Directing Work

As a director, Polly is excited by working with traditional texts in new ways, stories that take the small things in life and play them big and work that makes us feel something - and sends us away feeling it.
 
Polly has previously worked with a range of texts - from Ibsen to Sophocles to Shakespeare - as well as directing rehearsed readings of modern plays from both established playwrights, such as David Greig, and local emerging writers. For her folk theatre company, Rambling Heart, she directs re-workings of very old stories as well as new adaptations of classic children's and young adult novels. 
 
Polly has previously created work for and with children and young people - including adapting and directing Grimm's folktale, Jorinda & Joringle for The Spark Children's Arts Festival and directing three full productions with young people at Magdalen College School. In 2015 she assisted director Toby Hulse on Ready, Steady, Colour!, a designer-led interactive storytelling show for early years, which toured UK shopping centres.
 
Drawing on her storytelling skillset, Polly has also directed a number of poets and spoken word artists: shaping their work and delivery for theatre contexts. This has included work with mac Birmingham, Apples and Snakes and Capital Plays Festival as well as IdeasTap/ Underbelly award-winning show, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family - due to tour the UK in Autumn 2016.
 
Over the years Polly has worked as a director or assistant director with a broad range of venues, arts and non-arts organisations. These include: Oxford Playhouse, Magdalen College School, Birmingham Rep, Told by an Idiot, mac Birmingham, Ruskin Theatre Platforms, Cucumber Writers, Telford Mind Wellbeing Centre and Underbelly, amongst others.
 
For more details of Polly's current work, visit the Productions page or click on the links below to view photos of past productions.


Three Week Window

Taking Stories Home  
The Stories That Shakespeare Knew​    
Jorinda and Joringle ​   
Baba Yaga Bony Legs
​In community settings Polly has co-directed theatre and storytelling showcases with people with learning difficulties for Mixit Stage Schools and with service users at Telford Mind Wellbeing Centre. For more information on the workshops that led up to these showcases please visit the Community Workshops page. 
Polly is available to work as a director with theatre companies, storytellers and community groups. Contact Polly to arrange an initial discussion about your project.