Freda O’Byrne

Introduction: Current CV

This CV focuses mainly on my artistic and creative output but also includes my social activism.

Directing Credits

Rendition at Hidden Door 2017 (performer creator) A visual theatre/installation examination of data about the extraordinary rendition, detention and torture of CIA prisoners and the infrastructures that supported it.

Simple Time for Luminate 2016 A reminiscence piece about growing up in Glasgow in the fifties.

Court Theatre Training Company and N1 Theatre 1992 to 2016 Diaboliad based on the short story by Mikhail Bulgakov – April/May  2016; Animal Farm adapted for stage by Ian Woolridge Feb / March 2006; The Insect Play Brothers Capek (’96); Lily’s Last Sin (’95); Nosferatu – based on Murnau’s original film (’94); The Blue Angel – based on von Sternberg’s film (’94); ‘M’ – Your Murderer is Watching You – based on Fritz Lang’s 1920 film (’93); The Bedbug by Vladimir Mayakovsky (’92).

East Renfrewshire Council (Artistic Director) 1999 – 2000: ‘The Play in the Park’ – Rouken Glen Park, (circus tent) and The Dome, London.

Tragic Carpet 1985 to present (Artistic Director) Rendition Hidden Door Festival 2017 writer, performer. Currently in development into full length play with Sylvia Dow (writer), Emma King (puppeteer); Fish-or-Man – Edinburgh Fringe Festival August ‘95 and Highlands tour director; Fish-or-Man – Tobermory Arts Centre, Isle of Mull  and Coastal Argyll community (June ’95) director and workshop leader; The  Heart of Dog 1 & 2 (Edinburgh, Liverpool   and  London ‘93  &  ‘94) director; Island on the Edge of the World (Edinburgh Fringe ‘92) dramaturg, director; Nosferatu (based on 1920 Murnau Film) (Edinburgh Fringe ‘91); Babi Yar (based on the novel by Anatoli Kuznetsov –(Edinburgh Fringe ‘88) dramaturg, director

First Bite Theatre in Health Education Co. Scotland and England ’89 to 2000 (Artistic Director) 19 research based Education, Performance and Workshop Programmes from 1989 to 2000 for primary, secondary and special needs children.

Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet Orchestra and The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Edinburgh International Festival (assistant director)  Master Peter’s Puppet Show by Manuel De Falla (’90)

International

Liceo Francesca Cappecce, Italy, British Council and RAI TV The King Lear Project Residency and workshop programme.

Act 3 International  Singapore and British Council (94). Singapore Arts Festival ‘Chope’ a play for primary school aged children on themes of ‘pressure’. 

Film

Scatterbox Films Young Persons Film Group 2008 to present. Group leader and co-founder, directing, editing, camerawork, screenwriting. Dramas, documentaries, music video, animation. Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/ScatterboxFilms/videos

Relevant Education and Training

Middlesex Polytechnic 1985 to 1988 BaPA First Class Honours Performing Arts Degree

Internship: John Wright (Trestle, Told by an Idiot, author of ‘Why is that so funny?’) 1988: 3 month internship: co-teaching, co-devising, co-directing (Bouffant) and also directing  ‘The Voices of the Archetypes’ with John Wright, Frankie Armstrong and Stuart Hall

Workshops and Courses

Curious School of Puppetry January to March 2019; Puppet Animation Scotland Masterclasses Edinburgh 2015 to 2017; Full Cirqle Circus Space, Portobello  – aerial skills (trapeze and silks) 2015; Screen Education Edinburgh Screen Writing for film shorts (Pilton) ; Clowning – with John Wright and at Dancebase Edinburgh with Tim Licata ; Mask workshops ’86 – ’89 (full, half, commedia, basle, archetype, neutral, clown) plus Feldenkrais training and voice workshops  with John Wright at Drill Hall Arts Centre  London Archetypal Voice – John Wright and Frankie Armstrong (several projects) Directed ‘Voices of the Archetypes’ a training resource created by John Wright and Frankie Armstrong; Natural Voice – Frankie Armstrong with Tragic Carpet, London; Acrobalance with Tragic Carpet, London; Pierre Byland The Actor Clown – at Centre for Performance Research, Cardiff; Forum Theatre Adrian Jackson of London Bubble with First Bite, Liverpool; Theatre for the Deaf – London Bubble with John Wilson, Annie Griffin

Relevant Skills

Directing, writing / devising, Workshop leader / facilitator, performer, puppeteer, film maker. Mime and physical theatre skills. Puppet fabrication.

Technical skills: Computing skills, graphic design, website development,  digital image manipulation, coding skills, film editing, documentary photography.