Morris is Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic and has been Associate Director of the National Theatre since 2004. He was the Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) from 1995 to 2004 and before that was an arts journalist and freelance producer.
Previous work at Bristol Old Vic includes Swallows and Amazons, Juliet and Her Romeo, Does My Society Look Big in This? and Messiah (Bristol Proms, 2012).
Other credits include: The Death of Klinghoffer (ENO & Metropolitan Opera); Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre); War Horse (as co-director for National Theatre; 2011 Tony Award for Best Director); A Matter of Life and Death (adapted from the film with Emma Rice, National Theatre); Coram Boy (developed with Melly Still, National Theatre); Disembodied, Newsnight: The Opera, Kombat Opera Klubneit, Home, Passions, Unsung, To The Island With The Goose, Macbeth, Oedipus The King, Othello Music, Trio, All That Fall (all BAC, as director); World Cup Final 1966, Jason and the Argonauts, Ben Hur (all BAC, co-written with Carl Heap); Jerry Springer: The Opera (for BAC as producer); Ooogly Boogly (devised and directed); Nights at the Circus, The Wooden Frock (both written with Emma Rice for Kneehigh).
ADRIAN KOHLERPUPPET CONCEPTION, DESIGN, SCULPTURE, CONSTRUCTION AND DIRECTION
Co-founder and Artistic Director of Handspring Puppet Company, Adrian Kohler is considered to be one of the world’s leading masters of his medium. His mother was a thoughtful amateur puppeteer, who with his father, as yacht builder and cabinetmaker, gave him a firm grounding in woodwork and the creation of moving figures. A BA Fine Art at the University of Cape Town followed. He then spent a year at The Space Theatre - the city’s only non-racial venue at the time and another in Birmingham U.K. at the Canon Hill Arts Centre and Weld Community Arts Centre. Kohler then moved to Botswana to run the National Popular Theatre Programme for three years.
His puppets for Handspring have been widely acclaimed and exhibited. He has had a solo retrospective at the National Gallery in South Africa, and groups of his works have been shown at The Barbican Art Gallery, London and The Museum for African Art, New York. His puppets are held in public and private collections including the Constitutional Court in South Africa, the Munich Stadtmuseum in Germany, and the Old Mutual Art Collection. Kohler received the Michaelis Prize, a lifetime achievement award from Tshwane University (2006) and an honorary doctorate in literature UCT (2012).
BASIL JONESPUPPET CONCEPTION AND DIRECTION
Co-founder and executive producer of Handspring Puppet Company, Basil Jones completed his BFA at UCT where he met future husband, Adrian Kohler. In 1990, he set up a not for profit NGO Handspring Trust, which produced Spider’s Place, an innovative, multi-media science education series for TV, radio and comic aimed at young learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. He set up the Handspring Awards for Puppetry, which recognise and encourage puppet design, direction and performance in South Africa. The Handspring Trust is involved in a number of projects in urban townships and rural areas, using puppetry as a means to educate and empower youth, bringing communities together through street parades and performance. He speaks and writes on the subject of puppetry and is interested in growing an international dialogue on the theatre of objects. He received the Naledi Executive Directors Award (2012), a lifetime achievement award from Tshwane University (2006) and an honorary doctorate in literature from UCT (2012).
Vicki Mortimer studied at the Slade School of Art. Her work in theatre includes many productions at the National Theatre, most recently: Othello, Last of the Hausmanns, Travelling Light (costume design), Hansel and Gretel and Hamlet; work at the RSC, the Royal Court, the Donmar and the Almeida; Don John for Kneehigh at RSC and BAC; Nights at the Circus at Lyric Hammersmith (costume design).
Internationally: Fiddler on the Roof and Nine on Broadway (costume design); Easter and Night and Dreams at Dramaten Theatre, Stockholm, as well as several seasons of productions in Tokyo.
Opera includes most recently Written on Skin for Aix Festival, Orest for Nederlands Opera (costume design); Al Gran Sole for Salzburg Festival and Staatsoper Berlin; After Dido for ENO at the Young Vic; Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg and St Matthew Passion for Glyndebourne.
