Directing

I have always been drawn to the world stage.  I began by assisting Tom Morris on Beckett and Sophocles and Irina Brook on Armenian new writing, and then directed 126 Flutes with Jazz Flautist Keith Waithe (BAC Opera), Guy Dartnell’s Unsung (Co-directed with Tom Morris, which along with Meat and Two Veg was selected for 2003’s British Council Showcase).  Following the National Theatre Studio Directors’ course I directed a reading by Hungarian writer Peter Kaparti, translated by Dennis Kelly as part of NT’s international programme. I also directed The New Tenant (****Guardian) in the Young Vic’s Main House.   I have been working with NT Studio on developing my independent directorial practice.  I’ve most recently been working on a play for National Theatre Wales and an adaptation of Amedée by Ionesco.

I became Artistic Director of Cartoon de Salvo in 1997 and am now Co-AD with Brian Logan and Neil Haigh. I have directed; Here be Dragons, Bernie and Clive, Meat and Two Veg (Observer Top Ten Shows 2002, visited Hong Kong May 2005) and Ladies and Gentlemen, where am I?, The Chaingang Gang, site-specific Allotment show The Sunflower Plot (“****” Guardian), BAC’s Christmas Show 2005 The Ratcatcher of Hamelin, and Meltdown (co-production with pyro company The World Famous). In 2009 I also directed and adapted Nikos Kazantzaki’s novel Zorba the Greek in collaboration with the Central School of Speech and Drama for the Minack Theatre on the Cliffs, Cornwall.  Hard Hearted Hannah and Other Stories (Lyric Hammersmith, Telegraph Top Ten Comedies 2008, 2009’s British Council Showcase) was invited to Washington DC’s Kennedy Center in 2010. Pub Rock a site-specific show in pubs has toured the UK (Evening Standard Critics Choice Top Five London Shows) in 2010/11.  Recently Made Up and The Irish Giant had runs at Soho Theatre and Southwalk Playhouse respectively.

Writers I enjoy include Grieg, Kelly, Hollman, Butler, Morgan, Kroetz, Cartwright, Durrenmatt, Brecht, Beckett, Ionesco and Shakespeare.

Here’s a short teaser trailer for Cyrano, a collaboration with artist R.Wan…and some photos from my work

 

 

 

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  1. Pingback: Cyrano, a collaboration with R.Wan and Cartoon de Salvo | Alex Murdoch

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