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Bonnie & Clyde

My second time directing a show and have a thoroughly wonderful time doing it. My technical team and I wanted something ambitious from the outset, to really showcase our collective skills. We started with our research and wanted the multi media aspects of the show to be accurate. We projection mapped aspects of the how that set scenes and also provided historical facts throughout. The sound effects were authentic, to the noises of the care and in complete 5.1 for the audience to be truly immersed in a gunfight. The artwork was created to highlight the violence and the love story at the centre of the piece. Almost a grin from Clyde and the demure femme fatale that is Bonnie, allow the artwork to be playful and evocative. Our leading lady was a blonde for the shoot and so I had to change the hair coloring post production (in order to be historically accurate) and we didn’t have the wig that would be used in the show at the time. I wanted to give the element of a threat by breaking up the title with the shotgun barrel coming through as though pointing at the audience.
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Sense of Sound

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) commissioned Sense of Sound to produce a piece for the festival and Migration Music was created. A musical piece of theatre featuring an a Capella choir (Sense of Sound) that dealt with the power music can have in treating those with dementia. As a member of the choir I had the privilege to perform in the piece and create the artwork for the piece. My first piece of artwork to feature on the front of the Everyman Theatre. Momentum from the piece was followed up with a collection of workshops delivered by Sense of Sound and friends in a variety of musical styles.
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Carousel

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Unity was my directorial debut for What We Did Next. I wanted to bring a simplicity to the production both visually and stripped back in musical arrangement to help concentrate on the performances given by my excellent cast. The artwork started with a paper model of a Carousel along with some fairy lights to create the bokeh effect in the photo we finally used. It made sense to tie in the link Liverpool has with the musical and include an alternative poster/flyer with “You’ll never walk alone” featured within the artwork. www.wwdn.co.uk/carousel-2014/
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Bat Boy: The Musical

Bat Boy: The Musical is about a half bat half boy who is raised by the family of the town vet, with extreme conseqences. I produced this show for What We Did Next and was responsible for the marketing and promotion in the build upto opening night. I wanted the artwork to be simple and add to the mystery of such a bizarrely titled show. www.wwdn.co.uk/bat-boy-the-musical/
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Into The Woods

Into the Woods is Sondheims re-imagining of classic fairy tales and as well as creating the artwork I was also the Wolf in the production tasked with seducing Little Red Riding Hood and ultimately being gutted. I love old books and I wanted to create something that looked like the books I read as a child and embracing the darker side of fairytales.
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The Last 5 Years

The Last 5 Years follows the relationship of two people one at the beginning and the other at the end until their stories completely overlap. It is clever both conceptually and musically and I had the opportunity to produce the show with some exceptional musical talent in Liverpool. I wanted the artwork to reflect the different timelines of the characters and their relationship moving in different directions.
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Liverpool Medics

I have always had medical friends and over the years I have done a couple of design favours for some of the student medical group within the city. This is a small collection of that work.
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Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is a show based upon the play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind which was banned in Germany for it's strong themes concerning abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. I produced the What We Did Next production and was also responsible for the artwork and promotion of the show. I wanted the artwork to show the sexual tension between the two main characters combined with lighting that pertains to the show rock score.   
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Company

Company was the first outing for What We Did Next, when myself and a group of friends joined forces and after a few drinks said “how hard could it be to set up a theatre company?” Company was proof that it was really hard, but a whole heap of fun. The show is about a mid life crisis and the lead character talking to his various friends about their relationships and his own. www.wwdn.co.uk/company-2009/
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What We Did Next

A group of friends, myself included, got together five years ago and began on setting up a theatre company based in Liverpool city centre. As one of the founding members I have been in charge of the company brand, from its creation to its promotion. The company was about moving away from our past with our university theatre groups and move forward, producing exciting theatre that is not necessarily put on. The branding for the company reflects that, highlighting our journey is a somewhat tongue in cheek way that shows the evolution of man into Fred and Ginger. The website has had a number of incarnations over the years, the current redesign is built on WordPress framework, with a responsive design and functionality including membership and calendar modules. The template is designed to be responsive There are a number of projects within my portfolio that have been undertaken for What We Did Next: Company RENT Spring Awakening The Last 5 Years Into the Woods Bat Boy Carousel  
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