“My ethos is a dedication to ensemble playing while at the same time giving the individual performer space to develop, find and inhabit the world of the play, a world which, as much as possible, we find together . I find it equally important to create startling images, to create meaningful character and make full use of the text. I enjoy working primarily through Chekhov Technique, but also use a variety of techniques to bring out the best in the performer.
I have found it invaluable that I had an actor training [at LAMDA] and worked as a professional actor for seventeen years before I seriously moved into the other areas. Likewise, my experience as a playwright gives me a strong contact with overall form. The teaching has helped me work and develop performers of varying abilities and with different challenges.
Most of all, my work ethos is very much that creating theatre is a GROUP endeavour, and while I am decisive and dynamic, I am also aware that I am not the only person who is in the creative arena.
I want the audiences to be enthralled, provoked and entertained.”
My most recent directing project was THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE by Bertolt Brecht performed in the Mick Lally Theatre in Galway and a new production by Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland. My next college production is THE BACCHAE in the version by David Greig in February.