Designs for dance include Raven Girl for the Royal Ballet, Yantra for Stuttgart Ballet; Genus for Paris Opera Garnier; Skindex for Nederlands Dans Theater and three pieces for Random Dance Company.
PHILIP GLADWELLLIGHTING DESIGNER
Theatre credits include: Love The Sinner, The World Of Extreme Happiness (National); The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, No Quarter, Oxford Street, Kebab (Royal Court); Before The Party (Almeida); Miss Julie (Schaubühne Berlin); If Only (ChichEster); One For The Road, God of Carnage, Blood Wedding, Hedda Gabler, The Bacchae (Royal); Punk Rock Cinderella, Aladdin, Mogadishu (Lyric); The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society, Ciara, I'm With The Band (Traverse);The King And I (UK Tour); The Spire, Design for Living (Salisbury); Small Hours (Hampstead); For Once (Pentabus); Further Than the Furthest Thing (Dundee Rep, Winner Critic’s Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Design); Five Guys Named Moe (Stratford); Terminus (Dublin/Australia/USA/Young Vic); You Can’t Take it With You, 1984, Macbeth (Manchester); The Fahrenheit Twins, Low Pay? Don’t Pay! (Told by an Idiot); Thoroughly Modern Millie, Radio Times (Watermill); Chicago, Gypsy (Curve Leicester); Ghosts, The Member of the Wedding (Young Vic); Testing the Echo (Out Of Joint); The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Dandy in the Underworld (Soho); LIMBO (Southbank).
Dave Price is a composer, performer and sound designer and is an associate of the award-winning physical theatre company, Gecko.
Theatre credits include original scores and sound designs for: Rats’ Tales (Royal Exchange Manchester); Missing (Gecko); A Soldier In Every Son - An Aztec Trilogy, Measure for Measure (RSC); Fen (National Theatre Studio/Finborough); Adventures Inside (Lyric Hammersmith/Love Productions for Channel 4), and as composer and performer: The Overcoat, Taylors Dummies (Gecko); Beasts and Beauties (Hampstead); Troilus and Cressida (RSC).
Dave recorded several albums and toured extensively with the pop group Aqualung and works with singer songwriter Gwyneth Herbert as multi-instrumentalist and co-producer of her forthcoming CD, which is the culmination of a residency at Aldeburgh Music. He co-founded the experimental music collective Noszferatu, who recorded a CD (Drempel) for the NMC label and performed at major UK contemporary music festivals and several times on BBC Radio 3.
Other recent highlights include gigs with: Eska, Finn Peters’ Music of the Mind project and recording with Duke Special and Regina Spektor.
CHRISTOPHER SHUTTSOUND DESIGNER
For Bristol Old Vic: Coram Boy, Far Away.
For the National Theatre: War Horse (Tony Award, NY Drama Desk Award, Olivier nomination), From Morning to Midnight, The Effect, The White Guard, Burnt by the Sun, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Olivier nomination), Philistines, Happy Days, Coram Boy (Olivier nomination), Not About Nightingales, Machinal .
For Complicite: A Disappearing Number, The Elephant Vanishes, Mnemonic (NY Drama Desk Award), Noise of Time, Street of Crocodiles, Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol.
Other credits: Macbeth (Manchester with Kenneth Branagh); Playboy of the Western World, All About My Mother (Old Vic); Piaf (Olivier nomination), The Man Who Had All The Luck (Donmar); Ruined, Judgment Day (Almeida); Love and Information, Serious Money, Road (Royal Court); Blasted (Lyric Hammersmith); All My Sons (Broadway); Bacchae, Little Otik (National Theatre of Scotland); Tempest, King Lear, Much Ado, King John, Romeo and Juliet (RSC); Arturo Ui (New York with Al Pacino).
BBC Radio: A Shropshire Lad, Tennyson’s Maud, A Disappearing Number.
