanie Wilson.  For the festival Fuel presents Inua Ellams’ Knight Watch SouthS’tory.

Green Hippo Ltd, Formed in 2000, specialises in design and manufacture of hardware and software for real-time manipulation of video in the live event industry. By basing the creation of a product on real-world experience and then applying programming and manufacturing skills, Green Hippo products bridge the divide between video and lighting. Green Hippo is at the forefront of convergence, encouraging creativity in both camps. A conscious choice to specialise purely in media servers has meant that our products have remained focussed and have evolved rapidly.

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HighTide Festival theatre was founded in 2007 to discover, produce and champion emerging playwrights. This remains our core vision, and informs all of the company’s work and future ambitions. We receive over 1500 unsolicited script submissions annually. Every script is read. Under Artistic Director Steven Atkinson, the annual HighTide Festival in Halesworth, rural Suffolk, has become one of the UK’s leading theatre events. HighTide’s productions then transfer nationally and internationally in partnerships which have included the National Theatre, Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, Headlong, to the West End, Edinburgh Festival, the Public Theater New York and Australian National Play Festival.

IdeasTap is an arts charity established to help young, creative people at the start of their careers. We offer advice, a space to network, funding, arts job listings and workshops for emerging artists in all creative fields. We’ve partnered with some major arts organisations – Old Vic New Voices, the National Youth Theatre, Magnum Photos, National Student Drama Festival, British Film Institute, HighTide Festival Theatre, mac Birmingham and National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural – to bring our members some incredible exclusive opportunities, all for free.

The Independent Theatre Council (“ITC”) is the management association and industry lead body for performing arts organisations and individuals working in the field of drama, dance, opera and music theatre, mime and physical theatre, circus, puppetry, street arts and mixed media.  ITC members are based throughout the UK and work extensively both nationally and across the world producing some of the best new work in the performing arts today.  ITC offers its members a range of services including legal and management advice, insurance, networking events, training courses and advocacy.


LAMDA is a world-class drama school, providing exceptional vocational training for students of promise in the performing arts. We prepare actors, directors, designers, stage managers and technicians for sustainable careers in the industry. You can see our graduates in the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, London’s West End and Hollywood, as well as on the BBC, HBO and Broadway. We also offer a comprehensive range of short courses to suit students of all abilities. Through LAMDA Examinations, the UK’s leading statutory awarding body for speech and drama, we engage people of all ages and aspirations in our work – helping over 83,000 candidates worldwide to develop communication skills, creativity and a lifelong appreciation of the spoken word. The dramatic arts are a combination of craft, talent and inspiration. For 150 years, LAMDA has been teaching the craft, nurturing talent and inspiring artists across the globe. For more information about the Academy – including how to book free tickets to our public productions in London and farther afield – please visit, follow us on Twitter @ LAMDAdrama or find us on Facebook at We look forward to meeting you at ISDF 2012.

Le Maître has been manufacturing stage pyrotechnics and smoke and haze machines since 1976. The company consists of the pyrotechnic factory in Peterborough, the Head Office in Mitcham and a Sales Office - Le Maître USA LLC in Austin, Texas, USA. The Mitcham factory produces our range of smoke machines, dry ice machines, hazers and pyrotechnic controllers. Our Peterborough factory produces the world famous range of PyroFlash cartridges and the ProStage II range of professional stage pyrotechnics.

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs, and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces through dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries.

Masterclass aims to offer young people exceptional creative opportunities and experiences with leaders of the theatre industry. A year-round programme of talks, workshops, special projects and career advice is intended to give people insight into all aspects of theatre. Masterclass events are free for anyone aged 17 to 30, so that people of all abilities, status and background can be inspired by and learn from masters of the craft. We aim to open doors for young people looking for guidance in the theatre industry. We aim to nurture new work and talent.  Masterclass has so far supported over 60,000 young people, who come from all over the UK to attend.

The Menier Chocolate Factory was established in 2004 and comprises a 170 seat theatre, restaurant and rehearsal space. This multi award winning venue has transferred twelve productions to the West End during its eight year history, three of which, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music and La Cage aux Folles also transferred to Broadway. Operating without subsidy or funding, this is a unique venue to experience stimulating and challenging theatre. For more information, or to join us as a supporter please visit

Moth Eaten Films

Moth-Eaten Films is an Independent Student Film Company that aims to inspire young filmmakers and actors to collaborate on a diverse assortment of projects. In Summer 2011 a large group of friends in Rural North Yorkshire decided to collaborate their individual sets of skills (a number already interested in the Film and Music Industry) and have a go at making a Short Film of outstanding quality on literally NO BUDGET. A month or two after production this film was entered into numerous festivals and is still forging the way for what soon followed to be a unique film company with a new kind of ethos. Moth-Eaten Films.

Founded in 1945, Mountview offers extensive and stimulating training for those interested in pursuing a Performance, Directing or Technical Theatre career. The courses give students a thorough grounding in all aspects of their chosen field and they develop a range of skills, which will enable them to bring thought, energy and commitment to their professional work. Students work with current theatre practitioners, keeping them in touch with current professional practice, cover the necessary skills to promote themselves as professional actors and practitioners and can gain a wide range of experiences working with the Academy’s professional television staff and studying radio technique.

Since its foundation in 1984, the Studio has played a vital role in developing work for the National’s stages. It is also a resource for a wide range of artists working throughout British theatre, providing an environment in which writers, actors and practitioners of all kinds can explore, experiment and devise new work free from the pressure of public performance. In Autumn 2007, the Studio moved back into its newly-refurbished building on The Cut, which is equipped with three workshop studios, five artists’ rooms, meeting rooms and the technical capacity to support cross art-form and multimedia work at the highest levels.

New Adventures is the UK’s most in demand contemporary Dance/Theatre touring company. Under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director, Matthew Bourne, it has, over the last 25 years, changed the landscape of British dance with an award-winning repertory of works that have brought unprecedented new audiences to theatres throughout the UK and internationally. The Company regularly employs over 70 dancers annually, and they are widely recognised as the finest group of actor/dancers working in the UK today. RE:BOURNE the charitable arm of New Adventures runs a year-round education programme that aims to nurture and support young people with a passion for movement and break down possible perceptions that dance is unfathomable, elitist, over technical and intimidating. Visit for more information about current and touring productions and Re:Bourne

NoFit State was founded in 1986. The circus was born as a creative reaction to the politics of the time. NoFit State still believes that the total outweighs the sum of the parts. The company lives together as one community. This is what creates the spirit that is NoFit State and gives the work its heart and soul. Contemporary circus combines live music, dance, stage design, text, and film with traditional circus skills. It is rooted in the travelling community who turn up, pitch a tent, drum up an audience, and then disappear. NoFit State is the UK’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company, producing professional touring productions and a wide variety of community, training, and education projects.

Out of Joint is a national and international touring company, developing and producing entertaining work that broadens horizons and investigates our times. Under the direction of Max Stafford-Clark the company has premiered plays from leading writers including Richard Bean, David Hare, Caryl Churchill, Alistair Beaton, April De Angelis, Sebastian Barry, Robin Soans and Timberlake Wertenbaker, as well as launching first-time writers such as Mark Ravenhill and Stella Feehily. It also produces revivals, such as its world touring, Africaset Macbeth and the recent West End hit production of Top Girls. Out of Joint’s next production will be a major revival of Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker Connect: www.outofjoint. twitter: out_of_joint   Facebook: Out of Joint theatre company

Hidden beneath Waterloo Station lies 30,000 square feet of unused railway vaults, a labyrinth of mystical tunnels. Fast becoming London’s leading underground Arts venue, The Old Vic Tunnels has seen indie phenomenon Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros create 5 nights of the Wild West on Mars; the legendary New York Dolls perform; Secret Cinema transform the space into an Algerian market town; a 5 day festival of comedy and improvisation; a season with the decadent Boom Boom Club, a summer term from the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain; Universal’s Yellow Lounge and a Michelin Star pop-up restaurant. There is an Underground Artist scheme with a resident Photographer, Graffiti Artist, Designer and soon Filmmaker and DJ.Veuve Clicquot recently sponsored the build of a brand new piano bar which opened outside the Screening Room in March and Bloomberg continue to provide support as The Old Vic Tunnels Volunteers Partner. The Old Vic Tunnels is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Old Vic Theatre Trust.

Ranan Performance Collective grew out of a need to demystify Indian classical dance and make it accessible and enjoyable for larger audiences. This vision has grown into a conviction that performing arts should be an indispensable part of life both for those who practice it and anyone who chooses to enjoy it. With inventive visual staging, vibrant productions, experimental but rooted creative processes, and a strong focus on facilitating engagement with the arts, Ranan’s variety of work—traditional Kathak, choreography, dance-theatre; collaborations; experimentations with film and live dance— has earned the company a reputation for quality, innovation and refreshing energy. Ranan hopes to be a nodal and nurturing point for the performing arts in India. 


In 1951, Rose Bruford founded a unique drama school in Sidcup, South East London, that unified theatre practice and drama education into one curriculum. She aimed to train actors who could teach and teachers who could act. The acting work then, as now, was based on the theories and principles of Konstantin Stanislavski. The College is now one of the leading Drama Schools in the country with a range of BA and professional programmes and two exciting MA programmes in ‘Theatre for Young Audiences’, and ‘Ensemble Theatre’. The College is renowned for being a pioneer in delivering new programmes, and is supported by eight different research centres, and this is a legacy of Rose Bruford’s pioneering philosophy and vision which is still at the heart of its mission. In the words of Principal Professor Michael Earley: “This is a school where artistry and academic excellence meet.”

The RSC aims to connect and help others connect with Shakespeare and his contemporaries and produce bold, ambitious work with living writers, actors and artists. It’s home is in Stratford-uponAvon, and the company plays regularly in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and on tour across the UK and the world. The company works with teachers to inspire a life-long love of Shakespeare in young people and runs events for everyone to explore and participate in its work. The RSC celebrated its 50th birthday in 2011 and in 2012 leads the World Shakespeare Festival (WSF). More information on

School of Night

In the 16th century, the School Of Night was an arcane, underground group of artists, thinkers, writers, scientists and spies, who some scholars believe wrote Shakespeare’s plays. Revived by maverick theatre genius Ken Campbell for the 21st century, the heretical troupe has risen to the challenge of improvising these lost masterpieces. Meetings of the School of Night are unlike any other theatrical event you are likely to experience; the Goader of the Rhapsodes assailing his witting gang to seek out the esoteric, the hidden, the obscure; he might ask one to sing a song inspired by a member of the gathering; he could demand that an entire act of a lost Shakespeare play be performed. Every night is different, everything created on the spur of the moment from ideas and suggestions offered by the audience.


Slung Low is the new work company based in South Leeds that specialises in making adventures for audiences outside of traditional theatre spaces. Slung Low have made work with and for The Barbican, The Almeida, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Cultural Olympiad and The Gate Theatre. In 2011 they created Finale, a ceremony to mark the demolition (and rebuilding) of the Liverpool Everyman. The company have just returned from opening their new vampire show in Singapore and are currently touring the country with The Knowledge Emporium: a sweetshop housed in a 1963 Airstream Caravan that refuses to accept money instead swopping sweets for people’s knowledge.

Spotlight is the UK’s leading casting database with unrivalled knowledge and contacts at the heart of the industry. With over 40,000 actors, presenters and dancers, our website and directories are used across the world to source performers for forthcoming productions. Spotlight also provides the entertainment industry with powerful communication tools which are central to the casting process. Our cutting-edge casting services unite casting directors with performers and their agents more quickly and easily than ever before. Spotlight is used by most TV, Film, Radio and Theatrical companies throughout the UK, and many worldwide. Our clients range from large organisations such as the BBC, Sky and Channel 4 through to small production companies and individual casting directors. For more information about Spotlight please visit

Stage Electrics opened in 1979 as a group of people who were passionate about theatre lighting and sound equipment. Three decades on, we are now one of Europe’s leading suppliers of stage lighting and sound equipment to the entertainment industry, holding over £13 million worth of hire equipment. In addition to an extensive hire and sales portfolio, our services include theatre installations, ice rink hire, broadcast services, event production and event services.

Stage One is dedicated to supporting new producers and productions in order to sustain the future of quality commercial theatre in this country. Stage One offers practical and financial support via bursaries, apprenticeships, investment and a structured training programme for new producers. They also have published a reference guide designed to provide new producers with an introduction to the basic skills and information they will need to produce a play on a commercial basis. Stage One is generously supported by the Society of London Theatre.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees.

The Sunday Times remains the UK’s leading Sunday quality newspaper in print, online ( and now the Sunday Times iPad App which was named Number 1 magazine and newspaper brand on the iPad, according to iMonitor’s latest ranking of the best apps of 2012. No matter what the technology of the moment, The Sunday Times is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the National Student Drama Festival, a partnership dating back to 1956. Hats off to Harold Hobson, formidable drama critic of The Sunday Times, for not only championing the new talent of Harold Pinter, George Osbourne, Samuel Beckett and Tom Stoppard, but for having the foresight to launch NSDF in a simple format. How proud Harold would be today to see the roster of talent his vision continues to spawn.

The Stage has had its finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry for over 130 years. We know what’s going on, who’s who and what matters most. We keep the industry up-to-speed in print and online with our weekly newspaper, thestage. and online platforms. If you want to launch or develop a career in this industry then we have the tools to help, including our programme of scholarships, career development sessions from The Stage Events and jobs and audition opportunities. To find out about our career events and catch-up with the latest entertainment industry news visit

Yamaha Commercial Audio supply sound equipment to a huge range of commercial projects including installed equipment in theatres, broadcasting equipment and support for touring artists. They also offer seminars and self-training guides to help companies to make the most of their products.Yamaha’s reputation is built on the quality, reliability and design of its products. 

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Zero 88 have been designing, manufacturing and delivering entertainment lighting control solutions to a wide range of demanding users in thousands of venues worldwide - focusing on creating outstanding products that give their users a lifetime of service and value.

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Third Angel makes entertaining and original contemporary performance that speaks directly, honestly and engagingly to its audience. Established in Sheffield in 1995, the company makes work that encompasses performance, theatre, live art, installation, film, video art, documentary, photography and design. Using styles, techniques and interests discovered in experimental work, Third Angel create new theatre that plays with conventional forms while remaining accessible to a mainstream audience. Third Angel has shown work in theatres, galleries, cinemas, office blocks, car parks, swimming baths, on the internet and TV, in school halls, a damp cellar in Leicester and a public toilet in Bristol and at festivals and venues across the UK and mainland Europe. Third Angel’s artistic work is supported and invigorated by an active Creative Learning programme that includes practical projects with students and other artists, project supervision, mentoring, lecturing, after-show talks and discussions.

Vesturport is a collective of artists who create work experimenting with different forms of theatre. Having evolved from performing in a makeshift Rekjavik theatre, Vesturport have now taken productions to five continents and produced six feature films. The company is currently working on a substantial and unique panNordic collaboration with Malmö City Theatre, Theatre Får302 in Copenhagen and Reykjavik City Theatre.Vesturport is a collective of artists who create work experimenting with different forms of theatre. Having evolved from performing in a makeshift Rekjavik theatre, Vesturport have now taken productions to five continents and produced six feature films. The company is currently working on a substantial and unique pan-Nordic collaboration with Malmö City Theatre, Theatre Får302 in Copenhagen and Reykjavik City Theatre.


The Front of House Team The International Student Drama Festival sees a first in the history of NSDF, as we open up the Front of House Team to a centuria of trainees from across the world.We’re also more than pleased to welcome back a significant proportion of the old guard, the Scarborough LO team. Armed with enthusiasm and brightly coloured t-shirts, they make up the Box Office & Information,Translators & Translation, Front of House,Venue Management & Ushering, and Visiting Artists & Workshops teams, each under the supervision of the dedicated Deputy Coordinators. This year’s team and operation was organised by the Front of House Coordinators, James Lamont (London) and Kat Palmer (Sheffield), working hard since October 2011. An unprecedented amount of effort, coffee and dedication has gone into making the FoH operation of NSDF12 - ISDF a reality, and we look forward to making sure y’all have a great time.

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The ISDF Front of House Team includes the following people: Adelina Uglow, Alex Marshall, Alexander Keen, Alexandra Beraldin, Alexandra Cory, Amy Mills, Amy Whitby-Baker, Catriona Lawson, Charlotte Green, Charlotte Steele, Christopher Dockerty, Elin Carmichael, Elizabeth Johnson, Ellie Hudson, Erin Lawlor, Faith Jones, Fran Bundey, Frances Clarke, Freddie Porter, Georgia Atkin, Hannah Tadd, Hannah Jackson, Hannah Fisher, Hannah Collins, Hayley Alessi, Jack Bryan, Jade Richards, James Barker, James Lamont, Jamie Lawrence, Jennie Eggleton, Jessica Bostock, Joseph Cornforth, Josh Wilsdon, Kat Palmer, Kate Baiden, Katie Lydon, Kiran Flynn, Keeley Powell, Kirsten Moore, Laura Brown, Laura  Richards, Leanne Morgan, Loraine Tinsley, Lori Broadhurst, Louisa Claughton, Lucinda Weston, Lucy Kempster, Maeve Scullion, Marie Hodge, Mark Drakeford, Mathew Madeley, Mel Harrison, Michael Price, Michelle Hauser, Michelle Howell, Mihaela Bodlovic, Miranda Horn, Molly Ward, Nana Duncan, Naomi Wilcox, Natalie Hulbert, Nazareth Gayle, Nicole Carter, Polly Taylor, Rachael Abbey, Rachel Turner, Raphael Parker, Rosie Cumberlidge, Rebekah Austin, Reneta Brandao, Rosie Curtis, Roxana Faridany, Sarah Raine, Sebastian Hoare, Sophie Thomas, Shawn Li, Sinead Calder, Stanley Walton, Stuart Gresham,Tamar Saphra, Tiffany Mancini,Timothy Ward,Tnielle Duncan, Vicki Wildbore,Wairimu  Mwaura,William  Carlisle, Xuejung Xu,Yalda Yousefi,Yoonkyoung Choi.

Visiting Artists Maria Aberg Maria’s directing credits include: King John (RSC Swan), Belongings (Hampstead Theatre/ Trafalgar Studios); Love and Money (Malmo Stadsteater, Sweden); The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath); Amerika; Krieg der Bilder; Die Kaperer (Staatstheater Mainz, Germany); State of Emergency (Gate Theatre, London); Crime and Punishment/ Mark Ravenhill (National Theatre); Gustav III (National Theatre, Sweden) and Alaska/ DC Moore (Royal Court Theatre). She trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Theatre Directing Award in 2008. Anthony Alderson for Pleasance Theatre and NSDF Board Anthony is Director of the Pleasance Theatre. Other theatrical work has included: National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Cheek by Jowl, Ennio Marchetto and David Strassman, as well as project managing the first Kenyan National Festival and working as associate producer for Glynis Henderson Productions for six years managing several world tours including Stomp. Anthony is a Director of the Festival Fringe Society. Niko Alajoki for Moth Eaten Films Niko Alajoki is an aspiring artist from Finland. He is currently based in London where he is studying for an M.A. in Film Studies and Video Production at the University of West London. Here his specialisation is in experimental and documentary filmmaking. Alajoki comes from a background in photography and digital visual arts and so it is natural for him to progress into the moving image.  With his fellow filmmaker, Jon Gordon, he was awarded the “Best Documentary” at the British Film Institute’s Future Film Festival earlier this year. Christabel Anderson for Edinburgh Fringe Christabel is Head of Participant Services at the Edinburgh Fringe Society, overseeing all the facilities, support and advice for everyone who takes part in the festival. Before working for the Society, Christabel was a freelance project and stage manager for a wide range of theatres and companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, Paines Plough, the Bush, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Traverse and the Royal Court. She trained at the University of Edinburgh and LAMDA.


Iman Aoun for Astar Theatre Iman is the co-founder and Artistic Director of ASHTAR Theatre since 1991; an awardwinning actress, acting in theatre, TV, and films. Iman has also been the casting director for a number of TV and film productions. She received various notifications for her work from different countries and international organizations and festivals, as well as writing and publishing many articles on the subject of theatre in Palestine, and she has cowritten two books on theatre training. Iman has been a panelist at both international conferences and world summits. She is an internationally known theatre trainer, specializing in Theatre of the Oppressed. Initiator of 100 Artists for Palestine in 2003 and The Gaza Monologues in 2010.

Frances Babbage for University of Sheffield Frances Babbage is Reader in Theatre and Performance at the University of Sheffield. Her areas of research and teaching include devising new performance, practices of adaptation, and applied theatres. She has published two books, Augusto Boal (Routledge Performance Practitioners, 2004) and Re-Visioning Myth: Modern and Contemporary Drama by Women (Manchester University Press, 2011). Over the years, Frances has trained with numerous artists including Forced Entertainment, Welfare State International, Song of the Goat, Station House Opera and Told by an Idiot; these experiences continue to inform her academic and creative work.

Jorge Andrade for Third Angel Jorge Andrade is a graduate of Lisbon’s Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, where he has also taught. In 2005 he undertook Third Angel’s theatre director course at Fundação CalousteGulbenkian (Criativity and Artistic Creation course). In 2002 Jorge Andrade created Mala Voadora with José Capela. The company’s work has been focusing on contemporary issues, some of which are concerned with social themes, while others explore the nature of theatricality and ‘spectacularity’ itself. He was distinguished with an honorable mention by the jury of the Maria Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão award for the staging of The Justs. In 2007 was invited to stage a show for O Estado do Mundo, as part of the celebratory program of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian’s 50 year anniversary.

Chip Bailey for Duke Special Chip is a unique and multi-talented drummer, endorsed by Jalapeno Drums and plays a beautiful, customised and unusual kit, handmade by David Nuttall. With over 20 years experience of gigs, performances, sessions and workshops, Chip is the regular drummer and percussionist with Duke Special. He has toured with and supported among others, Snow Patrol, Crowded House,Van Morrison, The Beautiful South and The Divine Comedy, and in the process played at Wembley, The NEC, The Albert Hall and many other famous venues. TV credits include: Later with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops, Taratata (France), and Sesame Street; while radio shows have included: Dermot O’Leary, Janice long and Stephen Merchant. Check out Chip’s tutorials at and his MySpace page at temperancechip

David Babani for Menier Chocolate Factory David is the founder and Artistic Director of one of London’s most exciting venues, the Menier Chocolate Factory. Current productions include Abigail’s Party in the West End at Wyndham’s Theatre; Without You starring Anthony Rapp at this year’s Edinburgh Festival and international tour; Ruby Wax: Losing It in South Africa and La Cage aux Folles US tour. Currently showing at the Chocolate Factory is Torch Song Trilogy directed by Douglas Hodge and future productions for 2012 include Charley’s Aunt and Merrily We Roll Along.

