Director, Producer and Theatre Maker

Based in Manchester, I have directed, produced, taught, created and performed theatre for almost 20 years, working with and for venues including; The Royal Exchange, The Lowry, HOME, Contact, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill, Nottingham Playhouse, Camden People's Theatre and The Albany. My approach to directing and performance is rooted in my experience and training as a professional actor, and I teach and direct acting and performance at colleges and Universities.

As a theatre maker, I work collaboratively; writing and devising with a growing pool of artists and professional specialists. We often research politically and socially conscious subjects, asking challenging questions and exploring unconventional themes to create unique, compelling and highly acclaimed original theatre. Our work is often underpinned by images and video, complex sound design or live music, and can include elements of physical theatre, comedy and clown.

Current Work

Same Same Different

'Adoption isn't the end of the story but the start of a whole new life!'

Producing the Northern tour of Same Same Different by Naomi Sumner Chan for Spring 2019.

Inspired by Naomi’s own experiences as a Trans-racial adoptee, being adopted from Hong Kong in the 1980s into a White British family. This new hour long verbatim play gives adoptees from all over the world the opportunity to share their adoption story in their own words and reveal what it’s like to grow up in a family and community who might look very different to themselves. The focus of the piece is what the contributors perceive as the similarities and differences between themselves and their family members and how both nature and nurture influence identity.

FOR BOOKING ENQUIRIES PLEASE EMAIL: benpower (at) live.co.uk

The Wasp

Directing the Northern premiere of The Wasp, by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, for The Theatre Collective. Part of Oldham Coliseum 'studio takeover' 15th and 17th March, then Hope Mill Theatre from 12th to 16th June.

TOURING AUTUMN 2019 - DETAILS COMING SOON

Past

Memories of Partition

Directing - Dramaturgy

Memories of Partition

Director of new monologues by South Asian writers, commissioned by the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Spring Reign

Directing - Dramaturgy - Producing

Spring Reign

Originator, Director and Producer for National Tour of a new play about Syrian conflict.

Becoming

Devising - Directing - Writing

Becoming

R+D project exploring contemporary parenting, in collaboration with comedy writer/performer, Liz Richardson, supported by HOME.

War Stories

Directing - Dramaturgy - Producing

War Stories

Director, Dramaturg and Co-Producer of internationally co-commissioned new play about the First World War.

Dr. Doctor and The Bird of Paradise

Devising - Directing - Dramaturgy - Producing

Dr. Doctor and The Bird of Paradise

Director in development for Garth Williams solo show about madness, psychiatry and R.D.Laing's radical clinical evolution.

Real Life

Devising - Directing - Producing - Writing

Real Life

Director, Co-Writer and Producer of solo comedy theatre show for The Royal Exchange Studio

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 - Dramaturgy

#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 and produced for the 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

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.

Media

  • ★★★★ ‘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

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