Directing

Rachael has worked with companies across the North East as a Director and Assistant Director.

Past Projects

2019

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The Taming of the Shrew (Director)

Shakespeare’s Speakeasy @ Alphabetti Theatre

October 2019

On the 23rd October 2019, 8 actors came together for the first time to rehearse and perform a Shakespeare play in a single day.

 

 

iweigh-concept-round-6-01_1_origI Weigh (Assistant Director/Dramaturg)

Mortal Fools – North East & North West Tour

April 2019

A brand new theatre show created by young people in response to the online @i_weigh movement.

I Weigh is a dynamic and thought-provoking show that explores what we are worth and how we can learn to value and accept ourselves and each other in today’s world.

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From The Ashes Community Radio Drama (Assistant Director)

Koast Radio

March 2019

From the Ashes is a satirical drama, set in the fictitious town of Stonebridge which has been labelled the worst town in Britain and tells of what happens when its residents and politicians are plunged into crisis.

Working with Curious Monkey Theatre Company and writer Gez Casey, a group of residents from South East Northumberland aged 9-70 wrote, performed and recorded the radio drama which is available on Koast Radio.

 

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Paper Plane (Director)

Playing Up @ Northern Stage

March 2019

As part of an evening of new writing showcasing talent from across the region, Rachael wrote and directed Paper Plane; a comedy exploring the differences between romantic and platonic love.

Poppy is best man at Luke’s wedding and Tom is angry because he used to be going out with Poppy but he broke up with her because he thinks Poppy would be happier with Luke even though Luke is marrying Tom’s cousin Mara and – you know what? It’s complicated, just watch it.

2018

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Landslide (Assistant Director)

Alphabetti Theatre                    

August 2018

Rachael worked alongside director Paula Penman and writer Laura Lindow on Landslide; an innovative new show celebrating the female experience in all its heights and horizons. An exploration of diversities and commonalities culminating with a sonic boom of raw voices in a live outdoor shindig.

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Out There (Co-Director)

Mortal Fools – Prudhoe Riverside

July 2018

A one-off outdoor theatre production set against the backdrop of the lush Northumberland countryside.

Wearing silent disco headphones, audiences went on an outdoor theatre walk to hear stories and see performances about what it’s like to be out there; young and living in Northumberland today.

The project was a finalist for Best Event: Northumberland at the Culture Awards 2019.

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How the Vote Was Won (Director)

Coracle Theatre @ Alphabetti

May 2018

Rachael directed a staged reading of How the Vote Was Won by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St John (1909) as part of Coracle’s night of new writing inspired by any aspect of the Suffragette movement. 

2017

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A Very Mediocre Christmas (Director)

Christmas Cabaret @ Alphabetti

December 2017

Part of an evening of new writing around the theme of Christmas, Rachael directed a new piece of theatre by Gary Kitching, starring Tony Neilson.
Meet Frank.
You may know him by a different name.
Santa Clause, St Nicholas, Father Christmas.
Meet the Jolly Elf. He actually isn’t that Jolly. He’s also not an Elf.
He’s filled in for the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny too.
But when the magic has gone what does that mean for Frank?
Sherry. In a pint glass, that’s what.
Have a Very Mediocre Christmas with Frank.
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Wilfred (Assistant Director)

The Worriers & Alphabetti

November 2017

Inspired by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums new exhibition – ‘Charge!’ at the Discovery Museum.

Wilfred Owen wasn’t the only poet to fight in the first world war, he also wasn’t the only person called Wilfred.

This is is the story of Wilfred Wright. Injured during the battle of the Somme and recovering in a field hospital, Wilfred tries to come to terms with the horrors he’s witnessed through poetry. Unfortunately his poems are terrible, will he be able to write a lasting legacy before he heads back to the front?

 

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Vanishing Point (Director)

Alphabetti Theatre

September 2017

(Photo Credit for this and featured image: Luke James)