John Bashford for LAMDA John is Vice Principal and Head of Acting at LAMDA. He trained at LAMDA and is a graduate of the NIDA (NSW) Postgraduate Directors Course. John has worked extensively as a director and writer in both the UK and Australia. From 1986 to 1992 he was the Artistic Director of the Warehouse Theatre Company, Sydney. Productions include: The Sonnets, Not About Heroes, Doctor Faustus, New Australia and The Duchess of Malfi. Other theatre credits include the premieres of The White Rose of Annandale and Rust in the Dust by Steven Dawson for Wingandaprayer; Gulls and Away for Now Theatre. John was also the workshop coordinator for the International Young Playwrights Festival at the Performance Space, Sydney.

Dan Bates for Sheffield Theatres Dan Bates joined Sheffield Theatres as Chief Executive in September 2009, in time for the completion of the final stage of the £15.3m refurbishment of the Crucible, which re-opened in February 2010. Prior to Sheffield, Dan worked as Chief Executive at York Theatre Royal for five years and led the organisation through an exciting period of change including being the first theatre in Yorkshire to achieve the Investors in People standard. Before York, Dan had a long career at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where he joined the company as a Stage Manager in 1987 and eventually became Executive Director. Ana Cerrato for Nofit State Ana is an experienced performer and regular teacher for Nofit State circus, specializing in solo and doubles partner work on silks, rope and aerial hoop, harness work and hula hoops. She is currently based in Bristol, where she completed a 2-year professional circus course. Ana has performed in the UK, Spain, Germany and India with Cirque Idyllic, Invisible Circus, Generating Company, Nofit State and Asiad Circus. Joseph Chance for School of Night Joseph trained at LAMDA after several terms at Cambridge in pursuit of Marlovian bombast. He worked on the Spanish Golden Age Season for the RSC in the unholy city trinity of Stratford, London & Madrid. He has played lovers & brothers & porters & mothers in the collectively known works of Shakespeare. Recently Joseph achieved a lifelong ambition to appear as Byron - in Brussels & Salzburg - and has been a Massachusetts Necromancer in 1917, a Stockholmian psychological profiler for Kenneth Branagh & last appeared as Ben Hecht, the uncredited writer of Gone With The Wind. He is also known as Michael. Phil Charles for Sheffield Hallam University Phil has written for SHAMELESS (Company Pictures/Channel 4), MURPHY’S LAW (Tiger Aspect/BBC1), DOCTORS (BBC1) and has various original TV projects in development. His first feature, MR MANCHESTER, has been optioned and awarded development finance from the Screen Agency for Wales.

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Natasha Chivers Theatre/Opera credits include: The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales); 27, The Wheel, Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland); Statement of Regret (National Theatre); Sunday in the Park With George (Wyndhams Theatre); That Face (Royal Court Theatre/West End); Playhouse Creatures and Jerusalem (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Othello, Dirty Wonderland, Pool (No Water), Peepshow, Hymns and Sell-Out (Frantic Assembly). Dance credits include: Electric Hotel (Sadlers Wells/Fuel); God’s Garden (Arthur Pita/Open Heart/Linbury); Electric Counterpoint, (Royal Opera House); Scattered (Motionhouse-Tour/QEH); Encore (Sadlers Wells). Natasha won a Theatre Award UK in 2011 for Happy Days (Best Design) and an Olivier Award in 2007 for Sunday in The Park With George (Best Lighting Design). Barry Church Woods for Edinburgh Fringe Barry is Venues & Companies Manager at the Edinburgh Fringe Society and supports the interests of artists and venues wishing to take part in the festival. Before working for the Society, he was a freelance producer, artist and events manager for various arts organisations and local authorities.  He worked as a creative consultant for the Scottish Government, undertook the artistic direction of The Art of Love Festival in Fife as well as a directing a series of short films as part of Scottish Screen’s First Light Initiative. Karen Christopher for Central School of Speech and Drama Karen Christopher, Jeremy Brett Fellow, is a collaborative performance deviser, performer, and teacher. She was a member of Goat Island performance group for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009. She taught at the Goat Island Summer Schools in Britain and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1996-2008); Winter Schools at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (2003,’05, &’08); as well as numerous workshops in collaboratively devised performance composition over the past 20 years. Currently she is a lecturer on the MA-Advanced Theatre Practice course at Central School of Speech & Drama.

Abigail Conway for National Theatre Studio Abigail Conway is a creator of live art performance. She is founder, and co-director, of Subject to_ change, a collaborative live Art Company which makes large-scale, spectator led, installations. Their show home sweet home has toured to national and international acclaim. The company is committed to challenging the boundaries of artistic performance. Individual performance pieces include; on the tip of your tongue*, on dancefloors and every minute, always with Melanie Wilson. Her work has been selected and showcased by the British Council and presented at Shunt Vaults, Battersea Arts Centre, The ICA, The Basement, Bristol Old Vic, Warwick Arts Centre, The Arches, Summerhall and the Forest Fringe. As an artist she is currently associated with Forest Fringe and supported by BAC. Michael Corbidge for Royal Shakespeare Company Michael trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School an established training ground attached to it’s own regional Repertory Theatre. Since then he have worked in many diverse roles across the theatre spectrum both at home and overseas. Including Artistic Director of two of his own theatre companies; English Sketches and The Crew of Patches. He then moved to Singapore where he was Associate Artistic Director at Asia’s premiere Theatre The Singapore Repertory for ten years. He has built up, through the decades, a secure wealth of knowledge in all aspects of theatre making. In his current position he one of a team of Senior Voice and Text Coaches at the Royal Shakespeare Company based in both London and Stratford–upon-Avon. At present working on The Ship Wreck Season a trilogy of plays for the World Shakespeare Festival 2012. As part of the voice, text and actor development department he is responsible for all voice associated and text issues. Supporting the director and working directly with the actors on all aspects of voice as well as supporting all the rhetorical and conventions of classical text. Rodney Cottier for LAMDA Rodney is Head of the Drama School at LAMDA. He has 32 years’ experience as a stage director and teacher of stage combat, acting and text at LAMDA where he has directed 25 plays from Shakespeare’s canon. As a fight director, Rodney has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe as Master-ofFight, choreographing several productions including Mark Rylance’s Hamlet, as well as at the Royal Opera House, English and Welsh National Opera and many regional theatres. Rodney is an alumnus of LAMDA’s flagship Three Year Acting Course.


Alan Cox for School of Night On leaving LAMDA, Alan worked with the RSC and the National Theatre, where he first met Ken Campbell. In 1997 they revived The Warp. Alan took over Goading duties with The School of Night in 2009. He has been involved with impro-marathons in Bristol, London, Cork and Edmonton. He recently toured Australia and the US in The Caretaker and is a regular collaborator with Howard Barker and The Wrestling School Directing credits include: The Common Chorus, Black Snow, Victory (CSSD); A Cloud in Trousers, Dirty Fan Male (Edinburgh Fringe); Flanders Mare (Sound Theatre); The Riot Act (Gate Theatre; A&R (Theatre 503).

Lucy Cullingford for Sheffield Theatres Lucy worked as a movement practitioner in the Movement Department of The Royal Shakespeare Company for two years. Recent Theatre credits include: Constellations (Royal Court Theatre); Dance Repetiteur Matilda The Musical (RSC/Cambridge Theatre); Lives in Art (Sheffield Theatres); Yerma, (Hull Truck and The Gate Theatre); The Phoenix of Madrid, (Ustinov Studio, Bath); Quartet, (Old Vic Tunnels); Happy Days, (Sheffield Theatres); Bed and Sofa, Beating Heart Cadaver, (Finborough Theatre); Movement Assistant The Grain Store and The Drunks (RSC, Courtyard Theatre); A Tender Thing (RSC/Northern Stage); Not For All the Tea in China (Chol Theatre).

Alexa Cruickshank for National Youth Theatre Alexa began her career at National Youth Theatre as a Company Manager. Within a year, Alexa became General Manager and a member of the Senior Management Team with responsibility for overseeing all of the company’s local, national and international projects, heading up staff recruitment, the nationwide auditions programme and implementing the company’s Child Protection and Equality Policies. Alexa is responsible for managing accounts with partners, funders and alumni with the task to increase the profile of NYT. Alexa delivers training to organisations and individuals in the wider youth arts sector in best practice and guidelines to working with young people in the arts.

Rupert Dannreuther for Rose Bruford College Rupert Dannreuther is a guerrilla marketing specialist who has worked on various high profile projects making the most of little or no marketing budgets including: Social Media, Viral and Guerilla Marketing Campaigns for Soho Theatre, Roundhouse, Hackney Empire. Bid-writing and corporate PR for London Borough of Hounslow for Leisure and Culture portfol Working in press for various Edinburgh Festival Fringe Shows and institutions. Developing new digital strategies at Rose Bruford College including Facebook Advertising, Twitter strategy and more. Sponsorship and fundraising for Roundhouse and own freelance projects. Creating and editing the website To Do List: Free, Cheap and Offbeat Guide to London.

Claire Cunningham Claire Cunningham is a multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer based in Glasgow. Since 2005 she has developed a unique movement vocabulary based on the use of her crutches, a choreographic approach often rooted in the use/misuse, study and distortion of crutches, and movement crafted from the specifics and virtuosity of individual bodies. She is one of the UK’s leading disabled artists, in demand across the UK and internationally for her awardwinning show ME(Mobile/Evolution) and recently awarded a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Unlimited Commission for Menage a Trois, her large-scale multimedia work created with Gail Sneddon and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Josh Darcy for School of Night Josh Darcy has been an actor and comedian for over a quarter of a century, and highlights of his career include working at the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End, as well as running his own company, The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor. He started improvising in the early 90s with Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon, Julia Davis and Toby Longworth.  His oddyssey with Ken Campbell lasted 11 years and 16 shows, a collaboration which included the Pidgin English of Vanuatu, experiments in ventriloquism and culminated in the mental and linguistic gymnastics of the School Of Night.

Lyn Darnley for Royal Shakespeare Company Lyn Darnley worked initially in the theatre as an actor, broadcaster and television presenter. She has extensive experience in the drama training and forges links between the RSC and the training sector providing workshops for students and professionals. Her work at the RSC includes voice and text support in rehearsal and maintenance of vocal aspects of productions and the co-ordination of the Artist Development Programme. She has led workshops for theatre groups, summer schools, Actors’ Centres, Universities and drama schools in Africa, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Will Davies for IdeasTap Will Davies graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 1997.  His first few jobs in the industry were as feature film casting assistant.  Then after a brief stint in feature film production/ development, Will returned to casting and was Casting Director on The Descent, Severance and The Last Enemy.  In 2007, Will joined Spotlight, as Client Relations Manager, managing and developing agent/casting relationships.  Will left Spotlight in 2011 and after a short but very pleasurable time at NSDF and East 15 Acting School is now working for IdeasTap as Director of Programming. Zoë Dickin for Old Vic Tunnels Zoë Dickin is a freelance wonder woman, who does most things that are asked of her. She began her career in the industry performing, receiving a 4 star review for her onewoman show ‘Is This My Art?’ in 2009. Since then she has moved into production, working with companies including, Punchdrunk, Nomad, The Old Vic Tunnels, Headlong and Siobhan Davies Dance. Zoë is currently working alongside Kieron on the masked ball that The Old Vic Tunnels are taking to Wilderness Festival. And she hopes to continue to work on exciting new projects that will have people talking for years to come. Anne Durham for LAMDA Anne has been Head of Movement at LAMDA since 1981, teaching pure and applied movement, facilitating devised projects, directing and tutoring. She has also led master classes in the UK, Italy and the US. Anne trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance at The Royal Ballet School. She has worked professionally as principal dancer in both techniques in the UK and Europe. Anne is also an experienced choreographer, movement director, and director. NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss

Ben Eaton for University of Sheffield Digital and interactive artist based in Yorkshire. He works exclusively as one third of Invisible Flock. Invisible Flock make large-scale installations, games, digital work and performance and have made and presented work for most of the country’s largest art institutions.  Most recently they have created a large public art installation along Brighton sea front called Sea of Voices, involving multiple installations in vintage sea telescopes as well as on a buoy out at sea.  They are currently working in Sheffield creating a scary adventure for young people. Dylan Emery for School of Night Dylan has been performing, teaching and directing impro for more than 10 years. He has performed at The National Theatre, The Royal Court, the Bristol Old Vic, Latitude Festival and many times at the Edinburgh Fringe; he has performed for BBC Radio 1 and 7 and hosted the Radio 4 series of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. As well as being a member of The School of Night, he co-founded short-form comedy troupe Grand Theft Impro, Showstopper and runs UK impro website  He trained under Ken Campbell, Allan Marriott and others including Keith Johnstone.

Inua Ellams for Fuel Inua Ellams is an award winning poet, playwright and performer. He has lived in Jos, Plateau State - Nigeria, Dublin - Ireland and London - England where he currently resides. His most recent pamphlet of poems Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars was published by Flipped Eye, 2011. His first play The 14th Tale, won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009 before touring nationally and transferring to the National Theatre in spring 2010. He performed the play for its international debut at Perth Festival 2012 in February. His second play, Untitled, was long listed for the Alfred Fagan award. It was cocommissioned by Soho Theatre and toured nationally in autumn 2010. His most recent piece, Black T-shirt Collection toured in spring 2012, including a run at the National Theatre.

Jackie Elliman for ITC Jackie is ITC’s Legal & Industrial Relations Manager. Jackie comes from a theatre management background and has worked for a range of performing arts organisations, from street arts to the West End. She has also worked for TMA/SOLT and for Equity and for 8 years ran her own business providing arts administration, marketing and events organisations services. Jackie has a Drama Degree from Manchester University and studied Law at the College of Law. She is also a qualified mediator and arbitrator. The Independent Theatre Council (ITC) is the management association and political voice of around 600 performing arts professionals and organisations. ITC provides its members with legal and management advice, training and professional development, networking, regular newsletters and a comprehensive web resource. Additionally ITC initiates and develops projects to enrich, enhance and raise the profile of the performing arts.

Tim Etchells for Forced Entertainment and University of Sheffield Artist, writer and performance maker based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers. His work spans performance, video, photography, installation and fiction. His first novel The Broken World was published in 2008 and his monograph on contemporary performance Certain Fragments is widely acclaimed. Etchells has exhibited widely in visual arts, with solo shows at Gasworks and Sketch (London) and Künstlerhaus Bremen. Daniel Evans for Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres where, as an actor, his work includes The Tempest (also Old Vic), Cloud Nine, The Pride and Company; as a director, An Enemy of the People, Racing Demon and Othello. Theatre credits include: Henry V, Coriolanus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure For Measure and Cymbeline (RSC); Cardiff East, Peter Pan, Troilus and Cressida, Candide, The Merchant of Venice (RNT); Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier Award), Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse); Ghosts (English Touring Theatre); Sunday in the Park with George (Olivier Award, Tony nomination), Total Eclipse (Menier Chocolate Factory); Other People, Cleansed, Where Do We Live and 4.48 Psychosis (Royal Court). In concert, Daniel has sung with Bryn Terfel, Maria Friedman and with the London Sinfonietta at King’s Place. Television credits include: The Passion, Doctor Who, The Virgin Queen, Spooks, Love in a Cold Climate, Great Expectations, Daniel Deronda and To the Ends of the Earth. Daniel is a Fellow of the Guildhall School. Mehdi Farajpour Choreographer and theatre director from Iran. Artistic Director of ORIANTHEATRE Company based in Paris. Mehdi began as a theatrical artist but now is considered a conceptual performance artist. Mehdi’s artistic career covers many fields such as literature, poetry, choreography, photography, butoh, video, music and theatre. He divides his time between creating work for the stage and teaching his Meditative Dance. He also published a book entitled The Monk Performers based on his personal researches and experiences on the stage. Since 2006, he has been regularly collaborating with dance/theatre companies, schools and festivals all round the world. He has received several international art prizes for his choreographic and theatre creations. He performs in India, Poland, South Korea, France, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Belarus, Croatia & Finland.


David Farley West End credits include: A Little Night Music, Little Shop of Horrors and Sunday in the Park with George, which won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for Best Set Design (with Timothy Bird). He also designed the set for the original production of La Cage Aux Folles at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Broadway credits also include: A Little Night Music, 13 and Sunday in the Park With George, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award (with Timothy Bird) for Best Set Design, received two Tony Award Nominations for sets and costumes, and an Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination for Costumes. Other Theatre credits include:  Take Flight, Travesties, Are You There, McPhee? (McCarter Theater); Daddy Long Legs (Rubicon/ Theatreworks/CincinnatiPlayhouse/Arizona/ Detroit/Chicago); Kiss Me Kate (Stratford, Ontario); Terrible Advice, Aspects of Love, Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (Royal Dramatic Theatre Stockholm); Oklahoma! (Chichester); Rocky Horror Show (Europe); Sweeney Todd (Gate Theatre); Tick Tick Boom! (Chocolate Factory/Rubicon Theatre/Westport); Macbeth (Japan). Opera: La Boheme for Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company opening October 2012. His opera credits in the UK include Dialogues des Carmelites (Guildhall). David also designed Josh Groban’s Straight To You international live music tour. Dominic Fitch for SSF Dominic Fitch is Artistic Producer of SSF. He facilitates, oversees and delivers workshops for teachers and students throughout the UK. He works as an actor and workshop leader for various theatre companies including Small Change, Imitating The Dog and Slung Low. He is currently based in London. Dee Forrest for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts As one of the UK’s leading voice consultants, Dee is much in demand and has worked with a host of leading actors, directors and producers including Glenda Jackson, Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Jonathan Pryce, Elaine Paige, Trevor Nunn, Stephen Sondheim, Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, Cameron Mackintosh and the RSC. She specialises in vocal development for the film and stage industry, helping actors develop new accents for auditions as well as helping professional business speakers develop more vocal strength, clarity and durability. Having started her career as an actor and singer, Dee has a true affinity with performers. Over the years she has been involved in many well known shows and films. Dee is currently Deputy Head of Voice (Acting Programme) at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Andy Franks for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Andy is Director of Production at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, a place he has very strong links with because it was where he trained and also where he worked as Head of Construction. After graduating he worked as scenic carpenter, then master carpenter for the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham and then as a freelance scenic carpenter at Manchester, Worcester, Nottingham and London. He has also produced scenery and special effects for many tourist attractions in the UK and Europe. Prior to returning to Mountview, he worked as Production Manager at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Andy is passionate about training the best theatre technicians and is proud that Mountview’s technical theatre graduates enjoy 100% employment. Nell Frizzell for IdeasTap Nell Frizzell is the Assistant Editor of online magazine IdeasMag, looking after performing arts. She splits her week between IdeasTap and The Old Vic and can often be found drinking tea in both. A keen blogger, Nell has several Tumblrs, three twitter accounts, a blog and two Facebook pages. Basically, if it’s online and involves a funny dog, she wants to know about it. Gareth Fry Gareth Fry is an award winning sound designer best known for creating work for leading UK theatre directors such as Katie Mitchell and Complicite’s Simon McBurney. He is also chair of the newly formed Association of Sound Designers. He is currently working on Complicite’s The Master and Margarita and the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. His past work includes 18 productions at the National Theatre, 12 at the Royal Court and countless more at the Donmar, Old Vic, Young Vic and the West End. He has won the Olivier Award for best sound design twice: for Waves at the National Theatre, and for National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch. 

Simon Godwin for the National Theatre Studio Simon Godwin is Associate Director at the Royal Court and Bristol Old Vic. For the Royal Court he has directed the world premieres of Wanderlust by Nick Payne, The Acid Test by Anya Reiss, Goodbye To All That by Luke Norris and The Witness by Vivienne Franzmann. Recent productions for Bristol Old Vic include Far Away, Faith Healer, A Kind of Alaska and Krapp’s Last Tape. Simon is the former Associate Director of the Royal and Derngate Theatres in Northampton, where he worked with Rupert Goold and directed many productions across different spaces. Other productions include Mister Heracles by Simon Armitage for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Eurydice at Trafalgar Studios. Simon trained in the Lecoq method at LISPA after. Jo Grabham for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Jo is the Senior Stage Management Tutor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. After graduating from university in Wales, Jo went on to work as a freelance stage manager. Theatre credits include Annie and Singing in the Rain (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Mzicar (ONO Theatre Company); The 101 Dalmatians and Cinderella (Chester Gateway Theatre); The Christ of Coldharbour Lane and Pure Gold (Soho Theatre); Face Value (Hackney Empire Theatre); On Religion (On Theatre Company). Jo very much enjoys working with and shaping the next generation of stage managers. Louise Grainger for Equity Louise is Equity Marketing, Events, Training and Membership Services Manager. Equity is the Trade Union for people working in the entertainment industry. There is also Equity student membership, set up by Louise, which is open to students on full-time one-year performing arts and related courses at level four or higher. Louise writes and produces many of the union’s publications including the Equity Guides Series, as well as being responsible for the Equity websites and for various other initiatives such as training for members, the network of Equity Careers Advisors, the Job Information Service and others. Louise also organises Equity events and the union’s presence at other industry events such as the Edinburgh Festivals, Leicester Comedy Festival,Vox, British Juggling Convention, Move It, ActorExpo and of course the NSDF.

