She was responsible for Radio 4’s all day broadcast of War and Peace on New Year’s Day 2015 which was described as the radio event of the year by Radio Times. It was dramatised by Timberlake Wertenbaker and starred John Hurt and Simon Russell Beale.
She has also recently directed John Hurt in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell by Keith Waterhouse for Saturday Drama on Radio 4.
Celia also directed a Midsummer Night’s Dream for Radio 3, recorded on location in the Sussex countryside, was described as “a masterpiece” by the Radio Times. It starred Lesley Sharp, Toby Stephens and Roger Allam. She brought Possession by AS Byatt to the Radio 4 audience with a fifteen-part critically-acclaimed dramatization by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Her productions encompass the work of a wide range of classic and contemporary writers from Terence Rattigan and Henry James to E F Benson and Raymond Briggs. Her future productions She is a trusted director who has worked with acting talent ranging from Kate Winslett, Bill Nighy, Roger Allam and Roy Hudd… to Will Young and was responsible for the radio drama debut of snooker player John Virgo.
She has also produced numerous readings of the work of established writers and has developed the work of talent new to the medium of radio – both as studio productions or performances recorded in front of an audience in series such as 8.51 to Brighton, Lost in the Lanes, Brighton Women, Brighton Caricatures, Pavilion Pieces and Blood Sweat and Tears which featured the writing of top crime authors Mark Billingham, Denise Mina and John Connolly.
Celia has also produced a large proportion of the Children’s audio books for Cover to Cover Cassettes including her award-winning recordings of the Harry Potter books read by Stephen Fry.
Directing credits for Pier Productions include the award winning Ivan and the Dogs, The Forgotten, Giselle and The Nutcracker for BBC Radio 4. Paul’s own writing includes Binge Drunk Britain – the Musical and You Drive Me Crazy for BBC Radio 4 and Eastenders and Monsters We Met for BBC TV. Paul’s musical compositions have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and at theatres around the country, including four musicals commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath. Paul has been writer-in-residence at Exeter University and now teaches creative writing internationally. Paul became freelance 10 years ago after a 15 year career as a BBC radio producer, during which time he made over 400 programmes for all five national networks and the World Service.
BBC broadcast credits include: full-cast dramatisations of The Wind in the Willows, The Box of Delights, A Town Like Alice, Scenes from Provincial Life; and the last five John le Carré titles, read by the author. Recently he’s directed The Country Wife for BBC Radio 3 and A King’s Speech for BBC Radio 4. Spoken word projects include Hemingway’s Chair (written & read by Michael Palin); and for BBC Worldwide, The Nation’s Favourite Poems of Celebration and Peter Ackroyd’s reading of Dickens: Public Life & Private Passion.
David’s other non-broadcast work includes audio products for Historic Royal Palaces, and the Open University. He teaches the Radio Acting course at LAMDA.
Credits include an adaptation of the novel My Career Goes Bung and A Room of Ones Own (both Woman’s Hour Series), Byron’s Fancy and The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene (Radio 3) Passing (Classic Serial) the Drama Documentary The London Poor starring Timothy West (BBC World Service).
She is still a Theatre Director, an Acting Coach and Drama Director of Crying Out Loud – the VoiceOver CD making company. She is co-author, with Maggie Lloyd Williams, of the best- sellling Acting Book ‘Actions, An Actor’s Thesaurus’.
For ten years she was a distinguished BBC Radio Drama Editor and Director. Showing special skill as a talent-spotter, she commissioned the early work of many now celebrated playwrights including Jim Cartwright, Nick Dear. Hanif Kureishi, and Philip Ridley. She directed many productions ranging from the work of newcomers, through that of major artists such as Edward Bond and Derek Walcott, to Greek and Elizabethan classics. Now wholly freelance, her radio productions for Pier include Steve Gooch’s award-winning McNaughton and Michael Butt’s Judgement Test.
As a writer, her radio plays include In the Keep Net, Dear Brother and Old Man Goya (all AP), Three Days that Shook the World (Friday Play), and most recently, A Chaos of Wealth and Want (AP) which was accompanied by a five part documentary series for which she selected the material. She has also written extensively for theatre, including main-stage productions of When we are Rich (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton) and The President’s Holiday (Hampstead Theatre).
She continues to do freelance dramaturgical work for a range of theatres and also for BBC radio.
He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as an actor and assistant director, working with Peter Brook, Peter Hall and Clifford Williams. Founding Artistic Director of The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool (1964). Joined the BBC Radio Drama Department in 1966, becoming Chief Producer Drama (Radio). Whilst at the BBC, he directed hundreds of plays (including award-winning productions) and worked with many leading writers and actors both here and abroad. He also co-directed major drama-documentaries including The Nuremberg Trial and The Chicago Conspiracy Trial. During the 70s and 80s he conducted a number of interviews with amongst others – Peggy Ashcroft, John Gieldgud and Ralph Richardson.
In recent years, he has continued to work in the Independent sector, most notably for Pier Productions with a galaxy of writers and actors including Derek Jacobi, Michael Sheen, Roger Allam, Dora Bryan, Bernard Cribbins, Gerard Murphy, Stephen Lowe, Anton Lesser, Sarah Badel, Martin Jarvis, Alec McCowen, Donald Sinden, Michael Maloney, David Pownall, Wally K Daly, Paul Scofield and Stephen Wyatt. In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Degree by Liverpool University in recognition of his early work with The Everyman.
He has worked with most of Britain’s great actors and writers over the last forty years and gave early encouragement to writers Joe Orton, Tom Stoppard and Sue Townsend amongst others. He has directed for Television and for the regional and West End Theatre as well as having directed radio plays in Poland, Canada, USA, Hungary, Israel and Australia.
Amongst other Awards he has won the Prix Italia, the Prix Futura (twice), several Sony’s, the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for the most outstanding programme on radio in 1983. In 1994 he was given the Sony Special Award for his work and in 2004 was made an OBE by the Queen for his services to Sound Drama.