BEN DE WYNTER MMC - directing 'INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT'
Welcome to Ben who is an Associate at the award-winning Union Theatre.
Directing Credits inc: the critically acclaimed European premiere of A Man of Importance, (Arts Theatre, London) Associate on ATG/Donmar’s award-winning Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre) with Patrick Swayze, the national tour of Trevor Nunn’s award-winning My Fair Lady, David Hare’s The Breath of Life (The Haymarket) with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Robert Strura on The Seagull (Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheene). The critically acclaimed Cabaret, European premiere of Wild Party and Pippin all with Sasha Regan. The Boys from Syracuse, Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions, Absent Friends and Joking Apart (Union). Sweeney Todd (Crescent, Birmingham), Candide (Ivy, GSA), The Constant Couple (Farquhar Festival, Derry), Playboy of the Western World (Joint Stock), A Chorus Line, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Nine (Jellicoe), Andrew Muir’s Tales from a Pier, The Eight Foot Leap, Push (Time Out Critic’s Choice), Love on the First Floor and Anniversary Sweet, Albee’s The Zoo Story and Pinter’s Family Voices (King’s Head and the sold - out production of People Like Us by Julie Burchill and Jane Robins.
He is one half of the award-winning production house Regan De Wynter Productions and in 2015 was excited to produce with Hilary and Stuart Sasha’s all-male Gilbert and Sullivan shows and UK Tour of Salad Days.
Ben is a member of the Magic Circle, and was invited to The Monte Carlo Club to perform for Prince Rainer and Prince Albert. He was magical advisor on Pure Gold (Soho Theatre), Doctor Faustus (SELCAT), Pippin (Union), and The Comedy of Errors (Gatehouse). He directed John Van der Put as Piff the Magic Dragon in Jurassic Bark (Pleasance, Edinburgh) and in Love and Other Magic Tricks, winning best production at the Buxton Festival.
PAULA CHITTY - directing 'THE SPERM BANK'
Paula is a Freelance Director - Designer – Producer. She has, four times, very successfully, directed plays for our Drama Award and we’re very pleased to welcome her back.
She has directed and designed over 50 productions in London and on regional tour; from Mike Leigh to Shakespeare and Puccini to Menottie at: The Arcola Theatre, The Kings Head Theatre, Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate, Brockley Jack SE4 and The Arts Theatre, West End and on regional tour. She was assistant director at The Royal Opera House and now runs two theatre companies : Irrational Theatre (www.irrationaltheatre.co.uk ) that specialises in the best of British opera, plays, librettists and composers and Lily and Bear Productions (www.lilyandbearproductions.com) which presented a new musical for children that premiered at The Albert Hall.
PETER KAVANAGH - directing 'THE MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN in AMERICA'
Welcome Peter, an award-winning director for theatre, television and audio.
Theatre productions, writing and translations inc: ‘Not Quite Jerusalem’ (Finborough Theatre,); ‘A Selfish Boy’ (Tristan Bates Theatre & ‘After Prospero’ (Bill Cashmore Memorial Prize INK Festival) ‘The Labyrinth’ by Fernando Arrabal (Players Theatre Dublin, Dublin Theatre Festival and Royal Court London); ‘A Door Must be Either Open or Shut’ & ‘The Boor’ (Chichester Theatre Festival); ‘The Good Companions’ (Watford); ‘Love and the Art of War’ (King’s Head); ‘Gospel Oak’ (Lilian Baylis) ‘Vox Humana’ (Cockpit Theatre) ‘Blink’ Barons Court Theatre.
Film and TV inc: ‘Sightings of Bono’ starring Bono (All Ireland Prods) ‘Sisters’ (BBC2); ‘I was the Cigarette Girl’ (BBC Northern Ireland) starring Andrew Scott and Nuella O’Neill (Bronze Shield, Columbia Film Festival) TAPS Bafta winner Best Production ‘The Pros The Cons and A Screw’ by Tim Elgood.
‘Drama on 3’: Ibsen’s ‘Rosmersholm’ ‘Brand’ ‘The Lady from the Sea’ ‘The Wild Duck (trans Christopher Hampton), nominated Best Director BBC Audio Awards 2018. ‘Faith Healer’ ‘True West’ ‘Tom and Viv’ ‘Otherwise Engaged’ Sony, Society of Authors, Writers Guild, Bafta and other awards include Prix Italia nominations ‘The Dead’ and ‘Tim Drum’, and Prix Italia Special Commendation for ‘Landscape’ with Harold Pinter and Penelope Wilton.
Audio writing and translations: ‘Lonely Joe’ with Jenny Prager (R4) ‘The Dead House’ (Michele Rakotoson) World Service
Theatre and film reviews: Guardian, TLS, Irish Times, The Evening Standard, Theatre Ireland.