Manchester based director, producer and actor

Exploring original stories and ideas, I create and collaborate with award-winning writers and exceptional performers, experienced sound and stage designers, international musicians, photographers, film makers and artists. Through a range of techniques - including writing and devising, film and photography, physical performance, comedy and clown - my aim is to make unique and unforgettable theatre.

Current Projects

Spring Reign

Based on real-life accounts from journalists, aid workers, refugees and UK based Syrians, Spring Reign features live performance, video, original music and frontline photography, created through a process of collaborative research, writing and devising. After sell out shows at The Lowry Studio, Salford and Theatre in the Mill, Bradford in May 2015, a national tour is planned for Spring 2017, co-produced with Jayne Compton. For booking enquiries or more information please contact: Jayne@switchflicker.co.uk

"A hard hitting and incredibly moving piece of theatre."
★★★★ Yorkshire Post

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War Stories

Produced and directed as a co-commission for Manchester's 24:7 Theatre Festival 2014 and the You Are Here Festival, in Canberra, Australia. The play was selected for the Re:play Festival 2015 in January at HOME and will tour festivals throughout Summer 2016.

★★★★★
The Good Review

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Dr. Doctor and The Bird of Paradise

A Faustian trip through revolutionary Scottish Psychiatrist R.D.Laing's clinical evolution, from medical student to radical shrink – framed in the light of performer, Garth Williams, lived experience of madness and psychiatry. Developed with the support of The Lowry Studio and The Royal Exchange, we are continuing our research and development for a pilot tour in March 2017.

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Real Life

Written and devised with Ben Kewin, this brand-new solo show produced in association with The Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester and going on to perform at Camden People's Theatre, London, in July 2015. Ben and I are curently working on a new piece and hope to tour 'Real Life' in 2016/17, including a visit to the Edinburgh Festival.

★★★★ The Skinny

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Get in touch

If you are looking for a director or a creative collaborator, have a script, or an idea for a project that you would like to discuss, please get in touch.

What they say

  • ★★★★ ‘Real Life’ is a masterful display of tight writing, performance and a great deal of lunacy.

    John Stansfield, The Skinny
  • TEMP/CASUAL: ‘Eloquent, moving and completely gripping'

    Kevin Bourke, Manchester Evening News
  • TEMP/CASUAL: 'Astutely directed... animated and slick scene changes… very well choreographed.'

    Alex Rogerson, Arts Council England
  • TEMP/CASUAL: ‘ … enaging, funny and heartfelt … Ben Power’s slick direction and the effective use of a simple yet multi-functional set design, combined with a rousing sound score and multi-media elements, also add to this highly accessible production..’

    Claire Howden, The Public Reviews

Latest News

I am very pleased to now be co-producing Spring Reign with Jayne Compton, who will be working with me to tour the show nationally in early 2017.

Past Projects

The Bubbler

Directing - Producing

The Bubbler

Director of Cathy Crabb's critically acclaimed play - for Re:Play at The Lowry and a Northern Tour

#Handles

Devising - Directing

#Handles

University of Salford - BA Theatre and Performing: Public Performance Project

Unhinged

Devising - Directing

Unhinged

A 'work in development' for Jackson's Lane Theatre, Highgate, London.

Verbally Challenged

Acting - Directing

Verbally Challenged

Contact Manchester's new writing showcase.

Temp/Casual

Directing - Producing

Temp/Casual

Originally directed for 24:7 Festival, then developed for a full production at Contact.

Marge

Acting - Producing

Marge

A collaboration with Made-Up Theatre, touring the North West.

Two

Acting - Directing - Producing

Two

North West tour with my first company, Something Wicked.

Brave New World

Acting - Devising

Brave New World

Adapted and devised Bio-Mechanical production.

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