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Charlotte Everest

Theatre Director

 
 
 

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About...

 

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Everest read Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds. Her directing career began in Leeds, directing Churchill’s Love and Information (Banham Theatre). Everest began to expand her style, completing a sold-out run of an immersive and site-specific performance of Peter Nichols’ Passion Play.

Since training further on Mountview’s MA in Theatre Directing, Everest has directed internationally and assistant directed on numerous London productions at theatres such as Park Theatre, Theatre 503 and The Old Red Lion. She has begun teaching at drama schools in how to use the body to create material. Everest frequently works with Tamasha Theatre Company co-founder Kristine Landon-Smith as assistant and researcher (NYT, Park Theatre, RADA, Birmingham Conservatoire) and within Tamasha's intra-cultural training. From her work with Kristine, she likes to practice complicité and clowning within her process. Everest’s style has a physical origin, creating material through the body.

Recent directing credits include: That Was All (Theatre 503 and OSO Arts Centre), Blackout (Nairobi, Kenya) and Winded (Backstage Theatre, Mountview).

Everest's experience in both site-specific and immersive practise has left her with a desire to merge the worlds of both immersive and theatre-situated work, to see if the gap between them can be crossed.

 

Everest has recently created and directed a short film based on the work achieved in Winded the play.

 
 
Everest’s direction comes into its own

Uninhibited and brave

Creative vivacity

Bold and engaging
— The Spy in The Stalls
She is a hands-on professional

Enchanting and spicy

Departure from tradition, director Charlotte Everest dared in this wildly inventive pantomime

Revolutionising the old model without ruffling too many traditionalists’ feathers
— Business Daily Africa
Charlotte Everest’s production is superb

An utter delight
— Beverly Andrews
*****
Her work is magical, such an exciting young talent. She connected with us all!
— NRG Radio

Credits...

Charlotte has recently completed the role of Director in Residence at Nairobi’s Braeburn Theatre.

DIRECTING

That Was All by Francis Grin, The OSO Arts Centre, London, 2019

Winded by Amy Le Rossignol, Backstage Theatre (Mountview), London, 2019

Nuns by Robert Luxford, Tristan Bates, London 2019

Beauty and the Beast by Alan Frayn, Braeburn Theatre, Nairobi, 2018 

Blackout by Davey Anderson, Braeburn Little Theatre, Nairobi, 2018

Birth Right by Amy Ewbank (co-director), Calder Theatre, London, 2018

That Was All by Francis Grin, Theatre 503, London, 2018

Flash by Francis Grin, Karamel Club, London, 2018

Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, Mountview, London, 2018

Benchmarks (a radio play) by Ethan Taylor, Juniper Tree Productions, London, 2018

You, Me and a Piano (rehearsed reading) by David Stoll and Phil Bowen, Novello and Co, London, 2018

The Waiting Room, immersive-environmental piece, Stage@Leeds, Leeds, 2017

Passion Play by Peter Nichols, immersive and site-specific (2-bedroom house), Leeds, 2016

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, Banham Theatre, Leeds, 2016

Concrete Evidence, School tour, Leeds, 2016

It’s Electrifying, immersive project, Leeds Library, Leeds Light Night, 2015


 


ASSISTANT DIRECTING

The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman, (Research Assistant) dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, RADA, London, 2019

The Connection by Jack Gelber, (Research Assistant) dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, Birmingham Conservatoire, 2019

Summer Rolls Tour by Tuyen Do, dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, Bristol Old Vic, London, 2019

The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (Research Assistant), dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, Drama Studio London/Bunker Theatre, London, 2019

Summer Rolls by Tuyen Do, dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, Park Theatre, London, 2019

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, dir. Topher Campbell, Karamel Club, London, 2018

Broken by Matthew Lyon, dir. Kennedy Bloomer, The Old Red Lion , London, 2018

Chicken Soup with Barley by Arnold Wesker, dir. Carol Harvey, Mountview, London, 2018

Lobster by Lucy Foster, dir. Kayla Feldman, Theatre 503, London, 2018

Welcome to Thebes by Moira Buffini, dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, Mountview, London, 2017

Boys by Ella Hickson, dir. Chloe Beddoes, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2016


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS

Drama Studio London, Teacher on “Devising through the body” workshop, London, 2019

National Youth Theatre, Research Assistant, dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, London, 2019


Braeburn Theatre Workshop Lead, Storytelling in Theatre (ages 7-15), Nairobi, 2018


METRO Work shop facilitator Living Latino as part of Queer Month, in association with Big Boots Theatre Company, London, 2018

Leeds City Council Immersive project, Writer and Director It’s Electrifying, Leeds Library, Leeds, 2015

Leeds City Council Writer and Director Concrete Evidence, School tour, Leeds, 2016

Charters School Workshop facilitator, Extra-curricular activities, 2013-2014

DRAMATURGY/SCENOGRAPHY/DEVISED

Dramaturg for Living Latino, in association with Big Boots Theatre/METRO, The King’s Head, 2018

Deviser/facilitator for Living Latino as part of Queer Month, The King’s Head, London, 2018

Scenographer for The Waiting Room, immersive-environmental, Stage@Leeds, Leeds, 2017

SKILLS

Performance art, live art, site-specific theatre, immersive theatre, visual performance, clown, devising, multi-media, scenography.

TRAINING

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

MA Theatre Directing

London College of Music

DipLCM Musical Theatre

University of Leeds

2:1 BA(Hons)Theatre and Performance

 

Charlotte Everest is currently working on...

 

That was all by francis grin

BROUGHT to you by mrs c’s collective

at the oso arts centre, barnes. 16-18 september 2019.

Director Charlotte Everest

Producer Emma Craggs

Writer Francis Grin

Her performed by Jennie Eggleton

This is the third collaboration between Francis Grin and Charlotte Everest and That Was All’s second run in London, previously seen at Theatre 503. Now in its later stages of development, it is brought to you by Mrs C’s Collective.

 

A glimpse at some Past Productions...

Winded by amy le rossignol

Catalyst festival

mountview academy of the arts 2019

The below film, directed and created by Charlotte Everest, was made inspired by winded, following its run at catalyst festival 2019.

Director Charlotte Everest

Featuring Wallis Hamilton

Shot and edited by Maxim Levy

NUNS by Robert Luxford

Brought to you by Dutch Dame Production and She’s Diverse

at the Tristan Bates theatre, 15th January-26th January 2019

*****
(Female Narratives)
****
(Live London Post)
Second to nun
— The Spy in The Stalls
An utter delight

Superb

Like Life of Brian in high heels
— Beverly Andrews
Sister Rozza (Rebecca Wilson) and Sister Catherine (Natalya Wolfer-Ferguson)

Sister Rozza (Rebecca Wilson) and Sister Catherine (Natalya Wolfer-Ferguson)

CAST:

Sister Catherine Natalya Wolter-Ferguson

Sister Bernadette Cecile Sinclair

Sister Rozza Rebecca Wilson

Mother Superior Gillian Broderick

 

CREATIVE:

Director Charlotte Everest

Executive Producers Cecile Sinclair & Natalya Wolter-Ferguson

Producer Valerie Isaiah Sadoh

Set Designer Tara Usher

Ella Marke Graphic Designer 


“BONGS, CHAIN SMOKING, LIQUOR, SEX TAPES, BLACKMAIL AND A DESIRE TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM. NO, IT’S NOT A COLLEGE, IT’S A CONVENT!”

  

Nuns is a satirical comedy about three rebellious Nuns and how they plot to overthrow the mother superior in order to establish smoking rights for themselves. The youngest, Sister Bernadette is being seduced into the cause by Sister Catherine and Sister Rozza during one of their secret smoking sessions. They have a secret that they believe will bring the Mother superior to her knees.

Dutch Dame’s gritty and witty take on Luxford’s Nuns draws you into a world of questioning patriarchal traditions and whether there is room for change in a systematically oppressive world. How far is too far? These sisters are willing to find out.

Sister Rozza (Rebecca Wilson) and Sister Catherine (Natalya Wolfer-Ferguson)

Sister Rozza (Rebecca Wilson) and Sister Catherine (Natalya Wolfer-Ferguson)

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Braeburn Players Winter Pantomime:

Beauty and the Beast

by Alan Frayn

Nairobi, Kenya, 21st November - 2nd December 2018

Theatre: Braeburn Theatre, Nairobi

Director: Charlotte Everest

Her work is magical, such an exciting young talent. She connected with us all!
— NRG Radio Kenya
She is a hands-on professional

Enchanting and spicy

Departure from tradition, director Charlotte Everest dared in this wildly inventive pantomime

Revolutionising the old model without ruffling too many traditionalists’ feathers.
— Business Daily Africa
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Blackout

By Davey Anderson (In Collaboration with Legoman - The Book Thieves)

Nairobi, Kenya

A unique collaboration with rapper Huw Bradbury (aka Legoman/ The Book Thieves).

Anderson’s gripping script is interpreted through Bradbury’s own music as Legoman and The Book Thieves, orchestrated into a visceral performance by director Charlotte Everest as she completes her residency in Nairobi, Kenya.

Director: Charlotte Everest

Performed by: Huw Bradbury

Music by: Huw Bradbury (aka Legoman/The Book Thieves)

Theatre: Braeburn Little Theatre, Nairobi

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Living Latino - devised

in association with METRO and queer month at the king's head, august 2018

 

Workshop Facilitator and artistic director of Big Boots Theatre Company: Sebastian Paulka

Dramaturg: Charlotte Everest

Drama Therapist: Weronika Kucharska

 

Cast:

Emma Zadow

Aaron Kehoe

Sammy Attalah

Adam Sabatti

Living Latino , The King's Head, 2018

Living Latino, The King's Head, 2018

Emma Zadow

Emma Zadow

Whole cast shot

Whole cast shot

METRO Volunteers

METRO Volunteers

Adam Sabatti, METRO volunteer, Aaron Kehoe, Emma Zadow

Adam Sabatti, METRO volunteer, Aaron Kehoe, Emma Zadow

Living Latino  rehearsal shot (Emma Zadow)

Living Latino rehearsal shot (Emma Zadow)

Living Latino  rehearsal shot (Antony Antunes, Aaron Kehoe, Emma Zadow, Sammy Attalah), 2018

Living Latino rehearsal shot (Antony Antunes, Aaron Kehoe, Emma Zadow, Sammy Attalah), 2018

Participant workshop at METRO, London, 2018

Participant workshop at METRO, London, 2018

It all started in January 2017, during the production of Holding the Man by Tommy Murphy, when Dr Greg Ussher, the CEO of METRO Charity, was our main panelist for the post show Q&A. It was back then that we had our first chat about working together to support the LGBTQ+ community through making theatre. A year later we came up with the idea for these workshops, where we use theatre to give a voice to those underrepresented in the arts and support METRO with their work around HIV prevention and support.
— Big Boots Theatre Company 2018

Over eight weeks, a group of queer Latinos living with or affected by HIV, received basic acting training and access drama therapy sessions. During the first few sessions they shared their own life stories of how it is to be living as queer Latino migrants in the UK. Four professional actors joined and they worked together to devise stories and develop a show that took place at the King’s Head Theatre during their Queer Month in August 2018.

The workshops was facilitated by Sebastian Palka the Artistic Director of Big Boots Theatre Company, Charlotte Everest and Weronika Kucharska Drama Therapist. METRO's project lead is Tony Furlong. 

To find out more about METRO's emerging communities work with Latinos and Latin Americans, visit the Latino Seguro section of their website.

 

That was all

By Francis Grin

Theatre 503, July 5th-7th. 2018

Rehearsal shot: Jennie Eggleton (Photography: Maxim Levy)

Rehearsal shot: Jennie Eggleton (Photography: Maxim Levy)

Director: Charlotte Everest

Producer: Emma Craggs

Cast: Jennie Eggleton as HER

Photography: Maxim Levy

 

"Somethings bound to happen soon, but at the moment, the main problem is your energy. Your chakras are fucked. Especially since your last boyfriend, who left you for a barista who he met at Café Nero. Half her head is shaved, she’s got a lip piercing and an entire Polish short story tattooed on her arm."

 

A woman tries to find herself in different people, meditations, diets, therapies – but nothing really changes. When she meets ‘El Divino’, a world renowned healer, she’s not expecting much. And as predicted, the healing feels like a sham. He’s got nothing to cure her with. Or does he?  ‘The Was All’ explores contemporary new-age movements, asking the question “does something need to be ‘real’, in order to work?

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WOrld Premiere of Flash by Francis Grin, Karamel Club June 6th-9th, London

 
 

"When four teenagers come together for a class project, alcohol and boredom lead to a sadistic game. But what happens when no one acknowledges the violence?"
Flash explores sexual aggression in youth culture and the language surrounding it.

 

Francis Grin:

Francis studied playwriting at Goldsmiths where she completed an MA in Writing for Performance with Distinction. Her plays have been performed at The Pleasance, The Old Red Lion Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, The Vaults, The Arcola and RichMix. She has been long-listed for the Papatango prize and The Old Vic 12 and shortlisted for HighTide’s First Commissions 2017. Her previous positions include working as the Literary Manager for the Finborough Theatre. 

 

Director: Charlotte Everest

Producer: Emma Craggs

Writer: Francis Grin

Videography/photography: Maxim Levy

 

Cast:

Christian: George John

Carrie: Jennie Eggleton

Laura: Kathryn Crosby

Ollie: Aaron Douglas

 

Flash Rehearsal shots...

George John (Christian) and Kathryn Crosby (Laura), rehearsal image

George John (Christian) and Kathryn Crosby (Laura), rehearsal image

Left to right: Jennie Eggleton (Carrie), Aaron Douglas (Ollie), Kathryn Crosby (Laura), George John (Christian), rehearsal image.

Left to right: Jennie Eggleton (Carrie), Aaron Douglas (Ollie), Kathryn Crosby (Laura), George John (Christian), rehearsal image.

Kathryn Crosby (Laura), Aaron Douglas (Ollie), rehearsal image.

Kathryn Crosby (Laura), Aaron Douglas (Ollie), rehearsal image.

Full Synopsis:

Classmates Carrie, Christian, Laura and Oliver get together one evening to complete a group assignment for their ‘Health Class’ at school. The assignment is simple – it’s a reflection on who you’ve been and who you might become. But as boredom kicks in, the group fail to take their homework seriously and embark on a series of games including Spin the Bottle, throwing each other in the pool, drinking and wrestling fights. It doesn’t take long before the games take a slightly more sadistic turn and new girl Laura falls victim to them. The group slowly dehumanises Laura, until she becomes nothing but a body. 

 

Written in reverse chronology, we start at the height of violence and slowly come to understand more about these people and their world. Are they all just ‘bad people’, or is something larger driving their actions? 

 

Flash looks at the relationship between teenage sexual aggression and language. Written as a response to a history of sexual violence against women and men. Despite our ever-changing world, the pressures felt by young people is only growing stronger. A ‘rite of passage’ or the typical ‘teen phase’ is a repeated history we wish to challenge. Wrote form personal experience and developed within the relevant communities, this play not only deals with such topics delicately but truthfully. It does not hide away and has no interest in pointing fingers, but rather puts factors such as environment and language to the test. We are in a theatrical climate where there is a platform for such discussions and Flash is the stimulus for one such as this.

 

an enticing clip from the dress run of Flash...

Pictures from our preview...

Jennie Eggleton (Carrie), George John (Christian), Kathryn Crosby (Laura) and Aaron Douglas (Ollie)

Jennie Eggleton (Carrie), George John (Christian), Kathryn Crosby (Laura) and Aaron Douglas (Ollie)

Kathryn Crosby (Laura)

Kathryn Crosby (Laura)

Jennie Eggleton (Carrie)

Jennie Eggleton (Carrie)

Jennie Eggleton (Carrie), George John (Christian), Kathryn Crosby (Laura) and Aaron Douglas (Ollie)

Jennie Eggleton (Carrie), George John (Christian), Kathryn Crosby (Laura) and Aaron Douglas (Ollie)

 
 

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, Banham Theatre, Leeds, 2016

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Director: Charlotte Everest

Assistant Director: Fallon Mayne

Producers: Emily Freidlos and Anya Dye

Artwork: Ella Marke (https://www.behance.net/ellamarke)

Cast:

Louis Dunbavin

Lily Hall

Will Sidi

Mo Hocken

Evie Wilson

Andrew Brown

Mal El-Gonemy

Joseph Callaghan

a sell-out run that was highly praised for its SUCCESSFUL imaginative and insightful exploration of Churchill’s renowned challenging script, consisting of 72 possible scenes, with no character list and only 4 stage directions. It received overwhelmingly positive reviews.

 

The highest commendation should go to the director Charlotte Everest.

Her creativity should be applauded.
— The Scribe
perfectly executed
— The Gryphon

 

Love and Information was entered into the National Student Drama Festival, the member whom assessed and viewed a performance, claimed it was the best depiction of Love and Information he had seen following his initial viewing of its original production at the Royal Court in 2012. He was astounded by the impeccable dissection of text, the simplistic yet bold scenography and the professionalism of the piece as a whole.

Left to right: Lily Hall, Mo Hocken, Evie Wilson, Will Sidi

Left to right: Lily Hall, Mo Hocken, Evie Wilson, Will Sidi

Mo Hocken

Mo Hocken

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

(Left to right): Mal El-Gonomy, Mo Hocken, Joseph Callaghan, Louis Dunbavin, Evie Wilson, Lily Hall, Will Sidi.

(Left to right): Mal El-Gonomy, Mo Hocken, Joseph Callaghan, Louis Dunbavin, Evie Wilson, Lily Hall, Will Sidi.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Passion Play by Peter Nichols, Immersive and site-specific piece, Leeds, 2016

Sophie Strickland-Clark (Agnes)

Sophie Strickland-Clark (Agnes)

People used to have angels on their shoulders. But there is a gap manifesting in the difference between public speech and private thought and that is people's unknowability. Jeer from the frontline of marital betrayal, adultery, lust, love. This is an immersive experience to get intimate with.

Charlotte Everest takes on an immersive project. Transforming Peter Nichols' award winning 'Passion Play', a presentation of human frailty, head on. This 10 night run explored the destructive nature of a nonchalant marriage, the power of lust and the trail it leaves behind when a married man is led astray.

Set in a town house in leeds, this production was applauded for its use of live art/performance art and immersive practises to reconstruct both the site and the play.
 

Director: Charlotte Everest

Assistant Director: Jonny Dowsett

Producers: Andrew Brown and George Bissett

Designer: Bobby Bates

Artwork: Ella Marke (https://www.behance.net/ellamarke)

Cast:

James - Louis Dunbavin

Eleanor - Lydia Harrison

Kate - Ellen Maslin

Jim - Dean Hull

Nell - Anna Thrussell

Agnes - Sophie Strickland-Clark

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The narrative of the piece was subtly intertwined in each room with hand written notes, lipstick stained words on the living room walls, and the use of mundane set

In heightened moments of both sexual desire and hatred, the audience were lead to surround the small spaces with little ability to leave no matter how uncomfortable they felt.

Still reeling from the matinee - could watch it over and over again

You made us laugh, cry and get very very angry! Haven’t stopped talking about it since we left.

Words cannot describe what an incredible experience that was. Every person in the cast and crew should be so proud - what an achievement

I thought it was absolutely amazing, definitely one of the best things I’ve seen

Passion play was one of the best immersive experiences I have witnessed to date. Not only was the character portrayal believable and professional, the space played a fundamental part in the experience.
— Audience members
Ellen Maslin (Kate)

Ellen Maslin (Kate)

Sophie Strickland-Clark (Agnes)

Sophie Strickland-Clark (Agnes)