Directing and Producing

Engaging. Ambitious. Theatre.

When working as a director, I believe I have a responsibility to keep theatre alive. I have a responsibility to tell stories, new and old, in ways that are accessible, relevant and engaging for an audience. One must constantly re-examine practices, techniques and methods in order to create innovative, engaging and striking theatre in contrast to deadly, safe and pretentious theatre. Every experience in the theatre should be memorable...unforgettable. Theatre should be about people and for people. 

 

By collaborating closely with fellow creatives, I strive to forge work of the highest artistic quality, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in the rehearsal room and on stage. I hope to afford people the opportunity to escape this reality and discover a new one - to see the world in a different way.     

 

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Sweeney Todd
 
 
★★★★★ 
Get Reading
'From the get go, just the opening number was like something
out of the West-End'
 
 

Sherlock Knights: A Time Traveller's Story

I both produced and directed this highly successful Summer School production at South Hill Park. Making a healthy net profit 200% higher than any previous year and acheiving in excess of 100 bookings; I have changed the face of the summer school offering at SHP - increasing the ambition and scale of the summer offering which now operates on a budget of over £15k.

Cross The Shifting Sands 
I wrote and produced this one man show about the life of writer L. Frank Baum. It received fantastic feedback and will now complete a small regional tour. 
 
★★★★ 
Broadway Baby
'The prose is beautiful... I was gripped entirely'
 
A Three Weeks Three to See
 
The Scotsman
'Absorbing and Betwitching...
the fringe's most intimate theatrical experience'.
 
The Stage
'the writing is elegant'
Blood Brothers, 2015

A critically acclaimed, sell out run of this well-known story. The vision was to present a fresh version of the play and not just present the musical without the music. 

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Reviews can be found on the PRESS page.

 

Jennie Slevin - Get Reading 

★★★★★

"...makes an audience compassionate, caring about each character and refusing to pick sides. This funny and touching performance will make your belly and your

heart ache."

 

Broadsheetboutique.com 

★★★★

"spectacular [...] directors Mark Hooper and Casey Jay Andrews simply allow us to focus more on the powerful story of the Johnstone twins."  

 

Danny The Champion of the World, 2015

Working with London Contempoary Theatre as the assosiate director on the National Tour of 'Danny Champion of the World' working with Director

Lottie Wakeham (associate director: Matilda, West-End). This engagment also involved taking the lead on an Easter School production; I worked with 30 young people to make their very own production of Danny The Champion of the World. Parent feedback said this was the best Easter School production to date. 

Lord of the Flies, 2015

This production was presented by Berkshire Arts Academy (BARTA) and enjoyed a sell out run. Combining talented young performers, an original score and projection William Golding's dark tale was told. 

 

Audience Feedback 

 

BARTA - Lord of the Flies was a brilliant piece of Theatre - intense, dark, brooding and building to a frightening climax.

Gritty and compelling. Very intense. 

It's a top class show

It is a show I have directed a few times and I was impressed not only with the acting but direction of the boys.  The set, movement and music were very effective[...]

This was my first BARTA production and I will certainly seek out more productions.

The Last Hope Of Pandora: South Hill Park 2014

I directed and produced (on behalf of South Hill Park Arts Centre) a cast of over 80 young people in a full length, original musical about Greek Myths. The production played to sold-out audiences and was the most successful summer production the venue has ever had.  

 

This musical was performed in the round on an intricate set designed by Victoria Spearing whoes West-End credits include 'From Up Here' and 'Looserville'. We created a Greek style ampitheatre in the venue transforming not only the playing space but the auditorium as well.  

Fish Tale: Hookhitch Theatre/GSA 2014

Working with Hook Hitch Theatre Company and GSA actors, I directed a short 15 minute new writing project as part of an emerging writers festival. The project was rehearsed and staged in just 5 hours, ready for performances in the evening to industry professionals. 

Bugsy Malone: Berkshire Arts Academy (BARTA) 2014

I was fortunate enough to work on this sell-out production of Bugsy Malone. Working with over 50 young performers, Bugsy Malone was presented in May 2014 at the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell and was the first large-scale show the group had produced. The Berkshire Arts Academy is now planning it's next theatrical venture after the success of Bugsy 2014. 

South Hill Park Youth Theatre; 2012-Present

I worked as resident director for the South Hill Park Youth Theatre directing 'The Bald Primma Donna', 'The Importance of Being Ernest', 'A Midsummer's Night Dream', 'Revolting Rhymes' as well as various devised productions

Grimm Fairy Tales; G Live 2013 

I co-directed the G Live young performers Summer School with Chantal Addley. This was an original musical based on the Grim Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm. The project involved over 60 young people and an extensive creative team. The project was a collaboration between multiple venues and freelance creatives. 

Commercial: Puente Aereo Y Producciones

I worked as an acting coach on the set of a commercial shoot in Jarkarta, Indonesia for a leading toothpaste brand. I also worked as the assistant casting director for this commercial alongside Paul De Freitas at the Spotlight studios in London. 

One Fine Day
I worked as the producer for True Grits production of One Fine Day written by Dennis Lumborg. The show received critical acclaim and enjoyed a London Transfer to the Waterloo East Theatre. 
 
★★★★★ 
The Stage 

Stage 'Must See’ and Nomination for best male solo performance 2011 

 

★★★★ 

Three Weeks 

Addley is captivating throughout, and this is certainly a production with balls!

 

★★★★

Broadway Baby

Addley has the audience in the palm of his hand. A brilliant and heart-warming journey.

 

★★★★ 

Remote Goat 

 The audience were inexorably engaged and implicated in his tale.

 

★★★★

British Theatre Guide 

This was an honest engaging solo performance from the talented Jake Addley. Not to be missed. 

 

BBC RADIO 

Here is a young actor, sensitive to the moment and in tune with ‘the pause’ - allowing questions to hang, perilously, in the air and taunt us with silence. 

 
 

Afrovibes Festival 2014: Afrovibes was praised as being an excellent, exciting and vibrant initiative [...] this makes a huge difference to the atmosphere of the whole arts centre. South Hill Park, PRC Committee. 

Let's create together

markdavidhooper@gmail.com