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Before coming to Birkbeck I was the Artistic Director of Harrogate Theatre, and before that the Associate Director of the New Victoria Theatre, Staffordshire, and Associate Director of the London Bubble, directing over 50 productions and twice winning the Central TV Award for best production of a new play. I have commissioned and directed many new plays, particularly plays with innovative uses of music, documentaries and plays based on real lives or events.

I continue to practice as a freelance director and recently directed a revival of Peter Cheeseman’s celebrated documentary, The Knotty at the New Vic, Staffordshire and a workshop production of a new musical by Neil Brand, Talking to Mr Warner, at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Other recent major productions include Arts Council England funded national tours of Uncle Vanya by Chekhov, A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller, Truckers by Terry Pratchett; The Flight of the Swan at the Linbury Studio, ROH Covent Garden; and Tears of A Clown at Harrogate Theatre, which I co-wrote.

Rob Swain: Tears of a Clown