Ellie Jones

freelance theatre director

About

ellieJon

Ellie Jones is a freelance theatre director who specialises in making extraordinary things happen in the most unlikely circumstances. Invariably involving extreme logistics and casts of millions, Ellie often works with children, animals and all the other things most sensible people avoid like the plague.

She is quite fantastic and extremely sort after and was worked on a myriad of exciting projects – please explore this site to read reviews and view images of past work.

Ellie is always looking for new and exciting projects contact her if you have something splendid lurking in your imagination.

Productions (Past, Present & Future)


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Daisy Pulls it Off

Energetic schoolgirl Daisy Meredith bursts out from the pages of a rollicking adventure story for gals to take on and overcome snobbish prejudice and schoolgirl pranks from the girls of Grangewood School for Young Ladies.

Along with best friend, Trixie Martin, Daisy must overcome false accusations, save the lives of her enemies, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger seen around the grounds to win through – with lashings of ginger beer all round!

Written by: Denise Deegan
Director: Ellie Jones

April 2009 – Sherman, Cardiff

Reviews

“……a production which, in the language of the play, is absolutely spiffing and top hole in every way.

As the audience enters the girls of Grangewood School’s Fourth Form are in the school gym, twelve of them, overseen by Rebecca Millett’s head mistress, stern but fair. The high-spirited girls of the Fourth vault, do headstands and cartwheels, climb the wall bars, have wheelbarrow races, even form a human pyramid. And all this before the play has even begun.

Laura McAlpine’s Sybil Burlington and Elin Phillips’ Monica Smithers are as thoroughly rotten and nasty as the script demands. Their joint bend of disdain at meeting the new girl is one small perfect touch in director Ellie Jones’ consistently inventive production.

Ellie Jones has given the production an almost unbroken visual flair and a stream of small jokes. Wallbars turn into cliffs, trunks become a set of stairs. As a production it has flow, energy, wit and conviction.”

Adam Somerset – Theatre in Wales

News

The New World Order – reviews

2011-11-30

****  “Ellie Jones has pulled off something wonderful here… a brilliant balance of wit and coercion. An unnerving but thrilling evening.” - Dominic Maxwell, The Times

 

****  “A superbly realised production from director Ellie Jones… crackles with Pinter’s pitch-black wit and horrified fascination with emotional and political power.” Critic’s choiceAndrzej Lukowski, Time Out

 

****  “Now this is what I call site-specific…Pinter, the master of menace, would surely have revelled in this.” – Fiona Mountford,  Evening Standard

 

****  “An artistic triumph” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

*****  “The sense of being trapped within a brutal state machine builds and intensifies during  this brilliant site-specific production by Hydrocracker”  - Jane Hughes, The Independent

 

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TNWO Shoreditch Town hall

2011-10-06

I am thrilled to be directing another staging of  Hydrocracker‘s The New World Order in Shoreditch Town Hall.
Staged in a former government building, Hydrocracker’s darkly compelling promenade performance journeys from the council chambers of high-minded policymakers to the labyrinthine depths below, where functionaries of the new world order keep ‘the world clean for democracy’.

 

16 Nov 2011 – 11 December 2011 / 19:00, 21:15

 

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  1. New World Order Interview on Brighton Festival radio. May 2011

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