In 2013 I co-founded the award-winning Hull-based company Silent Uproar, which I currently work for as the Artistic Director. We have a simple mission statement “to create fun nights to make the world less shit.
As Artistic Director, I have overseen the company’s evolution from a band of students making work on the top floor of a dilapidated pub to the largest independent theatre charity in Humberside. The company has been my main outlet for my work as a director. It has helped me to understand what theatre I want to create and who I want to make it for.
My time at Silent Uproar has allowed me to pursue my interest in New Work created to appeal to new northern audiences. Particularly for communities that feel unheard and unloved by their local, regional, and national theatres - the audiences (usually 30’s and younger) that simply feel ‘theatre is not for them’. In Hull theatre is seen as archaic and irrelevant; to combat this I have tried to create work that reaches beyond the usual theatre crowd. I believe creating work that is accessible and aimed at new audiences will challenge what we imagine theatre can be.
Effectively, I believe that northern communities need access to a greater diversity of work; mainly shows that are not only thought-provoking, but boisterous, loud, riotous, inclusive, rude, provocative, and fun. Work that listens to, speaks to, and challenges communities outside of the giant metropolises that our industry is predominantly based on. I wish to help create this work, theatre that brings people together to unpick big ideas and ultimately provides them with a great night out.
Director, THANK YOU FOR DOING NOTHING by Josh Overton, UK TOURING, 10 weeks (cancelled due to Covid-19), 2020
Director/Dramaturg, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: A XMAS ADVENTURE by Josh Overton, Yorkshire Regional Tour, 2 weeks, 2019
Director, THANK YOU FOR DOING NOTHING by Josh Overton, Hull Truck Theatre, (R&D), 2019
Director, A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD) by Jon Brittain, UK Touring, 14 weeks, 2019
Director, A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD) by Jon Brittain, UK Touring, 9 weeks, 2018
Director/Dramaturg, A LOVE SONG FOR DICKHEADS by Josh Overton, Hull Truck Theatre, 1 week (Youth Theatre, 2018
Director/Dramaturg, PARKLIFE by Lydia Marchant, Site-Specific/ Hull City of Culture 2017, 1 week (Youth Theatre), 2017
Director/Dramaturg, A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD) by Jon Brittain, Pleasance (Edinburgh), New Diorama, Hull Truck Theatre), 7 weeks, 2017.
Director/Dramaturg, A SUPER HAPPY STORY (ABOUT FEELING SUPER SAD) by Jon Brittain, Hull Truck Theatre & New Diorama, (R&D), 2016
Shadow Director (dir Mark Babytch), TREASURE ISLAND by Debbie Oates, Hull Truck Theatre, 5 weeks, 2016
Shadow Director (dir Mark Babytch), EDUCATING RITA by Willy Russell, Hull Truck Theatre, 4 weeks, 2016
Director/Dramaturg, PIG by Alex Oates, New Diorama Theatre & Hull Truck Theatre, 2 weeks, 2015
Director/Dramaturg, HANSEL by Alex Oates, Assemble Fest/Site-Specific, 2 weeks, 2015
Director/Dramaturg, SMALL PLANS by Morgan Sproxton, Hull Truck Theatre & Marlowe Canterbury, 3 weeks, 2014
Assistant Director (dir Paul Smith), SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY MORNING by Alan Sillitoe (Adapt by Amanda Whittington), Site Specific, 2 weeks, 2013
Robert Icke & Lyndsey Turner 12-Week Directing Masterclasses (2020 Covid Scheme)
Leeds Playhouse Directors Programme 2017-2018
Shadow Director- Hull Truck Theatre (2015-2016)
Shadow Director- John Wright (2014)
Hull University Drama & Theatre Practise BA, 2:1 (Hons) 2012.