I started directing plays through my teaching career. It quickly became one of my chief passions and now forms a major part of my daily existence. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with some wonderful co-directors and assistant directors over the years, and have been fortunate to learn from notable figures in the theatre world including John Caird, Adrian Noble, composer Bob Chilcott and many others.

I have directed in the region of forty plays, musicals, films and radio plays: each one has been memorable and I feel privileged to have worked with such energetic, committed and talented young people, many of whom have gone on to drama school.

The Covid years provided interesting challenges. As a school we experimented with first radio (in the form of an 8-part serial, When we meet again, then film, with ambitious productions of Romeo and Juliet and Les Miserables (password: Barricades).

Directing my own musicals has been a luxury that few writers or composer enjoy; there is a wisdom that says writers should not direct their own work, but to me it seems like a logical extension of the creative process. Most recently I was privileged to direct the world premiere of a new work by renowned choral composer Bib Chilcott and poet Charles Bennett. Directing Birdland was a novel experience due to the spacious expansive score, which allowed for a great deal of artistic interpretation. We paired it for the premiere at Oxford Playhouse with my latest musical, a collaboration with John Mann, Leave it to Puck! (password: Fairy). The premiere of these shows attracted much media attention, with a feature on BBC South.

‘Leave it to Puck!’

Like most directors, my early experience of the stage was of playing minor roles in school shows, or playing in the pit for musicals. At university I enjoyed some bigger roles in shows, then began directing as a teacher before taking on the role of Director of Drama, which involves directing at least one production a term and overseeing a busy programme of up to fifteen productions each year.

Theatre Credits

Leave it to Puck!
The Lion King (Jr.)
The Pirates of Penzance
Les Misérables (film)
The Tale of Troy (film)
Co-Writer and Director
Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Playhouse
Magdalen College School
Magdalen College School
Magdalen College School
Magdalen College School
Romeo and JulietDirector2020 Magdalen College School
When We Meet Again (radio)Co-writer and Director2020 Magdalen College School
ArcadiaProducer2020 Magdalen College School
What a knight!Director2019 Magdalen College School
Guys and DollsDirector2019Magdalen College School
The Recruiting OfficerDirector2019Magdalen College School
Treasure IslandWriter and Director2019Magdalen College School
Twelfth NightDirector2018Middle Temple Hall
ReflectionsWriter and Director2018Magdalen College School
Swing Heil!Writer and Director2018Old Fire Station, Oxford
Private LivesDirector2018Magdalen College School
Heavenly Old WaynfletesWriter and Director2018Magdalen College School
Much Ado About NothingDirector2018Magdalen College School
Joseph and his Technicolour DreamcoatCo-Director2018Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Journey’s EndDirector2017Magdalen College School
The RunnerComposer2017Burton Taylor Studio/Edinburgh Fringe
Beauty and the BeastDirector2017Magdalen College School
Tom Brown’s schooldaysWriter and Director2016Magdalen College School
The Knight’s TaleArcite2016Oxford University Church
The Wind in the WillowsComposer2016Oxford Playhouse
King JohnDirector2016Burton Taylor Studio/Edinburgh Fringe
The Knight’s TaleWriter and Director2016Tuscany tour
1917Writer and Director2016Magdalen College School
Henry VDirector2015Magdalen College School
The Canterbury TalesWriter and Director2015Burton Taylor Studio/Edinburgh Fringe
Alice in WonderlandComposer2015Oxford Playhouse
CabaretDirector2015Magdalen College School
The Long and the short and the tallDirector2014Burton Taylor Studio
Four Chekhov FarcesProducer2014Burton Taylor Studio
42nd StreetDirector2014Magdalen College School
Love in five actsDirector2013Magdalen College School
The BluestockingWriter and Director2013Magdalen College School
Charley’s AuntProducer2012Magdalen College School
The OdysseyWriter and Director2011Magdalen College School
Ivor and IWriter and Musical Director2011Magdalen College School
The Gentleman UsherProducer2010Magdalen College School
Treasure IslandWriter and Director2009Magdalen College School
The ShaugranMusical Director2008Ashton Theatre, Shrewsbury School
The Importance of Being EarnestMusical Director2007Ashton Theatre, Shrewsbury School
Right ho, JeevesWriter and Musical Director2006Ashton Theatre, Shrewsbury School
Stalin the MusicalIvan2004ADC Theatre, Cambridge
HMS PinaforeCaptain Corcoran2003Christ’s College, Cambridge
Little Shop of HorrorsAudrey II2003Magdalene College, Cambridge
Guys and DollsNicely-Nicely Johnson2002Magdalene College, Cambridge
GreaseSonny2001Magdalene College, Cambridge
OklahomaCompany2000Electric Theatre, Guildford
CabaretCompany1999Christ’s Hospital Theatre, Horsham
Fiddler on the RoofCompany1998Capital Theatre, Horsham
CarouselCompany1997Capital Theatre, Horsham