Welcome to episode 17 of AYT in Isolation where we’re having another threeway; this time with the joint Artistic Directors of Paines Plough, Katie Posner and Charlotte Bennett.
Katie is an experienced and award-winning director. She has worked across a wide variety of productions both overseas and on national tours, including multiple productions with York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre with whom she was Associate Director from 2009 until 2017. In 2019 Katie received a UK Theatre Award nomination as Best Director with her production of My Mother Said I Never Should at Theatre By The Lake.
Charlotte was previously Associate Director at Soho Theatre where she led the new writing department, developing artists and commissions and programming the upstairs studio. For Soho she directed Whitewash and Happy Hour, curated a six-month off-site arts festival in Waltham Forest and led playwriting competition the Verity Bargate Award. Prior to this she was Artistic Director of Forward Theatre Project; an artists’ collective she founded. As a freelance director she has worked extensively for Open Clasp Theatre Company, creating new plays inspired by marginalised women in the North-East. She also held the role of Creative Producer for theatre company RashDash where she toured experimental new theatre around the UK.
Katie and Charlotte talk to Nina Cave about TONS: Living the highlife during lockdown (not having to wear bras or shoes); rediscovering a love for new and old things (paintings and making den beds); their digital series, Come To Where I Am and other brilliantly innovative ways the company are reaching their audience at the moment; making the decision to lead Paines Plough together, plus much, much, much more.
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