GEOFFREY WILLIAMS FREELANCE THEATRE DIRECTOR
DIRECTING CREDITS
FIVE CARD STUD - The Lantern Theatre, Brighton - May 2017

By Ross Howard. Performed as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival

 

My Role: Director

 

Two people don’t have sex. This is a surprise, because the play is about an escort. Elliot, a person in their 50s, hires a young male escort, Ace. The play tells the story of how the evening unfolds comparing the different timelines if Elliot is a man or a woman. It’s a sensitive portrayal of how taboo the sex trade still is, as well as how difficult society finds it to cope with the fact that older people still have a sexuality.

Credits

 

Producers: Emma O'Mara & Ross Howard

Performers:

 Gina Cameron, Rory Murray, Hadley Smith

 

 

SINGING IN THE RAIN - The John McIntosh Arts Centre - Oct 2015

Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed

 

Produced by Mayhem Musical Theatre Company

 

Singing in the Rain is a story of chasing after your dreams and living them. Of friendship and love and life as a movie star. The movies are all about fantasy, after all.

 

Set in the late 1920s, black and white films are becoming colour films and sound is making its first appearance. The whole world of film making was changing. No-one really knew whether this weird fad of ‘movies with sound’ would actually catch on, so some studios frantically kitted themselves out with new equipment and others carried on making silent, black and white films.

Credits

 

Musical Director: Jon Wade

Choreographer: Katie Renton

Producer: Sophie Barthel

 

Cast:

Brady Lloyd, Ashleigh Carter, Stephanie Golding, Josh Gordon, Matt Bently, Matthew Collins, Karen Davey, Susan Sworn, Michael Dukes, Rachel Marley, Beci Sageman, Caroline Steer, Kate Vliestra, Donya Soliman, Karen Gobl, Katy Robinson, Alexa Downey, Bradley Bulger, Jac Norris, Jasynda Radanovic, Katie Mallinson, Annemarie Murphy, Stephanie Shaw, Jenni Stewart, Becky Sweeney, Charlotte Hill, Anne Breslin, Koralia Salacuri, Paolo Gosling, Ben Chehrazi

 

TOLD LOOK YOUNGER - Jermyn Street Theatre - June–July 2015

By Stephen Wyatt

 

My Role: Associate Director

 

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After spending many years alone following the death of his long-term lover, Colin is suddenly planning to marry his recent boyfriend, a nineteen year-old Turkish boy called Achmet. Is it love, lust or loneliness which drives him? Is Achmet simply a gold-digger in search of a UK passport? Will his decision affect the friendship with his two trusted friends?

Credits

 

Director: Sue Dunderdale

Designer: Bob Bailey

Lighting Designer: Charlie Lucas

Sound Designer: John Leonard

Producer: Eldarin Yeong

Production Manager: James Anderton

 

Cast:

Michael Garner, Simon Haines, Robin Hooper, Christopher Hunter

 

THE RESTORATION OF NELL GWYN - York Theatre Royal - Oct 2014

By Steve Trafford

 

A Collaboration between York Theatre Royal and Ensemble

 

My Role: Assistant Director

 

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In the 1600s, Nell Gwyn rose from the gutter to become one of the first women ever to act on the English stage. Her beauty and popularity allowed her to become one of Charles II’s prostitutes. This play tells the story of how Nell and her fictional maid Margery cope with the slow death of Charles II. His death is so significant to them because the lot of women in the Seventeenth Century was inextricably bound with the men they depend on.

Credits

 

Director: Damian Cruden

Designer: Richard Aylwin

Lighting Designer: Nao Naga

Performers:

Elizabeth Mansfield, Angela Curren

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA - GBS Theatre, RADA - Sep 2014

By Joshua Sobol, in collaboration with the students of the Theatre Lab course at RADA

 

My Role: Assistant Director

 

This play was inspired by Théodore Géricault’s famous 1819 painting, The Raft of the Medusa. When the Medusa frigate ran aground on a sand bank, there were not enough life rafts. 147 people were crammed onto a rickety, cobbled together raft and left to fend for themselves. 13 days later, only 15 survivors were rescued. Raft of the Medusa tries to understand the unimaginable conditions they experienced, as well as why they were mercilessly abandoned to such a cruel fate.

