Helen returns to Fort Lovrjenac having directed last year’s Hamlet and Midsummer Scene’s Twelfth Night, which also toured to Vienna’s English Theatre and The Bermuda Festival.
As a freelance director, Helen has worked across the UK, Europe and in the United States for venues including Shakespeare’s Globe, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal Winchester, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, The Arcola and Soho Theatre.
Her productions of Shakespeare include Antony and Cleopatra (Creation Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSF), Hamlet, Measure for Measure and The Tempest (The Rosemary Branch), and Titus Andronicus (The University of South Florida). Helen’s tenure as Artist in Residence at the University of South Florida saw the creation of the multi-media Ravens, focused on women, race and identity in American history.
With Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud and The Rosemary Branch Helen produced and directed multi Award nominated tours of Fay Weldon’s Breakfast With Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Wuthering Heights (which she also adapted). New writing includes work with Kate Kerrow for Women at RADA and The Night Before Christmas for the Herstory Festival. For five years Helen was Artistic Director of Barefeat Physical Theatre, directing numerous devised, physical performances. She has extensive education experience including work with in prisons and is committed to building links between theatre and the community.
Work in development includes a new play for 2018 with Creation Theatre, research into the meeting point between naturalism and expressionism and an Arts Council supported interactive multi-media project inspired by The Rape of Lucrece.
Helen is Head of the Two Year Acting Course at Drama Studio London. Her production of Alice in Wonderland is currently running at Bicester Village and Oxford University Parks.
Creative Producer (Honey-tongued Theatre Productions)
Filip Krenus is celebrating the fifth anniversary of setting up Honey-tongued Theatre Productions this year. When he set it up in 2012, he aimed to create a cultural bridge between the United Kingdom and South-Eastern Europe. He set up and produced the first festival of Croatian contemporary drama in London Short Shrift , which was sponsored by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the United Kingdom. The event featured five top Croatian playwrights and brought to London some of the best young Croatian actors and directors.
He has launched Honey-tongued READINGS – a series of rehearsed readings of both British and South-Eastern European plays and has set up Honeybear Youth Theatre, the children’s theatre branch of Honey-tongued Theatre Productions. Hedgehog’s Home was its first production. In 2015 Filip has set up LittleBIG Shakespeare workshop series for young audiences.
In Croatia, Filip has collaborated with several theatre companies. He has translated the comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged for Teatar EXIT, one of the most acclaimed Croatian theatres. The translation served as a basis for the Croatian version of the project for which he was also assistant director.
He also translated the works of the following playwrights into Croatian: Steven Berkoff, Jim Cartwright, Philip Ridley, Briony Lavery, Clare Dowie and Langford Wilson. For Short Shrift, he translated into English the plays by Croatian playwrights Vlatka Vorkapić and Dino Pešut. He is currently working on producing the UK premiere of Gloria by Ranko Marinković, a Croatian classic play which he has also translated into English.
He has translated into English the comedy Uncle Maroje by one of the greatest Croatian and European Renaissance playwrights Marin Držić.
Filip also translates for audio-visual media (Croatian National Television).
Creative Producer (Honey-tongued Theatre Productions)
Fay’s directing credits include: Berenice (The Space, January 2015) and Balloon (Vault Festival, 2015). She is due to direct a production of Lorca's Blood Wedding at the Bread and Roses Theatre this summer.
Fay’s assistant directing credits include: Dracula: The Kisses, also directed by Helen Tennison (Minack, autumn 2014) and Klippies, directed by Chelsea Walker (Southwark Playhouse, May/June 2015)
She is a Resident Casting Director at the Finborough Theatre, where she is a member of the literary team as well. She also works as a reader for the Orange Tree Theatre.
