Middle Child and Hull Truck Theatre are pleased to announce that they are working together to support a three-month Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) placement in spring 2020.
Annabel Streeton, a University of Hull drama and theatre practice graduate, will assist both companies on a number of productions that will be performed in Hull and on tour.
These include the touring version of Middle Child’s award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, The Canary and the Crow, and a new outdoor production that the company will present in Hull next year.
Annabel will also assist in rehearsals for Hull Truck Theatre’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will include a community cast of 90, as well as work on the theatre’s Grow Festival, for emerging artists in the region.
Annabel said: “I’m really excited and grateful for this opportunity to work with Middle Child and Hull Truck Theatre over three months next year, two producing companies who I really admire.
“Working on such varied shows as small scale gig theatre, to large scale outdoor productions and a classic told with a community cast will be invaluable and transformative.
“I can’t wait to learn and grow as a director and bring these new skills and experiences to my own work in the future.”
Middle Child artistic director, Paul Smith, said: “Having met Annabel through the RTYDS Introduction to Directing programme we hosted earlier in the year, we are in no doubt that she is a director of exceptional promise.
“Annabel combines a clarity of vision and purpose with passion and determination. We are thrilled to have her join the team for three months, and look forward to working alongside Hull Truck in giving her the support and opportunity necessary to growth as a young artist.”
Hull Truck Theatre associate director of creative learning and director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tom Saunders, said: “It’s really great to have Annabel on board for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a member of our Box Office staff and a local creative she is already a familiar face so she’ll be a great addition to the team.
“RTYDS is a wonderful, nationally acclaimed scheme and we’re delighted to give this talented young director a chance to get their foot in the door. We at Hull Truck Theatre are committed to offering support and development for local artists, so this collaboration with Middle Child and RTYDS is a match made in heaven.”
[Jamie Potter – Middle Child]