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Sally Ann Gritton for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Deputy Director of Musical Theatre & Director of the MA in Performance (Musical Theatre Programme) at Mountview. She trained at Goldsmiths and RADA and was a cofounder of Sorted Productions with whom she was Artistic Director for several years. Theatre credits include: The Great Theatre of the World (Royal Festival Hall); The War is Dead Long Live the War (ICA & tour); Sorted Symposium: Welsh Writing in English (Soho Theatre); Waiting at the Water’s Edge (Clwyd Theatr Cymru & tour); Othello (Wimbledon Theatre); Beckett’s Blue Shorts (BAC); Kick the Breeze (BAC); Yerma, (Bridge Lane Theatre); Footfalls (BAC); Cascanda (BBC Radio); Sky Television voiceover links; Photographic art model for Hannah Starkey (exhibitions in Milan, Dublin, London). Ben Hales for Duke Special Writer and composer. He is an Associate Director of Splendid Productions, and has provided scripts and music for many of their creative adaptations including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Good Woman of Szechuan, Woyzeck and Medea.   As a songwriter and he has contributed songs to albums by Aqualung and Duke Special, and coproduced Aqualung’s Memory Man and Words and Music albums.  His recent composition work includes the theme and featured music for Watson & Oliver on BBC2 and  the theme for the forthcoming A Short History of Everything Else for Channel  4. Ben’s first original play, In Parenthesis won the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Metamorophosis08 playwriting competition and received a short run at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. www. Katie Harper for Stage One Katie is a graduate in Creative Producing, Promoting and Managing Theatre (M:Drama) from the University of Kent. She is currently working as Programme Manager for Stage One, the charity dedicated to developing and supporting the commercial theatre industry. Katie also recently produced the Piazza, Covent Garden stage for the 2012 Olivier Awards. Pippa Harrison and Emma Dyson for Spotlight Spotlight’s Pippa Harrison (Head of Client Relations) and Emma Dyson (PR Manager) work with all the main UK agents and casting directors across theatre, film and television. Regular speakers at all the UK drama schools holding seminars and presentations on Casting, Auditions and the Business of Being and Actor.

Kathleen Herron for Sunday Times Kathleen Herron was born and educated in the States (Philadelphia and NYC); managed legal departments and law firms before she discovered she had a penchant for whipping journalists into shape. She was able to put that into practice when she relocated to London in 1987. She is currently Deputy Managing Editor of The Sunday Times. Douglas Hodge for Menier Chocolate Factory Douglas is an award winning actor and director. Directing credits include Dimetos and Absurdia at the Donmar Warehouse where he was Associate Director, See How They Run (West End and National Tour), Last Easter (Birmingham), and Dumb Waiter And Other Pieces (Oxford Playhouse). On television he has directed Forest People, which he also co-wrote as well as various short films. He has released two albums of compositions Cowley Road Songs and Night Bus and has recently cowritten a new musical Meantime. Freddie Holden for Moth Eaten Films Freddie started his professional career as member and manager of alternative British band Surprise... Fire taking them to record with industry producer, Matt Terry as well as touring the UK and playing Leeds & Reading Festival 2009. With a longstanding interest in the Film Industry he adapted these skills to Producing Independent Film. Working closely with Jake Juba (upcoming Director at the NYFA) he is now Co-founder and Company Director of Moth Eaten Films Independent Student Film Company. He is very involved in North Yorkshire with local Theatre & Film institutions as well as helping out local photographers and fashionistas with his Producing expertise. John Hole for Zero 88 Since graduating two years ago with a BA (Hons) in Stage Management and Technical Theatre, Jon has worked for Cooper Controls, providing technical support to Zero 88 customers and running their extensive range of training courses around the world.  Jon is also a freelance Lighting Designer & Programmer for events within Cardiff and around South Wales. Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Zero 88 have been designing, manufacturing and delivering entertainment lighting control solutions to a wide range of demanding users in thousands of venues worldwide - focusing on creating outstanding products that give their users a lifetime of service and value.


Thelma Holt International Producer, Thelma founded the Open Space Theatre before moving on the Roundhouse and then the National Theatre. Thelma Holt Ltd has been producing exceptional work internationally, throughout the UK and in the West End since 1990. She is UK producer for Yukio Ninagawa, whose Cymbeline is part of the cultural programme attached to the Olympic Games in 2012. Le Hung for Vietnam Youth Theatre Le Hung has been director of the Vietnam Youth Theatre since 2005 as well as being Director of the Vietnam Dramatic Theatre and President of ASSITEJ Vietnam Centre. He trained at the Russian National University of Theatrics and the Vietnam School of Theatrics. As Director of the Youth Theatre he has staged almost 300 plays and won countless gold medals in Vietnam. Richard Hurford for Sheffield Theatres Richard Hurford writes plays for theatre and radio and develops narratives and text for dance and hypermedia performance. He has written many plays for Sheffield Theatres, most recently Lives in Art for Sheffield People’s Theatre in Autumn 2011. He has collaborated extensively with York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre Company and his work has been produced by BBC Radio 4 and theatres and performance companies throughout the UK and Europe. Richard also works as a dramaturg and creative facilitator, developing texts and performance projects with a wide variety of writers, companies and theatre practitioners for audiences of all ages. Matt Hutchinson for CSSD Matt trained in puppetry at Central School of Speech and Drama and now works across the arts and entertainments industries, helping make puppetry happen. His previous work includes a variety of roles and positions on Mongrels (BBC), War Horse (National Theatre), The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Wild Night of the Witches (Little Angel Theatre), Bagpuss (Soho Theatre), Nuzzle and Scratch (BBC Cbeebies), Call of the Wild (Blind Summit Theatre) and work for companies such as Theatre-Rites, Birmingham Stage Company and Blunderbus Theatre Company. www.


Richard Hurst Trained at Welsh College of Music and Drama and the National Theatre Studio after leaving Oxford. Writing includes three episodes of Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV2 / Showtime) and co-writing the multiaward-winning Miranda (BBC2). He is currently co-writing a new sitcom for BBC3, which will be screened in 2013. Stage work includes co-writing and directing the Olivier-nominated Potted Potter and Potted Panto, as well as Potted Pirates, Bill Hicks: Slight Return, The Edinburgh Love Tour and Violent Night. Other comedy as a director includes Catriona Knox: Packed Lunch, Jan Ravens: A Funny Look At Impressions, Cabaret Whore Encore and Cabaret Whore: More! More! More!, Pegabovine: Coat of Arms, Miranda Hart’s House Party and Miranda Hart-Throbs!, Play Wisty For Me:The Life of Peter Cook and Newsrevue. He directed The Art of Success, Hamlet, Women Beware Women, Phaedra’s Love, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It and Madame Butterfly’s Child. He adapted and directed Ripley Bogle and adapted Hard Times for a national tour. His play Evidence opens at the White Bear in Kennington in July. Richard has worked for the NSDF since 1997 as a selector, workshop leader and co-ordinated their National Workshop Programme for three years. At NSDF he won the Harold Hobson Award and the Buzz Goodbody Award. Jake Juba for Moth Eaten Films Freelance filmmaker and Video Artist. He has worked alongside theatre directors Richard Schechner and Benjamin Mosse on their performance ‘Imagining O’, and his video art was screened at the at The International Theatre Festival of Kerala. He was one of eight directors that was chosen to take part on the National Youth Film Academy’s Easter course, where he worked alongside award winning documenter Niko Alajoki. Jake is the cofounder of Moth-Eaten Films and specialises in the fictional genre. He recently directed ‘Silo’, which was screened at multiple student festivals. Alongside Freddie Holden he continues to produce independent films in North Yorkshire.

Yvonne I’Anson for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Yvonne’s long and varied career includes working as Publicist at York Theatre Royal; Publicity Officer at the Swan Theatre Worcester; Assistant and Acting General Manager at Watford Palace Theatre and Marketing Manager at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage. She also worked as a Junior Agent for seven years with Peter Browne Management. She was a freelance Publicist/Marketing consultant for 8 years, working on a variety of projects including pantomimes, national tours, variety shows and personal publicity for various artists. She was Marketing Manager at the New End Theatre in Hampstead before joining Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts as Head of Marketing in 1999. Yvonne regularly contributes articles to various publications including the very popular ‘Just Ask Yvonne’ Advice Column. She is a trustee of Iris Theatre Company. Vikram Iyengar for Ranan Co-founder and Artistic Director of the performance company, Ranan,Vikram Iyengar is a Kathak dancer, choreographer, theatre director and performing arts researcher based in Calcutta. A Government of India National Scholarship and Fellowship awardee and an INLAKS Scholar,Vikram holds a Performing Arts MA from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has taught at BA and MA levels in the UK, contributed articles to various national and foreign publications, presented papers at international seminars, conducted a variety of workshops and worked on several arts research projects for institutions in India and abroad. Noted for the conscious bringing together of classical dance, movement and drama creating an experience of total theatre,Vikram’s production work spans choreography for stage and film, dance-theatre and dance-film explorations, and performance collaborations. Yorgos Karamalegos for LAMDA Yorgos is a performer, director and co-founder of Tmesis Theatre and Physical Fest (International Physical Theatre Festival). He has toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim with the company’s productions and has collaborated with some of the world’s greatest practitioners in physical theatre, including Malou Airaudo (Pina Bausch Tanztheater), Tanya Khabarova (Derevo), Nigel Charnock (DV8 co-founder), Fin Walker and many more. He currently teaches physical theatre at LAMDA.

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Hamish Jenkinson for Old Vic Tunnels Director of The Old Vic Tunnels since 2008. Hamish began his career in TV and film and alongside The Tunnels, he continues to direct large performances including the opening ceremony of the UEFA champion’s league final - watched by over 180 million people. In 2005, Hamish began working for Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic Theatre in London and is now a trustee of Spacey’s personal Foundation. Since being appointed as the Director of The Old Vic Tunnels, Hamish has shaped cutting-edge projects with the likes of Banksy and Punchdrunk. The unique performance venue has been home to an exciting plethora of art and music and the venue’s reputation as London’s most innovative underground performance space continues to grow, In 2011 Hamish joined the board of The Belarus Free Theatre and has recently been appointed an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust. Hamish is also Chairman of Free The Children UK - the largest children’s fundraising organisation in the world, having built over 650 schools in the developing word. Alexander Kelly for Third Angel and University of Sheffield Alexander Kelly is co-artistic director of Sheffield-based performance company Third Angel, with whom he devises, directs, writes, designs and performs. The company makes a range of work connecting the territories of theatre, live art, installation, film, video, photography and digital & online media, which tours throughout Britain, mainland Europe and beyond. Alex regularly mentors other artists and companies, as a part of Third Angel and through his role at Leeds Met University, where he is Associate Senior Lecturer in Performance Practice. Alex blogs regularly at, and on Twitter@AlexanderKelly. Ben Knapton for Circa As a director Ben has worked for Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Out of the Box, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Arts Council, La Boite Theatre Company, and his own independent company. Ben’s independent works have been critically acclaimed for their stunning integration of live performance and projection technology. Since 2010 Ben has been the Associate Director of Circa. With Circa he has created, directed and assistant directed new circus works that have been performed in major international festivals in multiple countries. He has show-directed established Circa shows, and produced and managed international tours and new projects. Ben holds a BA in Applied Theatre, an MA in directing, for which he won the prestigious Philip Parsons Prize, and he is soon to complete a practice-led PhD in directing.


Vikingur Kristjánsson for Vesturport Víkingur Kristjánsson is a writer and actor, having appeared in People Next Door (Akureyri Theatre); Woyzeck (Vesturport, Barbican, Reykjavik City Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Vesturport, The Young Vic, Playhouse, Reykjavik City Theatre); Surf, Titus Andronicus, Disco Pigs (Vesturport); Platonov (Hafnarfjördar Theatre); The Tempest (Icelandic Arts Academy Theatre). His writing credits include Shopping Mall Shattered (Vesturport) and Love (co-writer with Gísli Örn Garðarsson).Víkingur has participated in workshops with Icelandic acting students over the years. Maureen Lipman Maureen Lipman was born in Hull and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and learned her trade in Laurence Olivier’s Company at the Old Vic from 1970. On television, she starred in Agony, Agony Again and All at No 20 and About Face and Ladies of Letters. She played Joyce Grenfell in the biographical show Re: Joyce!, which she co-wrote, and for Beattie a series of awardwinning television commercials for British Telecom. She appeared in the films Up The Junction, Gumshoe, Educating Rita and Polanski’s award-winning film The Pianist. She was in The Wire, Doctor Who, Coronation Street, He Kills Coppers and Holby City. She has appeared many times in the West End including: Wonderful Town; National Theatre’s Oklahoma!, Peggy for You, Lost in Yonkers, The Sisters Rosensweig, and in the Olivier Award nominated show Glorious!, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Trevor Nunn’s A Little Night Music. Maureen presented two television series on the subject of Art deco and Style, wrote a monthly column for Good Housekeeping magazine for over ten years and a weekly column in The Guardian and ten autobiographical books, the latest being I Must Collect Myself. Having finished filming Metamorphosis by Kafka she starred in Priestley’s When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre. She is a frequent guest on chat shows and political and literary forums. In February 2012 Maureen will be directing herself and others in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. She was married to the late screen writer Jack Rosenthal for 31 years and appeared in several of his award winning television films the Evacuees, The Knowledge and Eskimo Days. Their children, Amy and Adam are both writers.

Andrew Loretto for Sheffield Theatres Andrew is Creative Producer at Sheffield Theatres. For the Crucible he has directed the world premieres of LeanerFasterStronger by Kaite O’Reilly and Lives in Art by Richard Hurford – the inaugural production for Sheffield People’s Theatre. He was also Dramaturg for Company Chameleon’s new production Gameshow at the Lowry. Prior to Sheffield, Andrew was Artistic Director of Chol Theatre 2006-2010, where his productions included: Beast Market, Space Circus and Not for all the Tea in China (featured in BBC2’s Glastonbury highlights). Andrew was Artistic Director of Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, 1999-2003 and the National Student Drama Festival, 2003-2006.

Jack Lowe for Curious Directive Jack trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq & MFA Theatre Directing (Birkbeck.) He is the artistic director of curious directive. Current projects include; The Hexagon Season 2012 (six pieces contemplating our future.) After The Rainfall (in association with Watford Palace Theatre), Olfactory (Lyric Hammersmith/ Greenwich+Docklands International Festival/Latitude), Binary (HighTide/ curious directive), In The Image Of You (West Yorkshire Playhouse FURNACE/ curious directive), YOUR LAST BREATH (Fringe 1st/UK tour.) Return To The Silence (NSDF/SHUNT.) He is associate director with nabokov, Best Years Of You Life (Watford Palace Theatre) & Starboard. Other work includes Last Seen (Almeida/Slung Low) and Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Drum Theatre Plymouth.) Struan Leslie for Royal Shakespeare Company Struan Leslie is Head of Movement at the RSC. He was appointed to this post after 25 years working freelance with Directors including Katie Mitchell, Calixto Bieto, Roxanna Silbert, Nicholas Hytner, Philip Howard and at theatres in the UK, Europe and the USA directing opera, new and classic plays and devising his own work.

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Yaron Lifschitz for Circa Yaron Lifschitz is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, University of Queensland and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) where he was the youngest director ever accepted into its prestigious graduate director’s course. Since graduating,Yaron has directed over 60 productions including large scale events, opera, theatre, physical theatre and circus. His work has been seen in eighteen countries, across five continents by over 500 000 people.Yaron was founding Artistic Director of the Australian Museum’s Theatre Unit, Head Tutor in Directing at Australian Theatre for Young People and has been regular guest tutor in directing at NIDA since 1995. He is currently Artistic Director and CEO of Circa. With Circa,Yaron has created works such as Wunderkammer, CIRCA, by the light of stars that are no longer..., The Space Between and 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes. His recent works have been described in reviews as being “…beautiful and moving” and “the standard to which all other circuses can aspire”.Yaron lives in Brisbane with his son, Oscar. His passion is creating works of philosophical and poetic depth from the traditional languages of circus. Annie Lloyd for University of Sheffield Annie is a member of the Compass Live Art consortium, along with East Street Arts and Sarah Spanton/ Waymarking, founded in 2010 to further develop live art practice and infrastructure in Yorkshire and the Humber. Annie curated the Compass Festival of Live Art in November 2011. She also works as an independent producer in Leeds, having recently presented a season of new performance at Seven Arts. Annie also provides mentoring for performance companies. Formerly she was the Director of the Gallery and Studio Theatre at Leeds Metropolitan University from where she nurtured and supported new performance work for 18 years.

Nia Lyn for Royal Shakespeare Company Nia is the Principle Study Jazz Singing Specialist at the Royal Academy of Music, and a specialist teacher at Trinity College, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is Head of Voice at the Musical Theatre Academy, London (voted School of the Year 2011 by The Stage), where she heads the full-time programme specialising in voice and breath work as well as accents and dialects (including the International Phonetic Alphabet). She is currently working as a Voice Coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Olivier award winning musical, Matilda. Nia has a full and varied career as a performer, and was a nominee for Jazz Musician of the Year 2010. Nia’s work focuses on body and breath, text and voice, interpretation and improvisation. Nia’s twelve years of teaching and practical experience make her a leading member of the voice community and a specialist within her field. She is also studying to qualify as a British Wheel of Yoga instructor. Not only a wonderful singer a fearlessly interactive improviser, but a true educator - Peter Churchill 2011 Ruth Mackenzie for London 2012 Ruth Mackenzie is currently Director of the Cultural Olympiad, London 2012. Prior to this worked as the Expert Adviser, Department of Culture, Media & Sport, was Consultant Dramaturg,Vienna Festival and General Director, Manchester International Festival. Ruth was also Artistic Director, Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as Special Adviser to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and General Director, Scottish Opera, before which she was Programming Consultant for Barbican Centre, London and Executive Director, Nottingham Playhouse. Ruth has worked as Head of Strategic Planning, South Bank Centre, Drama Officer, Arts Council of Great Britain and was a Fellow in Theatre, Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, as well as being the founder and Director, Moving Parts Theatre Company. Sean McCann for School of Night Sean teaches improvisation at Oxford School Of Drama, East 15 and the London Film School, and also teaches extensively abroad. He trained and performed with Ken Campbell from 2005 - 2008. Sean has toured internationally with both The School Of Night (also BBC Radio 3) and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (also BBC Radio 4). Festival appearances include Edinburgh, Edmonton, Amsterdam, Bristol Old Vic Jam, Latitude, SlapDash and Elsinore Castle Denmark. Also appearances at the Royal Court, National Theatre, Soho, Drill Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe and Second City Toronto.  Recent work includes direction of Instant Broadway for Andre Theatre Oslo.

Cathleen McCarron for RSC Cathleen McCarron spent 10 years as a professional actress, working across theatre, TV, film and radio. Her passion for developing performers’ voices grew out of both her parallel career as a professional storyteller, working with the oral tradition, and from her extensive voiceover work, which has included audiobooks, iPhone apps, English language teaching courses and post-production dialogue for film.   She graduated with Distinction from the MA Voice Studies course at Central and taught voice, text, accent and dialect in UK drama schools, businesses and heritage sectors, before joining the RSC in 2011.   Andrew McKinnon for Birkbeck Andrew McKinnon is a theatremaker, mentor and writer who runs the MA in Creative Producing for Theatre and Live Performance - a one-year vocational training for producers - at Birkbeck, University of London.  He has been Artistic Director of theatres in York, Perth and Newcastle upon Tyne; has been involved in a wide variety of projects for advanced professional theatre training; and has written several theatre degree courses, including the Birkbeck MFA Theatre Directing and the MACP. A consultant to many arts organisations, he also mentors and develops theatremakers and creative producers in the UK and internationally. Adam Meggido for School of Night Co-creator of the award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and has improvised at The Royal Court Theatre, The Olivier (RNT), Shakespeare’s Globe, Bristol Old Vic, and for BBC Radio. A regular player at the world’s longest impro show - the 53-hour Soapathon in Edmonton, Canada. He is producer of the annual London 50 hour Improvatho http://www.improvathon. and creator of the award-winning Terror Seasons at the Soho Theatre. He is a writer, director and teacher, associate director of the NYT and Head of Foundation at LAMDA. His musical Burlesque recently won Best New Musical at The Off West End Theatre Awards.

Ben Morris for LAMDA Ben trained at the National Film and Television School, graduating with the award-winning film Acts of Kindness. He has directed further short films, episodes of Casualty, Holby City, The Bill and other television drama. Since 2009 he has developed a series of workshops preparing actors and directors for screen work, and alongside his work at LAMDA and the Met Film School, he continues to develop his drama portfolio. Chris Nolan for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts Chris is Interim Head of Music and Singing (Musical Theatre programme) at Mountview. He trained as a classical pianist and singer in Australia, as a musical theatre performer in Singapore, and has an MA from GSA. He is a pioneer in the integrated training of spoken voice and singing, having worked in this capacity at many drama schools throughout the UK. Theatre credits include: The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music (Broadway Production/Australian Tour); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Asian Tour); Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (DBS Arts Centre); King James Bible (Shakespeare’s Globe). As a pianist he recently played Verdi’s Requiem at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, and Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Palace of Music, Barcelona. Chris has just finished his work as a casting director for Search for a Superstar for ITV. Terry O’Connor for Forced Entertainment and University of Sheffield Terry O’Connor has been a core member and performer with Sheffield based Forced Entertainment since 1986, creating a broad practice of performance for theatres, galleries and digital media. From the mid ’80s to the present day, she has also created practice - and lecture-based interactions with the Academy, reflecting and refining strategies for making new work. In 2009 she was awarded an AHRC Creative Fellowship at Roehampton University, where she is currently exploring collaboration in relation to the poetics and ethics of conversational exchange, through the research project Say the Word. In September 2011, Terry was appointed Professor in Contemporary Theatre and Performance Practice at the University of Sheffield.


Gbolahan Lekan Obisesan Gbolahan is a writer and director. He was the recipient of the Bulldog Princep Directors Bursary 2008 - 2009 at the National Theatre Studio and won the 2009 Jerwood Award at the Young Vic Theatre for which he directed the critically acclaimed SUS. Other Directing credits inclide: Sixty Six Books (BushTheatre); Songs Inside (The Gate Theatre); Eye/Balls (Soho Theatre). Writing credits include: Regeneration, Deconstructing the Barack, Home and Hold it Up. His short play Set Me Fair - A May Fling was showcased along with other writers from the Pentabus writers week at the Latitude Festival July 2011. In August 2011 his play Mad About The Boy was awarded with a Fringe First and is currently on a National tour. Gbolahan was recently invited to a reception at Buckingham Place for his contribution to young people in performance arts.   Lucy Osborne Recent work includes: The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), Love, Love, Love (Royal Court/Paines Plough), The Roundabout Season and design of the Roundabout Theatre (Sheffield Theatres/Paines Plough), Huis Clos (Donmar Warehouse at Trafalgar Studios, Plenty (Sheffield Theatres), The Taming of The Shrew and Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). As an Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre designs include: Where’s My Seat?, The Aliens, Like A Fishbone, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, The Whisky Taster, Artefacts, Wrecks, 2,000 Feet Away, Tinderbox, Broken Space Season and tHe dYsFunCkshOnalZ! Forthcoming work includes: Utopia (Soho Theatre/Newcastle Live). Natalie Perkins for Central School of Speech and Drama Natalie Perkins is a London based freelance scenic artist, specialising in murals, community projects, workshops and festivals. Currently she works mainly on festivals, such as Boomtown Festival, which will be on this August in Hampshire. Her work has also appeared at Lovebox, Bestival, the Pleasure Gardens and Longborough Opera Festival. West End credits include: Billy Elliot, Cats, Legally Blonde and The Sound of Music. She is most proud of the six-story tower block with a tube train crashing out of the roof that she worked on and now appears at Glastonbury Festival every year.

