My first directing job was Music Hall for Bolton Octagon in 1990. In 1995 I directed a reworking of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado for The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and for over ten years my productions featured regularly in the company’s repertoire. I became Associate Artist of the company in 1998. I continued directing as a freelance for the next ten years until 2009, when I succeeded Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. I was Artistic Director and a CEO of the company for seven years. I’ve also directed for The People Show, D’O’yly Carte Opera, The Belgrade Coventry, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre by the Lake, The Royal Exchange and The Orange Tree.
My writing is accessible, populist and mainly adaptation of classic texts, including adaptations of opera for theatre audiences. Don Giovanni for the New Vic was nominated for Best Musical Production at the 2008 TMA (now UK Theatre) Awards. My plays and librettos have been commissioned by Theatre by the Lake, The SJT, The New Vic, The Arden School of Theatre, Northumbria University, Bolton Octagon and the Royal Exchange, Manchester.
I’ve been involved with drama training since 1991, as a guest director and lecturer at LAMDA, RCSSD, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham School of Acting, Northumbria University, ALRA and The Arden School of Theatre.