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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

REPLAY THEATRE COMPANY:

ADVENTURES FOR

YOUNGER AUDIENCES

Artistic Director of Belfast's Replay Theatre Company between January 2011 and March 2016. 

 

Company Vision Statement:

A world where creativity is the beating heart of every stage of childhood and youth.

 

Under Anna's artistic leadership, the company made work for children and young people from 0-19 and all the ages in between, including a dedicated programme of work for children and young people with PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties).  

 

Both the early years work and the programme of work for children and young people with PMLD were strands of work that Anna introduced into the company's repertoire.

 

By 2015, Replay was on three continents and in every single Sure Start in Belfast, touring from Belfast to Broadway and lots of places in between.

 

Shows created for Replay include:

 

TiNY - a teeny weeny show for ages 0-12 months

BLISS - a pirate adventure for those with PMLD

THE SCHOOL UNDERNEATH by Kareen Pennefather- a thriller for 7-11 year olds

MARIANNE DREAMS by Moira Buffini - a breathtaking animated world adventure for 10-13 year olds

CITIZEN by Vincent Higgins - a dystopian comedy for teenagers

INTO THE BLUE - a watery adventure for those with PMLD

COMET by John McCann - an electric piece of guerilla theatre for young men

BABBLE - a fishy adventure for 0-18 months

WOBBLE - a dance theatre piece for 2-4 year olds (a co-pro with Assault Events)

WIGGLEGIGGLE - a poetry slam show for 3-5 year olds (a co-pro with Nottingham Playhouse)

A BOY & HIS BOX - an adventure for 4-8 year olds combining live drawing and performance

 

“this two-man show gives tots exactly what they want”

Time Out NYC on WOBBLE

 

“virtually flawless”

Irish Theatre Magazine on MARIANNE DREAMS

 

“directed with pace and a penchant for the subversive…this intriguing and important piece signals a new phase in the long, distinguished history of Replay”

Irish Theatre Magazine on CITIZEN

 

“At the end of the twenty minute performance I felt as if I had been transported into the pages of a fairytale and returned gently back to earth.”

The Cape Times, South Africa, on TiNY

 

It was, perhaps, the most immersive theater experience I’ve had since I saw an adaptation of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying staged inside a 15×15 foot crate. (And, yes I’ve seen Sleep No More)

Blog review of BABBLE offBroadway

 

“In all my 21 years of teaching, I have never seen such high quality work for this audience as that which Replay produces”

Principal, Parkview Special School on INTO THE BLUE

 

"People from this area won't go into the city centre, they simply do not venture outside their own area. You coming to them is so important- this is now the most deprived area in NI. I've seen children who are wired for chaos and today I witnessed them being re-wired for calm.”

Child Psychologist on TiNY

 

“I was killed with excitement, it was as good as it could get!”

pupil on THE SCHOOL UNDERNEATH

 

 

Citizen

Citizen by Vincent Higgins for Replay Theatre Co. Directed by Anna Newell. Photo by Neil Harrison