Directing Weekends





If you would like to explore the practical skills of a theatre director or simply want to know more about the art of directing, Cygnet Theatre can offer you the opportunity in a series of weekend workshops
during October, November & January.

Over three weekends the possibilities, the difficulties and the joys of theatre direction will be illuminated, dissected and put into practice.

Try you hand, and discover from professional theatre directors how best to serve the script or narrative – and the actors.
Each weekend will be hosted by different directors.  All are friends of Cygnet Theatre for whom they have directed several productions.

Each will tackle the art of direction from a slightly different view point


Weekend 1
October 5-6
First steps in Directing with Amanda Knott

Director Amanda Knott and Cygnet Company will offer two days of theatrical creativity from the page to the stage.

Participants will have the time and space to create a piece of living theatre by bringing to life a short script or scene –  they will translate words on a page to live action on the stage.

Performances of the work created will be shared for informal appraisal and discussion at the end of each day over a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Amanda Knott is a regular collaborator with Cygnet, directing Playhouse Creatures (2015)  Animal Farm (2017) The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019) for the Cygnet Company. Formerly Associate Director of Theatre Royal, Plymouth, she is now Director of Creative Cow.


Weekend 2
November 23-24   
with Anita Parry & Peter Ellis

Day one.
Directing Actors in the theatre.
The actors will have pre-learned and new scenes for you to explore. This will enable you to experience the rehearsal process in a practical way, drawing on various tools and techniques to help you to get the most out of both the actors and the scenes.

We will also discuss and analyse how to create a collaborative and creative rehearsal space.

Day two.

Directing Actors for the camera.
The second day will look at scripted scenes, the use of improvisation and devised work.

We will also explore the relationship between directors, crew and cast. How to get the very best out of everyone.

We will also discuss and analyse the value of positive communication with your actors enabling them to be free in their approach to the work.

Anita Parry is a Director and Actor who has been actively working in theatre and TV for the past 25 years. Anita is currently a lecturer in Drama at East 15 Drama School.  Her latest directing production is Hot Flushes – The Musical for Documental Theatre. 
Peter Ellis is an actor and director with a range of experience ranging from feature films, to the RSC to TV, with over 500 hours broadcast drama under his belt.  You may know him from The Bill, Acorn Antiques and numerous other programmes. On this course there will be one full day dedicated to directing actors for camera.


Weekend 3
January 11-12
with Jemma Gross & Angela Bull

from award-winning Epsilon Productions present two days of understanding ‘The Business of our Business’

Over two days they will cover the practicalities that go into creating and maintaining your own theatre company, and putting on a show. They will cover the glorious fun that is contracts, fundraising, tour booking, tax, formalities of setting up a company, as well as forming lasting relationships with other creatives, how to cast, how to schedule rehearsals to suit all and make a great piece of work, as well as running a session on how to talk about your work.

Whether you’re brand new to directing or been doing it a while these two days will be covering all the elements that are vital to working in this industry. You have an idea for show, great, but now what? What are the practicalities behind directing? Angela and Jemma will cover all the elements that need to happen before you’re anywhere near a rehearsal room.

Between them Jemma and Angela have several decades worth of experience.

Jemma is a freelance Theatre and film director as well as artistic director Epsilon Productions and co-director of Fly High Stories. and has just completed a short film ORIGAMI written by Sumerah Srivastav (Eastenders, Sketching, Bollywood Rose) featuring Pearl Mackie (Dr.Who, ) and Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella, Fortitude) Her company Fly HIgh Stories have been commissioned to write a new children’s piece, FLY HIGH by Rachel Barnett- Jones, which will be premiering at Singapore Repertory Theatre in February 2020 and touring the UK in Autumn 2020.  Offie nominated RATTLED by Rachel Harper and MissManaged Theatre was at The Old Red Lion London earlier this year and will be transferring to the West End 2020. This year Jemma was also an associate director for the NT Theatre’s Connections Festival.  Jemma was a founding board member of Stage Directors UK. She also works as tour booker for Something For The Weekend Ltd, booking shows throughout the UK and Internationally. Full list of credits can be found at 


Angela runs Epsilon Productions:  With a ‘no limitations’ mentality our aim is to tell good stories well, to unburden the stage of unnecessary clutter and allow each production to reveal it’s unique essence.  Epsilon is a multi- award winning production company.  Credits include; at Park Theatre SKIN TIGHT, CRYSTAL SPRINGS, CHICKEN SHOP – winner of West End Frame’s Fringe Production of the year 2014, STATE VS JOHN HAYES (Kings Head theatre UK tour, New York). As Associate Producer:  Mike Bartlett’s NOT TALKING Arcola Theatre


1 weekend       £150
2 weekends     £250
3 weekends     £300

No refunds once your place is confirmed


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