EDWARD DERBYSHIRE

Edward is an unrealistic idealist driven by a passion for inclusivity and a diversity of experiences. He loves the theatre in all manifestations as he loves life, and the people who inhabit it. As director, he has been responsible for many productions over a span of thirty years, ranging from musicals to farce, from improvised theatre to high Greek drama.

Edward has a particular love of Shakespeare, and is convinced of the power of words. He directs two theatre companies, GYP (the only youth theatre company in the UK which performs solely Shakespeare) and Dramestics (the only affordable chamber theatre company which performs in the found spaces of people’s homes). Edward has been a Head of Drama in primary and secondary schools, and is also a visiting university lecturer. He runs practical workshops such as ‘Journeying through Shakespeare’ and lectures on themes such as ‘Mental Health and Shakespeare’.

As an actor, Edward has recently attempted a return to the roles of Ross in Macbeth, Gooper in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest. Aside from his theatre work, Edward is a teacher of music and languages, and a translator of Chinese.

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