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ANNABEL MORLEY

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about

Hello!  Welcome to my web site!

I am a director, deviser and facilitator of ensemble performance and new writing interwoven with classical and contemporary texts.

My training is in European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in the UK and Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico, Murcia in Spain.

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I have worked and trained in the UK and mainland Europe, from France and Spain to Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and Russia with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, The Alchemist Theatre Company, Pulse 53, Bred in the Bone, Gardzienice, Oxford World Theatre, Gallery Drama, Peer Productions, Double Edge Drama and To&Fro.  I have devised and directed workshop productions ranging from a handful to over 100 players in performance spaces encompassing conventional theatres & outdoor arenas through studios & classrooms to art centres, conference halls & heritage buildings. 

I am currently Director-in-Residence for the Ryan Theatre at Harrow and previously Director-in-Residence at Eton College for 2015-17 directing classical, contemporary and devised productions.  I have devised and directed productions for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and I am a co-founder of the To&Fro Theatre Company with focus on new writing and performance training.

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portfolio

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DIRECTING CREDITS
2020
Assassins
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman
The Rattigan Society Musical, Ryan Theatre, Harrow School
2019
Turtles Don't Like Plastic
New Writing/Devised with Bethan Screen
Brighton Fringe, International Youth Arts Festival &
Beijing with Nagashenme
Emil and The Detectives
by Erich Kästner, Ryan Theatre, Harrow School
Land of Nod
New Writing/Devised, Harrow School/Shaftesbury Enterprise and Harrow Fringe Festival
2018
The History Boys
by Alan Bennett,
The Rattigan Society, Ryan Theatre, Harrow School
The Thin Man
by Dashiell Hammett, Harrow Fringe Festival
Vernon God Little
by DBC Pierre [adapted by Tanya Ronder],
Ryan Theatre, Harrow School
2017
Elleker and the Sugar Coated Emporium
New Writing/Devised, Harrow School/Shaftesbury Enterprise
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DIRECTING CREDITS (continued)
2017
The Visit
by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Ryan Theatre, Harrow School
A Little Blue Birdy Told Me
Devised, in collaboration with Sean Hollands,
Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh Festival
The Chase for the Golden Meteor
Devised, theme inspired by Jules Verne, Caccia Studio, Eton College
The Sea
by Edward Bond, Caccia Studio
2016
Rhinoceros
by Eugène Ionesco, Farrer Theatre, Eton College
[Director of Music, Jonathan Woolgar]
Radpole
New Writing/Devised, Double Edge Drama; Edinburgh Festival
Guerrilla Street, The Ballad of Eddie
New Writing/Devised, Caccia Studio
2015
The Tempest & Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare, Oxford World Theatre,
Freistadt Shakespeare Festival
Woyzeck
by Georg Büchner, Caccia Studio
Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare, OWT, Slovakia Tour
Romeo&Juliet, Treasure Island
by William Shakespeare/Robert Louis Stevenson,
Gallery Drama, Sicily Tour
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DIRECTING CREDITS (continued)
2014
Tiger! Tiger!, Gulliver's Travels, Don Quixote
by Rudyard Kipling/Jonathan Swift/Miguel de Cervantes,
OWT, Russia Tour
Phases of Her
New Writing/Devised, Istropolitana Festival, Bratislava
2013
Herons
by Simon Stephens, Rose Bruford College, Studio 1
AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
2017
What The Butler Saw
by Joe Orton, Associate Director with Joe Hancock, Caccia Studio
AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
2016
Eight
by Ella Hickson, To&Fro Theatre Company, White Bear Theatre
2015
Antigone
by Sophocles (dir. Hailz Osborne), Farrer Theatre
2014-15
Liberation
Devised (dir. Luke Clark), The Place & ZOO venues (Main Space)
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AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (continued)
2013-14
Slightly South of Weymouth
Devised (dir. Flick Fernando), The Company, The Rose Theatre
21 Windmills
New Writing, Cervantes/Shakespeare (dir. Matthieu Leloup-Bellon)
2012
Parkview Apocalypse
Film Editor (dir. Jason Orbaum)
SuperMentals
Film Editor (dir. Jason Orbaum)
RELATED EXPERIENCE
2015
Persephone
Facilitator (dir. Bea Holland), Step Out, The Scoop
2014
Oedipus on the Road
R&D, Deviser, Bred in the Bone Theatre Co.
Théâtre de Ménilmontant, Paris
Beneath A Broken Self
Puppeteer, Naptrap, Istropolitana Festival, Bratislava
Riders To The Sea
Actor/Practitioner, (dir. Amanda Collins), Bred in the Bone,
RBC Symposium Festival
She Is Macbeth
Actor/Practitioner, (dir. Mathieu Leloup-Bellon), Bred in the Bone,
RBC Symposium Festival
Against Nothingness
Performer/ Deviser, (dir. Teresa & Andrzej Welminscy),
Pulse 53, The Barn Theatre
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RELATED EXPERIENCE (continued)
2012
The House of Bernarda Alba
Performer/ Deviser, (by Federico García Lorca, dir. Luis Campos),
RBC Studio 1
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Musician/ Deviser, (Musical dir. Arun Ghosh), RBC - The Rose Theatre
The Marriage
Performer/ Deviser, (by Witold Gombrowicz, dir. Anna Makrzanowska), RBC Studio 1
Naked Sound
Deviser, (dir. Dominic Cooper), The Barn Theatre
London 2012 - Olympics & Paralympics
Performer/ Deviser, (dir. Paul Roseby), National Youth
Theatre, Olympic Park Team Welcoming Ceremonies
Pigeon English R&D
Deviser, (dir. Miranda Cromwell), Bristol Old Vic/NYT, NYT Studios
2009-10
The Projects
Performer/Deviser, (dir. Nina Lemon), Peer Productions, UK Tour
Into the Woods
Performer/Deviser, (dir. Nina Lemon), Peer Productions, UK Tour
New Writing, Rehearsed Reading
Actor/Practitioner, Nuffield Theatre
The Barre
Assistant, (dir. Kate Tydman & Stuart Neal),
Tarnbrisk Pictures/Short Film
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EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING
2017 to date
Director in Residence, Ryan Theatre, Harrow School
2015-17
Director in Residence, Farrer Theatre, Eton College
2015 to date
To&Fro, New Writing & Training Company, Co-Founder and Affiliate Director
2015
The Pappy Show, Company Member
2013-15
Bred in the Bone Theatre Company
2014
Young Vic Directors’ Programme,
Oxford World Theatre & Gallery Drama
The European Centre for Theatre Practices, Gardzienice
2011-14
Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance,
BA Hons 1st Class, European Theatre Arts
Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático, Creación
2011 to date
National Youth Theatre of Great Britain
2009-11
Peer Productions Youth Arts Training Programme
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workshop productions

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I direct ensemble-based workshop productions and training sessions exploring collaborative creation and devising technique.  Strands of movement, music, design and text are developed and drawn together towards full length finale performance.

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Workshops are structured but with flexibility to suit the needs and aspirations of organisations and the ages and backgrounds of participants.  I have worked with primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and special institutions through to an eclectic mix of occupational and professional backgrounds.

I write script adaptations to suit each situation together with direction of choreography and music for each performance.  I also lead workshops on ‘directing for devised theatre’, combining theory and practice rooted in traditional and contemporary European arts.

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contact

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mail@annabelmorley.com
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photo credits

Vignettes from original images by Rhubarb & Custard Photography & Studio Gallery, Eton/ Charlie Broad/ Alex Kintzer/ my personal collection.