Ellen Havard

Ellen Havard begins her R&D Residency

| Mon 6 Feb 2017

As Ellen Havard begins her Creation Space R&D residency, we caught up with her to find out a bit more about what she'll be working on during her time with us.

Can you tell us about yourself?

I'm a theatre director, originally from Bristol but currently based in London. It's great to be returning to artsdepot - I was last here when my children's show Hurricane Boy toured to the theatre in Autumn 2015. 

I've been working as a Staff Director and Associate Director at the National Theatre recently, on productions of Peter Pan, Jane Eyre and the Young Chekhov season. I've previously been an Associate Director of Propeller and have assisted for Adrian Noble on The Tempest and Lord of the Flies. I was Artist in Residence at Oxford Playhouse and also Resident Director at Magdalene College School. I graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010.

Collaborators that will be joining me on this residency are Edward Wren (composer and musician, formerly of The River People) and performers Lauryn Redding, Jessica Temple, Phoebe Fildes and Arthur Wilson.

How would you describe the work you create?

I make visually dynamic and sonically inventive story-lead theatre for audiences of all ages. I often devise with actors and other creatives, rather than using a script.

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

I will exploring an idea I have for the fairy tale Rapunzel with the aim to eventually develop it into a full production that will tour music festivals and studio theatres.

Which elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

We will be concentrating on looking at how music can be used to tell the story and hopefully writing some songs. We're thinking of starting with Blues and Rock and Roll and see where that takes us!

What the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?

For an R&D, it's always flipchart paper and pens!

Twitter: @ellenhavard

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