GSC’s Rude Mechanicals

GSC's Rude Mechanicals is our weekly podcast, where we catch up with one of the creative team from our productions. We'll find out how directors prepare, where designers start, what goes into directing a fight, choreography, vocal coaching and more.

Discover what actually happens to bring a GSC show to life.

Week Ten: Director, CAROLINE DEVLIN

Our final cinversation in this series is with the creative genius of Caroline Devlin. Caroline has directed some of GSC's most memorable shows including Hamlet, King Lear, Henry V and both Merry Wives of Windsor. Here she talks about her route to directing, her processes and many wonderful GSC memories.

Week Nine: Audio Describer, KERRY ELKINS

Kerry has been delivering our award-winning Audio Description service for the blind and visually impaired since 2012. An invaluable service to those who live with sight loss, enabling them to enjoy the same theatrical experience as the rest of the audience. Find out what goes into making this happen and how long it takes to prepare for just one performance.

Week Eight: Deputy Stage Manager, ELAINE YEUNG

Elaine is a freelance Deputy Stage Manager, who's first job with us was in 2010 on our first production of Romeo & Juliet. Since then she's continued to work with whilst also being DSM for the London Palladium Panto, QDOS, Royal Opera House and many UK and international tours. Meet the wonderful Elaine below!

Week Seven:Voice & Vocal Coach, STERRE MAIER

Sterre is a professional Voice and Vocal Coach who has been working with us since 2016. It's Sterre's job to make sure you can hear us and that we are speaking with clarity and confidence. Harder than you might think in our many varied venues! Voice is Sterre's passion, and it's not just all about theatre, as you'll discover in our chat...

Week Six: Choreographer, CHRIS WHITTAKER

Chris worked on both our open-air shows last summer, and our 2017 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. His extensive career includes The Savoy and Arts Theatre (West End), Civic Theatre Chelmsford, Barbican Plymouth, and many many pantos!

Week Five: Costume Designer, ANETT BLACK

Anett has worked on almost all our shows since 2014, and in many capacities! As Costume Designer, Supervisor and as an Assistant and Associate Designer. Her she talks about how she got started in costume design, her experiences with other theatre companies and some of her favourite moments with GSC.

Week Four: Director TOM LITTLER

Tom has directed six of our shows, including the most recent All's Well That Ends Well.

His productions have gained numerous Critics’ Choice and OffWestEnd Awards, for which he has been nominated eight times as Best Director. He was Associate Director of Theatre503 from 2012-2016 and Artistic Director of Primavera for ten years. He was Associate Director of the Peter Hall Company and worked several times as Trevor Nunn’s associate director. Tom also teaches English Literature at Cambridge University. He is currently the Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre in Piccadilly, London.

Week Three: Fight Director PHILIP d'ORLEANS

Philip has been creating our stage fights since 2008 and has worked on 19 of our shows, including the most recent, Macbeth.

His work has taken him all over the world, and has created fight sequences for the RSC, Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Opera House. His work has also been seen on the silver screen in King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (Warner Bros); Pan (Warner Bros); The Knife That Killed Me (Universal). Philip is an Equity Registered Fight Director, and a fight examiner for the BASSC.  He also teaches at RADA and Drama Studio London.


Charlotte has part of the GSC family for over 10 years. Her first show with us was The Taming of the Shrew in 2009. Since then she has gone on to direct some of our best loved shows including Grimms' Fairy Tales, both Romeo & Juliets, Measure for Measure, Alice in Wonderland, and our most recent Macbeth.

Her work elsewhere includes West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Creation Theatre, resident director for The National Theatre and early in her career she was assistant director at the RSC.

Week One: Sound Designer MATT EATON

From the crackling gramophone in Love's Labour's Lost to the downright scary soundscape in our recent Macbeth, Matt has worked on almost all of GSC's shows since 2011, Hamlet being his first. In March this year he won the Off West End Award for Best Sound Designer at the OFFIES for our 2019 production of All's Well That Ends, at Jermyn Street Theatre. Matt has worked all over the world designing sound for theatre, and he is also a composer and has his own band PRAM.

Meet Matt...


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