Amanda Piña Amanda Piña, studied Physical Theatre in Santiago de Chile, (Jacques Lecoq methodology) and Contemporary Dance and Choreography in Barcelona (AREA), Salzburg (SEAD) and Choreographic centre Montpellier, (direction Mathilde Monnier). In 2005 she founded her company nadaproductions who are based in Vienna. She worked with choreographers such as DD, Dorvillier, Ewa Bankowska, Daniel Aschwanden, Frans Poelstra & Robert Stejin, Christine Gaigg and Andrei Andrianov. Her main interests are new ways of working with text, image and movement in the context of contemporary Theatre and Dance. Her work as choreographer/ director formed the tetralogy Self, You, WE, and THEM followed by IT, TEATRO and NATURE recently presented at Theatre Brut in Vienna. Molly Regan for Steppenwolf Molly Regan has been a member of the Steppenwolf Ensemble since 1985, appearing in dozens of productions, teaching and directing. She has been nominated four times for the Joseph Jefferson Award, and received the award for Another Time with Albert Finney. Broadway: Steppenwolfʼs August: Osage County, The Crucible and Stepping Out. West End: Love Song. She has appeared Off-Broadway and in many theatres across America. Film: Bullets Over Broadway, New York Stories and Radio Days, all directed by Woody Allen, Pollock and The Emperorʼs Club. Many television appearances including: The Sopranos, Law and Order, and a regular role on The Education of Max Bickford. She was the soprano soloist in symphony orchestra performances of Handelʼs Messiah and the Fauré Requiem. She will next be appearing in Good People at Steppenwolf. Jennifer Reischel for The Stage Jennifer Reischel is an author, theatre critic and performer. Her experience as a professional performer and drama school showcase reviewer for The Stage makes her uniquely placed to advise graduates on life after drama school. In her award-nominated guide So You Want To Tread The Boards, Jennifer shares her industry insights for performers at the beginning of their careers. She is a contributor to The Stage and other entertainment industry publications and websites. Jennifer trained at Mountview Academy and has appeared in numerous musical theatre shows, plays and her onewoman cabaret show. She is currently a member of the West End Chorus.

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Renato Rocha for World Shakespeare Festival Actor and director from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Part of Rio’s Bufomecanica Companys cast and directed O trem, o vagão e a moca de luvas with Flavia Pyramo and Babu Santana. He is also the creator and director of Os Inomináveis, a young group of artists, actors, dancers and singers that have in mind a common goal that is to create art through researching theatre, dance, cinema, circus, philosophy, history and acting. They recently had their first season at the Anônimo Theatre in Rio with their opening play Refluxo. Renato has a strong connection with London through the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he worked in 2006 on The Complete Works. Renato was invited to be a guest director and represent The Royal Shakespeare Company in London, for the WSF and will direct The Dark Side of Love, an RSC, Roundhouse and LIFT co production for the World Shakespeare Festival. Renato was invited by Deborah Shaw to accompany David Farr on the direction of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Tempest and Amir Nizar Zuabi, a Palestine director, on Comedy of Errors. Renato volunteers with Angus Scott-Miller’s and Bamshad Abedi-Amin’s work at Pan. They maintain a Theatre Company formed by teens from three of the most dangerous areas of London. His experiences in London will soon be shared at World Shakespeare Festival’s official blog. Susannah Rose for The Stage Marketing Coordinator at The Stage Media Company Limited, where she works on The Stage Events, Grads’ Club and a range of products and services from The Stage. Prior to her role at The Stage, Susannah worked at the Society of London Theatre marketing their commercial activities. She graduated from UCL with a degree in English Literature and trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Follow her @ susiemaryrose. Willy Russell for the Menier Chocolate Factory Willy Russell is one of the most successful playwrights of his generation. Since their premiers, plays such as Breezeblock Park, Stags And Hens, One For The Road, Educating Rita, Our Day Out and Shirley Valentine have been in continuous production throughout the world, with film versions of Educating Rita, Dancin’Thru The Dark and Shirley Valentine winning BAFTA awards and Academy Award Nominations. Russell has written soundtracks for film and TV (Connie, Mr. Love, Dancin’Thru The Dark, Shirley Valentine) and the score for Blood Brothers, which has become the third longest running musical of all time.


Pavel Semchenko for AKHE Pavel Semchenko studied in Leningrad Intermediate Art School, as well as The Mukhina Leningrad Higher Arts and Crafts College, The Serov Art School and The Russian Academy of Art. Pavel specialised in masonry and decoration at the Art Restoration Professional School in Leningrad. In 1988 Pavel got to know Boris Ponizovsky, the brightest theatre theorist in the last 70 years. Pavel Semchenko also acted with YESNO, whilst continuing painting. Then together with friends created theatre group AKHE in their first art squat, Pushkinskaya 10. From this point onwards all of his creative activities have been connected with AKHE theatre. The spectrum of these activities is wide: installations, sculpture, mural paintings of walls in public institutions, films, performances, exhibitions, illustrations and even dance. The activity of AKHE since 1996 was geared towards theatre, and Pavel Semchenko as a part of group has visited practically all large festivals of the country in Russia and Europe, and Asia. Oliver Senton for School of Night Oliver worked with Ken Campbell on The Warp (1998/9), and first improvised at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2005. He has appeared with The School in London, Edinburgh, Hamburg and Latitude Festival, and taught improvisation for Drama Studio London and the NYT among many others, as well as doing several 50-hour impro-marathons. He has worked for the RSC, Chichester and West Yorkshire Playhouse, is a founder member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, a regular collaborator with Slung Low and Alan Lane (Beyond The Front Line, The Count of Monte Cristo, Mapping The City, The Knowledge Emporium and the forthcoming Story Book) and has just finished a year in the West End production of Mamma Mia! Contact: Hannah Sibai for CC Skills Hannah Sibai is a Leedsbased Theatre Designer. She has designed sets and costume for companies including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Starving Artists, RashDash, Pointed Arrow, Red Ladder, Northern Creative, Upstart Theatre, Mooted Theatre and Whiteface Theatre. She has also been production designer on films for BBC’s Talent Boost, Dreamtiger Films and Pocket Projects, worked as a scenic artist for Slung Low and Interplay and model maker for various large-scale productions. She is particularly interested in interactive projects, examining the audience’s role and the space they inhabit. Hannah is a founding member of Oscar Mike, who make playful theatre and theatrical games.

Paul Smethurst for Re:Bourne/ New Adventures Paul trained at the London Studio Centre where he was the recipient of the Merryfield Award for Musical Theatre and the Elizabeth West award for Contemporary Dance. He joined the Intoto Dance Company in his final year, performing works by Raphael Bonachela, Janet Smith, Luca Silvestrini, Michael Popper and Isira Makululowe. Upon graduating Paul joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and made his debut in Swan Lake which toured the UK and internationally. For 6 years Paul danced in subsequent Swan Lake tours, Nutcracker! and most recently in Cinderella as a character principle. Paul also featured in Matthew Bourne’s Christmas for Channel 4 in 2011. As a dancer and actor for the ENO Paul has performed in Candide, Faust, Marriage of Figaro, Onegin and The Death of Klinghoffer at London’s Coliseum. Paul made his musical theatre West End debut as swing in the original cast of Imagine This (2008) and features on the cast recording and DVD. Most recently Paul performed as dancer/chorus in Opera North’s new production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel (Grand Theatre, Leeds and the Barbican Theatre, London). Matthew Smith for Mountview Head of Postgraduate Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Trained as an actor, at The Hub Theatre School in Cornwall and afterward at LAMDA. He took additional training at the worldrenowned Moscow Arts Theatre School. After a short but rewarding career as an actor Matthew moved into directing, beginning as Assistant Director to Mike Alfreds and then Helena KautHowson. He was Assistant Director at The RSC for two years where he worked with Adrian Noble, Edward Hall, Greg Doran, Stephen Poliakoff and the legendary Russian director Kama Ginkas. He has taught and directed at many leading drama schools and was senior acting tutor at GSA. Gail Sneddon Gail graduated from Laban in 1997 and has worked with Nigel Charnock, Athina Vahla, Ersatz and others. In 2000 she set up her own company Modusforum, creating performance/ installation based works concentrating on combining movement with sound and spatial design. After gaining an MA in Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, she worked as Artistic Director for a broad range of events in various fields. Films include The Fall of Adam commissioned by South East Dance Film and Arts Council England distributed internationally.  In 2011 she was Co-Director and Video Designer on Claire Cunningham’s Ménage a Trois. She is a guest lecturer and mentor at The University of the West of Scotland, where she is currently working on her PhD.

Duke Special Duke Special is an artist aptly named. Dynamic, musically ambitious and bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”, Duke Special - AKA the endlessly inventive Peter Wilson - is once heard, never forgotten. Duke Special’s new album - Oh Pioneer. Past Albums include: Songs from the Deep Forest, I Never thought this day would come, A Book,The Stage & The Silver Screen. Other pieces: Ruby Murray commissioned by RTE TV in Ireland; Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand commissioned by Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York. Max Stafford Clark for Out Of Joint His work as a Director has overwhelmingly been with new writing, and he has commissioned and directed first productions by many of the country’s leading writers including Sue Townsend, Stephen Jeffreys, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Sebastian Barry, April de Angelis, Mark Ravenhill, Andrea Dunbar, Robin Soans, Alistair Beaton, Stella Feehily, David Hare and Caryl Churchill. In addition he has directed classic texts for The Royal Court, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Out of Joint. He has also directed for The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, for Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, New York and for the Sydney Theatre Company. Rob Swain for Birkbeck Rob Swain is a theatre director who runs the MFA Theatre Directing at Birkbeck University of London: a two-year vocational training for theatre directors. For five years he was the artistic director of Harrogate Theatre and before that the associate director of the New Vic Theatre in Staffordshire and the London Bubble. He has twice won the Mentorn/Central TV Award for productions of new plays. Interests include the training of directors, producers, writers and actors, and the development of new writing, particularly documentaries and plays with innovative uses of music. He is also the chair of the drama school accreditation committee of the National Council for Drama Training. His book Directing: A Handbook for Emerging Theatre Directors is published by Methuen.

Blaze Tarsha for NoFit State Blaze first encountered circus at the age of 14 when her mum was employed by NoFit State circus as the ontour chef. Touring with NoFit State changed Blaze’s aspirations; she left school to attend Circomedia in Bristol, achieving a triple distinction in circus and performance arts. She stayed there to complete a degree in circus arts. Blaze performed in NoFit State’s show Labyrinth at the Eden Project, doing counterweight hoop in the med biome. A creative theatrical and physical performer focused mainly on integrating theatrical concepts with aerial dance, aerialhoop and cord-lisse.

Eric Turro for Havana Rumba Regarded as the undisputed master of Traditional Cuban Dance, Eric is the master of the classic style of Cuban dance of the 1940s and 50s, pre Cuban revolution, the golden age of Cuban music and dance: Eric mastered his style dancing with the Buena Vista Social Club and learned from the masters, Aspirina, Angoa, Silvia Navarro, Santa Cruz and Orlando. Outside of Cuba, Eric tours with Los Van Van, Afro Cuban Allstars, Orquestra Buena Vista, and for nine years with the stage show, The Bar at Buena Vista. World Record Holder for continuing dance revolutions, 1 hour 17 minutes.

Magdalena Tuka Actress, performer, workshop leader and culture animator. She graduated from Warsaw’s Theatre Academy and Actor of Drama diploma at ZASP. She then trained and worked at Warsaw’s theatre company Studium Teatralne where she stayed for 9 years. Projects: The City, Midnight, Parsifal, Hamlet, Nizynsky, Henryk Hamlet Hospital, Gates of Paradise. Recently she is collaborating with Via Negativa from Slovenia, projects: Casablanca Therapy, Shame. In 2011 she received a scholarship to develop a solo performance titled Cold Feet (premiere in June 2012, Warsaw) from the Polish Ministry of Culture. In London she is collaborating with Para Active company, co-founder of culture organization Sztuka Nowa based in Warsaw.

Kieron Vanstone for Old Vic Tunnels Kieron Vanstone is currently The Old Vic Tunnels’ Project Development Manager. He is focused on bringing new and exciting endeavours and projects to The Old Vic Tunnels, both inside and outside its walls. This includes The Midnight Masked Ball for Wilderness Festival 2012 and Project 8, a year’s worth of programming in collaboration with Network Rail and Lambeth Council Youth Offending Team. He is renowned in the industry for his creative reinvention of disused objects to develop beautiful and practical installations and firmly believes in merging design and skill based roles to create an emerging role within the industry. Kieron has been with the company since November 2010, acting as both Site Consultant and Assistant Site Manager, overseeing the venue through a period of massive transition and growth. Prior to this Kieron worked closely with Punchdrunk and was the Assistant Stage Manager for Ghost Stories in the West End. He really loves cooking.

Lyndsey Turner for Sheffield Theatres Lyndsey’s directing credits include: Posh, Our Private Life, A Miracle and Contractions (Royal Court); The Way Of The World, Alice (Sheffield Crucible); Edgar And Annabel, There Is A War (National Theatre); Joseph K and Nocturnal (Gate); My Romantic History (Traverse, Bush, Sheffield Theatres) and The Lesson (Arcola). Lyndsey is an Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres.

Glen Walford NSDF Board Member International Theatre director. Artistic Director London Bubble (Founder) Chung-Ying Theatre Hong Kong (Founder), Ludlow Festival Shakespeare. As Artistic Director Liverpool Everyman commissioned and directed Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine and in 2010 directed Meera Syal as Shirley for Menier Chocolate Factory and Trafalgar Studios. Winner of  ‘Solo Performance’ at whatsonstage awards. Directed in countries world-wide in ten languages. 2011/12 included Shirley Valentine in Seoul (in Korean), Park Avenue Cat Arts Theatre, West End and just opened Merchant of Venice Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.   NSDF judge six times and trustee. From August through early September 2012 Glen will be leading Gilgamesh a site-specific musical project for AV – a Tehran based theatre company.

NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss


Rachael Walton for Third Angel Rachael is the CoArtisctic Director of Third Angel. She is a director, writer and performer. She has been making devised work for the past seventeen years, primarily with her company Third Angel. During this time she has relived a lost relationship while walking backwards in fake snow for five hours, played Mary Queen of Scots in a dress made of paper at the Schillertage Festival, she has murdered people, lit candles, danced on chairs, thrown up fake blood, bathed in public and misread peoples palms and misquoted the future at Home. She has created and performed in work, which has toured to Hungary, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Armenia, Ireland and other European countries. She co-directed the company’s current show What I Heard About the World, which is an English, Portuguese, German Co-production which has toured both here and Portugal and will be going up to the Edinburgh Festival this year and then onto Helsinki. Rachael also lectures in Universities and mentors artists both here and abroad. Zashiki Warashi Drum Duo for Fuel The Zashiki Warashi drum and flute duo rises from the ancient drum and flute traditions of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Akinori Fujimoto (drums) and Mikey Kirkpatrick (flutes) perform original compositions using acoustic special effects, extended techniques, polyrhythms and groove-based melodies. More recently they have begun experimenting with live processing as well as triggering of sampled sounds. Having developed their work over 7 years while busking and gigging across London they are now recording their debut album. Michael Wharley for The Stage Michael Wharley is a leading voice in the entertainment industry on photography, social media and technology. Following a successful career as a stage actor, Michael became a photographer, qualifying as a Licentiate of the prestigious British Institute of Professional Photography. He provides headshot photography services to hundreds of actors every year. As a regular contributor to publications including The Stage and Fourthwall Magazine, Michael reports on the latest trends and developments in arts and technology. His varied personal experience of the entertainment industry, coupled with specialist expertise, gives him unique insights into the challenges of sustaining a career in this rapidly changing industry.


Monique Wilson Monique Wilson is one of the Philippine’s veteran theatre and film actresses. At 18 she starred as the lead role in the original London West End production of Miss Saigon. In 1994, she went back to the Philippines and founded the New Voice Company, with a vision to awaken, inspire and transform Philippine audiences with socially provocative and innovative political theatre work. She has produced plays like The Vagina Monologues in the Philippines since 2000, and helped change the laws on sex trafficking and domestic violence with performances in the Philippine Senate and Philippine Congress. She has also directed and created many of the New Voice Company’s acclaimed productions. Monique has received numerous awards as an artist including the The Outstanding Women of the Nation Award for Theatre and Culture, the Outstanding Artist of Manila Award for Theatre and the Arts, Honor of the Country Award for Theatre, FAMAS Special Award for Theatre, among many others. She took up theatre at the University of the Philippines and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She has an MA in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London where she graduated with distinctions. Monique is currently Head of the MA/MFA Acting International Course at East 15 Acting School. Victoria Williams for Royal Shakespeare Company Victoria is a freelance voice coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is also part of the voice team on Matilda at The Cambridge theatre at the moment.Victoria specialises in getting Shakespeare into the body and she runs workshops across the country for adults and young people.Victoria has also worked a great deal with voice in the open air and she runs the Raise your voice project for the Minack theatre in Cornwall. Clive Wolfe President NSDF Clive has been involved in every NSDF bar that in 1962: acted in the first winner (1956: director Timothy West) and in a 1961 finalist; Local Organiser, 1959; Festival Selector 1962 - 2000; Festival Judge (mostly with Harold Hobson and Rona Laurie), 1965 - 1970; first (until last year, 2000 the only) professional NSDF organiser from 1968; also Artistic Director, 1970 - 2000. In 1976 he founded the World Student Drama Trust, International Student Playscript Competition and National Student Theatre Company. Major contributor to the book Raw Talent – 50 Years of NSDF. Currently aiming to develop the ISPC and establish the NSDF Archives in the splendid Theatre Collection at Bristol University. NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss

Richard Wilson Trained at RADA and is best known for his role in One Foot In The Grave which has won him numerous awards including a British Comedy Award and two BAFTAs. Numerous theatre include: ‘Malvolio’ in Greg Doran’s production of Twelfth Night (RSC and West End), starred in Whipping It Up (The Bush, West End), Waiting For Godot (Manchester Exchange), What The Butler Saw (National Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Traverse). Recent Television credits include: ‘Gaius’ in Merlin, New Tricks, Demons, Kingdom, Reichenbach Falls, The True Voice of Prostitution, Dr Who, Born And Bred, High Stakes. Richard is a Director and he is a former Associate Director of the Royal Court where most recently he directed Rainbow Kiss. He directed Primo at the National Theatre starring Antony Sher which transferred to Hampstead and then to Broadway. He also directed the film version for HBO/ BBC. Richard is an Associate Director for Sheffield Theatres. Last year he directed That Face at the Crucible Theatre starring Frances Barber and this year he will direct The Pride starring Daniel Evans. In 1994 he was awarded the OBE for services to drama as a director and actor. Tom Wilton for Old Vic Tunnels Tom Wilton joined The Old Vic Tunnels as the Volunteer Manager in 2011, overseeing the venue’s programme of inclusive volunteering opportunities. He is responsible for recruiting and encouraging the creative young people who give up their time to support the venue in a variety of innovative and off-the-wall projects that underpin The Old Vic Tunnels’ artistic programme. He provides mentoring and guidance to the volunteers who seek to enter the creative industries. Prior to this, Tom spent seven years working in community engagement for theatre venues and as a freelancer. He designed and managed projects for mass participation and specialised in creating programmes for targeted groups in the community, including the elderly, excluded young people, young offenders and those with learning disabilities. Rob Young Course Director for Stage Management and Technical Theatre at LAMDA. Rob has worked across all scales of production and his experience has spanned 20 years and has taken him to well over 100 UK venues and 30 International venues. Rob was the first Company and Production Manager for Out of Joint, where he managed 9 new productions over the first 5 years of the company’s life. These included The Libertine, The Steward of Christendom, Shopping and F***ing and Blue Heart. Other theatre credits include Jerry Springer – The Opera, Yukio Ninagawa’s production of Hamlet, Thelma Holt and Theatre Royal Plymouth’s production of The Tempest.

Technical Theatre New venues opening in 2013 will provide the opportunity to work with state-of-theart equipment in a range of theatres, studios and concert halls unequalled in the UK. Apply now for the BA Technical Theatre Arts programme: • Automation

• Prop Making

• Construction

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• Costume Management

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• Technical Management

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World-class training in the heart of the City of London

Schedule Fri 22nd June

Sun 24th June

Mon 25th June







Opening Ceremony




Inheritance Blues

Discussion: Sweeney Todd, Inheritance Blues & the Lives They Left Behind

Discussion: Five Names & Leather




Gaza Monologues


If Room Enough


Crucible FOH Crucible

Crucible Studio

The Lives They Left Behind Hallam Hall


Sweeney Todd


Inheritance Blues


Five Names


The Lives They Left Behind


Crucible Studio Drama Studio

Hallam Hall


School of Night Crucible

Sat 23rd June 10.00-11.30





Sweeney Todd


Inheritance Blues


Five Names


The Lives They Left Behind






Five Names


Inheritance Blues


The Lives They Left Behind




Sweeney Todd


Inheritance Blues


The Lives The Left Behind


Five Names


Old Vic Tunnels: The Social Fairground


Crucible Crucible

Crucible Studio Drama Studio

Hallam Hall

Crucible 13.20-14.05 A Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 14.00-15.05 Five Names Drama Studio 14.25-15.30 Leather The Hubs 14.40-15.25 B Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 15.45-17.15 Workshops Various 17.40-18.25 A Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 18.00-19.30 Gaza Monologues Crucible 18.55-20.00 Leather The Hubs 19.00-19.45 B Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 20.30-22.00 Gaza Monologues Crucible 20.30-23.00 Tainai Hallam Hall 20.45-21.30 A Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 21.30-22.35 Leather The Hubs 22.10-22.55 B Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 23.15-00.15 Sheffield Hallam

University Comedy Night

The Hubs Various




Hallam Hall Crucible

Crucible Studio 14.00-14.45 B Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 15.45-17.15 Workshops Various 15.45-16.00 Slung Low and Olympic


Tudor Square




If Room Enough

Hallam Hall

Crucible Studio 18.00-18.45 A Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 20.30-23.00 Mephisto Drama Studio 20.30-22.30 Our Town Firth Hall 20.45-21.30 A Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop 21.00-22.05 If Room Enough Crucible Studio 21.00-22.15 Moderate Light Fastness The Hubs 22.10-22.55 B Zombie Haiku Theatre Workshop


Drama Studio Crucible Studio

Hallam Hall The Hubs Crucible

Crucible Studio

Hallam Hall


Drama Studio

The Hubs, Pod B

Follow your route!

