John is a co-founder of Trestle Theatre and Told By An Idiot.
Over the past 20 years his work has been presented in venues throughout the UK as well as internationally, including: The Royal National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Royal Opera House and the Hong Kong International Arts Festival.
John is an inspiring and highly collaborative British director. His wide experience and expertise spans from devised physical work and new writing, to the classics and opera. His work is characterised by a spirit of invention that puts a new spin on an old theme. He has worked with clown, mask, text, opera, and more recently carnival.
During this week-long course John aims to facilitate work through the artists rather than by imposing his own ideas, giving people a sense of ownership of their work.
The two core areas for exploration during the week will be:
) looking at ways of releasing creative ideas
John uses parody as a process for generating imagery and creating humour within work. This week will help directors to structure ideas and create strong visually-based theatre.