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Anna Friend


Anna is Artistic Director of local arts company Quirky Bird Theatre and has been working as a drama teacher and director for the past 10 years, after completing her PGCE at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has directed everything from Godber to Grease and has a particular talent for adapting Shakespeare, having tackled some of his biggest works, including Hamlet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Most recently her worked picked up five awards at the One Act Festival in Swindon, hailed as theatre that is “full of invention, full of creativity. Absolutely magnificent!”. As a director she has founded and run two Youth Theatre companies, producing high quality performances with young people and in the last two years she has bought her experience to adult theatre, working with local community actors to produce ‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright, a highly ambitious and well received adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ and most recently taking ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ by Dario Fo to the Swindon Mini Fringe.

Quirky Bird Theatre runs classes for kids age 4 to 14 as well as her award winning Young Actors Company. Quirky Bird Theatre also run one-to-one Speech and Drama lessons and workshops for schools. Anna is also an examiner for Edexcel GCSE Drama.Other recent projects include a comedy fundraiser for local grassroots organisation Wootton Bassett Refugee Action Group, a production of Tusk Tusk by Polly Stenham, going to The Alma Tavern in Bristol as well as workshops to commemorate this year of Shakespeare.

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