Theatre

As a director, I’ve been influenced mainly by the brilliant actors and writers I’ve had the chance to work with. I also learnt a lot from my collaboration (2006-12) with John Wright. I like to combine scrupulous attention to text (and a lot of directorial homework) with a collective, exploratory approach in the room. I do like detail and feeling, but I don’t really like naturalism. There is always music.

Recently, my directing work has mostly been in opera – sometimes a narrower focus is useful, pragmatic – but I’m still as excited as ever by theatre writers and makers.

2013/14/15Various plays
Directing professional actors in plays by children for the wonderful charity Scene and Heard. Click here to find out more about them.
Theatro Technis
2013Twin Towns and Sister Cities (Scratch Performance)
A new play for recorded voices and live illustrator. The story is told with recorded dialogue and large-scale drawing in ink, paint and charcoal, mapping relationships onto the walls of the performance space.
Co-devised with Chris GyleeBattersea Arts Centre
2013The Angel Project
A durational, site-specific performance inspired by William Blake's connection with Primrose Hill. Written and performed by Liv Spencer.
View the website here
Primrose Hill
2012Clusterfuck (Rehearsed reading)
By Clara Brennan (winner Off West End Awards' Adopt a Playwright Award)
Off West End
New Diorama
2012Plays on Words
New short plays by young people, adapted from Gothic stories.
Big Telly
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
2011Divine Words
By Ramon del Valle-Inclàn, trans.Maria Delgado
Co-directed with John WrightCentral School of Speech and Drama
2010Doctor Faustus
By Christopher Marlowe

Winner, Peter Brook Empty Space Award (2010)

‘A devilishly good night out.’ The Guardian (2010)
Redirection (2010)
Asst. Director, dir John Wright (2006)
Third Party
New Diorama
2009Hamlet
By William Shakespeare
Co-directed with John WrightCentral School of Speech and Drama
2009End of the Line
James Woolf
Net Curtains
Margate Theatre Royal
2008A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens, adapted by Brian Sibley, with live actors and puppets.

‘From start to finish, it is an enthralling, atmospheric and moving production, brimming with talent and enthusiasm...Book your ticket today.’ The Stage

‘By far the best version of the story I have seen and certainly the most touching...the show to see.’ IndieLondon

‘A perfect ‘Carol’...Perfect Christmas entertainment.’ The Kentish Times
Flat Pack Productions
Greenwich Playhouse
2008Dreams of An African Child
Robin Graham
The Ugly Tree/ Greenhouse Northwest
Bolton Octagon / Schools and Community Tour
2008Safekeeping
Clare Bayley
Zeitgeist Theatre
King’s Head Theatre
2007Not Knowing Who We Are
Maggie Drury

‘What really makes this production is the unusual, rhythmic quality of the language...Like a game of verbal ping-pong [it] draws us into an intense and, at times, disturbing tale.’ The Stage
The Ugly Tree
Blue Elephant
2006Touched
Julia Johnston

‘*****’ Three Weeks

‘A brilliantly sure-footed piece of entertaining theatre.’ Edinburghguide.com
Abelia Theatre
C Cubed (Edinburgh)
2006Flood
James Woolf
Net Curtains
Arcola Theatre
2006Steam
Jason Charles

‘A powerful psychological thriller...directed with panache by Toria Banks.’ The Spectator

‘A classy, entertaining evening of theatre.’ My London Your London
White Bear Theatre
2004-6A Good Investment Mark Lindow;
Schubert and Me Jonathan Lennie;
Quin Shih Yin Hesitates Alan McNaboe;
Baggage Maggie Drury
Joinedupwriters
Old Red Lion