Find Out About...Tuirenn as Director & Producer

As a theatre director and producer, I have primarily developed my skills through experience – running my own student companies, to working in professional venues and accepting roles that have extended my knowledge and contacts…

Director/Producer Biography

During my time at Bretton Hall College (of the University of Leeds), I developed and honed my directorial skills even though I was actually cutting my teeth as a Theatre Actor. Undoubtedly, my training as an actor has influenced my approach, but ultimately being on-the-job has benefited me the most…

My actor training did, however, advance my abilities in dissecting a dramatic text and constructing a directorial vision for the production ahead. I became fluent in a wide range of theatrical genres and subtextual understanding, and became familiar with dramatic styles and conventions.

My planning for rehearsal and thorough comprehension of the script (and its potential) allows me to really engage a cast and design/technical theatre team with my vision. In this way, I am able to produce a full theatrical experience (whether contemporary theatre, classical theatre, musical or otherwise) in efficient time and with outstanding quality. I enjoy challenging and stretching myself and my team to explore the limitations of our collective creativity.

Sweeney Todd Poster1My credits cover a wide range of theatrical genres and styles including classical theatre, musical theatre, contemporary drama, physical and mask, storytelling and devised theatre practices.

Recent notable productions include: George Orwell/Matthew Dunster’s 1984, CG Bond’s Sweeney Todd, Chess at the Elgiva Theatre, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors, Side Show, Jekyll & Hyde (the musical), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Dr. Faustus, and MORT all for the Theatre on the Hill, and prior to this worked for companies including Point Blank Theatre and CragRats (for whom I also managed their theatre in an artistic director capacity).

From contemporary dramas to physical theatre, from variety performance to musicals, from mask performance to classical text; I have developed a rich range of directorial skills – always managing to create worlds that are effective for audience and production team alike.

I seek to engage his audiences in dynamic and powerful renderings of any text or source material.

I manipulate space, working strongly with performers on their physical, vocal and character-driven connections with the text, and exploit the rich tapestry of language to provide an outing that is of high quality and passion, and true to the intentions of playwright and company.

My approach can be visionary and innovative; or reverent depending on the intention of the company I am working for, and I am capable of directing in a wide range of styles, genres and practitioner-driven methods.

I have worked in commercial and community theatre as director, but I also have a strong educational arm – having led education productions in FE and HE institutions. I have also gained a solid grounding in directing Theatre in Education productions to great effect.

I am currently in the process of setting up a theatre company of my own, for which I will be Artistic Director. The intention of this company is to revive and reawaken old texts, apply a fresh lick of paint to existing contemporary texts and be invigorated by new writing – I am sure there will be many other opportunities along the way.

Director Credits

Mar ’16 | 1984 by George Orwell (adapted by Matthew Dunster) | John Lyon Theatre, London

Apr ’15 | Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas | John Lyon Theatre, London

Dec ’14 | The Snow Queen by Ron Nicol | John Lyon Theatre, London

Jun ’14 | Sweeney Todd by CG Bond | John Lyon Theatre, London

Dec ’13 | Green Bottles by Devised Original Work | The St. James Theatre Studio, London

May ’12 | Chess by B.Andersson, B.Ulvaeus & T.Rice | The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham

Apr ’11 | Sweet Charity by C.Coleman, D.Fields & N.Simon | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’11 | Little Shop of Horrors by A.Menken & H.Ashman | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’10 | Side Show by B.Russell & H.Krieger | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jan ’10 | Jekyll & Hyde – the musical by L.Bricusse & F.Wildhorn | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’09 | Christmas Show by Variety Production | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’09 | A Slice of Saturday Night by The Heather Brothers | Marlow Operatics, Shelley Theatre

Apr ’08 | MORT by S.Briggs | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Feb ’08 | Macbeth by Shakespeare | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’07 | The Nutcracker by Variety Production | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’07 | One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by D.Wasserman | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ’07 | The Most Dangerous Game by T.Hurstfield | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’07 | Dr. Faustus by C.Marlowe | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’07 | A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’06 | The Commedia Nativity by Devised | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’06 | The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton by C.Dickens | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’05 | The HollyWood Murder Mystery by T.Hurstfield | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Producer Credits

Jun-Jul ’16 | The Tempest by Shakespeare | John Lyon Theatre & St.Giles-in-the-Fields Church, London

May ’16 | The Love of the Nightingale by T.Wertenbaker | John Lyon Theatre, London

Mar ’16 | Vinegar Tom by C.Churchill | John Lyon Theatre, London

Mar ’16 | 1984 by George Orwell (adapted by Matthew Dunster) | John Lyon Theatre, London

Feb ’16 | A Boy on a Beach by Devised | The Courtyard Theatre, London (and community tour)

Dec ’15 | The White Devil by J.Webster | Studio 103, London

Dec ’15 | Season’s Greetings by A.Ayckbourn | John Lyon Theatre, London

Oct ’15 | Love & Information by C.Churchill | John Lyon Theatre, London

Jun ’15 | More Light by B.Lavery | John Lyon Theatre, London

May ’15 | Lysistrata – the Sex Strike by G.Greer (additional dialogue – P.Willmott) | John Lyon Theatre, London