ANDREW DAWSONMOVEMENT DIRECTOR
Andrew Dawson is a director, performer, Feldenkrais practitioner, and fellow at Winchester University. He studied dance with Merce Cunningham in New York and theatre in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux and Jacques Lecoq. He created and performs Space Panorama (1987); Quatre Mains (1998); the award-winning solo show Absence and Presence (2005) and directed the stage show of Wallace and Gromit (1995); Amnesia Curiosa (2008) and Pandora 88 (2003).
Recent credits include: (W)Ringing Hands (Andrew distills Wagner’s Entire Ring Cycle to 20 mins with little more than his hands, commissioned by the Royal Opera House 2013); Movement Director at ENO and MET on the opera Dr. Atomic and The Pearl Fishers at ENO. With an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust, he created The Articulate Hand (2011) which premiered at the World Science Festival in New York and featured as 3 talks at TEDMED in San Diego. In 2013 he received a large Arts Award from Wellcome Trust to create The Russian Doctor, the story of Anton Chekhov’s astonishing exploration to Sakhalin Island in 1890. The production will premiere in 2014.
JAMES BONASASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
As Associate/Assistant Director, credits include: The Death of Klinghoffer, Dr Dee - with Manchester International Festival, The Damnation Of Faust, The Magic Flute, Tosca, La Clemenza Di Tito, A Dog’s Heart - with Complicite (all English National Opera); Pinocchio, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera North and Minnesota Opera); Hansel & Gretel (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Don Carlos, Romeo & Juliette (Los Angeles Opera); Carmen Jones (Royal Festival Hall).
Other credits as Director for theatre and opera include: L’Heure espagnol & l’Enfant et Les Sortilèges (Royal College of Music); The Mikado (Co-Opera National Tour); (Hansel & Gretel (Co-Opera National Tour); Seven Angels (Royal College of Music); Robin Hood (Castle Theatre); Night at the Opera (London Palladium and National Tour).
MOLLY EINCHCOMBASSOCIATE DESIGNER
Molly graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She was Associate to Vicki Mortimer on Othello, Hansel and Gretel, Last of the Haussmans and Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre) and has assisted on productions for the National Theatre, Almeida, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival and Glyndebourne.
Design credits include: Live action Art Director for title cards (London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony); The Drawer Boy (The Finborough); Tagore’s Women (Southwark Playhouse); Barbershopera: Apocalypse No! (Drum Theatre, Plymouth and Trafalgar Studios); African Gothic (Arcola); Barbershopera (Trafalgar Studios, Theatre 503, Edinburgh Fringe); Wizard of Oz (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford); L’Etoile, Three Sisters (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff).
JIM LEAVERPRODUCTION MANAGER
Jim is a freelance Production Manager whose previous work for Bristol Old Vic includes Swallows and Amazons, Wild Oats and Far Away .
As an associate at the National Theatre he has recently worked on King Lear for Sam Mendes, Amen Corner for Rufus Norris and Othello and People for Nicholas Hytner. For Manchester International Festival he produced Dr Dee with Rufus Norris and Damon Albarn, Prima Donna with Daniel Kramer and Rufus Wainwright and more recently Macbeth with Rob Ashford and Kenneth Brannagh, which he will be taking to New York in June 2014. He has also been resident Production Manager for English National Opera, Battersea Arts Centre and Chicken Shed Theatre Company.
ROBIN LONGLEYCOMPANY STAGE MANAGER
Robin trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
For Bristol Old Vic: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swallows and Amazons (West End and UK tour).
Other theatre includes: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End); Antony & Cleopatra, Rattigan’s Nijinsky, The Deep Blue Sea, Master Builder, Taking Sides, Collaboration, Hobson’s Choice (Chichester and UK tour); Peter Pan, The Father (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Secret Garden, Noises Off, Dancing at Lughnasa, Christmas Carol, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep); The Seagull, Antony and Cleopatra, A New Way to Please You, Believe What You Will, Speaking Like Magpies, La Lupa, Richard II (RSC); The Hanging Man (USA tour, co-production with Improbable Theatre); Vodou Nation, Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Hello Dolly!, Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
Robin lives with his wife Laura and daughter Olive near Birmingham, England.
ANDY GUARDASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Andy trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and previously worked in the Fashion and Textiles industry before working in theatre. He still designs fabric.