Your Festival Pass tells you whether you are on the Red, Green, Blue, Pink or Orange Route. The colours next to the performances above indicate which performances your Festival Pass will get you in to. Performances with no dots are open to everyone. You must book tickets for: Knight Watch and Your Last Breath as you would workshops as these shows have limited capacity.

Tues 26th June

Weds 27th June






Discussion: Zombie Haiku & Gaza Monologues


Discussion: If Room Enough & Tainai




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Our Town


Moderate Light Fastness


If Room Enough






Our Town


If Room Enough


Moderate Light Fastness






Our Town


Moderate Light Fastness


Knight Watch – Inua Ellams

Drama Studio Hallam Hall Firth Hall

The Hubs

Crucible Studio Various

Hallam Hall Firth Hall

Crucible Studio The Hubs

Drama Studio Crucible

Firth Hall



Drama Studio

Firth Hall 13.45-14.10 A Unlovable Theatre Workshop 13.55-15.10 Moderate Light Fastness The Hubs 14.50-15.15 B Unlovable Theatre Workshop 15.45-17.15 Workshops Various 17.30-20.00 Mephisto Drama Studio 17.45-19.45 CryHurtFood Crucible 19.00-19.55 Stains Hallam Hall 20.35-21.00 A Unlovable Theatre Workshop 21.00-21.55 Stains Hallam Hall 21.30-22.30 Fatherly Crucible Studio 22.00-22.25 B Unlovable Theatre Workshop 23.15-00.15 University of Sheffield

Cabaret Night

The Hubs


Tudor Square

London 2012

ISDF is part of the London 2012 Festival – the 12-week nationwide festival which is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. ISDF would like to thank London 2012 for all their support and enthusism and wish them a highly successful festival. Find out more at

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Fri 29th June

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Discussion: CryHurtFood & Mephisto


Discussion: Our Town & Moderate Light Fastness


The Birthday Party




Discussion: Umfazi, The Birthday Party, Fatherly, Unlovable, Good, Stains & Wake in Fright


Last Orders




Last Night Party





Hallam Hall 13.45-14.10 A Unlovable Theatre Workshop 14.00-15.00 Fatherly Crucible Studio 14.15-15.15 Umfazi Crucible 14.50-15.15 B Unlovable Theatre Workshop 15.45-17.15 Workshops Various 18.00-18.25 A Unlovable Theatre Workshop 18.00-19.30 Wake in Fright The Hubs 18.15-19.15 Umfazi Crucible 18.15-19.15 Fatherly Crucible Studio 18.30-19.25 Stains Hallam Hall 19.15-19.40 B Unlovable Theatre Workshop 20.45-21.45 Fatherly Crucible Studio 20.45-22.55 The Birthday Party Drama Studio 21.00-22.10 Good Firth Hall 21.15-22.15 Umfazi Crucible 21.15-22.45 Wake in Fright The Hubs 23.15-00.15 Duke Special Crucible Bar




The Birthday Party Drama Studio

13.45-14.10 A Unlovable Theatre Workshop 13.45-15.15 Wake in Fright The Hubs 14.00-15.00 Fatherly Crucible Studio 14.00-15.10 Good Firth Hall 14.50-15.15 B Unlovable Theatre Workshop 15.45-17.15 Workshops Various 15.45-17.15 Sheffield Hallam

University and the John Godber Company present the world premiere of The Duck Stranglers of Janada Crucible


The Birthday Party




Wake in Fright






The Birthday Party




Wake in Fright




Curious Directive:Your Last Breath


Drama Studio Firth Hall

Crucible Crucible Crucible

Crucible Bar

This year, the blue route is generously sponsored by:

Drama Studio Firth Hall The Hubs Crucible Hallam Hall Drama Studio Firth Hall The Hubs Crucible

Crucible Studio


RWCMD enables students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions. Find out more at

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Sheffield Theatres Crucible Theatre – Opening Ceremony, daily discussions, performances, workshops, masterclasses, late night events, readings, Last Orders and Awards Crucible Studio – workshops, masterclasses and performances Crucible Adelphi Room - workshops Crucible Workshop – technical and design workshops Crucible Cutting Room – technical and design workshops Crucible Rehearsal Room – Home to Noises Off the festival magazine Crucible Bar and Front of House Areas – the hub of the International Student Drama Festival, where you will find the registration, information desks, box office, workshop desks and sign ups, the ISDF Trade Fair and in the evening a space to chill out and reflect on the days events and see some of the late night events. Café Crucible – a place to grab hot and cold snacks as well as drinks throughout the day. Crucible Corner – Open throughout the day and into the evening Crucible Corner is a great place to relax, eat and drink and watch the Festival crowd swirling passed on Tudor Square. Sheffield Hallam University Hallam Hall – Performances Eric Mensforth Building (EMB) Rooms 1-9 – workshops EMB 10 – Front of House Team base Owen Building, The Void – workshops Chef Hallam – Technical Team, Front of House Team and Visiting Artists meals


University of Sheffield Drama Studio – performances Rehearsal Rooms 1-3 - workshops Theatre Workshop – performances and workshops


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The School of Night

23.15 – 00.15 Fri 22nd June Crucible Theatre

In ancient Egypt, the summoning of dead spirits to talk to the Pharaohs was accepted practice. In mediaeval Europe, hermits and saints passed on messages from other realms. Through history, poets and seers have been tortured and burnt by rulers who wish to control not only this world, but those that speak to us from Beyond: the Roman Catholic church threw the Cathars onto bonfires as they sang their odes of joy. In the late sixteenth century, The School of Atheism, or School of Night as it became known, was a gathering of poets and nobleman, around Sir Walter Ralegh and the Wizard Earl of Northumberland Henry Percy, which met to debate forbidden themes of art and natural philosophy - verse and song, astrology and navigation, the circulation of the blood. Rumour has it that the scribe in the corner recording their discussions and poetic ideas was the young William Shakespeare. The members of the current School of Night - The Illustrious Goader, Word Serpent, Gastromancer, The Fey Prince, Troubadour and Ganzfeld Man (as well as our young neophyte) - have spent their recent years summoning the Muses and raising the dead in a variety of psychogeographic points around England and the Continent. From the National Theatre to the shady Old Vic Tunnels, from the British Library to Hamburg, from Elsinore Castle to Canada and now Sheffield, The School has attempted to introduce the outside world to their secret bardic practices. Producing all their material seemingly from thin air, The School is in fact allowing the Muses to speak through them. Extemporising - literally, stepping or existing outside time allows them to speak the passages of Milton, Chaucer or even the great Shakespeare himself, the words of Leonard Cohen, Jane Austen or any writer who may spring to mind; the passages that were never written down, but remain floating around in the etheric atmosphere around us...


Old Vic Tunnels presents

The Social Fairground

23.15 – 00.15 Sat 23rd June The HUBS, Pod B

Bring the underground, above ground. It’s Saturday night and The Social Fairground is in town. Confusion, discomfort and the unexpected are the beginnings of a blossoming friendship. Let’s get talking, connecting and most of all, have fun in the Fairground.    

Sheffield Hallam University Comedy Night 23.15 – 00.15 Sun 24th June Sheffield Crucible

Sheffield Hallam University’s The Antics, and were set up four years ago. They have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for two years and already beginning to make a name for themselves. The night will be filled with games and frolics and will be sure not to disappoint. Programmed by Kat Palmer, Sheffield Hallam University.

Slung Low celebrate the Olympic Torch

15.45-16.00, Mon 25th June Tudor Square

To celebrate the arrival of the Torch Relay in Sheffield on Monday 25 June a whole host of performers will be taking to the stage on Tudor Square, Devonshire Green, Hillsborough Park and Barkers Pool. Arts organisations, schools, community groups, students will showcase their talents in a programme that includes dancers, choirs, flags, bands, musicians, theatre and much, much more.   Sheffield Children’s Festival will launch the day’s activities in Tudor Square. From 10am hundreds of children will be performing specially commissioned dance pieces on the theme of journeys or singing in choirs.   Events in Tudor Square continue to 5.00pm with an entertaining line up including theatre from students of Sheffield Hallam University, a performance from Slung Low and the Ensemble students from the International Student Drama Festival 15.45-16.15, songs from a visiting Cuban Choir, a performance by Hype Dance and more. Celebrations get underway on Devonshire Green from 12.30pm – 17.00 with a line up of dance, music and band performances showcasing Sheffield talent throughout the afternoon and events in Hillsborough Park will run from 17.00 – 19.00. From 17.00 attention moves to the main stage in Barkers Pool for a fantastic programme of music and dance that continues into the evening. Join us for a whole day of free performances as Sheffield welcomes the Olympic Torch.

Special Events & Late Night Entertainment

Fuel presents

Inua Ellams’ Knight Watch

23.00-23.40 Tues 26th June Outside Lyceum Theatre, Tudor Squ.

In a world where tower blocks are stone mountains and city walls are urban tapestries retelling epic fights, Michael keeps away from the warring tribes until a passerby helps him out of a tight situation. Instantly, he is pulled into the culture he has tried to escape. The city spirals out of control as battle lines are drawn and redrawn. In the quest for balance, loyalty, faith and friendships are tested, but will Michael succeed in ending the war? “Ellams’ poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop.” Time Out

University of Sheffield Cabaret 23.15–00.15 - Weds 27th June Sheffield Crucible

The Rolling Tones A group of female singers who love adapting and performing modern pop songs in a new style with harmonies, step-clicks and laughs to boot. Scott & The Megablocks A fun and lively band who cover anything and everything and have a great time doing it, a treat both to watch and to hear. The Thunderbards A renowned sketch comedy duo, winner of the ‘Best Act’ award at the Sheffield Student Comedy Festival 2011 The Shrimps Award-winning improvised comedy from the University of Sheffield. “Utterly brilliant...a better-looking Whose Line Is It Anyway” (Exposed Magazine, March 2009)

Duke Special & Chip Bailey

23.15-00.15 - Thurs 28th June Sheffield Crucible Bar

Duke Special and Chip Bailey play a special gig for the International Student Drama Festival. Hailing from Belfast with a sound that is self-confessed “hobo-chic”, Duke Special - AKA the endlessly inventive Peter Wilson - is once heard, never forgotten. Blissfully at home in his own alluring genre of beautifully bruised romanticism, Duke Special inhabits a world unlike any other - a world filled with vaudeville-esque sensibility, sing-a-longs and addictive melodies. An evening not to be missed.

Sheffield Hallam University and the John Godber Company present the world premiere of...

The Duck Stranglers of Janada

15.45-17.15 - Fri 29th June Crucible Theatre

A brand new play written specially for ISDF by the legendary John Godber. Earlier this year two students from Sheffield Hallam University journeyed into Eastern Europe to research the regions Duck Strangler Trilogy. On arrival they discovered that the Duck Stranglers had suffered cultural genocide and their champions were missing. By sheer luck they met director Lubin Tanduck and playwright Jerzy Romarkov leaving Janda. In a plea that the same thing should never happen here the students invited the artists to the I.S.D.F. This is their story.

Curious Directive presents

Your Last Breath 23.00-00.05 Fri 29th June Sheffield Crucible Studio

1876 - Christopher leaves his young family behind to work in Norway. He will map the uncharted mountains for the very first time. 1999 - Anna’s body freezes after an extreme-skiing accident and her heart stops. But doctors gradually warm her until it miraculously starts beating again. 2011 - Freija, a successful business woman, has just lost her father. She travels to scatter his ashes in Norway. 2034 - Nicholas explains a medical breakthrough which saved his life as a baby, whereby the human body can be ‘suspended in animation.’ Spanning 150 years, curious directive fuse movement, live piano score and video to unravel the landscapes of the heart and our own personal geographies. Fringe First Winner 2011. “Connections of many different kinds lie at the heart of this rigorous, inventive and intelligent show from bright young company curious directive.” Lyn Gardner,The Guardian **** “Supremely imaginative.” The Telegraph **** @c_directive /#YOURLASTBREATH

Artists invited by Sheffield Hallam University and the John Godber Company.


Workshop Schedule Saturday 23rd June 10.00 - 11.30

15.45 - 17.15

Introduction to Lighting One

Shout, Let it all Out; How to get Your Voice Heard in a Digital Age

Managing Conflict And Tension In The Rehearsal Process

Introduction to Lighting Two - Basic Lighting Rigs

Story into Song

Let’s Make a Show in an Hour and a Half:The Devising Process and How to Start It.

Chloe Kenward for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS David Newman (DIRECTING AND ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2 Glen Walford (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg) Rehearsal Room 2

Site Specific Choreography

Lucy Hind (CHOREOGRAPHY Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3

How Thinking About Design Can Make Your Show Better Lucy Osborne (DESIGN Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 4

Introduction to a Sound Desk

Matt Chisholm for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

There’s No Budget Like a Low Budget

Moth Eaten Films (FILM AND DOCUMENTARY Beg-Exp) EMB 3

Singing: From Improvising to the Greek Chorus Nia Lynn for RSC (VOICE Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1

Simple Actions

Pavel Semchenko for AKHE (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

Making Theatre Across the Ages

Richard Hurford, Andrew Loretto and Lucy Cullingford for Sheffield People’s Theatre (ACTING Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room

Ever Wondered Why we Bother to Rehearse?

School of Night (IMPROVISATION Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 3

Make and Create The Social Fairground

The Old Vic Tunnels (SITE-SPECIFIC Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS

There is no method.We just do it. And while doing it, we try to have fun Vikingur Kristjánsson for Vesturport (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

Andy Kyriakides and Chrissie Hines (MARKETING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1

Chloe Kenward and Mark Jenkins for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS Chris Thorpe (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 3

Computerised Sound Playback

Gareth Fry (DESIGN Beg-Exp) The Crucible Studio

The Torch

James Phillips, Lucy Hind and Alan Lane for Slung Low (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Adelphi Room

Auditions for the Masters in Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama

Karen Christopher Central School of Speech and Drama (AUDITIONS Int-Exp) Octagon Centre 2

How to Get Ahead

Kathleen Herron for The Sunday Times (CAREER PREPARATION Beg-Exp) EMB 3

Design a Touring Theatre From Scratch Lucy Osborne (DESIGN Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

Balance in Space

Magdalena Tuka (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3


Michael Corbidge for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Exp) EMB 1

Going Solo

Rani Moorthy (ACTING Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

The Actors’ Thinking

Richard Wilson (ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 4

Theme and Method - Telling Your Story as a Director Sophie Ivatts for Maria Aberg (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) EMB 5

Make and Create The Social Fairground

The Old Vic Tunnels (SITE-SPECIFIC Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS

Sunday 24th June 10.00 - 11.30

There is no method.We just do it. And while doing it, we try to have fun Vikingur Kristjánsson for Vesturport (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

15.45 - 17.15

So, I’m Writing This Play...

Directing the Book Scenes in a Book Musical

Finding Your Light and Using a Mic

Sound Design and Storytelling

Chris Thorpe (WRITING Beg-Exp) EMB 3 Gordon Nimmo Smith, Mark Cunningham and Matt Thompson for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

From Image to Action

Iman Aoun for Ashtar Theatre (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

The Torch

James Phillips, Lucy Hind and Alan Lane for Slung Low (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Octagon Centre 6

Collaborative Performance Composition Workshop

Karen Christopher for Central School of Speech and Drama (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2

Balance in Space

Magdalena Tuka (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2


Michael Corbidge for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Exp) EMB 2

Keep it Real

Moth Eaten Films (FILM AND DOCUMENTARY Beg-Exp) EMB 4

Singing;Vocal Range,Timbre & Texture Nia Lynn for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Exp) EMB 1

The Self-Organizing Drama And Self-Zombieing

Pavel Semchenko for AKHE (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

Making Theatre Across The Ages

Richard Hurford and Andrew Loretto for Sheffield People’s Theatre (WRITING Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room

Theme and Method - Telling Your Story as a Director Sophie Ivatts for Maria Aberg (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1

Cad Clinics

Tamsin Higgins for the NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

Invisible Theatre

The Old Vic Tunnels (SITE-SPECIFIC Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS

There is no method.We just do it. And while doing it, we try to have fun Vikingur Kristjánsson for Vesturport (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3


David Newman (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1 Gareth Fry (DESIGN Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS


Gbolahan Lekan Obisesan (WRITING Beg-Exp) EMB 3

Who’s Got the Power?

Glen Walford (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Octagon Centre 2

How to Get Ahead

Kathleen Herron for The Sunday Times (CAREER PREPARATION Beg-Exp) EMB 5

Site Specific Choreography

Lucy Hind (CHOREOGRAPHY Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

I’m a Director. I’m a Designer.What do we do Now? Lucy Osborne (DESIGN Beg-Exp) EMB 1

Directing New Writing

Lyndsey Turner for Sheffield Theatres (DIRECTING Int-Exp) Adelphi Room

Balance in Space

Magdalena Tuka (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS

Existing Here and Now

Pavel Semchenko for AKHE (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1


Richard Hurst (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3

Acting Shakespeare

Steph Street (ACTING Exp) Octagon Centre 4

The Fantastical World of Hamish Jenkinson

The Old Vic Tunnels (SITE-SPECIFIC Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

In conversation

Richard Schiff (MASTERCLASS Beg-Exp) Pod C HUBS

Monday 25th June 10.00 - 11.30

An Introduction to Modern Moving Lighting

Chris West from Ambersphere Solutions and Clay Paky (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

15.45 - 17.15

Cue to Music - The Art of Good Stage Management

Andy Franks and Jo Grabham for Mountview (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS

Arts Marketing

Introduction to Screen Acting

Backstage Tour of the Lyceum Theatre

Interpreting Songs in Musicals

Managing Conflict And Tension In The Rehearsal Process

Producing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Pursuing a Career in Sound in Theatre

An Introduction to Modern Moving Lighting

What is My Stage?

Traditional Cuban Dance

From Image to Action

Place and Narrative

The Torch

A New Take on a Classic Text

The Play’s The Thing

Voice Overs

Noel Coward - Style and Content

Theatre Machines: Devising Techniques Contemporary

Balance in Space

Directing New Writing

Getting Your Show on the Road

An Introduction to Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Scene Work

A Space, An Object and the Atmosphere

Lighting Design

An Introduction to Modern Control Systems

An Introduction to Modern Control Systems

How to Write Your First Sitcom

Noel Coward: Substance Over Style

Acting Through Song

Writing a TV Script

Exploring Acting and Directing Techniques Through Monologue

Acting Through Song

Reading of the Winner of the Internatioal Student Playscript Competition

Theme and Method - Telling Your Story as a Director

Claire Murray for Sheffield Theatres (MARKETING Beg-Exp) EMB 4 Dan Franklin for Sheffield Theatres (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Lyceum David Newman (DIRECTING AND ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 3 Gareth Fry (DESIGN Beg-Exp) Theatre Workshop

Gbolahan Lekan Obisesan (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1 Iman Aoun for Ashtar Theatre (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1 James Phillips, Lucy Hind and Alan Lane for Slung Low (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Adelphi Room John Godber (WRITING Beg-Exp) EMB 1 Jonathan Broadbent (ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 2 Magdalena Tuka (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3 Michael Brazier (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 3 Pavel Semchenko for AKHE (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1 Philip Norfolk from Ambersphere Solutions and MA Lighting (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS Richard Hurst (WRITING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 4 Sally Ann Gritton and Chris Nolan for Mountview (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2 Tamara Harvey (DIRECTING Exp) Octagon Centre 2 ISPC (READING Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS

Acting Through Song

Sally Ann Gritton and Chris Nolan for Mountview (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

Ben Morris for LAMDA (TV Beg-Exp) The Void

Glen Walford (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) EMB 5

Anthony Alderson and Holly Kendrick (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) EMB 8 Chris West from Ambersphere Solutions and Clay Paky (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS Eric Turro for Havana Rumba (DANCE Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1 Inua Ellams for Fuel (WRITING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 6 Jonathan Broadbent (DEVISED Int-Exp) EMB 2 Lucy Briers (TV&RADIO Beg-Exp) EMB 3 Lucy Ellinson (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1

Max Stafford-Clark for Out of Joint (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room Molly Regan for Steppenwolf (ACTING Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1 Natasha Chivers (DESIGN Beg-Int) Theatre Workshop Philip Norfolk from Ambersphere Solutions and MA Lighting (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS Richard Beecham (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 4 Richard Hurst (WRITING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 3 Sally Ann Gritton and Chris Nolan for Mountview (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3 Sophie Ivatts for Maria Aberg (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) EMB 4

Writing Reality

Steph Street (WRITING Exp) Octagon Centre 5

Pulse: Syllables and Silence, Stillness and Motion

Vikram Iyengar for Ranan (MOVEMENT Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

Promising Performance

Frances Babbage, Ben Eaton, Annie Lloyd, Alexander Kelly and Terry O’Connor for University of Sheffield (MASTERCLASS Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2

Don’t miss out!

Workshops should be booked in advance All workshops are ticketed and you will have been informed that you can book your ticket on-line from a week before the Festival but you can also book your ticket from the Workshop Desks in the Crucible 08.45-09.45 in the Crucible from the day prior to the day that you wish to attend. The Workshops Desks will be manned throughout the day if there are tickets remaining and there will also be someone available to answer questions if necessary. Please note tickets are allocated on a first come first serve basis and spaces on some workshops are limited.

