Andrew Breakwell

Andrew Breakwell

Andrew was Director of Roundabout & Education here at the Playhouse from 1999 – 2012. During which time he directed more than twenty Roundabout productions for schools and seven productions on the main stage. He was very involved in the creation of the Young Europe (Classroom Theatre) project with colleagues in the European Theatre Convention and built significant links with a number of local Higher Education institutions.

Since becoming a freelance director and theatre educator. Andrew has directed JACK and RAPUNZEL (both by Mike Kenny) in the Neville Studio at Christmas. Last year he directed YOU CAN ALWAYS HAND THEM BACK (by Peter Skellern) at the Mercury Theatre Colchester and prior to that he directed TWELVE MILES FROM NOWHERE by Kevin Dyer for Karen Simpson Productions.

He directs a TIE project each year for the students on the ‘Acting in Community Theatre’ course at East 15 Drama School in Southend and
contributes to the drama programme for English undergraduates at Nottingham University.

He directed A GIRL WITH A BOOK by Nick Wood for New Theatre Nottingham that examined the events leading to the shooting of Malala Yousafzai that toured extensively over the last two years and most recently created with Nick a suite of short plays as part of the visitor attractions at Lincoln Castle Prison.

He and Nick are now working together again to create the adaptation of THE UNDERGROUND MAN, from the book by Mick Jackson. This play will premier in the Neville Studio next September (2016) before a regional and national tour. This fascinating and comic novel depicts the last six months in the life of the Fifth Duke of Portland who lived at Welbeck Abbey in North Nottinghamshire and created an amazing network of underground tunnels, which can still be seen to this day. This will be produced in association with AJTC Theatre who specialize in touring to non-theatre venues.