Back in the UK and a chance to catch up with news from Edinburgh. Jo Nastri, who graduated from Drama St Mary's this summer, is clearly doing a brilliant job in Morning, the highly acclaimed new play by Simon Stephen's which already, a week in, seems to be one of the festival's must see productions. It had a great review in The Guardian yesterday and strong notices in both The Telelgraph and The Independent. The show is coming back into London with an extended run at the Lyric in September.
Meanwhile Stef's new show A Guide to Second Date Sex opens next week at the Udderbelly, after a couple of strong previews in London.
And Barbershopera are also picking up some good support for The Three Musketeers which opened last week at The Pleasance.
We're hoping to bring some of these shows into our theatre in the Autumn.
Meanwhile back at college things are quiet. The Olympics have taken over everything and as we're hosting athletes from China, Ireland and South Africa, you're as likely to bump into a medal prospect as you are a lecturer. There is still a buzz from Mo's 10,000 metre Gold Medal success last weekend and further good news today as Mo qualified for the 5,000 metre final and another former student Andrew Osagie, much to his own surprise, made it through to the 800 metre final tomorrow night. It's all very exciting.
Mark is the Academic Director of the Drama Programmes at St Mary's University in Twickenham. He has worked internationally as a theatre director and educator for the past 15 years, focused mostly on youth, community, and conflict resolution work.
As a lecturer Mark taught at Goldsmiths College, Coventry University and was Head of Performing Arts at Canterbury College prior to joining St Mary’s in 2006.
His Professional directing credits include Henry V (One of US?) and Valhalla for RSC Education; The Wind in the Willows, Jack Cade, The Red, Red Robin for Sevenoaks Playhouse; Tender Souls, The Quality of Mercy and Playhouse Creatures for the Ambassadors Theatre group.
Mark is a director of subVERSE Theatre company for whom has directed fringe premieres of Chief, Dinnertime and OxfamC**t at Theatre 503.
Site specific work includes Purka and Shadow on Icelandic volcanoes and Novocento with students from the University of Genoa.