Be prepared For all movement and physical workshops please ensure that you wear something suitable that you can move in. 47

Tuesday 26th June 10.00 - 11.30

15.45 - 17.15

Know Your Cue - The Art of Good Stage Management

Introduction to Screen Acting


Exploring Acting and Directing Techniques Through Monologue

Introduction to Screen Acting

Hoops and More Hoops

Introduction to Stage Management

Interviews for Mountview’s Technical Course

Writing for Performance.Writing in the Rehearsal Room.Writing for Theatre That’s Not Writing Plays


Andy Franks and Jo Grabham for Mountview (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS Anne Durham for LAMDA (MOVEMENT Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1 Ben Morris for LAMDA (TV Beg-Exp) The Void Cath Booth for Sheffield Theatres (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) EMB 9 Chris Thorpe (WRITING Beg-Exp) EMB 4

Stage Manager to CEO

Dan Bates for Sheffield Theatres (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) EMB 2

Handyman Workshop

Ben Morris for LAMDA (TV Beg-Exp) The Void

Tamara Harvey (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) EMB 3

Ana Cerrato and Blaze Tarsha for Nofit State (CIRCUS Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS Andy Franks and Jo Grabham for Mountview (TECHNICAL Int-Exp) EMB 2 Anne Durham for LAMDA (MOVEMENT Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3

An Introduction to Stage Pyrotechnics

Ben Stephen for NSDF Technical Team and Le Maitre (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) The Crucible Studio

How to Cast Actors

David Larking for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Crucible Workshop

Douglas Hodge and David Babani for the Menier Chocolate Factory (PRODUCING AND DIRECTING Int-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

Acting In Restoration Comedy: A Question Of Style

Place and Narrative

Acting and How to Prepare for a Part

Masterclass: Strangers Working in Strange Places

Traditional Cuban Dance

The Devisor’s Toolkit

David Newman (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Octagon Centre 2

Douglas Hodge for the Menier Chocolate Factory (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 5 Eric Turro for Havana Rumba (DANCE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

Shakespeare’s Magic

Glen Walford (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 6

Producing a Festival

Holly Kendrick for NSDF (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) EMB 6

A New Take on a Classic Text

Jonathan Broadbent (DEVISED Int-Exp) Octagon Centre 3

Theatre Machines: Devising Techniques Contemporary Lucy Ellinson (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1

Introduction to Postgraduate Acting Training, with Acting Workshop Matthew Smith for Mountview (ACTING Int-Exp) Octagon Centre 4

Directing New Writing

Max Stafford-Clark for Out of Joint (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room

Beyond Presence

Mehdi Farajpour (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

Inua Ellams for Fuel (WRITING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1 John Bashford and Robert Emms for LAMDA (MASTERCLASS Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2 Jorge Andrade from Mala Voadora and Rachael Walton from Third Angel (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 6

How to Get Ahead

Kathleen Herron for The Sunday Times (CAREER PREPARATION Beg-Exp) EMB 4

Voice Overs

Lucy Briers (TV & RADIO Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 3

Sound Effects and Measuring String

Mark Cunningham for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

Puppetry Basics

Matt Hutchinson Central School of Speech and Drama (PUPPETRY Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

Introduction to Postgraduate Acting Training, with Acting Workshop

Matthew Smith for Mountview (ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 9

Getting Your Show on the Road

Michael Brazier (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 5

Production Lighting for Big Rigs

Lighting Design

Mike Williams, Matt Chisholm and Matt Thompson for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

Coping with Colour

An Introduction to Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Talking Technique

Noel Coward: Substance Over Style

Sketch Comedy

The Art of Kathak: Introductory

Once in a Lifetime

Natasha Chivers (DESIGN Int-Exp) The Crucible Studio Philip Norfolk for Clay Paky (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS Richard Beecham (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) EMB 3

Vikram Iyengar for Ranan (MOVEMENT Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3

Molly Regan for Steppenwolf Theatre Company (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 4 Richard Hurst (COMEDY Beg-Exp) EMB 1

Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the Cultural Olympiad (MASTERCLASS Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room

Acting Through Song

Sally Ann Gritton and Chris Nolan for Mountview (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

HighTide Surgery

Steven Atkinson for HIghTide (WRITING Beg-Exp) EMB 8


Wednesday 27th June 10.00 - 11.30

15.45 - 17.15

Introduction to Stage Combat

Hoops and More Hoops

An Introduction to Making Work for Non-Theatre Spaces

Titan Programming

Hoops and More Hoops

Voice and Text

Titan Programming

Directing And Acting Comedy:The 39 Steps

Voice and Text

How to Find Your Resonant Voice

Writing for Solo Performance; Just You and the Words

An Introduction to Fundamentals in Sound Reproduction

How to Present Work to a Producing Theatre and how it is Programmed

A Beginners Guide to Producing & Project Management

Rodney Cottier for LAMDA (STAGE COMBAT Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1 Alan Lane for Slung Low (SITE-SPECIFIC Beg) EMB 3

Ana Cerrato and Blaze Tarsha for Nofit State (CIRCUS Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS Avolites (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS Cathleen McCarron for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Int) Octagon Centre 1 Chris Thorpe (WRITING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 6

Dan Bates for Sheffield Theatres (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room


David Babani for the Menier Chocolate Factory (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 5

Producing Your First Show

Holly Kendrick for NSDF and Stephen Wood for SJT (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) EMB 4

The Devisor’s Toolkit

Jorge Andrade from Mala Voadora and Rachael Walton from Third Angel (DEVISED Beg-Exp) EMB 8

Anton Chekhov:The Farce Behind the Drama Lucy Briers (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Octagon Centre 3

Theatre Machine:This is Not a #Riot Lucy Ellinson (DEVISED Beg-Exp) EMB 1

Murder in the Cathedral; A Workshop on Choral Text Lyn Darnley for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

Basic Rigging

Mike Williams and Pete Stormont for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

An Introduction to Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Scene Work Molly Regan for Steppenwolf (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2

Postgraduate Musical Theatre Auditions Workshop

Sally Ann Gritton and Chris Nolan for Mountview (AUDITIONS Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

Directing New Writing

Steven Atkinson for HighTide (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) EMB 2

Exploring Acting and Directing Techniques Through Monologue Tamara Harvey (DIRECTING Exp) Octagon Centre 4

Pulse: Syllables and Silence, Stillness and Motion

Vikram Iyengar for Ranan (MOVEMENT Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3

Ana Cerrato and Blaze Tarsha for NoFit State (CIRCUS Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS Avolites (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS Cathleen McCarron for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Int) EMB 2 David Newman (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Octagon Centre 3 Dee Forrest for Mountview (VOICE Beg-Exp) EMB 5 Ed Kinsella for EM Acoustics (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS Gabby Vautier (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) EMB 1

How to Conjure up and Communicate Erotic Power in Theatre Glen Walford (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 6

Audition Technique

John Bashford for LAMDA (AUDTIONS Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2

Theatre and Event Lighting and Control

John Hole for Zero 88 (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Theatre Workshop

How Do You Solve a Simple Problem Like Getting Into Drama School? Justin Audibert (ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 4

Murder in the Cathedral; A workshop on Choral Text Lyn Darnley for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1

Beyond Presence

Mehdi Farajpour (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

What would Matthew Bourne do?

Paul Smethurst for New Adventures (DANCE Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room

Introduction to Stage Combat

Rodney Cottier for LAMDA (STAGE COMBAT Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

Postgraduate Musical Theatre Auditions Workshop

Sally Ann Gritton and Chris Nolan for Mountview (AUDTIONS Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3


Struan Leslie for RSC (MOVEMENT Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

Exploring Acting and Directing Techniques Through Monologue Tamara Harvey (DIRECTING Exp) Octagon Centre 4

In discussion with Willy Russell , David Babani and Thelma Holt

Willy Russell and David Babani for the Menier Chocolate Factory and Thelma Holt (MASTERCLASS BegExp) The Crucible

Beat the queues...

Workshops can now be booked online For the first time, you can book your workshop places in advance from a computer or smartphone. Just visit for all the details. You’ll need your username and password, which has been emailed to you and is also printed on your festival pass. Once you’re booked in for a workshop you just need to turn up and your name will be on the door. Online booking is available until 8.45am the day BEFORE your chosen workshop. After this point you must visit the sign-in desks to get your place. Don’t worry if you can’t get online - there will be some tickets left for each event at the sign-in desks. You can review or cancel your bookings from the website. Please note that, if you book and don’t turn up, we may have to limit your limit your ability to book future workshops.


Thursday 28th June 10.00 - 11.30 Guerilla Producing

15.45 - 17.15 Structure and Story

Alan Lane for Slung Low (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 6

James Phillips (WRITING Int-Exp) EMB 5

Being Ready for the Flow

The Play’s The Thing


John Godber (WRITING Beg-Exp) EMB 2

The Singing Workshop

Daniel Evans for Sheffield Theatres (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room

Programming a Venue

David Babani for the Menier Chocolate Factory (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3

Practical Approaches to Working with Shakespeare for 8-18 Year Olds Dominic Fitch for Shakespeare Schools Festival (DIRECTING AND ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 8

Introduction to Remote Device Management (RDM) John Hole for Zero 88 (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

A Director Prepares

Justin Audibert (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) EMB 1

So Wanna Be a Theatre Producer?

Katie Harper for Stage One (PRODUCING Int-Exp) EMB 6

Noel Coward: the Darkness Behind the Light Comedy Lucy Briers (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2

Classic and Modern Texts

Mark Rosenblatt (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Octagon Centre 1

Moving Lights in a Moving World

Martin Professional and Stage Electrics (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

Postgraduate Acting Audition Workshop

Matthew Smith and Dee Forrest for Mountview (AUDITIONS Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

Beyond Presence

Mehdi Farajpour (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

How to Prepare for your Career in Prop-making, Scenic Art, Scenic Construction or Costume Construction

Natalie Perkins for Central School of Speech and Drama (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Sheffield Crucible Cutting Room

Who Do You Think You Are?

Rani Moorthy (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 3

How to Market Your Show for Free

Rupert Dannreuther for Rose Bruford College (MARKETING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 5

Hippotizer; An Introduction to the World’s Favourite Media Server Simon Harris for Green Hippo (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Theatre Workshop


Steph Street (ACTING Exp) EMB 3


Struan Leslie for the RSC (MOVEMENT Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

Voice and Text

Victoria Williams for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 4

Making a Scene: A Practical Screenwriting Workshop Phil Charles for Sheffield Hallam University (WRITING Beg-Exp) EMB 9

OFFER OF RESIDENCY FOR 3 – 12 MONTHS FROM POINT BLANK Point Blank is offering at least one dedicated workspace residency opportunity for new theatre company who are showing work in Sheffield’s International Student Drama Festival 2012. There is the opportunity for selections and interviews will take place during the festival Point Blank will to offer between 3-12 month free residency in one of our Make.shift studio spaces with the opportunity to develop and present new work. Ideally, the company would work close to Point Blank’s base within one of the South Yorkshire spaces

(Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley and Chesterfield) although we will consider companies that would like to work in areas further away, currently including Bradford, Mansfield, Liverpool, Manchester, Stoke and Newark. Point Blank will also offer administrative and production support, plus mentoring including developing partnerships with touring venues involved in the scheme such as Barnsley Civic and Bradford Theatre In The Mill. There is also the opportunity to showcase new work in partnership with Sheffield Theatres.

The Make.Shift programme as a whole offers free and highly subsidised studio and performance space to local artists, in unused spaces that have been reclaimed for artistic use. Artists can research, develop and perform new work in these spaces as well as having access to dedicated office space. For further details and an application form, please contact Marianne Bolton at quoting ‘PB/RESIDENCY’.

Friday 29th June 10.00 - 11.30

15.45 - 17.15

Alan Lane for Slung Low (SITE-SPECIFIC Beg) EMB 4

Andrew McKinnon with Birkbeck (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 3

An Introduction to Making Work for Non

Creative Producing

The Speaking Body

The Singing Workshop

Producing a Musical

Actor, Environment, Audience and other Considerations

From Songwriting to the Stage

From Songwriting to the Stage

Directing,Writing, Acting and Imagination

The World’s Largest Arts Festival; How to Take a Show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Claire Cunningham and Gail Sneddon (MOVEMENT Beg) Rehearsal Room 1 David Babani for the Menier Chocolate Factory (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 5 Duke Special and Ben Hales (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS James Phillips (DIRECTING Exp) EMB 5

Graduate Essentials: How to Launch Your Career Jennifer Reischel for The Stage Events (ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 6

Being on Stage; Performing not Acting in Devised Work Lucy Ellinson and Chris Thorpe for Unlimited (DEVISED Beg-Exp) EMB 1

Moving Lights in a Moving World

Martin Professional and Stage Electrics (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

Postgraduate Acting Audition Workshop

Matthew Smith and Dee Forrest for Mountview (AUDITIONS Beg-Exp) The Crucible

An Introduction to Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Scene Work Molly Regan for Steppenwolf Theatre Company (ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2

How does Matthew Bourne do it?

Paul Smethurst for New Adventures (DANCE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3

Director’s Question Time

Richard Beecham (DIRECTING Int-Exp) EMB 3

Something from Nothing:The Play is the Thing Simon Godwin for the NT Studio (DIRECTING Int-Exp) EMB 2

Acting in a New Play

Steven Atkinson for HighTide (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) Octagon Centre 3

Voice and Text

Victoria Williams for the RSC (VOICE Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 4

The Art of Kathak: An Introduction

Vikram Iyengar for Ranan (DANCE Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

Physical Theatre

Daniel Evans for Sheffield Theatres (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room David Farley (DESIGN Beg-Exp) Pod C HUBS

Duke Special and Ben Hales (MUSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2 Edinburgh Fringe (PRODUCING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 6

Creative Choices Costume

Hannah Sibai for CC Skills (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Sheffield Crucible Cutting Room

The Nine Principles of Devising

Jack Lowe for Curious Directive (DEVISED Beg-Exp) Pod B HUBS

Nuts and Bolts:The Essentials of Running A Performing Arts Company Jackie Elliman for ITC (PRODUCING Int-Exp) EMB 9

Shakespeare Scene Study

Justin Audibert (ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 8

Technician Impossible

Mark Jenkins and Pete Stormont for NSDF Technical Team (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

The JMK Award; Application Process Mark Rosenblatt (DIRECTING Int-Exp) EMB 2

Headshots: Create Your Perfect Contemporary Portfolio Michael Wharley for The Stage Events (ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 5

Pitch to be Guest Editor at IdeasMag

Nell Frizzell for IdeasTap (WRITING Beg-Exp) EMB 7


NSDF Youth Council (Q&A Beg-Exp) Richard Roberts Building 1

How does Matthew Bourne do it?

Paul Smethurst for New Adventures (DANCE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 1

So You Want to be an Actor?

Pippa Harrison and Emma Dyson for Spotlight (CASTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 4

Yorgos Karamalegos for LAMDA (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 2

Journey Into the Unknown

Theatre Royal Haymarket’s Masterclass Present a Masterclass with Maureen Lipman

The First Five Years

Maureen Lipman (MASTERCLASS Beg-Exp) Crucible Studio

Renato Rocha (DIRECTING AND ACTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 5 Rob Swain for Birkbeck (DIRECTING Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 2

Control is Everything

Writing CVs for Stage Management & Technical Theatre

Industry Speednetworking

Nothing but the Truth; Naturalism on the Stage

Simon Harris for Green Hippo (TECHNICAL Int-Exp) Theatre Workshop Industry Speednetworking (SPECIAL EVENT Beg-Exp) Adelphi Room

Rob Young for LAMDA (TECHNICAL Beg-Exp) Octagon Centre 1 Simon Godwin for the NT Studio (ENSEMBLE Ensemble) EMB 3


Struan Leslie for the RSC (MOVEMENT Beg-Exp) Rehearsal Room 3

There’s More to Being a Designer Than Crayons and Cad

Tamsin Higgins and Chloe Kenwards for NSDF Technical Team (DESIGN Beg-Exp) Pod A HUBS

Physical Theatre

Sat 30th June

Yorgos Karamalegos for LAMDA (PHYSICAL THEATRE Beg-Exp) Cutting Edge 1

How to Market Yourself

Yvonne I’Anson for Mountview (ACTING Beg-Exp) EMB 1

10.00 - 11.30


Awards Welcome to the awards page for ISDF 2012. My name is Robert Hewison, and I will be chairing the deliberations of our three distinguished international judges, Richard Schiff, John Godber and Rani Moorthy. This is to explain how their prize giving is going to work. The first thing to say is that every company and every company member who has made it through the selection process to Sheffield is already a prizewinner, and we salute you all. The second is that with twenty shows to celebrate we are not going to be comparing like with like, and our sole aim is to recognise and reward talent in whatever shape of form. That is why the awards come in two different categories: there are the annual awards given out each year at the NSDF, and the special Judges Awards. The annual awards are listed, with an explanation, further on. Equally important are the awards that the judges are free to give for anything they see that they like, that special something that an individual or a company has brought to the festival. For an example of the sort of things the judges liked last year, see the opposite page. THE JUDGES AWARDS

Come in two sizes, and can go to a company or an individual, so you could be in for: A Judges Company Award A Judges Individual Award A Judges Company Commendation A Judges Individual Commendation

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THE ANNUAL AWARDS The Buzz Goodbody Student Director Award

(patron the RSC) This goes to the most promising student director with a production in the festival. It is named after an outstanding director, “Buzz” Goodbody, who was discovered at NSDF66. She went straight on to work at the RSC, inaugurating the RSC’s studio at The Other Place. After some great productions, she died in 1975, so the award is in her memory. The Sunday Times Playwrighting Award This goes to the best new play in production at the festival. The Harold Hobson Student Drama Critic Award

This is named after the great Sunday Times critic, Harold Hobson, who founded the festival in 1956, and it goes to the best writing in the festival paper, Noises Off. The Cameron Mackintosh Award

Sponsored by the Mackintosh Foundation, this award goes to the most outstanding contribution to musical theatre at the festival. The Directors’ Guild Award

This goes to a promising director at the festival. The winner receives one year’s Associate Membership of the Directors’ Guild, access to master-classes and other Guild events. The Theatre Record Young Critics Award

Sponsored by Theatre Record for a promising young theatre critic. The Design Awards

Awarded in recognition of creative contributions in the fields of lighting, sound and design. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

The Festgoers Award This is you chance to vote for your favourite show in the festival! Voting takes place on Saturday 30th June.You will be able to place your votes in boxes at the Crucible Theatre. 52

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Technical Awards The Stage Electrics award for Outstanding Contribution To Sound – in association with Sennheiser Suzie Inglis, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) The Stage Electrics Award For Outstanding Contribution To Lighting - in association with Martin Professional Highly commended: Ben Hussey, University of Edinburgh, Samantha Dean, St. Mary’s University College, Hannah Gregory, University of Durham & Shiri Stern, University of Leeds Winner: Tom Halward, Kingston College The Stage Electrics Award For Outstanding Technical Achievement Highly commended: Ken Johnson, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Winners: Ben Saunders University of Durham and Cat Hobart University of Edinburgh Design Awards Design - Gus Miller and Phil Geller for After the End, University of Nottingham Lighting Design – Lizzie Drapper for The Resistible Rise of Arturo, University of Warwick Sound Design – Nikki Moss for Pornography, University of Cambridge Local Organiser Award Ashley Edwards, University of Hull Scarborough Campus The Arden Entertainment Edinburgh Show Award in association with IdeasTap The Observatory for East 15 Sunday Times Internships

NSDF 2011 Awards

Henry Ellis, University of Sussex Carly Mills, University of Stirling Alex Knox, Guildhall School of Music and Drama Georgia Snow, University of Newcastle Roisin Sullivan, The Guernsey Grammar School

International Student Playscript Competition Kevin Kautzman, University of Texas Theatre Record Young Critics Award Georgia Snow, University of Newcastle Harold Hobson Award Dan Hutton, University of Warwick Cameron Mackintosh Commendation for Musicality The Band from The Resistible Rise of Arturo, University of Warwick Cameron Mackintosh Award Amadeus, University of Edinburgh Performance Awards Cameron Mackintosh Performance Commendation: Isabelle Peters, Bristol Old Vic Young Company Judges’ Commendation for Collective Creativity: Bristol Old Vic Young Company Judges’ Commendation for Ensemble: Dealer’s Choice, University of Leeds Judges’ Awards for Ensemble: Pornography, University of Cambridge Judges Commendation for Dance Theatre What do you Want From Me? University of Salford

Judges’ Award for Acting Edward Sheridan, University of Edinburgh, Douggie McMeekin, University of Nottingham, Megan Salter, University of Nottingham, Lucy Bromilow, University of Nottingham, Spotlight Award Most Promising Actor: Simon Ginty, University of Edinburgh Spotlight Award Most Promising Actress Elizabeth Bourne, University of Edinburgh Directors Guild Award: George Chilcott, University of Leeds Buzz Goodbody Award Nikki Moss, University of Cambridge

Festgoers Award Five Kinds of Silence, University of Warwick Amadeus, University of Edinburgh 37th International Student Playscript Competition For budding playwrights the unique International Student Playscript Competition (Patron: Sir Alan Ayckbourn) is for anyone studying full or part-time anywhere in the world. No restrictions on age, length, type, number of characters, setting etc, it is open to every kind of drama.You can submit as many scripts as you like; each will receive a helpful criticism and there is a cash prize of £1000. Although entries must be in English, anyone at all may translate if wanted. The closing date each year is 30th November. Winning scripts are usually given a rehearsed reading at the following National Student Drama Festival. This year’s winner will read at the International Student Drama Festival on Monday 25th June in The Hubs, Pod B, 10.00-11.30.

