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Anna Coombs

Director London

Anna (she) is Artistic Director of African and Caribbean touring theatre company Tangle ( specialising in ensemble driven, multi-lingual versions of classic plays and operas with original song and music. Works draw equally on South African township and Western theatre traditions. Set designs are flexible, compressing or expanding to suit multiple venues. Also a freelance consultant and writer.


WATER BREAD AND SALT (adapted and directed) touring 2019
DOCTOR FAUSTUS (adapted and directed, composer John Pfumojena) Arcola 2019
Cont Mhlanga's WORKSHOP NEGATIVE (director, composer John Pfumojena) English premiere, Gate Theatre 2016
THE CROSSING (dramaturg and director) Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre503, 2012
A DROP TO DRINK (director) Soho Theatre and National Theatre Studio 2011
MAKMENDE VIES FOR PRESIDENT (director) National Theatre Studio, 2011
NEVER SAY RABBIT IN A BOAT (director) 2010 Hall for Cornwall
BACKSLIDER (director and dramaturg) 2009, Ustinov Bath
EVERYMAN (director) Hall for Cornwall & Brewhouse, 2009, TMA Eclipse Award Winner
THE JEW OF MALTA (director) Hall for Cornwall 2008
HIGHFLIERS (director and dramaturg) Hall for Cornwall 2005

Anna has worked as a director at The Abbey Theatre Dublin, New Vic Stoke on Trent, Marlowe Canterbury, Oxford Playhouse, Hall for Corwall and in London at ENO, National Theatre Studio and for producers Bill Kenwright, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Thelma Holt.


RADA - MA in text and performance
SOAS - research associate in African Theatre
National Theatre Studio Director's Training Programme


10+ years


Music - Can learn by ear
Music - Can Read

Additional Languages

Spanish. Some Shona and some Zulu