Previous Productions


Previous Productions by John Retallack
Previous Productions by Renata Allen

John Retallack : Key Theatre Adaptations and Productions:

September 2013 to present:

Programme Co-ordinator for Writing for Performance at Ruskin College Oxford.

Employment History:

2010 – 2013
Associate Director, Bristol Old Vic

2000 – 2010
Founding Artistic Director, Company of Angels, London

1989 – 1999
Artistic Director, Oxford Stage Company, Oxford

1985 – 1988
Artistic Director, Oldham Coliseum

1977 – 1985
Founding Artistic Director, Actors Touring Company (ATC), London

1974 – 77
Teacher of A-level English Literature:
Frencham Heights School, Farnham
Hampstead School, London.

1973 – 74
Bristol University/ B.Ed /2:1

1970 – 73
St Paul’s College, Cheltenham, Cert Ed, Distinction

Artistic work

Has written 12 plays since 2000, five published by Oberon, two by Methuen, one by English and Media, one by French’s; he is also published in France by Editions Fontaine and Editions Bleu.

2015 – 2016 Runs new playwriting course for 8 outstanding playwrights with Oxford Playhouse/Oxford Playmaker.

He is currently under commission to write new plays for The Unicorn Theatre in London and for UK Arts International.

In July 2015 he directed the Stage Premiere of Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist for Bristol Old Vic. Pink Mist opened in The Bush in London in January 2016.

He also directed Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for English Concert /Bristol Old Vic in 2014/15


Apples/ Oberon 2012

Risque/ Editions Bleu/2009

4 Plays for Company of Angels by John Retallack*/Oberon 2008
(*Hannah and Hanna, Risk, Club Asylum, Virgins)

Sweetpeter/ Methuen Plays for Young People/Methuen 2006

Hannah et Hanna/Editions Fontaine/2004

Hannah and Hanna/ French’s acting edition/2004

Hannah and Hannah/ English and Media/2002

Junk/adapted from Melvyn Burgess’ novel/ Methuen/1999


Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland/2016

Further related activities

Director of 6 ten-day writing retreats for Performing Arts Labs (PAL)1995 – 2000.

Tutor in Playwriting for Arvon Foundation, 2008, 2010, 2014.

Occasional articles for The Guardian and other English and Dutch publications, 1980 – 2008.


Pink Mist by Owen Sheers
Bristol Old Vic, Bush Theatre London and national tour

Dido and Aeneas
Bristol Old Vic Proms and national tour

Radio 4
Afternoon Play 26.11.13

The Outsider (adapted from Albert Camus’ novel)
Radio 3
90 minute broadcast on centenary of Camus’ birth 3.11.13

The Last Days of Mankind
(with Toby Hulse, adapted from original text by Karl Kraus)
Bristol Old Vic/Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Pictures at an Exhibition
Bristol Old Vic Young Company

Original plays written and directed for Company of Angels

National Theatre of Scotland & Company of Angels
Glasgow tour

Public Reading for Company of Angels Theatre Café
Southwark Playhouse

Apples (Adapted from Richard Milward’s novel)
Company of Angels & Northern Stage Newcastle
National Tour
Edinburgh Festival
Winner of Herald Angel Award

A Bridge to the Stars (Adapted from Henning Mankel’s novel)
Cottesloe Theatre
National Theatre Connections Festival
2008 Radio 4 Afternoon play

Company of Angels Scottish & English tour
Tron Theatre Glasgow
Translated and performed in French and German
Published by Oberon and Les Solitaires Intempestifs
2008 Theater an der Parkaue Berlin
2012 Compagnie L’Interlude Tour of France
2013 Avignon Festival

Company of Angels National Tour
Edinburgh Festival
Translated and performed in French, Swedish, German
Published by Oberon
Over 300 performances in Sweden and Austria

Sweetpeter (with Usifu Jalloh)
Company of Angels National Tour
Polka Theatre London
Translated & performed in French
Published by Methuen

National Tour
Riverside Studios London
Translated in French

Common Ground
Cardboard Citizens tour for homeless people in London

The Foundling
Brighton Theatre Company tour of South-East

Club Asylum
Company of Angels tour of Scotland
Tron Theatre Glasgow
Published by Oberon
Translated in French

Wild Girl
2002 Company of Angels/ Quicksilver tour
2004 Wederzijds tour of Holland & Belgium
2004 Runner-up/Hans Snoek Award, Amsterdam
2013 Bristol Old Vic tour in co-production with Theatre Royal, Bath, Dukes
Playhouse, Lancaster and Theatre Iolo, Cardiff
Translated & produced in French and Dutch