For Bristol Old Vic: Antarctica (Little Bulb Theatre presented by Bristol Old Vic and Farnham Maltings), Pigeon English, A Midsummer Night’s Dream , Hey Diddle Diddle, Wild Oats, Coram Boy, Coasting, Orpheus and the Furies (Theatre Damfino, developed with Bristol Old Vic Ferment), The Misanthrope and Swallows and Amazons.
Other credits include: King Lear, The Cherry Orchard, Richard II, Comedy of the Errors and Uncle Vanya (Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory); Hello Dolly!, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Andy has also worked for contemporary dance company Stan Won’t Dance and the Shunt theatre collective.
EMMA CAINSDRESSER AND WARDROBE SUPERVISOR
Emma trained at Nottingham Trent, and has worked as a designer, costume supervisor and costume maker since graduating in 2001.
Previous wardrobe work for Bristol Old Vic includes: The Little Mermaid, Great Expectations, The Boy Who Cried Wolf!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Wild Oats.
Design credits include: Brave, Two, Bristol Jam and Frank and Ferdinand (Bristol Old Vic), Sweeney Todd, Twelfth Night, Great Expectations, Cymbeline, Coral, Bleak Expectations, 1001 Nights (Nuffield Theatre), Macbeth (National Theatre Education), The Railway Children, Not Now Bernard (New Perspectives), Forgotten Fortress, Star of Wonder (Theatre in the Quarter).
Emma has also worked in film and television, and has guest lectured and lead workshops in both design and costume, for people of all ages, experience and backgrounds.
ROBERT CASEYASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER
Theatre Credits include: Associate Lighting Designer for Red Velvet (Tricycle and St Ann’s, NY); The Phantom of the Opera (US Tour); Les Miserable (Spanish Tour); Sleeping Beauty (US Tour); The Light Princess (National Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noel Coward Theatre, London); Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Cripple of Innishmaan (Noel Coward Theatre, London); Peter and Alice (Noel Coward Theatre, London); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT and Apollo Theatre, London); The Audience (Gielgud Theatre, London); Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre, London); Sleeping Beauty (UK Tour); Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour); Relighter for Oliver! (UK Tour); Lighting Designer for The Music Man (Arts Ed); Payback (Riverside Studios); These Shining Lives (Park Theatre); Ignition for Frantic Assembly; Rigor Mortis (Finborough Theatre); Misery (Bournemouth Pavillion); Betwixt! (Trafalgar 2).
DAVID EMMINGSASSOCIATE PUPPETRY DIRECTOR
David trained at Central School of Speech and Drama; he is an actor, deviser and theatre maker. He was in the original cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Bristol Old Vic in 2013. Other theatre includes: The Elephantom (National Theatre); War Horse (National Theatre – West End); Something Very Far Away (Unicorn); Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith); The Confetti Maker (New Diorama).
Film includes: The Homeless Polar Bear (Partizan/Greenpeace); Mime Poker (Chief); Alice (Ruby Films/Film4); Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.).
He is currently developing a new piece of work for his own company, Brave Shot Theatre.
JACQUI LEIGHPRODUCTION MANAGER (USA TOUR)
Jacqui is a freelance production manager with over thirty years’ experience in the entertainment industry and specialising in theatre, international circus, outdoor events, street theatre, live music, festivals, dance, teaching and corporate events.
Recent credits include: Production Management for Shakespeare’s Globe, including touring to the Middle East, on Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth; Production Management for Manchester International Festival/Punchdrunk on Crash of the Elysium, Production and Site Management for Artichoke on Peace Camp and Lumiere, Event Stage Management for the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Production Management for Derby Feste at Arts Agenda, Production Consultant for Circus Fest at the Roundhouse.
Current projects include: Orlando, The Last Days of Troy and Britannia Waves the Rules, all for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
- Location: Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
- By Bristol Old Vic In association with Handspring Puppet Company
- Co-commissioned by: Spoleto Festival USA
- Written by: William Shakespeare
- Directed by: Tom Morris
- Series: Legend, Family
- Ages: 12+ (some sexual content)
- Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission