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Patrick Connellan

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Patrick Connellan

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Biography

Professional

Patrick has previously won the Linbury Prize for Stage Design and a Prague Quadriennale Gold Medal. Patrick was Course Leader for Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University and is now a lecturer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: Beauty and the Beast Co-Designer, Theatre by the Lake Keswick; We’ll Live and Die in These Towns Belgrade Theatre; Read All About It – City Final Co-Designer, Belgrade Theatre site-specific production in Coventry Evening Telegraph building; Whisky Galore Oldham Coliseum and national tour; A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, The Gaul Hull Truck Theatre; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Perm, Russia; The Red Lion Olivier Award nominated. Live Theatre, Newcastle and Trafalgar Studios, London; Iris Live Theatre, Newcastle; The Father Oldham Coliseum and Harrogate Theatre; The Baraem Play Al Jazeera Media, Qatar; The Hook Theatre Royal, Northampton and Liverpool Everyman; The Ladykillers New Vic/Hull/Stephen Joseph; One Night in November, The Rink, Belgrade Theatre; This Lime Tree Bower as Director and Designer, Edinburgh Festival; The Taming of the ShrewThe Merchant of Venice and Into The Woods nominated for TMA Best Musical Award, Derby Theatre/Playhouse; Who’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfThe PriceGhostsAll My SonsPopcorn also Director, Octagon, Bolton; Edward III RSC/West End; A Passionate WomanMisery West End; The Slight Witch National Theatre/ Birmingham Rep; Abigail’s Party also Director; Copenhagen and Alphabetical Order New Vic, Stoke, and for Hampstead Theatre; Amongst FriendsLife After Scandal also Plymouth; Taking Care of Baby also Birmingham Rep, Nathan the Wise and When the Night Begins.


THE HOOK

 
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Role:
Designer and Originator of Production
Year:
2015
Venue:
Royal Derngate, Northampton and Liverpool Everyman

The Hook was originally a screenplay written by Arthur Miller but never made. It was effectively banned by the FBI for being too pro-Communist during the period of the Korean War and by the constraints of the McCarthy witch hunt.

Miller’s collaborator, Elia Kazan, effectively took the idea and went on to make On the Waterfront. I discovered the screenplay in an archive some twenty years ago and eventually persuaded James Dacre to produce it as a stage play. The play is based on the true story of Peter Panto, a militant longshoreman who took on the mafia-ridden longshoremen’s union led by the corrupt Joseph Ryan. It is a story of the struggle for justice by brave longshoremen in the 1940s working in Red Hook, New York

Credits:

Director:
James Dacre
Writer: Original Screenplay by Arthur Miller and adapted for the stage by:
Ron Hutchinson and James Dacre
Composer:
Isobel Waller-Bridge
Choreographer:
Stuart Leslie
Lighting Designer:
Charles Balfour
Sound Designer:
Tom Mills
AV Designer:
Nina Dunn
Photographer:
Manuel Harlan

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