The Toll Bridge (adaptation of Aidan Chamber’s novel)
Reading at Soho Theatre

Hannah and Hanna
Company of Angels tour in UK and Edinburgh 2001 – 2003
Edinburgh Festival
Winner of Herald Angel Award
TMA Award/Best New Show for Young People nominee
2004 – 2005 British Council tours to India, Malaysia and The Philippines
2002 — World Service radio
Published by Oberon, English Centre, Frenchs and Editions Fontaine
Translated & produced in French, Swedish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Hebrew & Japanese
Over 200 performances in Sweden and 100 in Belgium

The Plague (adaptation of Camus’ novel)
Dundee Rep

Junk (adaptation of Melvyn Burgess’ novel)
Oxford Stage Company 1998/2000 Oxford Playhouse & National Tour
1999 Winner of TMA award/ Best New Show for Young People 1999
2000 Bergen Theatre, Norway
Published by Methuen

Adaptations for Oxford Stage Company

(1989 – 1999
Directed 14 plays by Shakespeare
Oxford Stage Company
National tours throughout UK
International tours to Japan and Far East)

National Drama Conservatoire, New Delhi (for British Council)

Early adaptations

Ubu The Vandalist (adaptation from Alfred Jarry’s plays)
ATC National Tour
Edinburgh Festival
International tour with British Council

1982 – 83
Berlin Berlin (adaptation from Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities)
Edinburgh Festival
ATC National tour
International tour with British Council including Berlin

1981 – 83
Don Quixote parts 1 & 2 with Richard Curtis (adaptation from the novel)
ATC National Tour
Edinburgh Festival
Almeida & Donmar Warehouse
Olivier Award
International tour with British Council to over 20 countries including New York

1978 – 80
Don Juan (adaptation from Byron’s poem)
ATC National tour
Edinburgh Festival
Avignon Festival
Fringe First Award
International tour with British Council


Renata Allen : Key Theatre Adaptations and Productions:


The Witch and Magic Mountain, performed at The Warwick Arts Centre in 1989 and on tour in a new production by Oxford Stage Company in 1994 when it was nominated for a TMA Regional Theatre Award for Best Production for Children and Young People.

The Princess and the Monkey Palace performed at Warwick Arts Centre in 1990.

The Magic Story Book performed at The Oxford Playhouse in 1991 where it won the TMA Regional Theatre Award for Best Production for Children and Young People (1992). Performed again in Norway in 1996 and at the Unicorn Theatre, London in 1999.

Fooling About performed at the Oxford Playhouse and then on tour in 1993.

Days of Hope, written with Howard Goodall performed at Hampstead Theatre 1991 ,

The Kings Head , London, 2009 and other UK theatres.

Santa and Nicolas performed at MacRobert, Stirling over the 2000/2001 Christmas season.

Good Clown, Bad Clown performed at Bristol Old Vic Studio 2011/12

Before the Tempest, performed in September 2015 at the Old Fire Station, Oxford


Writer for the Hidden Spires Project. Over a year Renata developed a new play in collaboration with professional theatre practitioners and homeless Crisis members, Before the Tempest, performed in September 2015 at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

Writer/director for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. Over a period of 4 months Renata created theatre pieces with two primary schools which were performed at Pagasus in January 2015.

For Bristol Old Vic (September 2012- June 2013)- Renata ran a programme directing and writing in ‘hard to reach’ schools. Over 8 months she created theatre pieces for young people to perform at Bristol Old Vic theatre.

Working as a Creative Learning Consultant for the egg, Theatre Royal Bath (Sep 2012-Sep 2013)
Co-creator and director of The Gap Theatre Project for Company of Angels, London. This project continued for four years and involved devising large scale site specific events with primary school children and training other directors how to deliver the project (2004- 2008)

For Oxford Stage Company dramaturgy included Hitler’s Childhood and the Commedia dell’ Arte piece, Love is a Drug, directed by Antonia Fava. Renata was creator of many educational work packs on Shakespeare texts for Oxford Stage Company and leader of many workshops.

She supported a wide variety of education projects with John Retallack including co-directing Hamlet in India, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Japan and running Shakespeare workshops for Keio University in Tokyo.


Director of The Steamie by Tony Roper for Oldham Coliseum (nominated as Best Production for the Manchester Evening News Awards) Production remounted at Nottingham Playhouse.

Director of Stepping Out and Seaside or Bust for Oldham Coliseum.

Writer and director of Girls Who Score for Manchester Forum theatre, revived at Chichester Theatre.

Co-director of two large scale community projects in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland

Assistant Director Twelfth Night, for Oxford Stage Company

Director of Drama at Inish, The Old Fire Station, Oxford

Director of Drama at Kingston Grammar School and St Dustan’s College, London (1997-2011) where Renata directed numerous productions.


The Witch and the Magic Mountain The Dramatic Publishing Company, Washington, USA

The Girl and the Snake and Other Short Plays, Heinemann

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