My journey on Strangers in Between began back in June 2016, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to assist Adam as part of the King’s Head Theatre Resident Director scheme. As an early-career director, I was eager to observe and learn from his process and those three weeks, in which we explored this beautiful piece of writing, have helped to shape my directorial craft. I was given something very special; a director’s toolkit and I couldn’t wait to use it in my own work!
(If you’d like to read more about what we got up to in the rehearsal room, check out my rehearsal diary here)
Fast forward a few months and I get a call from the show’s producer, would I like to work on the show again but this time as the Associate Director? Erm… YES! (cue mad jumping around and several air punches) and so with Adam, I remounted the show in January 2017 at the King’s Head Theatre. The move from Assistant to Associate Director was a really important learning process for me, they’re two roles which require a different set of skills. As the Associate Director, it was my responsibility to ensure that the process and final product matched the original.
So here we are, January 2018, and Strangers in Between has transferred to the West End. The original creative team and cast are back, a real testament to the passion everyone feels for this project, and we’re excited to share our work with even more audiences.
This production has been instrumental to my development as a theatre director and over the past 18 months I’ve learnt so much, but alongside that I’ve had a lot of fun.