Dec ’12 | Godspell by S.Schwartz | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’10 | Cigarettes & Chocolate by A.Minghella | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jan ’10 | Jekyll & Hyde – the musical by L.Bricusse & F.Wildhorn | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jan ’10 | Maggie May by L.Bart & A.Owen | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’09 | Christmas Show by Variety Production | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’09 | RENT by J.Larson | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’09 | Suessical the Musical by S.Flaherty & L.Ahrens | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ‘ 09 | A Clockwork Orange by A.Burgess | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ’09 | Black Comedy by P.Shaffer | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’09 | The Crucible by A.Miller | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’09 | The Pajama Game by R.Adler & J.Ross | The Elgiva Theatre,Chesham

Jun ’09 | FAME the musical by S.Margoshes & J.Levy | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

May ’09 | Blood Brothers by W.Russell | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

May ’09 | Just So by A.Drewe & G.Stiles | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

May ’09 | Mack & Mabel by M.Stewart & J.Herman | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Apr ’09 | Oedipus Rex by Sophocles | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Apr ’09 | Children of Eden by S.Schwartz | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’09 | A Slice of Saturday Night by The Heather Brothers | Marlow Operatics,Shelley Theatre

Feb ’09 | First Lady Suite by M.J.LaChiusa | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Feb ’09 | Songs for a New World by J.R.Brown | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’08 | A Tale Inspired by Edward Scissorhands by Devised Dance Production | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Nov ’08 | Alice in Wonderland by L.Carroll | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ’08 | Lord of the Flies by N.Williams | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Feb ’08 | Macbeth by Shakespeare | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Oct ’07 | The Most Dangerous Game by T.Hurstfield | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Jun ’07 | Dr. Faustus by C.Marlow | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Mar ’07 | A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare | Theatre on the Hill, Amersham

Dec ’05 | The Princess & the Pea by M.Ingham | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Oct ’05 | Trick or Treat by C.Blackwood & T.Hurstfield | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Sep ’05 | The Elephant Man by T.Hurstfield &G.Tomos-Evans | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Jun ’05 | The HollyWood Murder Mystery by T.Hurstfield | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

May ’05 | Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay! by D.Fo | CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth

Some Reviews

 A Slice of Saturday Night – “The music, the sounds, the clothes, all wonderfully evoking a bygone era. The Shelley Theatre was a marvellous venue, partially set out with tables and chairs and the other half in a standard audience of rows. The set depicted a perfectly seedy nightclub in what could have been a back street of any town. The dirty toilets, the personalities, everything was so typical of a time gone by. I was particularly taken aback by the excellent opening. The lights go up and the first sight we have to behold is the whole cast in their underwear!! It certainly set the stall out for a very entertaining show … A well directed show, full of lively actors and actresses, all of whom pushed their characters to the brink. Enjoying themselves, making the songs full of emotion and depth. One in particular stood out for me, Please Don’t Tell Me. I have heard it many times by different singers, every time it gives me goosebumps through the words, and the delivery this time was every bit as emotional and stirring. The cast were obviously well drilled and cohesive together as group, the couples matched well together, a very good show and worthy of the new direction MOAS has elected to take.”

Marlow Operatic Society, Shelley Theatre, Court Garden, Marlow, Mar 3rd – 7th 2009 NODA (reviewer: Steve Bold) 6th March 2009

 

 Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! – “Dario Fo’s freewheeling farce has had much of its original political bite restored by the CragRats company. This production is hard hitting and often exhaustingly funny. It has the style, wit and surreal vision of an adult cartoon and the rising anger of a Zola novel. Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! is set in Milan during the seventies, a period of industrial and civil unrest. Joanne Eley drives the show along as Antonia, a housewife vainly endeavouring to hide bags of food looted from a supermarket after she instigated the looting. Her desperation is by turns funny, hilarious and tragic. Her rage and anger are heartfelt. Rachel Gee makes an excellent best friend, giving some frantic comic reactions. Playing the respective husbands, Richard Glen and Alasdair Tose are not as clear cut. Gavin Coles plays every policeman in the story plus a lugubrious undertaker. He gets a deservedly warm reception whenever he appears. Pacing is enjoyably brisk without being breathless, though some reflective moments are taken too quickly. The slapstick sequences are deftly done. Indeed, the overall physicality of the story and its characters has been explored with director Chris Blackwood’s keen eye and astute thinking. An interpretation that stays true to Dario Fo’s original intentions.”

CragRats Undermill Theatre, Holmfirth, May 2005, The Stage (reviewer: Kevin Berry), 5th May 2005

 

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There are a number of skills and services I can offer on a freelance basis. I am always interested in hearing potential project ideas and would love to discuss any proposals or collaborations you have in mind.

Services I Can Offer:

  • Directing Productions
  • Writing New Play, Musical or Screenplay Commissions
  • Dramaturgy
  • Curriculum Design (Performing Arts)
  • Private Tuition/Coaching (one-on-one)

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  • Workshops
  • Consultancy
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