Directing

17 to 21 May 2022
Studio 77, Victoria University Wellington
Royal-Tea Productions

Directed by Lori Leigh
Assistant Directed by Belinda Campbell


Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

SYNOPSIS

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.


25 to 29 Jan 2022
BATS Theatre
Six Degrees Festival

Directed by Belinda Campbell

Performed by Anna Barker, Zoe Christall, Dylan Hutton, Daniel Nodder.

Paper Jam

Created by Imaginaries Theatre

SYNOPSIS

Sal's totally broke and caught in a whirlwind of work. Things are bound to get better soon, right? Not today! Not only have we run out of company saliva, but Graham’s on about Cockburn again! Till an old friend returns... Biscuit. Has Sal finally had too many cups of coffee? Why has the floor turned to lava? In another reality, there’s a PAPER JAM.


DETAILS

The final project in my Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice), Paper Jam is a devised work that included Touch tours, Integrated Audio Description, Relaxed Performance, and NZSL Interpretation. Along with directing this highly collaborative project, I assisted with producing, marketing, publicity, creating accessible content and leading work that valued accessibility and environmental sustainability throughout.

REVIEWS

"From this joyful and thoughtful production, it’s clear that Wellington theatre’s next generation of creatives is in great form." - Tanya Piejus, Regional News

INTERVIEWS

With Simon Howard at Wellington Access Radio - Arts and Theatre (16:50).

11 to 19 Dec 2020
Lawson Field Theatre
Produced by
Musical Theatre Gisborne

Directed by Belinda Campbell

Performed by community members of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa .

The Addams Family

Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice

SYNOPSIS

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.

DETAILS

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.

REVIEWS

"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

22 Aug - 7 Sept 2019
Bluestone Church Arts Space
Produced by Wit Incorporated

Directed by Belinda Campbell

Written and performed by Lansy Feng

How I Met My Dead Husband

by Lansy Feng

SYNOPSIS

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.

DETAILS

The third iteration of this beautiful cabaret, I worked closely with Lansy Feng as director and dramaturg of this touching remount production.

REVIEWS

“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

9 to 24 November 2018
Bluestone Church Arts Space
Produced by Wit Incorporated

Directed by Belinda Campbell

Performed by Sarah Clarke, Ruby Lauret, Matt Tester, Leigh Scully, Lansy Feng, Aimee Marich, Artemis Munro, Sam Anderson and Jennifer Piper

Ophelia Thinks Harder

by Jean Betts

SYNOPSIS

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.

DETAILS

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.

REVIEWS

“Betts’s play, wonderfully directed by Belinda Campbell…“ - Milk Bar Mag

“Belinda Campbell directs the performance of “Ophelia Thinks Harder” and once you see the show I’m sure you’ll agree she does a stellar job.” - Tay Around Town


A Scandal in the Weimar

by Claire Bowen and Jennifer Piper

SYNOPSIS

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.

DETAILS

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.

REVIEWS

"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

12 to 27 Feb 2016
Bluestone Church Arts Space
Produced by Wit Incorporated

Directed by Belinda Campbell

Performed by Mark Salvestro, Jennifer Piper, Jessica Lawrence and Luke Styles.

Couch Potato

by Hayley Lawson-Smith

SYNOPSIS

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.

DETAILS

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.