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.
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
Matt is a sound designer and composer for theatre, film, television and latterly, video games.
He is an associate artist at Creation Theatre in Oxford.
Recent work includes: Hamlet (Midsummer Scene Festival, Fort Lovrjenac) , Furious Folly (Mark Anderson’s large scale outdoor dadaist theatre), Not the End of the World (EFF), The History Boys (UK Tour), Ravens and Titus Andronicus (USF, Florida), Kethra (Venetian Biennale of Architecture), Sense and Sensibility and Wuthering Heights (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Break The Floorboards (Watford Palace Theatre)), Medea (Rose Theatre, Kingston), King Lear, As You Like It, Alice, Treasure Island and The Wind in the Willows (Creation), The Taming of the Shrew, Grimm’s Tales, Alice in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale (Guildford Shakespeare Company).
Composer: Faust (Flatpack Film Festival), Great Scott (gonzomoose tour), Drowning on Dry Land (Tarrento Productions, Jermyn Street Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Trafalgar Studios), Dracula (tour), Helen (actors of Dionysus tour), Shadow Shows (Edinburgh International Film Festival); Nosferatu (Warwick Arts Centre), The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (Midlands Arts Centre). On the Shore with Caution (Klangbad, Germany)
Film & TV credits include: The Gambler (BBC Radio 3), Volkswagen and BT advertisements, Hallam Foe (Channel 4 Films), short films for Filmficciones and Bolex Brothers.
Current Projects Under the Blossom that Hangs from the Bough (ACE sponsored commission for sound art and composition), Pool Panic (video game sound design)
Matt writes and releases music with Birmingham musicians collective Pram on the Domino Recordings label. The group have toured extensively worldwide, and boast a critically acclaimed back catalogue.
Encompassing PR, advertising and conceptual photography, Andy has created the beautiful and the bold with her own distinct style. She is passionate and hard working about everything she does. She brings her digital expertise and attention to detail in all she creates.
Most of all she loves being out there shooting because sometimes that's where amazing things can happen by using her insight and intuition.
Video & Projection Designer
Specialises in creating visceral video and projection designs for theatre and live performances. Eva has a BA (Hons) in Drama & Theatre studies, and a MA in Visual Media Design from Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits include: Still II, (Zagreb, Croatia), On the Face of It (Sprint Festival at Camden People’s Theatre), Where's My Desi Soulmate? (Rifco Arts, London), Another Paradise (Kali Theatre, London), No Way Out (Southwark Playhouse, London), Coming Fourth by Day, (Unclaimed Creatures at British Museum), Vagina Monologues (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London), Return (3Fates at Yard Theatre & Amman, Jordan), Ravens (University of Florida, Floria), Rest Upon The Wind (Qatar, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai) and more. Eva also works as a university lecturer, creative director and photographer as well as having a performance practice specialising in, theatre, interactive digital technologies, dance and creative live events. For more information about her work, full list of credits and contact details, please visit: www.eauster.co.uk
Video & Projection Designer
Philip is a member of the Equity Register of Fight Directors, and of the teaching and examining staff of the BASSC. He teaches for RADA, Drama Studio London and other drama schools and universities.
Theatre credits include: Dial M For Murder (National Tour); The Djinns of Eidgah (The Royal Court); The Kite Runner; Robin Hood; A Skull in Connemara, Duchess of Malfi, Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse); King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath); To Sir With Love (Royal Theatre Northampton); Gaslight; The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd,; Far From The Madding Crowd; The Ladykillers (New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent); Othello; Midsummer Night's Dream; Cyrano de Bergerac (Chester Performs); Corrie! (International Tour); Romeo & Juliet (Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds); Henry IV; (parts 1 & 2); God of Soho; The Mysteries; Midsummer Night's Dream; Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe); Julius Caesar; I'll Be The Devil (Royal Shakespeare Company); Simon Boccanegra; Faust; Ariodante (English National Opera); Veneziana; Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Opera House); Swimming With Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre); Carrie's War (Apollo Theatre); Noises Off (Royal Court Liverpool); The Mousetrap (Victoria Palace Theatre).
Film credits include: Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (Guy Ritchie); Pan (Warner Brothers); The Knife That Killed Me (Universal Pictures); Dark Signal (Independent).
- Executive producers (Brilliant Events): Darija Mikulandra Žanetić, Jelena Maržić
- Lighting Designer: Saša Mondecar
- Stage Manager: Virginia Bolfek
- Assistant Costume Designer: Duška Nešić Dražić
- Hair and Make Up: Ivana Pleša
- Sound System: Milan Tomašić, Fifi sound
- Light System: Ivan Filipi / Dubrovnik Summer Festival
- Technical Manager: Darko Ivanković, Studio DI
- Graphic and web design: Davor Pukljak, Frontispis.hr
- Poster photography: Bari Goddard, G O D Photography