Simon Pittman

Simon Pittman

Theatre & Movement Direction

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Freelance movement director and theatre-maker. Current work incldues movement direction on Romeo and Juliet (Frantic Assembly / National Youth Theatre Wales), Associate Movement Directing The Go-Between (Apollo Theatre, West End) and The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time (Gielgud Theatre, West End), directing His Wild Imaginings; a co-production in development between Rough Fiction and London Arts Orchestra (Barbican/Guildhall, LSO St Luke's).

Co-artistic director of ensemble theatre company Rough Fiction, creative practitioner with Frantic Assembly, selector for the National Student Drama Festival.

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‘Honest physical power and vitality. Movement director Simon Pittman has created a discordant, striking world that brings the exhausting plight of these characters to the fore. The tension .. is palpable and utterly encapsulating’ (Whats On Stage on Out of The Cage)

‘Defies categorisation … so visually strong that the experience is comparable to reading a graphic novel … this dreamy, trippy theatrical experience is one that stays with you long after the curtain call’ (The Good Review on The Last of The Lake)

'No escape from life's questions. Rough Fiction push the boundaires of text and performance... Simon Pittman pushes these actors to their physical and emotional limits' (The Scotsman on Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire)

‘An epic, cinematic feel … simple theatrical touches and understated performances powerfully bring home the story’s message’ … ‘sparingly used movement sequences capture the sleight-of-hand exchanges and grinding routine of jail’ (The Herald on The Shawshank Redemption)

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Movement Directing / Choreography:
The Caucasian Chalk Circle & Romeo and Juliet (both Nation Youth Theatre Wales / Frantic Assembly), Out of The Cage (The Park Theatre, London), The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), The Kingdom by Colin Teevan (Soho Theatre), 99…100 and Mixter Maxter (both National Theatre of Scotland [Learn]), 365 (assistant movement to Steven Hoggett – The National Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival).

Directing:
His Wild Imaginings (LSO St Luke's), The Last of The Lake (Brighton Dome and Regional Tour), The Love of The Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Ensemble Company Pop-up London Tour), Killing Alan (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival), Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire (Underbelly, Edinburgh / National Student Drama Festival) - all for Rough Fiction. Not A Game For Boys by Simon Block (Library Theatre Manchester), Out of Sight (Frantic Assembly / London Youth Circus).

Associate Directing:
The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), The Go-Between (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Derby Live / Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse / Peter Huntley Productions).

Awards and Nominations:

The Go-Between at West Yorkshire Playhouse (Associate Directing):
WINNER: Best Musical Production, UK Theatre Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Regional Production, Whats On Stage Awards 2012

Floyd Collins at Southwark Playhouse (Associate Directing & Movement)
WINNER: Best Musical Production, Off West End Theatre Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Musical, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012

Not A Game For Boys at the Library Theatre Manchester (Directing):
Nominated: Best Production & Best Actor (the cast), Manchester Evening News Awards

Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire at Edinburgh Festival (Directing):
Nominated: Scotsman Fringe First Award 2005

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Freelance movement director and theatre-maker. Current work incldues movement direction on Romeo and Juliet (Frantic Assembly / National Youth Theatre Wales), Associate Movement Directing The Go-Between (Apollo Theatre, West End) and The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time (Gielgud Theatre, West End), directing His Wild Imaginings; a co-production in development between Rough Fiction and London Arts Orchestra (Barbican/Guildhall, LSO St Luke's).

Co-artistic director of ensemble theatre company Rough Fiction, creative practitioner with Frantic Assembly, selector for the National Student Drama Festival.

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‘Honest physical power and vitality. Movement director Simon Pittman has created a discordant, striking world that brings the exhausting plight of these characters to the fore. The tension .. is palpable and utterly encapsulating’ (Whats On Stage on Out of The Cage)

‘Defies categorisation … so visually strong that the experience is comparable to reading a graphic novel … this dreamy, trippy theatrical experience is one that stays with you long after the curtain call’ (The Good Review on The Last of The Lake)

'No escape from life's questions. Rough Fiction push the boundaires of text and performance... Simon Pittman pushes these actors to their physical and emotional limits' (The Scotsman on Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire)

‘An epic, cinematic feel … simple theatrical touches and understated performances powerfully bring home the story’s message’ … ‘sparingly used movement sequences capture the sleight-of-hand exchanges and grinding routine of jail’ (The Herald on The Shawshank Redemption)

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Movement Directing / Choreography:
The Caucasian Chalk Circle & Romeo and Juliet (both Nation Youth Theatre Wales / Frantic Assembly), Out of The Cage (The Park Theatre, London), The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), The Kingdom by Colin Teevan (Soho Theatre), 99…100 and Mixter Maxter (both National Theatre of Scotland [Learn]), 365 (assistant movement to Steven Hoggett – The National Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival).

Directing:
His Wild Imaginings (LSO St Luke's), The Last of The Lake (Brighton Dome and Regional Tour), The Love of The Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Ensemble Company Pop-up London Tour), Killing Alan (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival), Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire (Underbelly, Edinburgh / National Student Drama Festival) - all for Rough Fiction. Not A Game For Boys by Simon Block (Library Theatre Manchester), Out of Sight (Frantic Assembly / London Youth Circus).

Associate Directing:
The Shawshank Redemption (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin), The Go-Between (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Derby Live / Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse / Peter Huntley Productions).

Awards and Nominations:

The Go-Between at West Yorkshire Playhouse (Associate Directing):
WINNER: Best Musical Production, UK Theatre Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Regional Production, Whats On Stage Awards 2012

Floyd Collins at Southwark Playhouse (Associate Directing & Movement)
WINNER: Best Musical Production, Off West End Theatre Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Musical, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012

Not A Game For Boys at the Library Theatre Manchester (Directing):
Nominated: Best Production & Best Actor (the cast), Manchester Evening News Awards

Hospitals and Other Buildings That Catch Fire at Edinburgh Festival (Directing):
Nominated: Scotsman Fringe First Award 2005

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May 2016 - Present

Selector
National Student Drama Festival

Apr 2015 - Present

Movement Associate
The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time, West End

Jun 2009 - Present

Co-artistic Director
Rough Fiction

Sep 2008 - Present

Creative Practitioner
Frantic Assembly

Jun 2007 - Present

Theatre & Movement Director
Freelance

Mar 2016 - Oct 2016

Associate Movement Director
The Go-Between, Apollo Theatre, West End

Education

Apr 2010 - May 2010

Theatre Directing - NT Studio Director's Course
National Theatre

Sep 2005 - Jun 2007

Theatre Directing - MFA
Birkbeck University of London

Sep 2001 - Jul 2004

Drama and Theatre - BA hons
Royal Holloway, University of London

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