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Dave Spencer

director

(theatre & Opera)

'Distorted realities have always been my cup of tea.'

Virginia Woolf

about

Freelance theatre director & producer.

 

Dave is particularly interested in a style of theatre that he developed with his colleagues in Another Soup, the theatre company he founded in 2010. This style of theatre is called 'Brechtian immersion' and seeks to invite audiences into convincing, immersive, and involving theatrical settings, whilst also giving them opportunities to remember that what they are witnessing is theatre. 

 

Dave graduated from the King's Head Theatre's Directing Programme in July 2016 and has since become Co-Producer and Associate Director of The So & So Arts Club.  

 

In February, he directed The Soul Of Wittgenstein, which was the headliner of Omnibus Theatre's 96 Festival, and returned to the theatre in June 2018 to direct the headliner of their Summer Season, The Yellow Wallpaper.

 
 
Dave Spencer - Director (Stage & Opera)
 
Director | Producer | Writer | Theatre Maker
Directing Credits

Professional Showcases

Identity School of Acting - Director

Apr 2019 - Identity

ALL STOPS TO EAST BEDLAM by Stewart Permutt

The So & So Arts Club - Director

Apr 2019 - The So & So Arts Club

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Ruby Lawrence

Another Soup - Director

Jun 2018 - Omnibus Theatre

THE SOUL OF WITTGENSTEIN by Ron Elisha

Another Soup - Director

Feb 2018 - Omnibus Theatre

STOLEN YEARS by Peter Lantos (rehearsed reading)

The So & So Arts Club - Director

Feb 2018 - Tristan Bates Theatre

LA BOHEME by Giacomo Puccini

King's Head Theatre West End - Associate Director

Dec 2017 - Jan 2018 - Trafalgar Studios

SIX BY ONE by Tommy Kearney (staged readings)

Regent's University and The So & So Arts Club - Director

Oct 2017 - Marylebone Theatre

WINDOW by Ron Elisha

Another Soup - Director

Aug - Sep 2017 - The Bread & Roses Theatre

POSSESSION by Caroline Loncq (rehearsed reading)

The So & So Arts Club - Director

June 2017 - So & So At The Bridge

DISTORTING MIRRORS by Peter Lantos (rehearsed reading)

Embassy of Hungary - Director

Oct 2016 - Hungarian Cultural Centre

LA BOHEME by Giacomo Puccini

(dir. Adam Spreadbury-Maher) - Associate Director

Aug - Sep 2016 - King’s Head Theatre

THE SOUL OF WITTGENSTEIN by Ron Elisha

Festival 46 - Director

Jul 2016 - King’s Head Theatre

 

​THE MARVELLOUS ADVENTURES OF MARY SEACOLE by Cleo Sylvestre

(dir. Sarah Berger) - Assistant Director

Jun - Aug 2016 - So & So Arts Club (Women and War Festival)

 

FAMILY TREE by Roses Urquhart

The Night Kitchen Cabaret - Associate Director

Jun - Jul 2016 - GBS Theatre, RADA (RADA Festival 2016)

 

COSI by Louis Nowra

(dir. Wayne Harrison) - Assistant Director

Feb 2016 – March 2016 - King’s Head Theatre

 

THE LONG ROAD SOUTH by Paul Minx

(dir. Sarah Berger) - Assistant Director

King William Productions and So & So Arts Club

Nov 2015 – Jan 2016 - King’s Head Theatre

 

VICTORIAN & GAY by Bethany Greenwood and Steffi Walker

Another Soup - Director

Oct 2015 - Dec 2015 - The Hope Theatre

 

 

LOVETT + TODD by Dave Spencer and Idgie Beau

Another Soup - Director

May – Aug 2015 - King’s Head Theatre

 

DORIAN GRAY by Dave Spencer and Steffi Walker

Another Soup - Director

Jan – Apr 2015 - King’s Head Theatre

 

VICTORIAN VICES by Dave Spencer and Idgie Beau

Another Soup - Director

Jan – Sep 2014 - The Space on Niddry Street, Edinburgh

 

SWEENEY TODD & THE STRING OF PEARLS by Dave Spencer

Another Soup - Director

Jan – Jul 2013 - Indoor Market, Durham

 

VIRGINIA WOOLF'S THE WAVES by Dave Spencer

Another Soup - Director

Sep – Nov 2012 - Bede Chapel, Durham

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK by Dave Spencer

Another Soup - Director

Apr – Jul 2012 - The Empty Shop, Durham

 

SLEEPING BEAUTY by Dave Spencer

Another Soup - Director

Jan – Sep 2011 - The Space on North Bridge, Edinburgh

 

A DOLL'S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen (trans. Samuel Adamson)

Another Soup - Director

Aug – Sep 2010 - Fountains Hall, Durham

Other Theatrical Work

THE SO & SO ARTS CLUB

Co-Producer and Associate Director

Dec 2016 - present

CRY HAVOC by Tom Coash

Marketing Manager

Mar - Apr 2019 - Park Theatre

Jeannie by Aimée Stuart

Marketing Manager

Nov - Dec 2018 - Finborough Theatre

WOMEN AND WAR: EXODUS

The So & So Arts Club - Co-producer

Jul 2017 - Streatham Hill Theatre

THE CHEMSEX MONOLOGUES by Patrick Cash

Dragonflies Theatre - Producer

Aug 2016 - King's Head Theatre

WOMEN AND WAR FESTIVAL 2016

The So & So Arts Club - Associate Producer

Jun - Jul 2016 - 6 Frederick's Place

 

