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What I do:
theatre director
A little more about me:
Artistic Director Company of Sirens and founder Winterlight productions.Also freelance director. Acting tutor and workshop leader
Location:
Cardiff
Projects I’m working on:
Company of Sirens
Present

Dark Vanilla Jungle
By Philip Ridley

Tour September/October 2015

With


Seren Vickers as Andrea

Directed by Chris Durnall

Following its acclaimed Welsh premier in March Company of Sirens are touring Philip Ridley’s extraordinary one woman play about a young girls search for love and home.
Seren Vickers plays Andrea a young girl abandoned by her family, groomed and abused by sexual preditors and rendered homeless. Depressing? In part , but Ridley allows her spirit and sense of hope and possibility to shine through in sections of Bleak Humour that are breathtakingly brilliant.
What critics said
"go and see this remarkable, unmissable performance now! Seren Vickers... gives the most, captivating, strong and charismatic performance" Theatre in Wales

“I am speechless after Dark Vanilla Jungle the best solo performance I've ever seen” New Welsh Review
“Committed performance, committed writing of the highest order. Relevant, topical, unbearable. Unmissable” Guardian

Astonishing Theatre. Vitally important work. All women should see this.Do yourself a favour..Go!” Big Issue
“Dark Vanilla Jungle is theatre with the additives taken out Company of Sirens make great theatre”
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales the National Lottery and Shelter Cymru
By kind permission of Knight Hall Agency, London

TOUR DATES

Old Red Lion
Islington
London
6th 7th September 8.00
08444124307
www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk

Riverfront Theatre
Newport
Gwent
11th 12th September 7.45
01633656757

Grand Theatre
Swansea
16th 17th 18th 8.00
01792475715
roselladalesio@yahoo.co.uk

Torch Theatre
St Peters Road
Milford Haven
19th September 8.00
01646695267
www.torchtheatre.co.uk

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth
25th September 8.00
01970623232

Mumford Theatre
Cambridge
10th October
08451962320

About the Author
Playwright Philip Ridley was born in the East End of London, where he still lives and works. He is a contemporary artist, poet, novelist, film-maker and one of the country's most celebrated living playwrights. Ridley has been described as 'probably a genius' (Time Out), 'a visionary' (Rolling Stone), 'the master of modern myth' (Guardian) and 'the best British playwright of the last 20 years'.

About Company of Sirens
Company of Sirens was founded in 2009 to present productions of uncompromising contemporary texts to Welsh audiences for the first time. Recent productions are Anthony Neilson’s Stitching and The Censor, Sean Tyrone by Mark Ryan, Revelation by Patrick Jones and Troyanne by Ian Rowlands. Last year the company presented Welsh premiers of two Philip Ridley plays Tender Napalm and Mercury Fur

What the critics said about Company of Sirens production of Tender Napalm first premiered at Chapter in April 2014

“A mind blowing piece of writing”

“Clever, witty, poetic and emotive, this play has it all”

“Performed to perfection by Matthew Bulgo and Jannah Warlow”

“Takes your breath away and leaves the watcher stunned by the experience”

“Company of Sirens have produced an incredible piece of theatre”

“This is important theatre and feels like it, see it!”

Company of Sirens work is steely, unflinching and entirely unsentimental” New Welsh Review
Personal Website/CV:
http://companyofsirens.com
Twitter @username:
companyofsirens

Chris durnall's Blog

The Nether

Company of Sirens with / a good cop bad cop present the Welsh premier of / yn cyflwyno’r perfformiad cyntaf yng Nghymru

THE NETHER

The Nether by / gan Jennifer Haley | Directed by / Cyfarwyddwr Chris Durnall

“At the play’s end, the world - both real and virtual 

simply doesn’t look quite the same”

The…

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Posted on January 20, 2017 at 12:00

Casting

Winterlight are looking for an experienced young actor 18 – 25 with good physical skills to play the leading role of “Carl” in the upcoming production of Touch Blue Touch Yellow by Tim Rhys

To be presented in the theatre at Chapter Arts Centre from 1st  till 5th December 8.00 (matinees Wednesday and Saturday)

Rehearsals from 9th November. Company wage.

 

Carl understands stars, galaxies and other planets but the…

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Posted on October 9, 2015 at 11:37

Winterlight productions present The Boy the Broke the Pegs by Tim Rhys directed by Chris Durnall

The Boy That Broke the Pegs follows dramatic episodes in the lives of three autistic young people, whose lives have diverged widely as they have reached adulthood. Their different stories show different facets of the autistic experience but all of them are centred on the difficult interface between people with autism and wider society and on different manifestations of acceptance and exclusion, of friendship and loneliness, of making connection and…

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Posted on July 20, 2015 at 9:20

Company of Sirens Tour of Dark Vanilla Jungle

Company of Sirens

Present

 

Dark Vanilla Jungle

By Philip Ridley

 

Tour September/October 2015

 

With

 

Seren Vickers as Andrea

 

Directed by Chris Durnall

 

Following its acclaimed  Welsh premier in March  Company of Sirens are touring Philip Ridley’s extraordinary  one woman play about a young girls search for love and home.

Seren Vickers plays Andrea a young girl abandoned by…

Continue

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 9:04

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