Helen returns to Fort Lovrjenac for her fourth season having directed Midsummer Scene’s Hamlet and 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 Labours 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. From 2015-2017 Helen was Artistic Director of the Two Year Acting Course at Drama Studio London.
Recent work includes pop-up performances of Alice in Wonderland, a two-person Freudian interpretation of Dracula staged in the basement of a bookshop, a near future interpretation of The Crucible in Tampa, Florida and development work for Boots (new writing), Vault Festival.
Creative Producer (Honey-tongued Theatre Productions)
When Filip formed Honey-tongued Theatre Productions in 2012, he aimed to create a cultural bridge between the United Kingdom and South-Eastern Europe. He 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)
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 is currently producing the soundtrack for the independent feature film Morality Case (Pens and Hammers).
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). Last year, she costumed several shows for Drama Studio London including Thark (director, Matthew Parker), which went on to be performed at the Drayton Arms Theatre. In her spare time, Thompson makes the occasional wedding dress, sews children's dress up clothes, and sells fascinators on Etsy.
You can follow her on twitter, @bryonyjoan, or find out more about her work here.
Bryony J. Thompson
Marin was born in Dubrovnik and graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 1969 under professor Milenko Šerban. He specialized in television set design on RAI Television in Rome in 1970 and in 1985 he became the set designer for Marin Držić Theatre in Dubrovnik. He has served two tenures as the Director of Marin Držić Theatre: 1991-1994 and 1998-2002. He is a member of the Croatian Applied Artists Association.
He has created more than two hundred set designs and forty costume designs for theatres in Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Varaždin, Osijek, Rijeka, Sarajevo, Mostar, Nova Gorica, Ljubljana, Maribor and Klagenfurt. He designed costumes for the first performance of Marin Držić's work in Washington, USA. Marin is also a graphic designer and provides technical support and artistic direction for art exhibitions, and works as an interior designer. He is an external professor at the Arts Academy of the University of Split where he teaches set design. Marin has received numerous awards for his work at Croatian theatre festivals
Alesandar grew up in the theatre and has spent 35 years in professional theatre lighting. He has worked with almost every director, set designer, choreographer and costume designer in Croatia, as well as many creatives from abroad and has designer for all the theatres and cultural cnetres in the country togheter with numerous theatres abroad, having a total of over 800 shows to his credit.
He has worked with the Histrions Theatre, Zagreb for over twenty years on all their projects, as well as with many groups and festivals such as International Theatre Festival Jerusalem, International Theatre Festival Berlin, International Street Festival Graz, International Festival Gent and many more.
He has held a series of seminars on stage lighting and taught at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in 1996.
Aleksandar has won several awards and prizes, including the prestigious 'Varaždin Baroque Evenings', and special lighting design awards from NAJ festival and the ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People). His contribution to the development of culture in the Republic of Croatia earned him the personal appreciation of the Minister of Culture.
Aleksandar wrote the first book about lighting design in Croatia – <em>Introduction to Theatre Lighting</em> which was published in 2000 and he is a Member of the Community of Croatian Artists since 2001.
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.
Bollywood Dance Choreographer
Sheetal has experience with both Bhangra and Bollywood dance. She also has danced in some Hip Hop/Street and Contemporary dance shows.
She has taught beginner and intermediate classes in Bhangra and Hip Hop. And choreographed shows at Aston University and numerous events and weddings in London.
The choreography for A Midsummer Night's Dream will be a fusion of Bhangra and Bollywood styles with a contemporary flair.
Bollywood Dance Choreographer
Natalia is a Russian actor and stage combatant, graduated from Drama Studio London in 2016. She is an intermediate actor/combatant and an Executive Committee representative at British Academy of Stage and Screen combat, and has been assisting stage combat instructors at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Drama Studio London. In 2012, she was an interpreter and assistant to the associate director of Mamma Mia! In Moscow.
Maisy Taylor is a highly skilled aeri circus artist, teacher, writer and director with a love of contemporary performance.
She was born into a circus family and has been performing and making work from a very young age. She graduated in 2015 with a First-Class Honours Degree from The National Centre for Circus Arts.
She likes to create from an academic stimulus and is meticulous and considered in her research. She is interested in how we communicate with our bodies and how we can tell stories through movement and strives to make work that is both thought provoking and aesthetically unusual.
- Executive producers (Brilliant Events): Darija Mikulandra Žanetić, Jelena Maržić
- Stage Manager: Virginia Bolfek
- Assistant Costume Designer: Andrea Marić
- Assistant Stage Manager: Daniela Juroš
- Hair and Make Up: Ivana Pleša
- Light System: Nikola Kapidžić / Antonio Ljubojević
- Sound System: Milan Tomašić, Fifi sound
- Technical Manager: Darko Ivanković, Studio Di
- Graphic and web design: Davor Pukljak, Frontispis.hr