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Look up into the night sky and at the furthest point, as far away as you can possibly see, there’s a fabulous party going on. Can you spot it? The stars are the twinkling torches of the dancers and the sun is a young girl, beautiful and carefree and lost in the joy of the dance. Her older brother, the Moon, is down-to earth and watchful. He follows his sister around the North Pole, taking care that she doesn’t slip over the last horizon.

You are invited to join the party, journey on a thrilling, non-verbal, multisensory adventure created by a dazzling combination of sound, movement and light. 

Aurora was The egg's brand new early year’s Christmas show for children under 4 and their families in 2017. It was inspired by Inuit folklore and the science surrounding one of the world’s most magical natural phenomenon.

Directed by Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn (after John East)

Designed by Anisha Fields

Lighting by Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn

Sound by Dinah Mullen

Production Photography by Nick Spratling

Medea

March 2017 - May 2017

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Devised entirely by the company, and harnessing the wide range of skills at their disposal, Who Me is an urgent tour of the world our young people inhabit everyday.

In turns hilarious, bewildering, and resolutely hopeful, this is unashamed political theatre, with a side of clowning, and a dash of puppetry...

WGYTC is a Youth Theatre Company providing quality training and performance experience for young people aged 13 to 21 in the West Glamorgan area.

Who Me - Michael Sheen Theatre - Feb 2017

Directed by Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn

Designed by Hilary Statts

Aurora

December 2017 - January 2018

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For love, Medea sacrificed everything - only to suffer the ultimate betrayal at the hands of her husband, Jason. As he prepares to marry his new bride, Medea plots the ultimate act of revenge to free herself from him and immortalise those she holds dear, finally taking control of her own destiny.

This Medea weaves Euripides' ancient world together with the modern day story of a single mother who faces losing her children and the roof over their heads after 18 years of marriage. However, just as she begins to feel that she has lost control of her future, she finds an old copy of Medea and discovers a woman within its pages that offers her the inspiration she's been searching for...

Performed by an all-female cast and using the cathartic power of song and the visceral power of movement, director George Mann (Pink Mist, Light), leads this retelling. A wholehearted attempt to reclaim Medea as a powerful female character who fought against injustice, at all costs.

"Arresting as hell" - 4* - THE TIMES

 

"An inventive all-female reworking" - 4* - THE STAGE

 

"Incredibly stylish and absorbing" - 4* - THE FIX MAGAZINE

As Assistant Director

For Bristol Old Vic - 

Director - George Mann

Writer (Modern Story) - Chino Odimba

Set and Costume Design - Shizuka Hariu

Co-Composer and Sound Design - Jon Nicholls

Lighting Design - Katharine Williams

Production Photography - Jack Offord

Who Me

November 2016 - February 2017

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Il Trovatore

January 2017

Director David Bosch made his UK debut with this new production of Verdi's searing tragic opera.

The first revival of David Bösch’s new production for The Royal Opera, with two casts including Maria Agresta, Lianna Haroutounian and Anita Rachvelishvili.

As part of the First Stage Scheme, Sophie worked with the Staff Directors Department to bring the second cast rotation through Stage and Orchestra, Dress, and Opening.

As Trainee Assistant Director.

Dir. David Bosch

Silent Opera present a deconstructed, reimagined version of Mozart's classic.

 

"Inhuman, violent and out of control", Giovanni is on the run. He's committed a serious crime, and this time, will he get away with it? Silent Opera invite you to witness this dangerous man's final hours. Using digital sound, live manipulation, and electronic sampling, Mozart's music is brought hurtling into the digital age. This is operatic innovation as you've never experienced it before.

 

Sophie re-mounted this blistering piece, collaborating with the original creative team on dynamic shifts to the production, and traveled with the show to The Beijing Music Festival.

