Royal Exchange, Manchester
Direction: Atri Banerjee / Design: Rosa Maggiora / Lighting: Matt Haskins /Sound&Composer: Arun Ghosh /Seen here: Esh Alladi /Photo credit: Marc Brenner
★★★★★ Morning Star
★★★★★ North West End
★★★★ The Stage
The Marriage of FigaroOper Wuppertal & ENO
Direction: Joe Hill-Gibbins /Conductor: Julia Jones /Design: Johannes Schütz /Lighting: Berndt Velder /Seen here: Ralitsa Ralinova, Sebastian Campione, Iris-Marie Sojer, Chorus /Photo credit: Bettina Stöß
Opernmagazin...The unusual expression chosen in this production has been superbly crafted by Jenny Ogilvie.
Rutherford and Son
Direction: Caroline Steinbeis /Design: Lucy Osborne /Lighting: Johanna Town /Sound: /Composer: Oliver Vibrans /Seen here: Danusia Samal, Ciarán Owens /Photo credit: The Other Richard
Direction: Taio Lawson /Design: /Lighting: /Sound: /Seen here: /Photo credit: The Other Richard
The Burning Fiery Furnace - DirectorScottish Opera
Conductor: Derek Clarke /Seen here: Ben Johnson/ Photo credit: Sally Jubb
★★★★★ The Herald ..the sequence of ritualistic scenes and tableaux suited the work perfectly.
★★★★ The Times
MidsummerNational Theatre of Scotland
Direction: Kate Hewitt /Design: Cécile Trémolières /Lighting: Tim Mascall /Composer: Gordon McIntyre /Musical Direction: Aly Macrae /Seen here: Henry Pettigrew, Sarah Higgins /Photo credit: Peter Dibdin
★★★★★ Guardian...first night of wild sex is transformed into an obstacle course – and, as they race around the theatre, sweat dripping, it all feels both homemade and excessive... a glorious tale of making the most of it.
★★★★★ British Theatre...With movement directed by Jenny Ogilvie, they make this a beautiful, mesmerising piece of storytelling...
★★★★ The Herald
Love and Information
Direction: Caroline Steinbeis /Design: Max Jones /Lighting: Johanna Town /Sound & composition: Max and Ben Ringham /Seen here: Mercy Ojelade /Photo credit: The Other Richard
The Turn of The ScrewOpen Air Theatre, Regent’s Park & ENO
Direction: Timothy Sheader /Conductor /Design: Soutra Gilmour /Lighting: Jon Clark /Sound: /Photo credit: Johan Persson
Absolute Hell - Associate Director & MovementNational Theatre
Direction: Joe Hill-Gibbins /Design: Lizzie Clachan /Lighting: Jon Clark /Sound: Paul Arditti /Composer: Harvey Brough /Seen here: The company /Photo credit: Johan Persson
Direction: Sam Pritchard /Design: Chloe Lamford /Lighting: Lizzie Powell /Sound: Gareth Fry /Composer: Teo Teardo /Seen here: Sarah Niles, Danusia Samal, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Paul Kaye /Photo credit: Helen Murray
GreekScottish Opera/ Opera Ventures
Edinburgh International Festival
BAM, New York
Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins /Conductor: Stuart Stratford /Designer: Johannes Schütz /Costume: Alex Lowde /Lighting: Matthew Richardson /Video: Dick Straker
Seen here: Alex Otterburn, Allison Cook, Andrew Shore
★★★★★ New York Times
New York Times Critic’s Choice: stark, raucous staging...what stays with you from the final sequence is the slow, frieze-like procession that leads the blinded Eddy offstage: an image of love and community, as well as sadness.
Classical Voice North America: ...And the angular, stylized body movements designed by choreographer Jenny Ogilvie also contributed greatly to the humor and mood...they even got to do a grimly funny musical-hall number, complete with jazz hands and follow spots, as they sang about the plague.
★★★★★ The Times
★★★★★ The Herald
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Stage
A Midsummer Night’s DreamSnape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Director & Design: Netia Jones /Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworh /Lighting: Ian Scot /Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning
A Midsummer Night’s DreamYoung Vic
Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins /Designer: Johannes Schütz
/Sound: Paul Arditti /Music: Harvery Brough /Costume: Michaela Barth
Lucia di LammermoorBuxton Opera Hous
Director: Stephen Unwin /Conductor: Stephen Barlow /Designer: Jonathan Freeman /Lighting: Malcolm Rippeth /Seen here: Elin Pritchard, Chorus