As a musician, composer and producer, Ben has worked predominantly from his London based studio producing scores and soundtracks for film and theatre since 2001. Theatre works include Cinderella and Alice (Creation Theatre), Twelfth Night (Midsummer Scene), Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility and Breakfast with Emma (Rosemary Branch/Tennison Quirk), Anthony and Cleopatra (Creation), Waterfall (Anu Kumar/Nitin Sawhney) and Pop’Pea (Theatre Du Chatelet). Ben’s educational projects have resulted in the composition of numerous original works for children’s musical theatre. Dramatic scores for film include Two to Tangle (Carparthia Pictures), The Hand You Are Dealt (Orchard Communications), Do You Know Why We’re Here? (Speakeasy), What If? (Orchard) with awards gained from film festivals such as World Media, Worldfest, Intercom, Midas and New York. As a pianist and keyboard player, Ben has performed with the North Sea Radio Orchestra, (Green Man Festival, Purcell Rooms, St Martin-in the-fields), William D Drake (Bush Hall), Harry Escott and Molly Nyman’s Samphire Band (Kings place) including live performance of Escott’s score to the film Shifty and of Vernon Elliot’s original scores for BBC series The Clangers. Ben recently recorded and engineered William D Drakes much-appraised new album Revere Reach.
Amy trained at The University of Winchester and Drama Studio London. She is an actor-musician, mainly playing tenor saxophone, but she also enjoys playing ukulele, piano, clarinet, bass guitar....anything really!
Amy is a part of a theatrical folk band called The Waggon Band, and she is looking forward to performing with them at several festivals this summer including Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire. As an actor, Amy has performed all over the UK and her theatre credits include Kipper's Snowy Day, Miki and One Snowy Night (Slot Machine and Norden Farm), Rum Culls and Ragwater (Greenwich Theatre / The River People), The Full Bronte (Scary Little Girls, Tour) Leaper and Tim & Light (Tucked In Productions), Paper Wings (The Beehive, Southwark Playhouse), The Salty Socks of Dunkirk (Shanty Theatre Company, Marine Theatre and tour), Danny The Champion of the World (Birmingham Stage Company, UK tour) The Canterbury Tales (Tacit Theatre), It's Only Make Believe (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), AngelRust and The Terrible Tales of the Midnight Chorus (The River People - Edinburgh Festival, Bestival and Greenwich Theatre).
Bryony J. Thompson
Originally from Seattle, Bryony J. Thompson is a freelance director, designer, and writer. She studied acting and costume design at Bennington College in Vermont and was an Artistic Associate at the Rosemary Branch Theatre 2011-2016. She directed and designed Romeo & Juliet (Rosemary Branch, 2012), directed, designed and adapted Jane Eyre (Rosemary Branch 2013 and Rosemary Branch & tour 2014). In 2014 she directed the world premiere of Spirit Harbour, a contemporary opera, for Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, which was later performed at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival King's Cross, and directed pluck. Productions' inaugural project, The Cow Play by Ed Harris. In 2015, she directed, adapted and designed Pride & Prejudice for The Rosemary Branch and directed a new play, F.A.N.Y., for Anonymous Is A Woman, which toured the Midlands. Costume credits include Helen Tennison's production of Wuthering Heights (Rosemary Branch, Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud, & tour), Twelfth Night for Honey-tongued Theatre Productions in Dubrovnik, Croatia (which later went on to Vienna's English Theatre and the Bermuda Theatre Festival), and Empty Vessels (Rosemary Branch Theatre). In 2016, Thompson remounted her production of Jane Eyre to celebrate Charlotte Bronte's 200th birthday, directed Venus Quarry for pluck. Productions as part of Catford-Upon-Avon and directed, designed, and adapted a new production of Persuasion (Rosemary Branch Theatre and tour). This year, she made her own wedding dress and is endeavouring to get her adaptations published.
You can follow her on twitter, @bryonyjoan, or find out more about her work here.
Bryony J. Thompson
Ronin has directed fights for over 250 productions including film, TV, musicals, opera, motion capture and numerous theatre shows in the UK and overseas.
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A certified teacher with the BASSC, Ronin is the director of Independent Drama, providing theatrical action services to the film and theatre industry.
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- Executive producers (Brilliant Events): Darija Mikulandra Žanetić, Jelena Maržić
- Assistant Costume Designer: Andrea Marić
- Lighting Designer: Saša Mondecar
- Light System: Dubrovnik Summer Festival Team (Marko Mijatović, Maroje Kurajica, Antonio Ljubojević, Ivan Filipi, Marko Tikvica, Hrvoje Barbarić)
- Hair and Make Up: Ivana Pleša
- Stage Manager: Virginia Bolfek
- Technical Manager: Darko Ivanković
- Sound System: Fifi sound, Milan Tomašić
- Graphic and web design: Davor Pukljak, Frontispis.hr