Blythe Stewart

Blythe Stewart

Freelance Theatre Director

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A developing freelance director, my work includes premiering the most exciting new writing by international artists and developing the political voices and unique ideas of UK playwrights.

Recent directing includes: If And When at Soho Upstairs for Oxford School of Drama (with writers Matilda Ibini, Isley Lynn and Iskandar Sharazuddin), Skin A Cat by Isley Lynn at The Bunker and Correspondence by Lucinda Burnett at the Old Red Lion.

I have worked as a director in community and academic environments delivering comprehensive and creative workshops to a variety of groups. In 2016 I was the Hospital Club Foundation's Emerging Creative for Theatre and Performance

Theatre crushes: Dmitry Krymov's Labratory, Ivo van Hove, Yaël Farber, Inua Ellams

Theatre ambition: To Master Clowning.

Current favourite things: Icelandic literature, 70s roadtrip tunes, the Wellcome Collection, pub quizzes, plays that are genuinely scary, and evolving styles of one-person shows

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Skin A Cat by Isley Lynn (The Bunker, 2016)
The piece has an endearing unfettered honesty and it benefits enormously from a brilliantly judged, personable central performance from Lydia Larson, who ensures that Alana’s sexual odyssey always keeps the attention.
The Guardian, Lyn Gardner

Beyond its silly and plentiful humour is a genuinely moving and effortlessly charming production … Lynn deliberately blurs the line between the clinical and the erotic. It’s born out in Blythe Stewart’s intelligent direction too
TimeOut, Tim Bano 

Director Blythe Stewart knows how to breathe warmth and humanity into an uncomfortable subject matter…Simulated sex scenes are fully clothed and amusingly abstracted in a clever directorial flourish that keeps the focus on the ideas in play rather than the acts depicted
Exeunt

Correspondence by Lucinda Burnett (Old Red Lion, 2016)
With video-game bleeps punctuating the action, and characters bouncing around the place at hyper-accelerated speed, director Blythe Stewart blurs the line between real and unreal
What's On Stage

Attewell’s performance is a natural portrayal of a boy falling apart unnoticeably. He is cast impeccably; unassuming and flawless. Similarly, Ariaie is completely understated in his performance, focussing far more on his identity as a teenager than his socio-political position. Making his surroundings all the more powerful. In this vein, Blythe Stewart’s direction is stripped back, fluid and simple... It is claustrophobic; an all encompassing surround sound. - A Younger Theatre

The play itself feels like a video game that has become real… Correspondence uses a sheltered teenage boy to cleverly express the contemporary trope of the Western people’s need to interfere in a way that clashes with the culture they want to help.
The Upcoming

East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch (Southwark Playhouse, 2014)
Moscovitch and her director Blythe Stewart are to be congratulated for providing a thoughtful exploration of a sensitive aspect of recent history What'sOnStage

Director Blythe Stewart has found the beauty in the piece’s intensity and subtlety – she directs with a gentle hand allowing it a sense of delicate, clear emotion, which has a very young but surprisingly rooted and almost wise feel to it.
A Younger Theatre

Stewart's direction ensures that the text and the action buzzes unceasingly around it. She makes sure that it's the characters and their thoughts that drive the pace, as this is where the theatre of the piece truly lies. There's a sheer amount of thought and subtlety that runs throughout the production. This is not a play that needs resources, pimp, or razzle-dazzle to work, but merely brilliant and ingenious minds that acutely understand the text. Stewart and her team lavish the show with just this and more.
Grumpy Gay Critic

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A developing freelance director, my work includes premiering the most exciting new writing by international artists and developing the political voices and unique ideas of UK playwrights.

Recent directing includes: If And When at Soho Upstairs for Oxford School of Drama (with writers Matilda Ibini, Isley Lynn and Iskandar Sharazuddin), Skin A Cat by Isley Lynn at The Bunker and Correspondence by Lucinda Burnett at the Old Red Lion.

I have worked as a director in community and academic environments delivering comprehensive and creative workshops to a variety of groups. In 2016 I was the Hospital Club Foundation's Emerging Creative for Theatre and Performance

Theatre crushes: Dmitry Krymov's Labratory, Ivo van Hove, Yaël Farber, Inua Ellams

Theatre ambition: To Master Clowning.

Current favourite things: Icelandic literature, 70s roadtrip tunes, the Wellcome Collection, pub quizzes, plays that are genuinely scary, and evolving styles of one-person shows

Press
Skin A Cat by Isley Lynn (The Bunker, 2016)
The piece has an endearing unfettered honesty and it benefits enormously from a brilliantly judged, personable central performance from Lydia Larson, who ensures that Alana’s sexual odyssey always keeps the attention.
The Guardian, Lyn Gardner

Beyond its silly and plentiful humour is a genuinely moving and effortlessly charming production … Lynn deliberately blurs the line between the clinical and the erotic. It’s born out in Blythe Stewart’s intelligent direction too
TimeOut, Tim Bano 

Director Blythe Stewart knows how to breathe warmth and humanity into an uncomfortable subject matter…Simulated sex scenes are fully clothed and amusingly abstracted in a clever directorial flourish that keeps the focus on the ideas in play rather than the acts depicted
Exeunt

Correspondence by Lucinda Burnett (Old Red Lion, 2016)
With video-game bleeps punctuating the action, and characters bouncing around the place at hyper-accelerated speed, director Blythe Stewart blurs the line between real and unreal
What's On Stage

Attewell’s performance is a natural portrayal of a boy falling apart unnoticeably. He is cast impeccably; unassuming and flawless. Similarly, Ariaie is completely understated in his performance, focussing far more on his identity as a teenager than his socio-political position. Making his surroundings all the more powerful. In this vein, Blythe Stewart’s direction is stripped back, fluid and simple... It is claustrophobic; an all encompassing surround sound. - A Younger Theatre

The play itself feels like a video game that has become real… Correspondence uses a sheltered teenage boy to cleverly express the contemporary trope of the Western people’s need to interfere in a way that clashes with the culture they want to help.
The Upcoming

East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch (Southwark Playhouse, 2014)
Moscovitch and her director Blythe Stewart are to be congratulated for providing a thoughtful exploration of a sensitive aspect of recent history What'sOnStage

Director Blythe Stewart has found the beauty in the piece’s intensity and subtlety – she directs with a gentle hand allowing it a sense of delicate, clear emotion, which has a very young but surprisingly rooted and almost wise feel to it.
A Younger Theatre

Stewart's direction ensures that the text and the action buzzes unceasingly around it. She makes sure that it's the characters and their thoughts that drive the pace, as this is where the theatre of the piece truly lies. There's a sheer amount of thought and subtlety that runs throughout the production. This is not a play that needs resources, pimp, or razzle-dazzle to work, but merely brilliant and ingenious minds that acutely understand the text. Stewart and her team lavish the show with just this and more.
Grumpy Gay Critic

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