For Jaybird’s last project, the marvellous Ryan Ormonde was our production trainee – we passed on to him all the info we could muster about producing and touring live literature. This time round, we have two direction trainees – Harry Mackrill and Collette McCarthy delighted us with their ideas and enthusiasms when we interviewed them, so we’re very pleased to be working with them creatively on this project.

Harry writes ‘I read Drama at the University of Surrey, Roehampton – where I completed my dissertation on the social realist movement in post-war British Drama – and trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, graduating in 2009. Recent acting credits include The Railway Children at Waterloo Station, End of the Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios) and The Rise & Fall of Little Voice (Vaudeville Theatre). I have just finished assisting Norwegian director, Ragnhild Lund, on her own adaptation of Hedda Gabler. 

 and Collette says ‘I am a born and bred Londoner and find constant inspiration from the bustling city. I graduated last year from the University of Glasgow after four years studying English Literature and Theatre Studies, one of which I spent at the University  of California, San Diego. I am passionate about theatre, especially devised, site-specific and experimental work. I have experience as both an assistant director and director and began my own company in my final year of university. Since graduating, I have worked within the Art Department of interactive theatre company You Me Bum Bum Train and in the production department of puppetry and storytelling company The Wrong Crowd.’  

We’ll get them blogging soon.


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