ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - ALEXANDER NEAL.
In 2011 Alexander graduated from the three year BA (Hons) Acting course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
With fellow graduate Nason Crone, Alexander formed Dilated Theatre Company with the aim to stage work that they felt spoke for the voiceless within society.
Since graduating, Alexander has enjoyed a steady stream of work on both stage and screen - a particular highlight working with the late, great Rik Mayall and being nominated for the 'Best Male Performance' in the Off West End Awards in Dilated's inaugural production "SUS" by Barrie Keeffe.
Previous to RCSSD, Alexander graduated with an BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from De Montfort University Leicester. It was here that Alexander found interest in politics; namely left wing ideology, the mix of theatre within the political landscape and avant garde forms in 'straight theatre'. His dissertation focused on Neo-Marxist theory and cultural hegemony.
Taking this passion into his love of theatre, Alexander blogged for WhatsOnStage, often highlighting the need for Political Theatre within the present climate and in 2004 Alexander was extremely lucky to have spent several month exploring the South American continent, travelling from Columbia to Brazil - an experience that expanded his cultural landscape dramatically
CREATIVE DIRECTOR - PAUL TOMLINSON.
Paul Tomlinson was Director of Productions at the new Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch for 10 years from 1974 to 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (B.A.Teacher’s Diploma in Speech and Drama) He started as an actor in productions at the Strand Theatre (West End) the Mermaid and the Arts. Paul was in Sally Miles’ Margate Stage Company for 18 months and in regional theatre in Newcastle, St. Andrews and Salisbury.
He has directed at a dozen British regional theatres. He was artistic director for a season at the Byre St. Andrews and ran Theatrescope at the Salisbury Playhouse for three highly fulfilling years from 1971 to 1974. He has also directed at the Belgrade Coventry, the Swan Theatre Worcester, Dundee Repertory Theatre and the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. Productions ranged from DEATH OF A SALESMAN to ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, from THE HOSTAGE to LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS.
At the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch he directed over 50 plays. He directed a number of new works including the premiere of Barrie Keeffe's SHE'S SO MODERN with Charlotte Cornwall; a large number of classics including MACBETH with Duncan Preston. HAMLET with Karl Johnson and Lisa Eichorn and a wide range of other plays including ALPHA BETA with Gareth Hunt and FROZEN ASSETS with Alfred Molina.
His production of The Who's TOMMY, which he adapted for the stage, transferred to the West End.
From 2010 he has been directing one-off theatre productions in professional theatre or drama schools:
Drama school productions have included productions by Fielding, Sheridan, Wycherley, Vanbrugh, Etherege, Shakespeare, Zuckmayer, Chekhov, Brecht, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Howard Brenton, Edward Bond and many others.
He has also directed professional theatre in Vienna, Paris and Greece. He directed the German classic THE CAPTAIN OF KÖPENICK at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival and Fin Kennedy’s MEHNDI NIGHT at the Southwark Playhouse.
As a FREELANCE DIRECTOR he has directed the National Tour of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS; Tours of Sweden of ROMEO AND JULIET and BEDROOM FARCE; commercial Pantomimes including JACK AND THE BEANSTALK with Charlie Drake. He has been to South Africa for BBC Radio who produced his Documentary / Drama IF THE SNAKES DON'T GET YOU, later broadcast on Radio 4 with himself as the Narrator. In 2013 with Dilated Theatre Company he directed the highly acclaimed production of Barrie Keeffe’s SUS and in 2014 directed the equally well received production of Keeffe’s MY GIRL 2 at the Old Red Lion.