Mark Thomson

"There is clearly a rich talent pool of young emerging actors in Scotland that perhaps remain under the radar."

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Directing

 

Mark is currently writing and directing a new piece of work, Snowflake, for The Network. An ensemble created from some of the best emerging talent from Scotland’s colleges and universities.

 

Mark was Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company from April 2003 till June 2016 during which time he has directed over twenty productions including world premieres of Donna Franceschild’s Takin’ Over the Asylum, D C Jackson’s The Marriage of Figaro, Jo Clifford’s Every One and an adaptation of Goethe’s Faust parts one and two, Six Black Candles by Des Dillon, John Byrne’s Uncle Varick as well as his own plays: A Madman Sings to the Moon, Pinocchio, his adaptation of James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and, in 2011, Wondrous Flitting.  In 2015 he directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle which won four CATS awards and earned him a nomination for Best Director at the UK Theatre Awards. His production of Waiting For Godot starring Brian Cox and Bill Paterson was also nominated for several categories including Best Director and won Best Production at the CATS.

 

Mark was Artistic Director of the Brunton Theatre Company from 1997 to 2002, directing 21 shows and winning a Herald Angel Award for his play A Madman Sings to the Moon, and a Scotsman Fringe First and a Herald Angel Award for his play Moving Objects.

 

Prior to that he was Assistant Director at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Royal Shakespeare Company and Associate Director at Nottingham Playhouse.

When not fretting over theatre Mark plays in his band The Bail Sheriffs and cycles in all weathers.

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