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.
30 years on, The Elephant Man remains a vital and enthralling play, certainly in its triumphant realisation by Sheffield Theatres. Possibly the moral debate could prove a bit wordy with the wrong direction, but this is never a danger in Ellie Jones’ inventive production.
The hard-working cast of nine populates a world of squalor and splendour, while Dominic Haslam’s haunting musical pastiches and Ellen Cairns’ wonderfully evocative broken pavilion of pleasure prove that, though you can take the man out of the fairground, you can’t take the fairground out of the man.
At the centre of it all are two outstanding performances…Joe Duttine as Merrick is not helped by any special make-up, but transforms himself before our eyes as images of the real man are shown. His remarkable performance is terrifyingly convincing, extremely moving and relieved by a sly wit. Antony Byrne expertly charts Treves’ journey from complacency and content to wracking self-doubt, notably in a chilling dream sequence where he and Merrick change roles.”
What’s on Stage
**** “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 choice – Andrzej 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
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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