Simon Pittman

Simon Pittman

Theatre & Movement Direction

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available Soon

Freelance movement director and theatre director. Associate Director at Frantic Assembly. Current work incldues Directing Othello  for Frantic Assembly / National Youth Theatre at The Ambassadors West End, and movement directing The Box of Delights at Wilton's Music Hall 2017/18.

Co-artistic director of ensemble theatre company Rough Fiction and a selector for the National Student Drama Festival.

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‘Honest physical power and vitality. Movement director Simon Pittman has created a discordant, striking world that brings the exhausting plight of these characters to the fore. The tension .. is palpable and utterly encapsulating’ (Whats On Stage on Out of The Cage)

‘Defies categorisation … so visually strong that the experience is comparable to reading a graphic novel … this dreamy, trippy theatrical experience is one that stays with you long after the curtain call’ (The Good Review on The Last of The Lake)

'No escape from life's questions. Rough Fiction push the boundaires of text and performance... Simon Pittman pushes these actors to their physical and emotional limits' (The Scotsman on Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire)

‘An epic, cinematic feel … simple theatrical touches and understated performances powerfully bring home the story’s message’ … ‘sparingly used movement sequences capture the sleight-of-hand exchanges and grinding routine of jail’ (The Herald on The Shawshank Redemption)

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Movement Directing / Choreography:
The Box of Delights (Wilton's Music Hall), The Go-Between (Apollo West End), The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time (As Associate - National Theatre / West End), The Caucasian Chalk Circle & Romeo and Juliet (both Nation Youth Theatre Wales / Frantic Assembly), Out of The Cage (The Park Theatre, London), The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), The Kingdom by Colin Teevan (Soho Theatre), 99…100 and Mixter Maxter (both National Theatre of Scotland [Learn]), 365 (assistant movement to Steven Hoggett – The National Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival).

Directing:
His Wild Imaginings (LSO St Luke's), The Last of The Lake (Brighton Dome and Regional Tour), The Love of The Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Ensemble Company Pop-up London Tour), Killing Alan (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival), Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire (Underbelly, Edinburgh / National Student Drama Festival) - all for Rough Fiction. Not A Game For Boys by Simon Block (Library Theatre Manchester), Out of Sight (Frantic Assembly / London Youth Circus).

Associate Directing:
The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), The Go-Between (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Derby Live / Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse / Peter Huntley Productions).

Awards and Nominations:

The Go-Between at West Yorkshire Playhouse (Associate Directing):
WINNER: Best Musical Production, UK Theatre Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Regional Production, Whats On Stage Awards 2012

Floyd Collins at Southwark Playhouse (Associate Directing & Movement)
WINNER: Best Musical Production, Off West End Theatre Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Musical, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012

Not A Game For Boys at the Library Theatre Manchester (Directing):
Nominated: Best Production & Best Actor (the cast), Manchester Evening News Awards

Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire at Edinburgh Festival (Directing):
Nominated: Scotsman Fringe First Award 2005

Work History

Selector - National Student Drama Festival

May 2016 - Present

Movement Associate - The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time, West End

Apr 2015 - Present

Co-artistic Director - Rough Fiction

Jun 2009 - Present

Creative Practitioner - Frantic Assembly

Sep 2008 - Present

Theatre & Movement Director - Freelance

Jun 2007 - Present

Associate Movement Director - The Go-Between, Apollo Theatre, West End

Mar 2016 - Oct 2016

Education

Theatre Directing - NT Studio Director's Course - National Theatre

Apr 2010 - May 2010

Theatre Directing - MFA - Birkbeck University of London

Sep 2005 - Jun 2007

Drama and Theatre - BA hons - Royal Holloway, University of London

Sep 2001 - Jul 2004

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