Cast & Creatives
Simon is a director, writer and producer based in Truro, Cornwall. He is the Artistic Director of o-region and Associate Artist at Hall for Cornwall and had a long Association with Cornwall’s Kneehigh Theatre.
He has experience of working at small and midscale and has toured extensively across the UK and Internationally (Ireland, USA and Australia).
As Artistic Director of o-region a theatre and film production company, he has produced and directed the original shows Laughing Gas (Darke / Grose) (05/06) and One Darke Night (2011 / 12) and The Dead Monkey by Nick Darke (2013) and Stay Brave Brian Gravy (2014) by Carl Grose, FUP (which he also wrote) (A Co-production with Kneehigh)(2016 / 2018) and HIRETH by Edward Rowe (2018) (In collaboration with Palores Productions) and MARTHUSOW HA MYSTERIS (2021) in association with HFC / Kresen Kernow
Simon is currently developing a new show WHITE HORSE an adaptation of the novel The White Horse of Zennor and other Stories by Michael Morpurgo.
Work in film includes producing the feature length films The Midnight Drives (07) by writer / director Mark Jenkin, Weekend Retreat (2011) and Brown Willy (2016) by writer / director Brett Harvey. Simon has recently produced LONG WAY BACK a new feature film by Brett Harvey. The film is due for festival and general release in 2022
For Kneehigh, Simon’s work as Director includes The Illustrated Girl (Asylum 2019) (for which he was co-writer) FUP (which he also adapted and wrote) (UK Tour / Asylum 2018 / 2016) and the Kneehigh Walk With Me Story App.
As Associate Director for Kneehigh his work includes Brief Encounter (in Association with David Pugh Ltd) (UK / American / Australian Tour / West End Run 2018) Tristan and Yseult (UK / Ireland Tour 2017), 946 (US / UK tour 2017/ Asylum Season 2016) Steptoe and Son (National Tour 2012) Midnight’s Pumpkin / The Wild Bride (Asylum season 2011), The Red Shoes (National / International tour), Hansel and Gretel (UK tour / Christmas run at the QEH Hall), Rapunzel (UK Tour / Off Braodway transfer) and Cymbeline (UK tour)
As Associate Artist of Hall for Cornwall, Simon directed the original Christmas shows Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat (2015), Jack and the Beanstalk (2016) and Sleeping Beauty (2017) (both of which he co-wrote). Simon will direct the CINDERELLA based on an original script which he has co-written in Christmas 2021.
Other directing credits include If the Shoe fits and Taste for Cscape Dance, Orpheus (Theatre Damfino), Oh Mary and Ugly Sisters (Bec Applebee), Christmas. Time (Near Ta Theatre), Wrong Doings and Wake Call’s at the Stop of Motel and Above Bored (Owdyado Theatre), ALASKA (Blackfish Theatre), Great Expectations, Dracul , The Odyssey, A Christmas Carol and The Canterbury Tales for David Mynne, The Musicians by Patrick Marber (National Theatre Connections),45 Minutes by Anya Reiss and Hellsmouth by Nick Darke, The Sad Club by Luke Barnes (National Theatre Connections) for HFC Youth Theatre and Trevithick and The Cornish Caretakers 1 and 2 and A Cornish Carol (which he co-wrote) for Kernow King / Palores Productions.GO BACK