MEET THE DIRECTOR:
Since first being involved in school productions backstage, including writing orchestral incidental music for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Edward has been a slave to the power and magic of the theatre.
His interests have ranged widely and have led to his directing not only a string of Shakespeare plays but also contemporary pieces, musicals and operettas – and even performing in one or two of them.
A Head of Drama at a local school and staging plays such as ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Hamlet’ uncut and unprompted with young actors, Edward has also directed local companies such as the Rococo Players, Stage Experience, Gloucestershire Youth Opera Project and Voices2Go.
Recent projects have included directing a post-apocalyptic ‘Oliver!’ and the first staged production of Simon Armitage's radio play 'The Odyssey' with 150 students at Pate’s Grammar School; a promenade performance of 'Julius Caesar' with sixth formers at the same school; ‘Twelfth Night’ in twelve days; and ‘Noye’s Fludde’ in Tewkesbury Abbey with 200 local schoolchildren as part of the 2013 Cheltenham Music Festival.
He founded GYST for 12-16 year olds in 2005; this became one of the very first companies to perform at the open air Dell Theatre in the RSC Gardens.
GYP came along two years later, performing first at Cheltenham College Junior School and Longborough Festival Opera, and has since provided challenging interpretations of ten of Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies to a growing audience throughout the Gloucestershire and the wider Midlands.