Associate Director - Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn

Cast - Ivan Ludlow, Timothy Dickinson

 

Performed as part of The Beijing Music Festival 2016

Giovanni

September 2016 - October 2016

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Bassett

October 2015 - July 2016

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At Wootton Bassett School the supply teacher has done a runner and locked the pupils in their classroom. Dean needs the toilet, Aimee needs a coffee, Amid needs to pray, and Leo... well, Leo really, really wants to escape. Outside, only yards from their confinement, a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street, as it has over a hundred times before through this quiet Wiltshire town.

 

But this one is more personal than most.

As factions form and secrets are revealed, maybe Leo is not the only one who'll want to get away.

 

Directed by Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn

Set and Costume - Hilary Statts

Lighting - Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn

 

Presented by Characters Stage Company as part of The National Theatre's Connections Festival

 

"Bassett was modern, relevant and brilliantly nuanced by an outstanding cast. I might just as well have been at the Donmar or Hampstead. The surprise ending had me on the edge of my seat. A remarkable production, it’s not surprising that the production recently received a standing ovation at The Egg in Bath." The Wiltshire Times

 

"The acting felt incredibly truthful. The final section is both moving and unsettling, as the vice-like grip of the latter part of the story really took hold, the tension was palpable and I was on the edge of my seat, willing it not to go the way I knew it had to” - National Theatre feedback

How do the decisions made by the previous generations echo down to young people today? What can we learn from the past? Do we even know our past? Do we even know our children?

 

A devised piece about young people at war, 'Over 18' is a completely new piece created from scratch in response to 'Bassett'. Here we interrogate the effects of war on young people throughout the ages, as explored by our devising Characters Stage Company cast.

 

"The cast did an excellent job as they evoked the bombing of London; the plight of evacuees; the enlistment of under-age children in the American Civil War; and managed to snipe at the role of the media, too.Their commitment was clear and each performed with enthusiasm, intelligence, and a great deal of skill." The Wiltshire Times

 

Directed by Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn

Set and Costume - Hilary Statts

Lighting - Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn

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October 2015 - July 2016

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The Lamplighters

March 2013 - April 2013

There’s been a murder – three of them in fact. It’s the tenth anniversary of a brutal triple killing on an isolated hillside. The case remains unsolved. Every year three former detectives meet up in a lonely farmhouse and journey to the scene of the crime in the hope that the murderer will reveal himself. But hair-raising events unfold when an unexpected guest comes knocking at the door. Will this be the night when justice is finally done?

A story of obsession, revenge and dark deeds, The Lamplighters will keep you guessing until the very last minute!

Glenn Chandler created for Scottish Television what is officially the longest running television detective series in the world. Taggart ran from 1983 to 2011, a run of twenty-eight years. He also wrote A is for Acid, about the acid-bath murderer John George Haigh, The Brides in the Bath, and The Life and Crimes of William Palmer, a study of the Victorian poisoner, all of which were produced by Yorkshire TV.

As Associate Director and Movement Director

Presented by Boys of The Empire Productions

The Gingerbread Man

August 2012.- April 2012

An inventive puppetry show for 3-7's with clowning and live cooking, a classic story brought to life in a new and delicious way!

 

Come and join The Rainbow Collectors re-telling the popular story of The Gingerbread Man! Using puppetry, live cooking, and a sprinkle of imagination, The Gingerbread Man is brought to life in a whole new way.  

Two children are helping their mother in the kitchen. But when they are left to their own devices, the mischievous pair accidentally create the Gingerbread Man! He leads them on an adventure, where they encounter curious animals, cause a lot of mess, and there’s a delicious ending for everyone! 

 

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The Custard Boys

April 2012 - May 2012

Based on the novel by John Rae
Adapted and directed by the Bafta-winning Glenn Chandler, creator of Taggart

A play about love, war and grown-up stuff.

Five London schoolboys are evacuated to a Norfolk seaside village, far from Hitler’s bombs. They want to fight for England but are too young to join up and too old to wait. They join the school army cadet force and learn to fire rifles, they form a gang and play at being soldiers.

 

But it is not real war.

As Associate Director and Movement Director

Presented by Boys of The Empire Productions