My role on this production was to work with the creative team from inception to create an exciting show with as much ‘clambering about’ as possible within the constraints of the Tobacco Factory Theatre space. In addition to designing the structures used, I trained the actors to move safely around the set and worked on all the movement sequences where large props were puppeteered.
The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe:
I worked as aerial director on this production. This role involved working closely with the theatre’s technical team and the set designer Rae Smith to enable aerial elements to be incorporated into a show that turned the West Yorkshire Playhouse into the round.
Angels in America:
Working as aerial director, I designed the counterweighting system and trained counterweighters and actors from scratch to bring the director Marianne Elliot’s vision to life. This is a short behind the scenes documentary made about my collaboration with the puppetry director to create the flying Angel effects:
As circus director on this show, I worked with the creative team from the very beginning – helping to design the set, train the actors, and worked alongside the director throughout rehearsals to embed the circus fully into the storytelling.
Pirates of the Carabina:
I was co-creator and co-director of this company. FLOWN was our first production, combining aerial stunts, circus performance, clowning and comedy.
I was aerial director on this production which was a transfer from Bristol Old Vic to the National Theatre. This show involved almost everyone in the cast being in the air at some point, using a variety of complicated harness work and counterweighting. This video is a short glimpse into the rehearsal room at the National Theatre: