Playwright Mike Bartlett
Mike is a multi-award winning playwright and screenwriter. His play KING CHARLES III won Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play, Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Play. LOVE LOVE LOVE won Best New Play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK, COCK won an Olivier Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, he won the Writer’s Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for NOT TALKING, and the Old Vic New Voices Award for ARTEFACTS.
Director Darren Smith
Darren trained at the Drama Centre London, under the patronage of Sir Anthony Hopkins. He made his acting debut in 1998 at Shakespeare’s Globe for Sir Mark Rylance. He has toured the UK and Europe in numerous classical productions including Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard for English Touring Theatre and Purcell’s King Arthur for the Lautten Compagney. He played the lead role in the Time Out Critic’s Choice Award-winning production of Gerhart Hauptmann’s Lonely Lives, directed by Eddie Marsan. He moved to Berlin in 2003 and founded the Theatre of Shadows. He trained at the Michael Chekhov International Academy in Berlin to further develop as an actor and as a director and acting teacher. In 2015, he had a travelling theatre wagon built in Munich, bought a horse for it and drove it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he performed.