Josh Whatsize

Josh Whatsize

Freelance Director - Lab Associate Director at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

I am a young and passionate director who seeks to create challenging, adventurous and powerful work. I have experience directing political and verbatim theatre aswell as devising, new writing and musical theatre. Alongside this, I have an interest in both Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinters work as well as physical theatre.

I have recently worked in a number of regional theatres as well as in London, they include: Rose Theatre (London), Hope Theatre (London), Lion and Unicorn Theatre (London), Nuffield Theatre (Southampton).

I am keen to push myself as a director and seek to inform and challenge audiences. As a director I seek to accomplish this through political and historical theatre, finding new, contemporary ways, to connect current affairs and importantly individual stories with the stage. I am keen to explore new writing with a political and/or historical spin and, in particular, explore new ways to work with verbatim pieces in order to encapsulate, inform and challenge audiences. On top of this I am keen to explore my continued passion for musical theatre and opera and seek to do so alongside my devising and political theatre work.

I have worked on a number of political pieces as a director, they include, but not limited to:Footprints a devised piece of theatre which focused on the wider effects of PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) (Mission Theatre, Bath) . Other work has seen me develop a verbatim piece of theatre called The Fuhrer Will Now Speak,which was built up using the words of Holocaust survivors, performed at both The Nuffield Theatre and Rose Theatre. Sochi 2014, was a verbatim piece performed at the International Youth Arts Festival, using the words from members of the LGBTQ+ community in Russia. Fatal Lottery was a new play showcased at the Rose Theatre studio in 2015 and focused on a prisoner currently on death row in America. 

I have also worked on a number of productions as assisted director, they include, but not limited to: Distance (Rose Theatre, 2016) Nude (Hope Theatre, 2015), Miss Julie (Rehearsed Reading, 2015), An Apple a Day (Rose Theatre, 2015), Sochi 2014 (Hope Theatre, 2014), Grim: A new musical (Rose Theatre, 2014).

I am currently Lab Associate Director at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth, where I am working on new, exciting pieces of political theatre.

Education

Drama and International Relations - Undergraduate - Kingston University

Sep 2013 - Jul 2016

Skills

  • Scriptwriting
  • Academic Writing
  • Creative Direction
  • Directing

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