"AN INNOVATIVE TRIUMPH"

FEMALE ARTS 

 

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Artistic Director Ross Drury - Movement Director Rose Ryan - Luke Barton - Jill Rutland
In Rehearsals for Echoes (L-R) Artistic Director Ross Drury | Movement Director Rose Ryan | Luke Barton | Jill Rutland

BIOGRAPHY

Accidentally born in the Netherlands before swiftly being taken to the UK, Neil trained to act but he really wasn't very good so he followed his nose to a high street gentlemen's tailor but soon realised inside leg measurements weren't his thing and so managed a Drama degree at Royal Holloway University where he first tried playwriting under the tutelage of Dan Rebellato. 

On graduating he quickly grounded himself in the arts culture by looking after a dog in Poole. But when an author dared him to, he left the dog behind (in good hands) and boarded a bus to spend two glorious years living and working in Poland teaching the rules of the future unreal tense (still no idea) and writing and directing his own work. 

Neil returned home disorientated and clueless, his application for Odeon ticket seller was rejected but he was accepted as Director of Drama at Malvern College where he spent four years directing shows, fostering the arts and stimulating impressionable minds and writing his first play. 

Realising four years is probably enough returned to Royal Holloway to do his Masters in Theatre Directing and now co-runs Fusion Opera with a librettist, writing and producing new operas as well as being resident playwright for Living Record.

 

NEIL SMITH

RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT

 

neilsmith.org

 

We were introduced to Neil as part of Sell A Door’s 24-hour Theatre Festival Foot in the Door back in 2013, where we were tasked with creating a performed reading of his debut play Reunion in just 24 hours.

 

The performance took place in a room above a pub, without any stage lighting or sound, and yet the sense of intimacy and danger that we managed to create on stage that night is still a benchmark for what we want to achieve to this day.

 

Neil Smith’s style of visceral, muscular poetry and vivid, magical narratives helped establish the company’s central ethos of creating vivid, dangerous and dreamlike theatre, and we are proud to say that we are still returning to Reunion 4 years later:

 

Reunion will be performing at Arts Depot as part of their Room Festival on November 24th, 2017.

 

 


 

| vivid

| dangerous

| dreamlike

 

the finger print

leaves it’s

mark.

Theatre shouldn't be a gallery to sit and admire finished pictures.

 

Theatre should be an arena of chaos and creativity where the imagination of the actor can meet the imagination of the audience and BOOM.

 

Theatre should be like getting on a ghost train with no idea what ghouls you may have to confront.

 

Because whether you howl, scream, laugh or cry - 

                

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS

A LIVING RECORD

of the writers experience; of what remains of them on those few pages.

A LIVING RECORD

of what the actors are able to achieve; of what it costs them to achieve it.

A LIVING RECORD

of the people in the audience; of what they bring; of what they take.

A LIVING RECORD

of who we are; of what we are able to be; of what we are willing to be.

 

 

 

ETHOS

THE COMPANY

ROSS DRURY

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Ross completed a Masters of Drama degree in Theatre Directing in 2008, where his final production of Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis went on to win an award at the NSDF. He continued his professional director training at East 15 Acting School and the National Theatre Studio. 

 

As well as founding Living Record Productions, he is also an associate artist of The Pantaloons, and resident director of The Young Actors Group. 

 

Notable directing credits outside of Living Record include his work as an associate director of Russell Bolam for Jagged Fence's productions of The Seagull and Three Sisters at The Southwark Playhouse, and his award winning production of Philip Ridley's Sparkleshark at the Brighton Fringe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JILL RUTLAND

CREATIVE PRODUCER

 

Jill completed a Masters of Drama degree in Contemporary Performance Practice in 2009, specialising in postmodern performance and dance theatre. Since then, she has worked as an actor and contemporary performer, going on to complete her actor training at The Oxford School of Drama in 2013.

 

 

She was accepted onto the Stage One New Producers Workshop in 2015, and has worked as a freelance producer, assistant director, stage manager and marketing manager for various other companies. These include assisting on Creation Theatre's site-specific production of 1984 at The Mathematical Institute in Oxford, and producing Lady Junk Theatre's award winning debut production of BUTTER at The Vaults Festival in Waterloo.