Here you will find a small selection of some of the productions and projects I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with so far. Do contact me via my contact page if you’d like to know more or would like a full CV.
HEDDA GABLER BBC RADIO 4 SATURDAY DRAMA.
After working as Associate Director for the Old Vic production Directed by Anna Mackmin, Anna generously passed the opportunity to direct Brian Friel’s adaptation of Ibsen’s classic ‘Hedda Gabler’ for BBC Radio 4 to me!
Working with the team at Sparklab was a remarkable time. You can listen to a small clip here Sparklab
Cast Includes: Sheridan Smith, Adrian Scarborough, Anne Reid, Fenella Woolgar, Daniel Lapaine, Darrell D’Silva, Buffy Davis.
Produced by Polly Thomas and Sparklabproductions.
Directed by Psyche Stott
Music by Paul Englishby
Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
BAFTA winning play revived for national tour.
People often say that the work they most enjoy is the work they are currently making, in some respects i find this true. However every now and again you choose certain ingredients and when mixed together they make something remarkable and unrepeatable, as all good things should be. This production was one of those and all down to a brave and brilliantly talented cast and endlessly talented creative and production team. Too many names to mention tirelessly working right till the last performance of the tour. For a liitle taster you can view the trailer clicking on the link here; Dennis Potter’s unforgettable classic Blue Remembered Hills.
“the seven strong cast is superb” ***** whatsonstage.com
“not to be missed… moving and life affirming” British Theatre Guide
“tenderly explored by director Psyche Stott and a talented and energetic cast of actors” The Independent
“utterly perfect” “Fast, furious, and fun this tale is recommended for all.” Whatsonstage.com:
“one of the most dramatic pieces of theatre ever written… Under the direction of Psyche Stott, Dennis Potter’s ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ comes alive”
The Public Reviews:
Cast Included: Angela – Tilly Gaunt, Audrey – Joanna Holden, Willie – David Nellist, Raymond – James Bolt, Peter – Chris Price, Donald – Adrian Grove, John – Phil Cheadle.
National tour dates and venues: Northern Stage, Newcastle Fri 19 April – Sat 11 May Liverpool Playhouse 14-18 May, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford 21-25 May, Watford Palace Theatre 29 May – 1 Jun, Oxford Playhouse 4-8 June, Lighthouse Theatre, Poole 11-15 Jun, Richmond Theatre 18-22 Jun, Derby Theatre 25-29 Jun
AN AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE!
‘All the women play well-defined characters and director Psyche Stott makes full use of their diverse talents.’ Australian Stage
Following my UK Touring production of Calendar Girls, David Pugh gave me the opportunity to head to Australia and direct the Australian Premiere for the Gordon Frost Organisation.
We rehearsed in Sydney and then flew to Brisbane opening the show at the enormous and glorious Lyric Theatre QPAC, Brisbane. The production then premiered at the Theatre Royal Sydney completing its run at the Comedy Theatre Melbourne.
The cast included; Lorraine Bailey, Rachel Berger, Rhonda Burchmore, Cornelia Frances, Jean Kitson, Anna Lee, Amanda Muggleton, Annie Byron, Deborah Krizak, David Downer, Tony Cogin, Andrew Cutcliffe, Maureen Andrews.
… Tim Firth’s writing and Psyche Stott’s direction made for a rollicking zippy pace with just the right mix of comedy and tragedy.
CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth
Having worked as Associate Director on the Original UK Premiere of Calendar Girls by Tim Firth and then for its West End run. I was given the opportunity to direct the New 2010 UK Tour with its original leading lady Lynda Bellingham and Colin Tarrant, sadly both no longer with us today but not forgotten for their great talents.
“Somehow the huge thrust stage of the Festival Theatre manages to create an intimate atmosphere with the surrounding audience, and we seem to be living the story with these women following their hopes, fears and triumphs. This production directed by Psyche Stott lives up to all expectations”
British Theatre Guide review by Sheila Connor
“Brilliant lead in direction by Psyche Stott” 4.5 stars reviewer Howard Holdsworth the public reviews
“credit must be given to Psyche Stott’s wonderful direction – Stott has managed to balance the production well, meaning the show never strays too far down the ‘woe is me’ sentimentality route, instead the production stays firmly in the realms of a celebration of life and a fitting tribute to John Barker and the work the real Calendar Girls are doing on a day to day basis.”4 stars reviewer John Roberts Lowry Theatre, Salford.
Cast: Lynda Bellingham, Jan Harvey,Letitia Dean, Gemma Atkinson, Hannah Waterman, Judith Barker, Kathryn Rooney, Richenda Carey, Michael Peluso, Colin Tarrant, Sue Douglas, Tracey Briggs, John Labanowski, Mikyla Dodd
Tour Venues in 2010:
Festival Theatre, Chichester Wednesday 27 January – Saturday 6 February
The Lowry Manchester, Tuesday 9 – Saturday 20 February
Hippodrome Birmingham Monday 22 – Saturday 27 February
Cliffs Pavilion, South End Theatres Monday 1 – Saturday 6 March
Grand Theatre and Opera House Leeds Monday 8 – Saturday 13 March
Milton Keynes Theatre- Monday 15 – Saturday 27 March
Theatre Royal-Newcastle Monday 29 March – Saturday 10 April
Lyceum Theatre- Sheffield Monday 12 April – Saturday 24 April
PUB QUIZ by Carina Rodney
Produced by the Northeast Theatre Consortium and New Writing North, Regional Tour.
The Pub Quiz tour was the first production for the North East Theatre Consortium, a partnership of receiving venues and New Writing North, aiming to develop, produce and tour the best new writing from the region. Tour venues included; Queens Hall, Hexham, Customs House, South Shields, Arc, Stockton on Tees, Alnwick Playhouse, Northern Stage, Newcastle. Selling out at Northern Stage with extra performances added.
“This is yet another occasion that we can proudly reflect on the huge amount of theatrical talent we have in the region…
Psyche Stott’s bright direction allows the piece to move constantly while Mila Sanders’ stunning set makes us the audience feel we are actually at the quiz… Rodney’s wit coupled to excellent delivery from the actors provided many laugh-out-loud moments… this runs until Saturday and it’s well worth giving the telly a miss to see such high quality live theatre.” Sunderland Echo
“There is no doubting that Pub Quiz is entertaining and deserves the packed audience.” Whatsonstage.com
“A painfully funny observational comedy… tears were running down my face with laughter, and that hasn’t happened for a very long time.” What’s On North East
CAST: Christopher Price, Joe Caffrey, Helen Embleton, Vicky Elliott, James Cunningham, Micky Cochrane, Joseph Garton.
CREATIVES: Director Psyche Stott, Lighting Designer Anna Watson, Designer Mila Sanders, Sound Designer Kieran Dunlop, Composer Simon Oakes.