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What I do:
I am a director of theatre and opera based in Cardiff. I work for WNO as their Genesis Assitant Director, and I am co-founder of Barefoot Opera
A little more about me:
My work is very collaborative and ensemble led. It's also very physical - informed by Viewpoints / Grotowski and Le Coq training methods. I have learned these methods along the way through training workshops with Piesn Kozla, associate directing and devising with Le Mot Juste Theatre and a long "stage" at the Theatre du Soleil in Paris. Recently my love of Polish theatre has been rekindled by working with the excellent and inspiring director Mariusz Trelinski on Boulevard Solitude. Also...I love walking, dancing, cooking and gardening. I like to push myself and my family to the limit on epic physical quests...
Projects I’m working on:
Mr Punch and Me – an exploration of the personality of Mr Punch combining devised theatre and fragments of Birtwhistle’s Punch and Judy (RWCMD)

Bel Canto Adventures - an interactive performance for children based on the legends of William Tell and Moses and the Israelites (collaboration with playwright Alan Harris for WNO Youth and Community)

Alcina's Island - a new opera for 2015, which will be performed in Hastings and Cardiff in partnership with community centres, incorporating devised theatre and contemporary music, with stories told in several langauges.To hear some of the new composition check out barefootopera.com
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Promenade opera about student revolution - bang on time!

Welsh National Youth Opera are putting on Kommilitonen! (Young Blood) by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. This is an elctrifying documentary opera about young people and politics in the twentieth century.

The piece weves together the stories of victims and aggressors from the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the unique life of James Meredith - the first African American to be accepted into the University of Mississippi in 1962, and the students of the Weisse Rose movement from 1940's…


Posted on June 29, 2016 at 8:00

Welsh National Youth Opera AUDITIONS

Welsh National Youth Opera are holding auditions for a new production of Kommilitonen!

It's a contemporary opera about student revolution in the Twentieth Century

anyone who is between 16 and 25 and loves singing and acting should apply - spread the word


Posted on September 22, 2015 at 23:01

Unheard Voices - CREW

In the middle of rehearsals for Unheard Voices - CREW which opens next week at the WMC in a WNO rehearsal studio.

It's been an incredibly challenging week working with 4 stagehands on developing theatrical languages which articulate what the world of opera performance is like from their perspective. So many hidden talents are emerging! We are blending mime, standup, and storytelling with set building and technical language to create a really unique show. Next week we gain a 5th…


Posted on December 5, 2014 at 10:50

devised theatre at WNO

It's not every show that casts a cheif executive  & artistic director as an actor alongside 4 of thier stage crew, but Unheard Voices - CREW does!

This is going to be an umissable evening which subverts all the usual stereotypes of opera and reveals the amazing stories of those people usually hidden in the shadows of the wings and fly floor. Come and see!…


Posted on November 25, 2014 at 23:44

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