Claudette Bryanston

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Claudette Bryanston is an English theatre director and practitioner of applied drama.[1][2]


Bryanston has an MA in Contemporary Performance from Middlesex University.[3]

In 1983 she co-founded Classworks Theatre Company, Cambridge.[4] Classworks was initially the first youth theatre in Cambridge, meeting at the ADC Theatre[5] and securing the first patronage given by HRH Prince Edward Earl of Wessex.[6] Its productions toured to Germany, Finland, Poland and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[7] In 1988 it won the first ever award given by The Independent for Best Production with The Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov.[8]

Bryanston is the Artistic Director of Santé Theatre and Media company[9] which she founded in 2000. In 2003 she was appointed a Senior Research Fellow in Creativity and Performance at the Institute of Health at the University of Warwick.[10] From November 2008 to June 2009 she was also the Warwick University/Royal Shakespeare Company Fellow in Creativity and Performance.[11]

She was appointed Guest Director of the Master in Fine Arts in stage direction programme at Boston University in America[12] and has published academic articles on the practice of applied theatre.[13] She has worked closely with the English playwright Edward Bond, from whom she commissioned the play "The Children", directing its first performance in 2000.[14] She has also worked with English writers Mike Kenny[15] and Robin French[16] and American playwright Deborah Lake Fortson.[17][18] Bryanston has also been commissioned to direct productions by the Coventry Belgrade Theatre[19] which is well-known for developing the practice of theatre in education, and in the community.[20]

Bryanston's stage direction has been described as "visually incisive" by The Sunday Times and "extraordinary and impressive" by The Guardian.[21]


  1. ^ Théâtre, la Montagne Magique (2001). Questions de Théâtre : le théâtre et les enseignants. France: Théâtre, la Montagne Magique. p. 38. ISBN 2872823166.
  2. ^ "Theatre review: Passing On at Rosemary Branch Theatre". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  3. ^ Praticiens et pédagogues du théâtre (1999). Théâtre Éducation au-delà des frontières. France: Lansman Editeur. p. 129. ISBN 9782872 822928.
  4. ^ "History – Classworks Theatre". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  5. ^ "History – Classworks Theatre". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  6. ^ Emma.Goodey (2015-11-13). "The Earl of Wessex". The Royal Family. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  7. ^ "History – Classworks Theatre". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  8. ^ "Classworks Theatre Company". Mandy Actors UK. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  9. ^ "Meet the STAMP Team". Santé Theatre and Media Productions. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  10. ^ "Claudette Bryanston". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  11. ^ "Warwick/RSC Fellows in Creativity and Performance". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  12. ^ "Wind in the Willows: Creative Team | Albany Theatre". Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  13. ^ Bryanston, Claudette (January 2006). "Use of applied theatre in health research dissemination and data validation: a pilot study from South Africa". HEALTH. 10: 10(1): 31–45. doi:10.1177/1363459306058985 – via {{cite journal}}: External link in |via= (help)
  14. ^ Davis, David (2005). Edward Bond and the Dramatic Child : Edward Bond's plays for Young people. UK and USA: Trentham Books. p. 153. ISBN 1858563127.
  15. ^ "Nottingham Lakeside Arts". Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  16. ^ "Claudette Bryanston". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  17. ^ "HISTORY". bodyandsold. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  18. ^ "ABOUT". bodyandsold. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  19. ^ BBC. "Gilgamesh". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  20. ^ "About the Belgrade". Belgrade Theatre. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  21. ^ "Wind in the Willows: Creative Team | Albany Theatre". Retrieved 2019-05-24.