Credits

 

Director: Andrew Visnevski

Assistant Director: Cara Nolan

Designer: Alexander McPherson

Lighting Designer: Matt Prentice

Sound Designer: Chris Drohan

Composer: Matt Gallagher

Performers:

Charlie Clements, Balázs Csémy, Jarren Dalmeda, Leon Davies, Veronica del Cerro, Chris Eastwood, Maguerite Genard, Lu Nagata, Sam Redway, Victor Sanchez-Marana, Kate Suffern, Jordan Thomas, Alejandra Venancio, Louise Wilcox

 

 

 

THE OTHER PLACE - GBS Theatre, RADA - Jul 2014

By Sharr White

Part of the Festival of Directors Plays at RADA

 

My Role: Director

 

This is a play about a woman who loses who she is as a disease slowly destroys her brain. What could be more terrifying than knowing that all the things which make you who you are are slowly eroding? But in a way, the more that gets lost, the less you know that anything has been lost at all. So the question is, is it harder for the person suffering from the disease, or the person who loves and cares for them?

 

Credits

 

Assistant Director: Jesse Raiment

Designer: Ruari Murchinson

Lighting Designer:Robert Price

Sound Designer: John Leonard

Performers:

  Reginald Edwards, Laura-Kate Gordon, Robin Kingsland, Judi Scott

 

KING OEDIPUS - Ruins of Messene Theatre, Greece - Apr 2014

By Sophocles, adapted by Geoffrey Williams

Part of the Festival of Directors Plays at RADA

 

My Role: Playwright/Dramaturg

 

Oedipus is possibly the first thriller. He’s searching for a murderer who turns out to be him. The story is so well known today that the twist is no longer unexpected, but imagine that you don’t know the ending.

 

This adaptation was developed for a physical theatre group, which allowed for exciting characterisations and large crowd scenes.

Credits

 

Director: Cara Nolan

Composer: Laura Bowler

Performers:

Anabel Castanon Ramos, Charlie Clements, Bálazs Csémy, Jarren Dalmeda, Leon Davies, Veronica del Cerro, Chris Eastwood, Marguerite Genard, Lu Nagata, Sam Redway, Victor Sanchez-Marana, Kate Suffern, Jordan Thomas, Alejandra Venancio, Malka Wallick, Louise Wilcox

MAD TO GO - GBS Theatre, RADA - Mar 2014

By Carlo Goldoni, Adapted by Edward kemp

 

My Role: Assistant Director

 

A couple of aristocratic families are getting ready for their annual holiday trip. There is frantic preparation, spurned love and all sorts of antics which the poor servants have to clean up after. Which just goes to show, it’s the servants who run everything anyway.

Credits

 

Director: Simona Gonella

Designers: Mark Fried & Annamaria Gallo

Lighting Designer: Mark Howland

Sound Designer: Chris Drohan

Performers:

 Sophie Bleasdale, Hubert Burton, Eva Clifford, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Reginald Edwards, Alistair Toovey, Ellora Torchia

RICHARD III - Jane Holloway Hall, Royal Holloway College - Nov 2013

By William Shakespeare

 

My Role: Co-Director

Shakespeare’s controversial take on the rise and fall from power of Richard III. On his way to the throne, Richard ruthlessly killed any family member who might get in his way. But this also meant that when he was defeated, there was no-one from the house of York to succeed him, thus beginning the reign of the Tudors.

Credits

 

Co-Director: Kai Green

Designer: Ross Howard

Lighting Designer: Indiana Shirley

Sound Designer: Finn Milton

Performers:

Eve Atkinson, Antonia Draper, Rebbeca Ellis, Alice Hopkins, Jasmine Horn, Griffen Hoyle, Ronan Kemp, Sophie Kisilevsky, Sarah Martin, Seona McClintock, Gabriella Moran, Kevin Murphy, Elizabeth Nicholson, Dylan Pugh, Tanya Reynolds, Zoe Shaw, Ed Silipo, Andrew Skipper, Emily Smith, Laurie Venters, Harry Weskin, Iona Westlake, Dom Wood

TRAPPED IN ABSTRACTION - Camden People's Theatre - Jul 2013

By Geoffrey Williams

 

Part of the Camden Fringe

 

My Role: Playwright / Actor

An autobiographical piece, exploring what it’s like to be walled up behind all manner of philosophical and abstract defence. But more than this, it’s an attempt to understand how I went from a career in psychology in South Africa to one in theatre in the UK.

