Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
Festivities abound as Governor Leonata and her household welcome an illustrious party of princes and returning soldiers to their not-so-humble abode in Messina. In a world where secrets flow like champagne, villains and lovers will collide in what is sure to be much ado about… nothing!
This isn’t the Much Ado you’ve seen before… Shakespeare’s beloved rom-com has been revitalised for a 2022 audience with a queer central romance. What was once a battle of the sexes is more a skirmish of wits and rumours set against a backdrop of wealth and luxury. With personalities this big and gossip this scandalous, Much Ado is a Must See.
Created by Imaginaries Theatre
The Addams Family
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
A hilarious and quirky musical comedy, based on the characters of Charles Addams.
The Addams Family Musical tells the story of love and friendship through adversity, with a comical and macabre yet poignant spin.
Returning to Aotearoa and my hometown of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa to direct this musical, I worked closely with local designers and community members to bring this ghoulish musical to life. While acknowledging the incredible Addams Family cannon, my goal was to bring our own unique flavour to characters.
"From principals to ancestors each character is clearly defined from the beginning and throughout the show the performers continuously connect with one another, and the audience" - Mark Peters, The Gisborne Herald
"Belinda Campbell-directed production splatters laughs" - The Gisborne Herald
How I Met My Dead Husband
by Lansy Feng
When a determined woman chases true love, even Buddha can't stop her. Chuen-Jiau stands before family, friends and loved ones to give a eulogy for her husband Yueh. Nobody expects a story spanning four entire lifetimes. A sweet and funny cabaret funeral that'll take you on a reincarnating journey of love, confusion and hope.
The third iteration of this beautiful cabaret, I worked closely with Lansy Feng as director and dramaturg of this touching remount production.
“A stunning combination of surreal beauty and earthy reality, How I Met My Dead Husband is a top rate cabaret and shouldn’t be missed.” - What Did She Think
“the director, Belinda Campbell has a wealth of angles to draw from... Her passion and support make this beautiful art flourish.” - Weekend Notes
Ophelia Thinks Harder
by Jean Betts
The King is dead, the Queen has married his brother, the Prince is a hazard and the new King is a puppet. Meanwhile, Ophelia tries to please. Ophelia wonders why she is not enough. Ophelia is fed up, so Ophelia thinks harder. ‘How come I turned into a woman!!? Can’t I just stay a person?’ A hilarious rethink of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy – only this time Ophelia gets all the best lines.
Staging in traverse, with a striking checkerboard linking two end stages, I worked closely with designers to create a vibrant, pop-culture loaded production, supporting the rich text with 90s chart-toppers.
A Scandal in the Weimar
by Claire Bowen and Jennifer Piper
It's London, 1939. Tensions are building as war seems imminent. Lady Sherlock Holmes and Dr Jean Watson are engaged by Diana, Lady Mosley to track down Irene Adler in Berlin and retrieve sensitive information. But all is not as it seems.
In partnership with Due West Festival, our immersive production decorated Bluestone Church Arts Space in the style of a 1930's underground Kabarett, with cabaret seating and a post-show open mic. Along with supporting the skilled performers to bring out the rich characters, I worked closely with the writers to streamline dialogue and sharpen the script.
"A Scandal in the Weimar finds its origins in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story, A Scandal in Bohemia. This wit incorporated version flips gender roles and addresses issues of place.... As place is such an integral part of both the story and message, it’s pleasing to note the stand out sets." - Stage Whispers
by Hayley Lawson-Smith
This is the story of how one small break-in saved a family. Robert lives with his parents. They've been dead for years, but he's still there and nothing has changed. Then The Girl appears. On the couch. Asleep.
This absurd new Australian comedy explores the way we navigate grief, family, relationships and love – usually while saying the exact opposite of what we mean.
My first exploration of carboard sets, we slowly uncovered each item with the awakening of the central character. If I were to tackle this piece again, I would rework with my intersection-feminist values.