PHOEBE by A.C. Smith

Festival 46 - Producer

Jul 2016 - King’s Head Theatre

 

TRAINEE RESIDENT DIRECTOR PROGRAMME 

Mentor: Adam Spreadbury-Maher

Jun 2015 - present - King’s Head Theatre

 

KING'S HEAD THEATRE

Box Office Supervisor

Dec 2015 - present - King’s Head Theatre

 

COSI FAN TUTTE by Mozart

(dir. Paul Higgins) - Assistant Producer

Nov 2015 – March 2016 - King’s Head Theatre

 

NOBODY'S BUSINESS by Sylvia Freedman

(dir. John Adams) - Assistant Stage Manager

Sep – Oct 2015 - King’s Head Theatre

 

FUCKING MEN by Joe DiPietro

(dir. Geoffrey Hyland) - Assistant Stage Manager

Aug – Sep 2015 - King’s Head Theatre

 

TAKEOFF FESTIVAL

Winner of Small Size Bursary

Theatre Hullabaloo

Oct – Nov 2012 | Oct – Nov 2011 - Durham

 

THESPACEUK

Box Office Assistant

Jul - Aug 2012 - Edinburgh

 

BROADWAYBABY

Reviewer

Jul - Aug 2012 - Edinburgh

 

24:7 THEATRE FESTIVAL

Office Assistant

Mar – Apr 2011- Manchester

 

FIREBIRDS

(dir. Uwe Kohler) - Performer/collaborator/ensemble

Theatre Titanik

Jun – July 2010 - Chester-le-Street

 

OFF THE GROUND YOUTH THEATRE

Youth Tutor

Sep 2007 - Jul 2009 - West Kirby, Wirral

 

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

‘Dave Spencer’s tightly wound production features striking performances.’

JULIA RANK, The Stage, June 2018

‘A suffocating, tense atmosphere is expertly created by director Dave Spencer.’

LOUISE GILL, Everything Theatre, June 2018

‘Mr Spencer [...] doesn't put a foot wrong in bringing this moving story to life [...] I rarely feel motivated to see the same production of a show, but I would readily see this again tonight ... and perhaps even the next night.’

PETER BROWN, ActDrop, July 2016

‘Director, Dave Spencer, ensures the interaction between the two characters is constantly playful, creating a graceful harmony which lends itself to the events of the play.’

ROSIE SNELL, Scatter Of Opinion, July 2016

‘Comedy and pathos are blended perfectly in Dave Spencer’s impeccably acted production.’

STEPHEN BATES, The Reviews Hub, July 2016

‘Director Dave Spencer’s magic matches that of Saint Nicholas with this medley of narratives, portrayed seamlessly as if you were a wiseman at the scene after Virgin Mary popped out the crucifix-lounger.’

THABIAN SUTHERLAND, TheGayUK, December 2015

‘Dave Spencer has ensured that there is a clean break between the farce and their set pieces which aids their stories and the audience interaction perfectly. Spencer, much like the company, has had a lot of fun with Greenwood and Walker text and he's connected so well to the humour and sadness of the play and has kept the flow balanced.’

NIGER ASIJE, The New Current, December 2015

‘an ingenious production’

ALINE WAITES, Islington Gazette, December 2015

‘It’s usually the case in theatres above pubs that the noise from the banter downstairs creeps into the room upstairs. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a situation where the opposite was the case. Until I came out of Victorian & Gay. I am reliably informed that the audience’s laughter was loud enough that some of the punters in the bar wondered what they were missing out on. Don’t be one of them: join the party, and be assured of a Merry Christmas. “Good tidings and gin”? I’ll drink to that.’

CHRIS OMAWENG, London Theatre 1, December 2015

'Spencer, also directing, really makes sure that the pace never drops, and constantly makes sure the action never lets up, letting the cast push it with the energy of their performances; there is never a moment where the energy sags. Building in moments that interact directly with the audience certainly help, drawing on the fact that Lovett + Todd started life as a promenade production. Yet, Spencer does allow for variation as not to burn the audience out too quickly, but also to let more of the darker and more intimate moments come through, meaning that it you’re losing attention it’s not at all to do with the direction or pacing. Furthermore, Spencer’s use of some of the King’s Head Theatre’s crannies and unique set-up makes Lovett + Todd feel like a part of the space, rather than a show that’s plonked itself in.'

JAMES WAYGOOD, Grumpy Gay Critic, July 2015

'Flawless, inspired, immersive – who needs more?'

THOS RIBBITS, MusicalTalk, August 2014

'we fell into a deeper love affair with Dave Spencer's directorial decision making… Spencer left us with a piece that was both moving and unnerving.'

RACHEL MFON, EdFringeReview, August 2014

 
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