Nel Crouch

Nel Crouch

Theatre Director/ Writer

  • Location: Cambridge/ London/ Bristol
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available Soon

Theatre director and writer working across the south of England. 


WEIRDO SISTER (RSC Inside Out), TABLE (Drama Studio London), BLUE (Cambridge Junction R&D), THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (Bucket Club R&D), FINGERWANK (Pint-Sized at the Bunker Theatre), PLOW (Bristol Ferment rehearsed reading); AS YOU LIKE IT (Handlebards national and international tour); FOSSILS (Bucket Club/ Edinburgh Fringe/ Brits Off Broadway/ national tour); THE LONG TRICK (VAULT Festival, South West tour); SPEAKER (Young Vic Jerwood Assistant Director programme); LAUNCH PARTY (Bucket Club/ Farnham Maltings rural tour); ROMEO AND JULIET (Handlebards national tour); THE LOVE I FEEL IS RED (Tobacco Factory Theatres/ Oran Mor); LORRAINE & ALAN (Bucket Club/ Edinburgh Fringe/ National Tour); THE BEASTS (Bucket Club/ Lyric Hammersmith/ Latitude/ GDIF, Imagine Watford); DRONE (Theatre 503 Rapid Write Response); FESTEN (Wickham Theatre); YELLOW MOON: THE BALLAD OF LEILA AND LEE (Alma Tavern/ Edinburgh Fringe)


THE MAGIC FLUTE (Opera Up Close/ Soho Theatre/ national tour), THOR + LOKI (House of Blakewell work in progress)


THE FANTASTIC FOLLIES OF MRS RICH (RSC), FOREVER YOUNG GALA (Young Vic), THE LIGHT PRINCESS (Tobacco Factory Theatres), LIVING QUARTERS (Tobacco Factory Theatres), THE TRIAL (Young Vic), WHAT THE THUNDER SAID (Theatre Centre), HOME (Arcola), FOUND AT SEA (Traverse)



I am a founding member and artistic director of Bucket Club, a produced company at Farnham Maltings. We are the first recipients of the Farnham Maltings Fellowship. Our work has won the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence and a Musical Theatre Network Award for Innovation and been shortlisted for a Peter Brook Festival Award and an Arches Brick Award. Our latest show, Fossils, transferred to New York for Brits Off Broadway.

I was a 2015 Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic and a 2015-16 BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship as Director in Residence at Tobacco Factory Theatres. 

I completed the Royal Court's Young Writers group in 2014, and went on to work with them as a writer for Haringey Shed's youth theatre. I have also worked as a young company assistant at the Unicorn.

Work History

Artistic Director - Bucket Club

Mar 2013 - Present

Director - Handlebards

Jun 2016 - Oct 2016

Director in Residence - Tobacco Factory Theatres

Aug 2015 - May 2016

Writer - Royal Court/ Haringey Shed

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015

Assistant Director - Young Vic

Oct 2014 - Aug 2015

Young Company Assistant - Unicorn Theatre

Aug 2013 - Dec 2014

Assistant Director - Theatre Centre

Feb 2014 - Mar 2014


Drama: Theatre, Film and Television - BA (Hons) - University of Bristol

Sep 2009 - Jun 2012

Art Foundation - Distinction - City College Brighton and Hove

Sep 2008 - Jul 2009


  • Creative Writer
  • Director