The programme and festival will return in 2024.

After peer consultation, and as a result of the current decline in funding for theatre projects, we have had to make the difficult decision to move the ‘Directors In Practice Programme’ to 2024, when we hope to return renewed and more robust. The programme will continue to improve on its successful past, and become a biannual project.

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The last programme culminated with Directors In Practice Showcase 2022
Introducing the next generation of theatre directors


StoneCrabs Directors in Practice Showcase, a week-long festival at Omnibus Theatre celebrating the work of nine emerging theatre directors, across five nights, supported by 2 emerging producers happened from 18 – 22 October 2022.

The festival re-interpreted a selection of plays by some big names in our theatre world.

The emerging directors and producers are creating work that challenges the modern theatre landscape as they re-tell stories on the themes of family bonds, mental health, identity and climate change,

StoneCrabs Directors in Practice Showcase follows six months of training with StoneCrabs Theatre Company.

The two producers in the programme were Penelope Diaz and Laide Sonala.

Here’s the full programme

 #DIPP2022 Showcase Festival at Omnibus Theatre:

Tuesday 18th October
7.30pm: Contractions by Mike Bartlett, directed by Tobi Bakare A dark comedy looking at the power of workplace contracts.

8.45pm: Arlington by Enda Walsh, directed by Faith Beach  A young man falls in love with a young woman imprisoned in a tower block in an absurd and lyrical exploration of what it means to find connection in the face of fascism.

Wednesday 19th October
7.30pm: Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone by Selma Dimitrijevic, directed by Beth Drury This play questions how well we may know our parents, and what happens when the people we are closest to push us away.

8.45pm: The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe, directed by Selwin Hulme-Teague Edgar Allan Poe’s famous horror story is brought to life in a thrilling, physical staging, accompanied by live music.

Thursday 20th October
7.30pm:Her Open Eyes by Raquel Diana, translated by Sophie Stevens, directed by Giovanna Koyama Tells the story of one woman’s ability to laugh in the face of deat

8.45pm: I Am The Wind by Jon Fosse, Adapted by Simon Stephens, directed by Rute Costa The whole wide ocean ahead, on a boat you don’t quite know how to sail, with a friend you may not know as well as you’d think.

Friday 21st October
7.30pm: Never Swim Alone by Daniel MacIvor, directed by Robyn Lexi  When past traumas come calling, how can you console a friend when the only language you share is competition? Quick, funny, testosterone-fuelled, this friendship turned rivalry puts masculinity to the test.

8.45pm: Bone by John Donelly, directed by Dubheasa Lanipekun. The lives of three people are examined as they navigate a single day, which might also be their last.  

Saturday 22nd October
7.30pm: Chapel Street by Luke Barnes, directed by Tiggy Bayley.  Chapel Street is a two-hander about a lost generation.

8.45pm: Page to Stage. A series of untold stories, an exciting lineup of new writing monologues curated by the 2022 cohort. Chop-Chop, written & performed by Andrea Holland, directed by Giovanna Koyama.
Do nothing written & directed by Tiggy Bailey, performed by Stephen McMillan.
¿Cachai? by Penelope Diaz, performed by Fran Olivares, directed by Selwin Hulme-Teague.
Tales of a first-time solo traveller, written and performed by Lucy Buncombe.