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Technical Team Welcome to ISDF from everyone on the technical team.  The crew arrived two days before the festival opened and worked their socks off to prepare the spaces you see now.  Over the course of the next nine days, they will be maintaining, transforming and crewing the spaces to support all of the shows and events. The team is made up of myself, three Heads of Department (Lighting, Sound & Stage), a group of eight Technical Advisors, and of course the crew themselves. The HoDs and TAs are all professionals who between them have a vast amount of experience in the Festival itself and many areas of the technical theatre industry who guide, train and mentor the crew in their work.  The backbone of the team is the crew of 92 students who applied to join us and have paid to be a part of the festival.  For their money they get their ticket for the shows and workshops, accommodation, lunch and dinner, a pair of t-shirts, a hard hat, gloves, and the best hands-on technical training going.  Oh, and a lot of fun. The requirements for being a part of the crew are simply to be a student, have an interest in technical theatre, and be willing to get stuck in.  No previous experience is necessary as all the support and training is given on the go. There will also be a wide selection of technical workshops, on all aspects of the industry. They are open to everyone at the festival and are aimed at a range of experience levels from complete novice through to experienced technician. Many are suitable for those from a non-technical background who would like to broaden their understanding of what goes on backstage, so do come and find out more about how we make it all happen. The workshops are run by our team of Technical Advisors,Visiting Designers and other professionals from the industry. We will also be setting up camp in Pod A at the HUBS and holding drop-in sessions where everyone is welcome to come and have a cuppa and a chat with members of the team and visiting professionals, seek technical advice, have a tinker with some kit, and so on. Look for notices on the workshop boards and in the HUBS for details of these sessions. We are particularly grateful to all the individuals and companies who have been so generous in their support and lent us their equipment and expertise - You can find more information about the technical team, our supporters and our technical training in Pod A at The Hubs. On behalf of the technical team, have a great festival and here’s to live theatre, good times, new friends, and many more constructive and creative collaborations to come. Ben Stephen - Production Manager, ISDF


Technical Team

Ben Stephen - Production Manager Gordon Nimmo-Smith: Head of Stage Matt Thompson - Head of Lighting Mark Cunningham - Head of Sound Anthony Doran – Quartermaster Shona Jemphry - Van Driver David Graham - Technical Advisor, NSDF13 Technical Director Matt Chisholm - Technical Advisor Tamsin Higgins - Technical Advisor Mark Jenkins - Technical Advisor Chloe Kenward -  Technical Advisor David Larking - Technical Advisor Pete Stormont - Technical Advisor Mike Williams - Technical Advisor Jen Willey – Workshops and Technical Sponsorship The ISDF Technical Team includes: 

Amy Alford, Adam Machin, Alex Fernandes, Alex Hewitt, Alexander Brown, Alfred Heffer, Amber Hine, Amy Dillon, Amy Matthewson, Andrea Probert, Andrew Elkington, Angela Ellmore, Anna Reid, Anthony Doran, Arabella Peniston, Ashley Short, Ben Stephen, Benedict Rowe, Billy Harrison, Calum Bruce, Carly Mills, Cat Hobart, Charlotte Hodge, Chloe Bezant, Chloe Kenward, Dan Turner, Daniel Marsh, Daniel Rees, Danielle Steen, David Butler, David Graham, David Larking, Diana Lee, Dorrit PollardDavey, Duncan Yellowlees, Elizabeth, Stuart Elliot, Roberts Emma Tooze, Eve Nicol, Frances Hebert, Georgia Francis, Gordon Nimmo-Smith, Hamish Ellis, Hannah Groombridge, Hubert Krainski, Iain Banner, Ida Jacobsen, Isobel Heath, Izzie Sullivan, Izzy Circou, Jack Weir, James Hirst, James Macdonald, Jane Williamson, Jen Willey, Joanne Woolley, John Jenkin, Jonathan Guest, Jonathan Nichols, Joshua Palmer, Joshua Reynolds, Judith Lebiez, Julia Brown, Kate Burn, Katie Goodacre, Katie Howard, Katie Smith, Kieran Lewis, Kristian Rhodes, Liz Kaminiorz, Mark Bowers, Matt Chisholm, Mark Cunningham, Mark Jenkins, Matt Thompson, Matthew Gan, Matthew Norwood, Melissa Nigro, Melissa Smart, Mike Williams, Myer Wakefield, Nathan Williams, Pete Stormont, Phosile Mashinkila, Rachael Finney, Rachael Stamper, Rebecca Carter, Rebecca Evans, Richard Concannon, Robbie Matthews, Sam House, Samantha Kenny, Sarah Balchin, Sarah Hurst, Shiri Stern, Shona Jemphrey, Stephanie Balmforth, Stuart Huston, Suzie Inglis, Tamsin Higgins , Thomas Halward, Tom Turner, Xander Smith, Zoe Ogahara Technical support has been led by Stage Electrics who have now supported the Festival for many years and without, which it could not happen. This year have been supported by: Martin Professional Zero88 Acoustics RCF Audio UK Yamaha Commercial Audio Ambersphere Solutions supporting Clay Paky & MA Lighting Stage Sound Services supporting QLab Avolites Sennheiser UK Le Maitre Green Hippo NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss

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Noises Off Noises Off (or NOFF) is the NSDF’s daily reviews and comment magazine. Noises Off is written by YOU the festival-goers, and has been written by interested, excited and intelligent students like yourself for the past 35 years. Noises Off needs your reviews, comments and cartoons, photos, features and satire every day. It acts as a hub and is an excellent place to get to know fellow Fest-goers and for companies to get to know their audiences.

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PLASA is the leading community for those who work in, or wish to enter, the events, entertainment and installation sectors. It brings together professionals from the lighting, audio, design, AV and rigging fields and is keen to build its student membership so it can offer support and guidance to those who want to develop their careers within the industry. Student Membership is FREE to those whose college or university is a member of PLASA, so if your educational provider hasn’t joined yet, here’s an opportunity to encourage them. Log in to our website and send us your details and we’ll contact your course tutor/head of department and persuade them to sign up. Student members get free access to LSi’s digital edition and the chance to be part of the PLASA network.

It is the nature of live performance to stand and be judged. NOFF offers the opportunity and support for young theatre critics to do likewise. At the magazine professional critics are on hand to coach you. Part of making new work is to talk about it and Noises Off is central to that discussion. Noises Off has been facilitating user-generated-content since the mid-sixties and while blogging has transformed criticism, Noises Off has been in the vanguard of that revolution. We aim to nurture the critics of the future, not to mention opening a space to give voice to the concerns of theatremakers, designers, and producers. Whether you submit one article or review every show throughout the Fest, this is your magazine. So come up tonight, send us articles and get stuck in. Andrew Haydon Noises Off Editor

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Selected Shows CryHurtFood

By Daniel Giles Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Harvard University, USA

Jane - Georgina Parfitt Maurice - Ben Lorenz Janis - Margaret Kerr Lucy - Mariel Pettee Annabel - Scout O’Beirne Alex - Sam Clark Producers - Joshua McTaggart, Marit Medefind, Bryce Gilfillian Director – Daniel Giles Writer - Daniel Giles Assistant Director - Margaret Kerr Choreographer - Mariel Pettee Designer - Christopher Wankel Lighting Designer - Gabrielle Walti Sound Designer - Daniel Giles Stage Manager - David Orama Deputy Stage Manager - Joshua McTaggart Assistant Stage Manager - John Pulice Photo Credit: Meryl Natow (poster); Anne McGrath (photo) A little girl must be made to realize that she is not actually a little girl. Her parents must choose to save either their marriage or their family. A scientist must make an unthinkable sacrifice in order to cause an impossible transformation. Based on true events, CryHurtFood is a new monster story about a chimpanzee who believes that she is a person, and what happens when the people who raised her to think so decide that she is not. Thanks: Adriana Colon, Anne McGrath, Brianne Holland-Stergar, Bryce Gilfillian, David Orama, Debbie and Jazmine McTaggart, Ellsworth Fersch, Michael Griggs, Holly Kendrick, James Lamont, Joey Kim, Marit Medefind, our kind hosts in Weston-super-Mare, our families, Scott Ziggler, Shana Wiggins, Sophie GeorgeMoore, Stephen Tardif, Steven Atkinson, the Harvard Office for the Arts, the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, the ISDF Selectors, the ISDF Technical and FOH Teams, Tom Kane,Vanessa Koo.


Five Names

Ionas 2, Father 3 - Amir Bashiri Ionas 3, Father 1 - Majid Bakhsheshian Mather - Mahboubeh Soltani Mehri - Neda Asadi Ionas 1, Father 2 - Sajjad Entezari

Corporal Webb - Joseph Blunt Sarah – Louise Sutterby Abraham – William Pritchard Servant - Philip Clement Charles VII - Gareth van der Westhuyzen Penelope - Alecsandra Rees Odysseus - Andrew Gaunt Mrs Williams - Devon Baur Husband - Jonathan Patton

By Arash Abbasi and Mohammad Naghaee adapted from the book by Arash Abbasi Pol Group, Islamic Azad University, Iran

Producer - Khorasan Art Burruea, Islamic Azad University of Mashhad Director - Amir Bashiri Assistant Director  Sajjad Entezari  Designer - Amir Bashiri Lighting Designer - Ali Rezaei Sound Designer - Hamidreza Azadfar Stage Manager - Ali Rezaei and Hamidreza Azadfar Technical Crew and Operators  - Ali Rezae Photo Credit: Mohamedreza Mahmoudi Fatherly is the story of a young man that has lots of difficulties and he thinks all of the problems are because of his family and specially his father. And to get rid of all these problems he makes some decisions that cause struggles between him and his family. In this play we focus on the world of youth, their problems and the way they think which makes it usually difficult communicate with their parents and the previous generation in general. Our play talks about the decisions they make that sometimes lead to immigration. Thanks: Ali Reza Babareza, Amin Fazeli, Ebrahim Zerehsaz, Farkhondeh Talebi, Holly Kendrick, Mahnaze Aghaei, Mehdi Farajpour, Reza Ahmadi, Seyed Javad Refaee, Saeid Kheradmand, Sophie George-Moore, Stephanie Street

By Howard Barker Pot of Thieves, Aberystwyth University,UK

Producer - Fraser Stevens & Phoebe Patey-Ferguson Director - Phoebe Patey-Ferguson Co-Director - William Pritchard Designer - Phoebe Patey-Ferguson Lighting Designer - Gareth Weaver Sound Designer - Gareth Weaver & Phoebe Patey-Ferguson Stage Manager - Joe James Deputy Stage Manager - Joanne Sealey Assistant Stage Manager - Ceri Roberts Technical Crew and Operators Gareth Weaver & Fraser Stevens Photo Credit: Keith Morris Five Names is the world premiere of this unpublished Howard Barker play where figures in five landscapes across history and mythology struggle against the circumscriptions of their identities. The performance seeks and wrestles for meaning within the challenging matrix of morality, sexuality and death which the theatre alone can offer. Pot of Thieves is a theatre company based in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales, which seeks to produce radical text-based drama grounded in an inter-cultural disciplining of the actors’ expressive bodies. Thanks: Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth University, Professor Howard Barker, David Blumfield, Florence Hazard, Paul Hearn (www., Keith Morris (, Dr Jamie Medhurst, Professor David Rabey, Charmian Savill, Nick Strong, The Dorset School of Acting, Kathleen Williams



By C P Taylor Actung, Kibbutzim College, Israel

If Room Enough Inheritance By William Shakespeare Blues adapted by the Company With Wings,Various, UK

Devised by DugOut Theatre Company DugOut Theatre Company, University of Leeds, UK

Ariel - Tom Coxon Prospero - Christian Eccles-Cannon Miranda - Chloe Crenigan Caliban - Dominic Blake Trinculo - Mark Portnell Stefano - Josh Wells Ferdinand - Tom Figgins Alonso - David Hickling Gonzalo – Isobel Jones

Scissorhands - Ed Smith Kingpin - Luke Murphy Champagne - Harry Williams Robert - Tom Black Charlie - Henry Perryment Archie - Will Barwick

Maurice - Gome Fryd Bouller, Hitler, Eichmann - Elad Semama Helen, Anne, His Mother - Zlil-Hen Saks Halder - Yoli Seker Pianist – Michael Soloman Producer - Sivan Handelsman   Director - Sivan Handelsman  Assistant Director - Jonathan Ron  Choreographer - Neta Rutenberg  Composer   Shahar Glezer Designer   Hadas Zerach Lighting Designer Amihai Elharar   Photo Credit: Kfir Bolotin John Halder is an educated German in the 1930s, who constantly hears dance bands playing in his head, marking his mood, and, to an extent, his desperation. Halder is a good man, preoccupied by his demented mother, the loveless marriage he’s stuck in, and his newly found love for his student Anne. His pro-euthanasia work, based on the experiences with his mother, attracts the interest of the Nazis. Halder not only joins the party, but becomes an active member of the SS in the attempt to do good - to help the less fortunate. Through a unique physical language and a periodic music, a group of Israeli actors interacts with its past, present and future. Thanks: Sinai Peter, Itzhak Veingarten, Kibbutzim College Good supported by Embassy of Israel, The Trevor Chinn Charitable Trust, Dasha Shenkman, Susan Rosenberg and John Lazar.


With Wings Creative Member Helen Lindley Composer - Christian Eccles-Cannon and Tom Figgins Designer – Tom Coxon and Company Assistant set Builder – Harriet Belk If Room Enough transports you into a world where Shakespeare’s play: The Tempest, can be ‘played’ with. It is an intimate and dynamic theatre where characters are suspended in sleep and fall in love in and out of drawers. With a close ensemble who don’t believe in halfdoing anything - and a beach hut - magic will be found in the everyday. The Island positively breathes live original music as rights to people and places and freedom are explored. Thanks: The Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School, Gareth Warburton, Mike Offland, Paul Hucknall, Alan Coxon.

Producer - Milly Smith Director - George Chilcott Choreographer - Louisa Beadel Designer - George Chilcott Lighting Designer - Theo Chadha Sound Designer - Vicki Marks and Helen Russell-Brown Stage Manager - Milly Smith Technical Crew and Operators - Theo Chadha Photo Credit: Luke Jordan Allow ‘The Hot Air Ballues’ to take you back in time to their first (and strangest) gig as a trio. The Fenwick brothers have just buried their father, and fraternal tensions are high as they toast his memory in a Dorset country pub. All the while, the band- inexplicably booked for the occasion- play on, and eventually face up to some tensions of their own. Comedy, live music and a cappella singing combine in DugOut Theatre’s first devised show. Thanks: Mark and Sue Bromage, Lucy Ellinson, Holly Kendrick, Alan Lane, Stage@leeds, Elizabeth Anne Stancliffe,


By Dean Tristan My Son Tristan, University of Lincoln, UK

Gaius - Danny Ridealgh Venia - Abigail Smith Dubh – Dean Graham Boss - Nicholas Holden Truck Driver/Vet - Alex Harvey Sporle Timo - Joseph Murray Tiss - Leana Sherwood Director - Dean Graham Stage Manager - Gemma Smart Technical Crew and Operators Gemma Smart Photo Credit: Sean Hunt Violence, vice and dubstep fuel this grimy, urban thriller. A dark, comic journey, illuminated by vibrant characters, vigorous dialogue and a gripping, electric plot. Gaius is trying to make a better life for himself and his drug-addicted girlfriend,Venia, carrying out highwayman-like heists on passing trucks with his Kiwi accomplice, Timo. Their latest cargo, a truck full of red, leather sofas, brings with it a more sinister threat than the clutches of the law...and they don’t even know it’s coming.


Based on the novel by Klaus Mann, Adapted by Ariane Mnouchkine, Translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker Heart Sleeve Productions, Oxford University, UK

Moderate Light Fastness By Richard Aczel Port in Air, University of Cologne, Germany

Hendrik Hofgen - Nick Howard Brown Carola Martin – Ella Waldman Mr Knurr - James Kitchin Theresa von Herzfeld - Zoe Bullock Hans Miklas/Thomas Bruckner - Lloyd Houston Sebastien Bruckner - Jack Cottrell Magnus Gottchalk - Jo Allan Otto Ulrich - Tim Gibson Madame Efeu/Emelyne - Lucie Cox Juliette - Maisie Richardson-Sellers Alex - Georgia Waters Myriam Horowitz - Philippa Baines Nicoletta van Niebuhr - Sarah Perry Erika Bruckner - Joana Duyster Burreda Theophile Sarder - Richard Hill Lorenz/Ludwig - Nick Williams Hans Jostinkel - Johan Floderus Producer - Jessica Campbell Director - Milja Fenger Assistant Director - James Fennemore Composer - Jonathan Soman Musical Director - Jonathan Soman Designer - Emily Russell Costume Designer - Bronya Arciszewska Lighting Designer - Douglas Perkins Sound Designer - Geoff Hall Production Manager - Isabella Anderson Stage Manager - Emma Glaser & Fiona Potter Deputy Stage Manager - Stephen Poole Photo Credit: Boudewijn Dominicus Hendrik is an ambitious actor in the cut-throat world of German theatre. As the Nazis gain control life becomes increasingly dangerous for his Peppermill cabaret with its Jewish and socialist actors. When Hendrik is offered the leading role of Mephisto in Faust, he faces the ultimate temptation: what is he prepared to sacrifice for the chance of stardom… Meanwhile his beleaguered colleagues confront their own impossible choices. Erotic and provocative, this dazzling ensemble piece is a cabaret about cabaret. Thanks: Accidental Death Productions, Brian Astbury, Tim Boyd, Charlie Field, Hanneke Grootenboer and St Peter’s College Oxford, Thelma Holt, Indigo Productions, The Cameron Mackintosh Fund, The Magdalen Players, The Martin Esslin Society, Ariane Mnouchkine, The Oriel Lions, Oxford University Dramatic Society, Franck Pendino and Théâtre du Soleil, Presidential Productions, Edmund Singer-Kingsmith, St Johns Mummers, Nils Tabert and the Klaus Mann Estate, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Worcester Buskins and Jonathan Black and the Oxford University Careers Service.

Man 1 - André Valente Man 2 - Thomas Bönnen Woman 1 – Sarah Freihoff Woman 2 - Jana Steinheuer Lulu - Sophia Leube Director - Richard Aczel Assistant Director - Laura Casey Lighting Designer - Henning Vahlbruch Photo Credit: Lily McLeish Two couples, moderately unfaithful, moderately unhappy clash verbally at high speed. Gridlocked in the language of home decoration, they long for something new. It’s time to change the wallpaper, but they live, breathe and speak through its patterns. Every change is just another kind of pattern repeat. Time passes. Patterns harden. The paper slowly peels from the walls. Underneath, in place of a revelation, is a shock both more moderate and more harrowing. Thanks: Artheater, Köln and English Department, University of Cologne


Our Town

By Thornton Wilder translated by Irakli Samsonadze Shota Rustaveli Theatre & Film State University, Georgia

Stage Manager - Konstantine Roinishvili Stage Manager, Mrs. Soames - Tekla Javakhadze Mr.Webb - Nikoloz Gabelia Mr.Webb - Tamaz Mrs.Webb - Ana Tskhadadze Emily Webb - Mariam Nadiradze Wally Webb - Davit Matsaberidze Dr.Gibbs - Zaza Meladze Mrs. Gibbs - Natia Kvashali Rebbeca Gibbs - Salome Tscindeliani Rebbeca Gibbs - Tinatin Makharadze George Gibbs - Giorgi Makharadze Joe Stoddard - Tornike Gogrichiani Simon Stimson - Lasha Gurgenidze Constable Warren - Giorgi Mamalashvili Director - George Salitashvili Production manager - Marina Kharatishvili, Tamar Lordkipanidze Assistant Director - Temur Kuprava Lighting Designer - Merab Mskhiladze Sound Designer - Salome Bregvadze Stage Manager - Irina Metonidze Our version of play, based on original text of the book Thornton Wilder, Our Town and other plays. Modern Classics. United States.Years of Great Depression. Two vagrants (man and woman) sneak into abandoned salon. They are preparing for overnight stay. Woman reminiscing about past times, her youth, her mother - town Grover’s Corners in New Hampshire. It’s cold. Man and woman are embracing each other, trying not to be frozen at night and whole story of play begins like a mirage.


By Nadav Fridman Kibbutzim College, Tel Aviv, Israel

Nadav Fridman Ortal Evnaim Ariel Cohen Mor Antar Nadav Sadaka Director - Hagar Ben-Zaken & Nadav Fridman Assistant Director – Jonathan Ron Movement Director - Omer Shemer Composer - Uri Mahler Designer - Shaul Efrat & Raz Leshem Lighting Designer - Amihai Elharar Photo Credit: Ariel Cohen Nadav is wounded badly in his military service. What happened to a man who tries to get back to normality when nothing is normal. A rare glimpse to a wounded soul, who struggles getting back to life, especially when intimacy appears. An exciting personal story about dealing with trauma, which integrates humour and pain, wild fantasy and sharp reality. Thanks: Israeli Embassy, Hope for Heroism, Kibbutzim College. Stains supported by Embassy of Israel, The Trevor Chinn Charitable Trust, Dasha Shenkman, Susan Rosenberg and John Lazar.

Sweeney Todd

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond Newcastle University Theatre Society, Newcastle University, UK

Sweeney Todd - Ben Hooper Mrs Lovett - Milly Falkner-Lee Beadle Bamford - Paddy Kelly Anthony - Jamie Excell Pirelli - Terry Manolitsis Johanna - Katy Louise Nicholas Judge Turpin - Ed Burgon Tobias - Rachel Slattery Beggar Woman - Rebecca Ward Mr Fogg - Christian Cargill Chorus Alex Herbert Georgia Snow Louise Anderson Lucy Howard Annelies de Jong Catherine McCallum Camilla St Aubyn Paul Thomas Carl Jonsson Paul Hickey James Houston Luke Kelly Max Taylor McEwan Dan Grant Directors – Joe Mills and Tom Pope Musical Director - Aliena Haig Production Manager - Sarah Georgeson Technical Director - Imogen Large Costumes - Helen Mackie Sound - Will Cordingley Marketing and Sponsorship - Richard Speir

Revenge is a dish best served cold for wronged barber Sweeney Todd, who seeks retribution for the loss of his family. With those who maligned him still at large, Todd sets about making the world pay for his loss. So begins a war of personal justice. With companion Mrs Lovett, owner of a failing pie shop, they hatch a plan that turns the ‘dish’ of revenge into something not so metaphorical. Fresh from Newcastle, this production puts a unique spin on the classic tale!


Thanks: Lucy Briers, Malcolm Moffat, David Newman, Stevie Shepherd, Tom Dickson and the NUTS Exec, Dan Abbitt and his team, Newcastle University Students’ Union, Product, Northern Props, The Newcastle University Orchestra, Our Sponsors, and the ISDF team.


