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Neil is Associate Director for Frantic Assembly, most recently co-directing No Way Back for the company. Credits include, as Movement Director: The James Plays (Edinburgh International Festival/NT); Blood Wedding, The Bacchae (Royal & Derngate); Much Ado About Wenlock (Vamos); Platform (Old Vic Tunnels); Henry IV: Part One (Drum, Plymouth); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Secret Cinema) and Stanley Pickle - an animated short film for the NFTS. As Associate Movement Director: The Light Princess (NT); The Full Monty (Sheffield Theatres/Coward). As Director: Chalk Farm, The Static, Blackout, Boy Magnet and White Noise (ThickSkin); Playlist (Belgrade, Coventry); Brave (Battersea Arts Centre). As Associate Director: tours of Beautiful Burnout and Lovesong (Frantic Assembly). As Assistant Director: Dirty Wonderland (Frantic Assembly).

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[Broadway, 2018]
Associate Movement Director

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ThickSkin Reveals New Partners & Wigan Dates For Peak Stuff 2024 UK Tour


ThickSkin announces new partners and Wigan dates for Peak Stuff 2024 UK tour, with new dates added in Wigan and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

Interview: 'We're Interested in Stories Outside Big Urban Centres': Pentabus Artistic Director Elle While On Bringing Rural Theatre to the Stage with DRIFTWOOD


BroadwayWorld spoke to Pentabus Artistic Director Elle While about new show Driftwood, collaborating with ThickSkin, one of the most exciting parts of the scriptwriting process and the importance of rural theatre.

Tron Theatre Reveals Autumn-Winter 2023 Season, Artistic Director Andy Arnold's Final Season After 16-Year Tenure


The theatre is now introducing their new programme for Autumn-Winter 2023, and announces that it will be Artistic Director, Andy Arnold's last season at the venue as he stands down from the role after almost sixteen years at the artistic helm.

Cast and Creative Team Revealed For UK Tour of DRIFTWOOD


The full cast and creative team have been announced for Driftwood; an intoxicating and mystical new play by award-winning writer Tim Foley in a distinctive physical and cinematic production. 

Pentabus Reveals New Season Of Work For Summer and Autumn


Pentabus has announced their 2023 Summer/Autumn Season which features one new commission, one new digital theatre online release, four new Associate Artists and the return of Pentabus Young Writers live production with seven new brilliant plays.

Full Company Announced for ASSASSINS at Chichester Festival Theatre


Audiences will be catapulted into the American political arena where music, folklore and show-business collide head-on with the American Dream, for the first major production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins since the composer’s death in 2021. 

Photos: First Look At ThickSkin And Traverse Theatre Company Presents HOW NOT TO DROWN


Get a first look at a ThickSkin and Traverse Theatre Company production, supported by Theatre Royal Stratford East, How Not To Drown commissioned by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre. See photos below!

HOW NOT TO DROWN Will Embark on UK Tour


In 2002, in the turmoil after the end of the Kosovan War, an 11-year-old was sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic. He was accompanied by a gang of people smugglers to a new life in Europe - How Not to Drown is Dritan Kastrati's real-life story. Relying on young wit and charm on his journey to the UK, Dritan's fight for survival continues when he finds himself caught within the British care system, struggling to cling onto his identity and sense of self.

Casting Announced For Raw Material and Capital Theatres' JAMES IV - QUEEN OF THE FIGHT


As previously announced, in autumn 2022 Rona Munro returns to Scottish stages with a bold new production:  James IV – Queen of the Fight, directed by Laurie Sansom - the formidable duo who brought us James I, II and III.

Theatre Royal Stratford East Announces 2022-23 Season, Plus New Royalty Scheme


Theatre Royal Stratford East today announces its 2022/23 season. The season includes Anthony Neilson's poignant and comical delve into the nature of mental illness, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, directed by Emma Baggott, which opens in September 2022.

PRIVATE PEACEFUL Makes Its Epic Entrance To The Belgrade's Main Stage This May


The Belgrade Theatre will play host to a brand new stage adaptation of Private Peaceful, coming to its Main Stage from Tues 17 – Sat 21 May. The ensemble retelling of Michael Morpurgo's acclaimed novel is adapted for the stage by Simon Reade.

Casting Announced For PRIVATE PEACEFUL at Nottingham Playhouse and UK Tour


Today Nottingham Playhouse announces the full cast of Simon Reade's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's award winning First World War novel Private Peaceful.

Nottingham Playhouse Announces Spring And Summer 2022 Lineup


Following the triumphant return of live work at Nottingham Playhouse this autumn, today the theatre confirms its Spring and Summer Season for 2022.  The season comprises a long-awaited programme of work that was postponed from 2020 due to the first COVID 19 lockdown.

Michael Morpurgo's PRIVATE PEACEFUL Announces UK Tour


The Nottingham Playhouse production of Michael Morpurgo's award-winning novel, Private Peaceful, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and directed by Elle While, today announces it will embark on a major UK tour following its Nottingham premiere.

BWW Review: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


'Where did all the happy endings go? Where can all the good times be?' When West End stalwart Dianne Pilkington enchanted the audience yesterday evening at the press night of Bedknobs and Broomsticks with The Sherman Brothers' 'The Age of Not Believing', perhaps the 1971 Disney film's most iconic number, I couldn't help but think about we have all endured over the past year and a half.

SHADE Will Be Performed as Part of Oldham Pride This Month


Seven unique characters come together in search of their true selves for a dance-theatre spectacular. Full of cool moves, classic grooves and sassy shapes, this is a performance for anyone longing to get lost in the music again. Join ThickSkin at the party, step out of the shade and onto the dance floor.

Dianne Pilkington to Lead BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS World Premiere; Initial Casting Announced


Initial casting has been announced for the UK world premiere of the Disney musical adaptation of Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Frantic Assembly Celebrates 25 Years


Frantic Assembly has announced a year of projects to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

A Year Of Celebrations To Mark Frantic Assembly's 25th Anniversary


Frantic Assembly has announced a year of projects to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Lawrence Batley Theatre Announces Three Year Partnerships With Writer And Poet Nikita Gill And ThickSkin Theatre Company


Lawrence Batley Theatre's new Artistic Director & Chief Executive Henry Filloux-Bennett today announced the first 'Storytellers', artists who will be creating and performing work at the theatre over the next three years.

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