Nicola Haydn

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Nicola Haydn is an actress, director and playwright from Brighton.

Her one-woman plays include 'Up the Duff', about a young girl grappling with possible pregnancy, and biographical play 'Janis' about the life of Janis Joplin.

For her performance in 'Janis', she won 'Best Performer' in the 2009 Brighton Festival Fringe, and was nominated for 'Best Solo Performance' in 2009 The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence.[1]

Directing Credits include: 'Hamlet' (2007 Brighton Fringe - winner Argus Angel), 'The Importance of Being Earnest' at The Grand Hotel (2010 Brighton Fringe - winner Argus Angel), 'The Open Couple' (2011 Brighton Fringe), 'Arnold Wesker's The Mistress' (Brighton Fringe 2012), 'The Marlowe Papers' (Otherplace at The Basement, The Warren at Brighton Fringe 2015 and Brighton Open Air Theatre 2015).

Nicola ran the Brighton fringe theatre and comedy venue Upstairs at Three and Ten up from 2008 - 2014. Upstairs at Three and Ten twice won best venue in Brighton Fringe Awards, as well as 'best comedy venue in the south' at the Chortle Awards. She previously ran theatre venue 'The Marlborough' (2005 - 2007).

Nicola is the Artistic Director of Otherplace Productions alongside co-directors Tom Arr-Jones, Joshua Carr and Richard Carter.

In 2012 Otherplace Productions created The Warren - a pop-up venue for Brighton Fringe. It won Best Venue at the Fringe Awards that year.

The Warren now houses four theatres, two bars, a coffee shop and a kids' area The Den and is the largest venue at Brighton Fringe. For Brighton Fringe 2018 the venue was home to 186 visiting companies, creating the real hub and heart of Brighton Fringe.

The Warren's three studio theatre spaces have been designed by Otherplace Infrastructure.

Nicola is currently directing 'The Cheeseboard Predicament' by Tom Akehurst for Halcyon Productions. The play can be seen at Brighton Open Air Theatre on August 25–27, 2018. Cast includes: Sally Best, Sian Hutchinson, Jamie Martin and Jonathan Rice. Original music by James Smith.

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  1. ^ "2009 Nominees - The Stage - Edinburgh". The Stage. Archived from the original on 26 September 2009.