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HISTORY

December 2010 - April 2011
Artist-in-Residence for Cyrenians charity, based at Elliott House Homeless Hostel in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Adaptation of "1984' by George Orwell in Canada and New Zealand

August 2010 - December 2010
Pre-production filming in Cebu, Philippines for feature film, "Going Somewhere".

January 2010 - July 2010
Artist-in-Residence at Crisis/Skylight in Newcastle upon Tyne. Created a photographic and video installation, "100 Faces, 100 Stories", with members, clients and young people from the charities, Crisis, The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and Tomorrow's People Based at Elliott House Homeless Hostel in Newcastle upon Tyne.

January 2009 - December 2009
Artist-in-Residence at Crisis/Skylight in Newcastle upon Tyne. Created a site specific theatre installation, "Turning On A Sixpence", with members, clients and young people from the charities, Crisis, The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and Tomorrow's People Based at Elliott House Homeless Hostel in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Major role in the feature film "The Passage", filmed on location in Houston and West Texas

Short film ‘Look At Us Senor’, filmed in Philippines selected for a number of Film Festivals.

Adaptation of George Orwell’s novel "1984" performed over 200 times in Paris, with productions also in USA (including New York), Germany and the UK.

January 2006 - December 2008
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND - BURSARY RESEARCH PROJECT
Completed a two-year bursary from Arts Council England to develop a range of Creative International Collaborations and develop new working methods.

Alan spent a year studying film production at The International Academy of Film and Television, Mactan Island in The Philippines, where he graduated in March 07. During his time in The Philippines he made three well-received short films.

Directed "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens adapted by Neil Bartlett for a tour of Wales.

April 1992 – December 2005
NORTHERN STAGE
Artistic Director Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne. A building based Theatre Company producing, presenting and developing participatory projects throughout the year. Established an Ensemble Performing Company based at the theatre that toured nationally and internationally with productions including 'Animal Farm' (Spain, France, Israel, Holland and throughout the UK) '1984' (Spain, France and throughout the UK) and 'Clockwork Orange' toured throughout the UK for five years.

Other international work included:
Devised & Directed ‘1001 Nights Now’ a contemporary re-telling of the Arabian Nights stories by writers from North Africa and the Middle-East for the Betty Nansen Theatre, Copenhagen.

Devised and Directed ‘Black Eyed Roses’ a theatre piece based on Gypsy/Roma stories for The Hungarian State Theatre, Cluj, Romania

Directed Himlen Over OS, based on the film Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders for The Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen.

Co-Artistic Director with Calixto Bieito of ‘Homage to Catalonia’ by George Orwell touring UK and to Barcelona and Paris.

Produced the first Newcastle/Gateshead Gypsy Festival. A two-week celebration of Romany lifestyle and history through theatre, story telling, music dance, visual art and film.

Produced a range of theatre productions from world-class directors including, Lev Dodin, Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Calixto Bieito and Alain Platel at Newcastle Playhouse.

October 1988 to March 1992
Artistic Director TAG Theatre Company

1985 to 1988
Associate Director Dundee Repertory Theatre

1980 to 1985
Freelance Director in Theatre & Television

1978 to 1980
Artistic Director Second City Theatre Company Birmingham

1975 to 1978
Associate Director, Emma Theatre Company in the East Midlands.

Production directed Northern stage include:
'1001 Nights Now' stories from the Middle East.
Manifesto For A New City’ - by Julia Darling
'BLAZE' - large scale community opera in collaboration with Creative Partnerships Tees Valley
Black Eyed Roses’ devised by the ensemble from Gypsy stories.
'1984' - adapted from George Orwell (has toured throughout Britain and internationally)
A Nightingale Sang’ by C.P. Taylor (also at the Edinburgh International Festival 1992)
Entertaining Mr Sloan’ - by Joe Orton
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ - by Anita Loos
Stars In The Morning Sky’ - by Alexander Galin
Animal Farm’- adapted from George Orwell (toured nationally and internationally)
A Clockwork Orange’ - adapted from Anthony Burgess (toured throughout Britain)
A Factory Romeo & Juliet’ - adapted from William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night’ - by William Shakespeare
Andorra’ - by Max Frisch
Foreign Lands’ - by Karen Hope
Edmond’ - by David Mamet
Blood Wedding’ - by Federico Garcia Lorca
The Ballroom of Romance’ - adapted from William Trevor
Pinocchio’ - adapted by Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi

Directed at TAG Theatre Company include:

The Dance and the Railroad’ - by David Henry Wong. (Large scale theatre piece involving Chinese Opera performers in co-production with Singapore)
The Secret Voice’ - by Stuart Paterson. (A children’s play for 10-11 year olds)
City’ - by Tom McGrath. (Large scale community play for Glasgow, The Tramway Theatre)
The Tempest’ - adapted from William Shakespeare. (Toured Scotland.
Sailmaker’ - by Alan Spence. (Toured Scotland and northern England.)
Twelfth Night’ - adapted from William Shakespeare (Toured Scotland and northern England)

Productions directed at Dundee Repertory Theatre include:

The Slab Boys’ and ‘Cuttin’ a Rug’ - by John Byrne.
They Fairly Mak Ye Work’ - by Billy Kay.
The Price’ - by Arthur Millar.
Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ - by Dario Fo.
Loot’ and ‘Entertaining Mr Sloan’ - by Joe Orton.
The Big Picture’ - by Liz Lochhead.
Sailor Beware’ - by Philip King and Falkland Cary.
Dracula’ - by Ken Hill
Witch’s Blood’ - adapted by John Harvey.
The Snow Queen’ - by Stuart Paterson.
Merlin the Magnificant’ - by Stuart Paterson
Taking Steps’ - by Alan Ayckbourne.
Moby Dick – Rehearsed’ - by Orson Welles

Awards include

Awarded Best touring production 2003 for ‘1984’
Manchester Evening News

Awarded Best Touring production 2001 for ‘Far Side of the Moon’ 

Barclay/TMA Regional Awards
Awarded Special Achievement in Regional Theatre 2000
Barclay/TMA Regional Awards
Nominated Theatre of the Year 2001
Barclay/TMA Regional Awards
Nominated Best Touring Production 1998 for ‘A Clockwork Orange’
Barclay/TMA Regional Awards
Northern Electric Awards

Nominated Best Director 2002 for ‘The Ballroom of Romance’

Barclay/TMA Regional Awards
Nominated for International Theatre Award for Excellence in International Theatre 2002

Other
Panel of Stage Exchange Project with Audiences Yorkshire, funding innovate collaborations between Theatres and touring companies

Member of the Drama Panel – Scottish Arts Council

Member of the Scottish Arts Council Working Party on ‘New Writing’

Member of Scottish Arts Council Working Party on ‘Theatre for Young People’

Member of Scottish Arts Council Working Party on ‘Arts for a new Century’ – a charter for the arts in Scotland.

Artistic Director of Dundee Community Festival. Mounted two very successful large-scale community plays, ‘Witch’s Blood’ and ‘Witch’s Blood 2’.

Founding Chairman of Scottish National Association of Youth Theatres (SNAYT)

Co-deviser/director of eight week television series ‘Parent & Teenagers’, which explored the relationships between parents and their teenage children through improvised drama inserts and discussions.

Co-director of five week television series, ‘Starting Out’. A schools drama series for young people from 15 to 18.

Director of ‘Adam’s Story’. Half hour television drama for Tyne Tees Television

Winner of an Arts Council of Great Britain Bursaries 1976 and 2006

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