By Juro Miyoshi Bokutachi Watashitachi, New National Theatre Drama Studio

Hanaoka - Yudai Murako - Akiko Enji Sayama - Satoshi Imai Director - Nozomi Matsumori Assistant Director - Takako Onishi Fight Choreographer - Wataru Kajiwara Designer - Yuka Nishimura Lighting Designer - Akiko Yamaguchi Sound Designer - Ayumi Higuchi Stage Manager - Hitoshi Naganuma Who are the Japanese of today? We went on a search for a hint to answer this big question, motivated also by the tsunami and nuclear disaster of last year. Can we also approach the essence of Man’s nature? Looking into the literature of the period around WWII, we found our play Tainai (In the Womb) written in l949 by Juro Miyoshi who bravely faces how the defeat in the war affected the Japanese and takes us on a journey to ourselves. Thanks to: New National Theatre Drama Studio, Tamiya Kuriyama, Director of Drama Studio, Chikara Misaki, Keiko Miyata, Artistic Director of New National Theatre, Atsuko Nakagomi, Director of Training Programme, Empathy, Serikawa Jimusho, Kazunori Hara, Crystal Maki Sato, Takako Senzaki, Misaki Yamamoto Tainai has been supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter DugOut Theatre Company University of Leeds, UK

Meg - Phoebe Sparrow Petey - Will Barwick Stanley - Hugh Coles LuLu - Megan Greeves McCann - Luke Murphy Goldberg - Tom Black Producer – Milly Smith Director - Harry Williams Assistant Director - Charles Daniel Choreographer - Louisa Beadel Designer - Harry Williams Lighting Designer - Theo Chadha Sound Designer - Harry Willams Stage Manager - Milly Smith Technical Crew and Operators - Theo Chadha Photo Credit: Luke Jordan It isn’t Stanley Webber’s birthday. At least, he’s pretty sure it isn’t. But if it isn’t his birthday, why have two strangers arrived to celebrate with him? What is this ‘guest house’ in Brighton, really? Is he really a pianist? Above all, who watered the wicket at Melbourne? Thanks: Lara Bampfylde, George Chilcott, Ed Cripps, Evie Eckersley, Lucy Ellinson, Oli Forsyth, Holly Kendrick, Henry Perryment, Ed Smith, Stage@Leeds

The Lives They Left Behind

By Lucy Flack & Laura White The Miskin Theatre Company, North West Kent College- Dartford, UK

Willard - Stephen Edwards Dr Walter Chase - Billy Howard Dr John Deegan – Jordan Ledgerwood Matron Gillian Packard - Emilie Gain Nurse Nancy Jaycot Caniff - Rowen Bodle Nightwatch Clarence - Lawrence Folashade Irma Medina - Millie Aldridge Margaret Dunleavy - Perri-Rose Usher Madeline Cartier - Nerija Caberia Dr Jeffrey Lerman - Jake Day Lawrence Marek - Peter Hall Herman Graham - Ollie Saward Ethel Black Small - Alex Melody Frank Coles - Daniel Alaile Roderigo Lagon - Erol Uzunhasan Dmytro Zarchuk - Lewis Plumb Faith Bomore - Lataisha Fashola Michael Brink - Blake Palmer Josephine Smith – Emma Ray Charles Farkas - Tommy Gorman Musical Director - Anthony Cochrane Drums, Ukelele, Guitar - Sam Teather Guitar Bass,Vocals, Percussion - Dave Heritage Piano,Vocals - Ellie Snowden Guitar, Bass, Keyboard - Sean Middleton Vocals - Leantine James Designer - James Shaw Lighting Designer - James Shaw Sound Designer - Anthony Cochrane Stage Manager - James Shaw Deputy Stage Manager - Taylor Egan Assistant Stage Manager - David Gladwell Assistant Stage Manager - Robert Gifford Technical Crew and Operators - Sam Chainey, Davis Gladwell We are your Brother,Your Sister,Your Mother, your Father, the man across the street. Wooden racks filled with Suitcases. Men’son the left, Women’s on the right. Labelled and covered with layers of birds droppings. A secret history, untouched for many years. The Miskin Theatre lifts the lid on the real life stories of the forgotten patients of Willard State Hospital, to share the emotional stories and poignant memories from The Lives They Left Behind. Thanks: Lucy Briers for all her support, guidance and sense of humour. The team at The Miskin Theatre Dartford for all their help and support. NWK College for funding the project.


The Gaza Monologues Astar Theatre, Palestine

The Gaza Monologues is a global project told by youth around the world. In 2010, ASHTAR Theatre decided that it is time to make the voices of the children in Gaza heard and let at least their monologues travel to the World to be heard from people outside their prison Gaza… The Gaza Monologues are personal stories of 31 young people from Gaza translated into 14 languages, and were performed simultaneously on October 17th 2010 by over 1500 youngsters in more than 60 cities in 36 countries around the world. The Gaza Monologues film is following the theatre training that took place over 6 months with the young Gazans recording their fears, pain, hopes and aspirations.



By Sandra Ndebele and Mandisi Gobodi Intombi Zomqangala, Intombi Zomqangala School of Arts

Drummer, Singer - Mzingaye Ndlela Dancer, Singer, Drummer -  Buhlebenkosi Sibanda                 Dancer, Singer, Drummer – Alice Gurure                                        Lead Actress, Drummer, Singer - Titibele Phiri                                            Dancer, Singer, Ullullation - Ayanda Shaylet Mpofu                                         Dancer, Singer, Percussion - Faith Moyo                                         Dancer, Singer - Nodumo Sibanda                                               Dancer, Singer - Matrine                                    Dancer, Singer - Moline  Muzanenhamo                               Dancer, Singer - Nomalungelo Sibindi                                           Producer - Sandra Ndebele Director - Sandra Ndebele Assistant Director - Thandeka Dhlana Movement Director - Thandeka Dhlana Choreographer - Siphathisiwe Mabhena Composer - Blessing Mpofu Musical Director - Sandra Ndebele Designer - Lorin Sibanda Sound Designer - Mzingaye Ndlela Stage Manager - Mzingaye Ndlela Deputy Stage Manager - Alice Gurure Assistant Stage Manager - Blessing Mpofu Technical Crew and Operators - Sandra Ndebele and Titibele Phiri This is a riveting traditional and contemporary dance drama utilizing mime and song to entertain and educate on issues affecting women. The first act deals with physical abuse in a marriage. We are introduced to the traditional setup we have the girls going to the river, a ceremony where the man chooses the woman.  A wedding celebration, then the man physically abuses his wife.  Other women come to her rescue and warn all abusers that they will meet the same fate if they mess around with women. In the next act the same man is now the priest at an Apostolic Faith denomination, he leads the all women congregation in song and in dance. Whilst he is preaching the gospel he has affairs with different women in the congregation he impregnates two of them and infects three others with HIV. The women meet up in a clinic and discover his affairs and end up fighting.  A woman alerts the other women and they accost the Pastor bringing him down showing that women have the power to protect their rights. The last act shows the power of women. The can do things on their own, sing on their own, dance on their own, play the drum. Thanks: Mbusi Sibindi, Iyasa, Intombi Zomqangala and Sandie-Tainment. Umfazi is supported by The Foundation of Sports and Arts


by Samuel Hardy Loughborough University Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University, UK

Robert – Ben Burns Scully Julian - Toby Bartlett Christie - Lolly Adefope Director - Samuel Hardy Lighting Designer - Dave Hill Sound Designer - Samuel Hardy Technical Crew and Operators - Ben Stapley Photo credit: Lolly Adefope and Samuel Hardy Biologist Robert attempts to deliver a sex education lecture with his colleague, Christie, after a regular lecturer is involved in a traffic collision. Neurotic Robert struggles to cope with Christie’s cold, dismissive manner and the lecture hall’s lazy and apathetic technician, Julian. Robert’s naivety, uninformed perceptions of the opposite sex and perverse curiousness about ‘doing it’ gradually lead him towards an inevitable meltdown… Thanks: Caroline Flynn-Ryan – Administrative Support; Dave Hill – Technical Assistance; Elaine Hobby – Financial Support; Carolyn ScottJeffs – Script Supervision; Mark Simpson – Technical Assistance;Voice of ‘The Professor’ - Nigel Wood

Wake in Fright

adapted by Bob Pavlich from a novel by Kenneth Cook La Trobe Student Theatre and Film, La Trobe University and the Festival of Australian Student Theatre, Australia

John Grant - Leo Milesi Janette - Sophie Petridis Dick - Stephen Foster Jock - Kurt Mottershead Doc Tydon - Matthew Bolger-Hobson Joe - Jacob Pruden Bar Woman - Renee Palmer Tim Hynes - Matt Sharawara Musician - David Wright Producer - Bob Pavlich Director - Bob Pavlich Composer - David Wright Stage Manager - Remi D’Agostin Photo Credit: Lachlan Bell and Anneli Bjorasen Wake in Fright tells the story of John Grant, a young teacher from the city who is eager to escape his one-room outback school for the summer holidays. He heads toward Sydney, passing through the rough mining town of Bundanyabba. Losing his wages in a game of two-up, Grant becomes hopelessly stranded, quickly sinking into a cycle of drunkenness, hangovers, fumbling sexual encounters and increasing self-loathing. Trapped in a hellish limbo, the once ordinary world of rural Australia becomes the setting for his grotesque and sometimes surreal nightmare. By arrangement with the Licensor, Kenneth Cook Estate c/o Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd Thanks to: Anneli Bjorasen, Lauchie Bell, Mia Carrol, Dr Rob Conkie, Professor John Dewar (Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University), Sonia Di Iorio, David Ensor, Aaron Hock, George Lindgard, Beth Myring, Maureen Reitze, Sophia Robinson, Cameron Stewart, Mike Torney, Laura Wheelwright, Tom Willis, the La Trobe University Department of Theatre and Drama and Benjamin Shostakowski and Belinda Locke of the Festival of Australian Student Theatre, Kerry Cook, Pippa Mason of Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd, Alan Lane, Holly Kendrick, Sophie George-Moore and all at the ISDF.

Zombie Haiku

Adapted by Chloe Mashiter from the book by Ryan Mecum CUADC/Fletcher Players Cambridge University

Ensemble - Michael Campbell, Laura Gilbert, Robbie Aird, Charlie Bindels, Lizzie Schenk, Natalie Noble, Katherine Soper, Justin Wells Producer - Hannah Nonnenmacher Director - Chloe Mashiter Lighting Designer - Nick Hall Sound Designer - Chloe Mashiter An original adaptation of Ryan Mecum’s book, Zombie Haiku follows the survivors of a zombie apocalypse through ruined houses, decimated cities and abandoned airports as they try to stay alive. Bringing the humour, emotion and darkness of the book to the stage, this production blends physical theatre, an original soundtrack and (of course) haiku to explore what happens when the living clash with the undead. The city is dead | Streets are filled with people | Who aren’t quite people. Thanks: ADC Theatre Management Team, particularly Sam Clear, Chris Duffy, Claudia Stocker, CUADC Committee, particularly Nick Gebbett and Hamish Greer, Emily Parton, Fletcher Players Committee, particularly Max Upton, Jonathan Broadbent, Oskar McCarthy, Phil Howe, Ryan Mecum, Steven Atkinson, Everybody else who has in any way helped or supported the show.


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The NSDF Ensemble This year the NSDF Selection Team felt the following people had displayed outstanding talent:

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Abigail Smith, Adam Foley, Adam Wells, AJ Fenemore, Akiko Enji, Akiko Yamaguchi, Alastair Mavor, Alex Brook, Alex Harvey Sporle, Alexandra Donnachie, Ali Rezaei, Amir Bashiri, Amit Levi, Amy Willis, Andrew McCormack, Andy Mallarkey, Andy Sherlow, Andy Wilson, Angus MacRae, Anna Lewis, Anoushka Bonwick, Arty Froushan, Ashley Roy, Ayumi Higuchi, Ben Edmunds, Ben Hooper, Ben Lorenz, Ben Vardy, Ben Williamson, Bethany Simmons-Denville, Billy Howard, Callum Atwell, Celia Dugua, Celine Lowenthal, Ceri Roberts, Chad O’Brien, Chess Roberts, Chloe Crenigan, Chloe Mashiter, Chloe Orrock, Chris Bland, Chris Dearing, Chris Walters, Ciara Finngean, Claire Curits-Ward, Cressida McGill, Daniel Eglinton, Daniel Giles, Daniel Whitehouse, Daniel Willcocks, Daniel Wilson, Danny Keane, David Cartwright, Dawn King, Dean Graham, Dominic Ballard, Dominic Blake, Dougie Perkins, Drew Toynbee, Dugie Young, Duncan Smith , Dylan Read, Ed Davis, Ed Smith, Elad Semama, Elisha Mansuroglu, Elissa Churchill, Ellie Webb, Elliot Hughes, Emily Davenport, Emily Russell, Emma Henderson, Emma Leah Golding, Fen Greatley, Finbar Fitzgerald, Flo Hapgood, Flora Ogilvy, Fran Isherwood, Fran Rylands, Francesca Murray-Fuentes, Freddie Bowerman, Freddy Elletson, Frode Gjerlow, Gareth Davies, Gemma Smart, Gemma Whiteley, George Chilcott, George Want, Georgie Levers, Georgina Hellier, Grace Cheatle, Grace Monksfield-Hammond, Graham Mercer, Guy Zakh, Hagar Ben Zaken, Hamidreza Azadfar, Hannah Higton, Hannah Nonnenmacher, Hannah Vincent, Harriet Tarpy, Harry Michell, Harry Williams, Hayley Atkinson, Heidi Goldsmith, Helena Clark, Helena Davies, Henry Perryment, Hitoshi Naganuma, Holly Joan Barker, Hugh Coles, Isobel Jones, Jack Peters, Jade Greyul, Jake Davies, James Ball, James Hyde, James Morton, James Phillips, James Townend, James Travers, Jamie Macdonagh, Jasmine Blackborow, Javad Refaee, Jenny Kohnhorst, Jenny Novitzky, Jesse Jones, Jessica Leigh Suffolk, Joanne Sealey, Joe Berwick, Joe Bunce, Joe Houlders, Joe Mills, Joe Williams, John Askew, John Young, Joivan Wade, Jonny Glasgow, Jordan Waller, Joseph Blunt, Joseph Murray, Josh Finan, Justin Blanchard, Justin Wells, Kat Evans, Kate Hesketh, Kate Lister, Katy Jane, Lamek Ogwal, Lataisha Fashola, Laura Batey, Laura Johnson, Leo Mates, Leo Milesi, Lewis Chandler, Lewis Gray, Liam Noonan, Liat Shabtai, Lily Watson, Liz Stevens, Lizzie Drapper, Lloyd Houston, Lotty Price, Lou Sutterby, Lucy Bromilow, Lucy Gilham, Lucy Katz, Lucy O’Brien, Luke de Belder, Luke Murphy, Mahboubeh Soltani, Majid Bakhsheshian, Mariam Nadiradze, Mariel Pettee, Mark Brewer, Mark Dominy, Mark McLaughlin, Martha Loader, Martin MacLennan, Matt Gavan, Matt Hesseltine, Matt Plant, Matthew Reynolds, Max Perman, Maya Arbel, Megan Gunn, Megan Holloway, Megan Roberts, Megan Salter, Melissa Grace, Milja Fenger, Millie Aldridge, Milly Faulkner-Lee, Miri Lazar, Mounir Said, Nadav Fridman, Neda Asadi, Nichola Woolley, Nicholas Holden, Nick Armfield, Nick Jeffrey, Nozomi Matsumori, Ollie Raggett, Olly Brassell, Omer Itzhaki, Omer Shemer, Oren Sela, Paksie Vernon, Paul Hughes, Philip Clement, Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, Phoebe Sparrow, Pippa Pearce, Rachael Martin, Rachel Slaterry, Rajee Sukumaran, Raz Leshem, Richard Batt, Rory Hern, Roseanna Brear, Rosie York, Ross Harmston, Sajjad Entezari, Sam Beath, Sam Jenkins-Shaw, Sam Prior, Samuel Weston, Sarah Grabiner, Sarah Higgins, Sarah Hyman, Sarah Lewis, Sarah Livingstone, Sarah McGuinness, Sarah Roberts, Sarah Rubini, Satoshi Imai, Scott Brown, Shani Tur, Shaul Efrat, Sinead Elizabeth, Sivan Handelsman, Sophia Oxenham, Sophie Pemberton, Sophie Taylor, Stanley Walton, Stephanie Faye Bartlett, Stephen Chafer, Steven Jerram, Stuart Reid, Susanna Quirke, Tahsin Gemikonakli, Takako Onishi, Terence Rae, Thomas Dockar-Drysdale, Tim Gibson, Tim Lawrence, Tim Schneider, Timmy Fisher, Tom Black, Tom Brennan, Tom Coxon, Tom Dale, Tom Figgins, Tom O’Sullivan, Tom Pope, Tommy Latimer,Venice van Someren, the company of Tainai, Will Barwick, William Pritchard,Yael Rochkind,Yoli Seker,Yudai, Ziad Samaha and Zlil-hen Saks.

For any quesries about the Ensemble please contact Chris Wootton – NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss

The Young Noël Coward - 2012

When the young Noël Coward sailed into New York Harbour in June 1921 he could have little imagined that some 91 years later his life, work and relationship with that great city would be the subjects of a worldclass exhibition.Yet just north of the theatre district where his baptism in the waters of American theatre took place, Star Quality:The World of Noël Coward, illustrates the complete range of Coward’s talents, his determination, professionalism and sheer hard work. It offers the story of a man that the theatre world would later honour as ‘The Master.’ During that initial hot summer in New York, Coward, an aspiring actor and writer, first experienced the fast-pace of the American theatre. It was a revelation. Actors speaking naturally with overlapping dialogue, everyday body language and easy movement that supported and sustained the action - so far removed from the stilted staginess of English theatre tradition that had first lit the spark of Noël’s imagination as a child.

In his childhood, Coward, with the willing collusion of his mother, had largely avoided formal schooling to watch, learn and audition for the theatre, soon becoming a child actor in the fashionable children’s dramas of woodland fairy tales and fantasy seabed epics. Noted roles were William in Where the Rainbow Ends and Slightly, in J.M. Barrie’s annual festive drama, Peter Pan. Noël’s precocious talents drove him from minor to more significant parts in

adult comedies and dramas – always looking, listening and learning and never afraid to voice his own ideas.

fairly claimed that not a second passes without his words or music being heard somewhere on the planet.

Noël’s early attempts at writing plays were rewarded with limited success. Noël admitted that in his ambitious drive for fame he plagiarised a play by Bernard Shaw and sent it to the great playwright for his thoughts – his kindly response encouraged the future star to continue his efforts but to find plots of his own. It was following Noël’s return to England, after that first inspirational US visit, that he achieved a breakthrough with both his writing and acting in The Vortex - a play about sexual vanity and drugs that shocked a generation of theatregoers. As a young actor and playwright he grew to realise the value of a drama built on a sound structure with well-written parts. During his life he wrote some 50 plays, revues and musicals, composed 400 lyrics and songs and wrote a large portfolio of verse, satirical texts, sketches, short stories and a novel.

The Noël Coward Foundation celebrates this international presence by supporting the advancement of education and drama, in the studies of students and others, through its universal promotion of the arts of drama and the theatre. See .

Despite the reality of his workaholic nature he managed to invent a unique persona as the ultimate sophisticate. From ‘bright young thing’ to the witty country-house guest he epitomised the sophisticated social world of upper middle-class English society between the Wars. Kenneth Tynan the journalist and theatre critic said:

The Noël Coward Society exists as an international society for students, admirers and experts in the world of Noël Coward and aims to provide an informed audience for Coward’s work and a place of appreciation and celebration of his life and achievements. See The exhibition Star Quality:The World of Noël Coward runs through 18 August 2012 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery on the Library’s Lincoln Center level at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. See www. . The website of the Noël Coward Estate can be found at:

”Even the youngest of us will know, in fifty years’ time, precisely what is meant by ‘a very Noël Coward sort of person’.” His growing international fame echoed his lifelong passion for travel and foreign climes. He left his unique mark on far-flung places and they left theirs on his writing, composition and paintings. It can be

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NSDF Edinburgh Emerging Artists’ Competition supported by Ideas Tap, Martin Bowley Charitable Trust & Pleasance NSDF return to Edinburgh again to find the outstanding student production at the Fringe Festival 2012 It is free to apply, so if you are aged 16 to 25, have been students within the last year and your production is brand new – new writing, new devised theatre, a new adaptation or innovative interpretation of a film or a play, then go to www. for full conditions of entry and how to apply The winning production will perform in London at the Pleasance Theatre in September. In addition, you will win up to £1000 towards transfer costs and the theatre, marketing and technical requirements will be provided free by Pleasance, worth £2,000.

NSDF will, in consultation with the winning company, create a bespoke series of classes, workshops and meetings with experienced professionals to support your production’s transfer and your future development. This could include press and marketing, tour booking, budgeting and fundraising advice, introductions to agents and producers or working with a voice coach, a director, designers or a producer.

NSDF Youth Council The NSDF Youth Council Steering Committee comprises: Neale Dutton, Reuben Johnson, Bertrand Lesca, Ashley Scott Layton, Tiffany Thompson and Laura-Jane Zielinska. They will be holding interviews for the places currently available on the NSDF Youth Council at this year’s NSDF. The NSDF Youth Council is council made up of 6-8 members from across the country. The Council aims to give a voice to students and young people nationally regarding NSDF’s activities and the performing arts at large, whilst promoting the activities of NSDF and ensuring that it continues to respond directly to the needs of the young people it serves.

Not only does involvement with the Youth Council provide the opportunity to represent the voice of Student theatre within a nationally successful regarded organisation. Individuals who make up the council will be provided with the opportunity to observe the best practice in cultural leadership, management and governance, and for them to communicate their experience to their peers. If you would like to apply please contact Interviews for the council will be held on Friday 29th June.


Scarborough, Saturday 23rd – Friday 29th March To enter a show for NSDF13 you can apply online (Ideastap. com/Community/Partners/NSDF) or speak to Chris Wootton on 0207 036 9027. NSDF13 is looking forward to returning home to Scarborough, Britain’s first seaside resort, which has been welcoming visitors for over 360 years and has been the home of NSDF since 1990 thanks to the initial support of Sir Alan Ayckbourn and his internationally acclaimed Stephen Joseph Theatre, who are delighted to invite NSDF back for their 58th Festival. The NSDF13 continues to be supported by Hull University Scarborough Campus who provide venues for student performances, workshop spaces and the NSDF Scarborough office. Each year students from the university run the Front of House team, known as the Local Organisers, without which the Festival wouldn’t happen. 70

NSDF Photos (c) Allan Titmuss

NSDF’s other partner is The Scarborough Spa Complex, which is the NSDF’s Festival centre. NSDF is extremely grateful to the continued support of the Spa Complex and Scarborough Borough Council for helping to make it an annual success. NSDF13 is also hoping to return to the Scarborough Sports and Tennis Centre, hosting the Clive Wolfe Auditorium, as well as New Hall at Scarborough College.

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Reece Shearsmith appeared at the NSDF in 1988 and in Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello, London W1, 2011, above

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