 

Credits

 

Dramaturg: Kai Green

Designer: Oscar Balfour

Lighting Designer: Indiana Shirley

Performers:

Dan Tremlett

KING LEAR - Jane Holloway Hall, Royal Holloway College - Mar 2012

By William Shakespeare

 

My Role: Director

 

 

Lear is suffering under the weight of his age, and feels that he wants to retire in comfort. However, he is loathe to relinquish the power and comfort he enjoyed as monarch. He tries to create a compromise where he is respected as a king, but the running of the kingdom goes to his daughters and their husbands. They are not so benign as to accept this meekly because they want power for themselves. Their opportunism drives Lear to madness.

Credits

 

Shadow Director: Georgia Frost

Designer: Ellie Overthow-Jones

Lighting Designer: Indiana Shirley

Sound Designer: Finn Milton

Performers:

 Alistair Ayton, Rana Bana, Clementine Beeson, Josh Brown, Josh Charles-Cheung, Lukas Cooper, Sam Cox, Thomas Edwards, Jack Glanville, Hollie Goodall, Kai Green, Wendy Haines, Rhian Jenkins, Helena Kirby, Verity McCann, Katie Overstall, Felix Pilgrim, Zakiyah Rawat, Matt Simpson, Rosalind Urquhart, Sam Wall

INNOCENT AS A CHILD - Etcetera Theatre - Aug 2012

by Geoffrey Williams

 

Part of the Camden Fringe

 

My Role: Director & Playwright

 

 

Claims of child sexual abuse are taken very seriously, and they rightly should be. But what if there was a chance that the child might be fabricating claims of abuse? What then? How would you know, and what could or should be done?

Credits

 

Designer: Josh Brown

Lighting Designer: Indiana Shirley

Performers:

Owen Collins, Ross Howard, Helena Kirby, Finn Milton, Amy Scott, Daniel Tremlett

 

STUFF OF DREAMS - RRB, Royal Holloway College - Feb 2011

Devised by Geoffrey Williams, in Collaboration with the Company

 

My Role: Deviser & Producer

 

This piece explores how our dreams and fantasies make us who we are. It looks at which dreams we keep hidden, which personal desires and feelings we act upon and which ones remain carefully tucked away in some hidden unconscious realm.

Credits

 

Assistant Director: Katie Overstall

Designer: Josh Brown

Performers:

Oli Back, Vicky Cullum, Isabella McCarthy Sommerville, Serena Mills

 

 

 

 

OTHER CREDITS DROWNED OR SAVED by GEOFFREY WILLIAMS – Director & Playwright – Workshop and Rehearsed Reading – April 2017 A WOMAN IN WAITING by YAËL FARBER – Director – Rehearsed Reading – March 2017 TENT by TOM TOMASSON – Director – Development Workshop – Aug 2016 THE BLUE ROOM by DAVID HARE – Director – Showcase – Jul 2016 FIVE CARD STUD by ROSS HOWARD – Director – Rehearsed Reading – May 2016 DROWNED OR SAVED by GEOFFREY WILLIAMS – Director / Playwright – Workshop – Apr 2016 AMBER ALCESTIS by CAROLINE BIRD – Director – Rehearsed Reading – Nov 2015 DISTORTING MIRRORS by PETER LANTOS – Director – Rehearsed Reading – 
Oct 2015 HURLYBURLY by DAVID RABE - Director - Rehearsed Reading - Mar 2014 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE by JOHN FORD - Director - Workshop - Dec 2013 COME AND GO by SAMUEL BECKETT - Director - Workshop - Dec 2013 THREE SISTERS by ANTON CHEKHOV - Actor - Private Performance - Dec 2013 JOAN OF ARC by FREDERICK SCHILLER - Director - Workshop - Nov 2013 EDWARD II by BERTOLT BRECHT - Director - Workshop - Oct 2013 HAMLET by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE - Director - Workshop - Sep 2013 WAITING FOR GODOT by SAMUEL BECKETT - Actor - Public Performance - 
May 2013 THE PILLOW MAN by MARTIN MCDONAGH - Actor - Public Performance - 
May 2012 THAT FACE by POLLY STENHAM - Actor - Public Performance - Oct 2011
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