Thanks for coming to this web page. My name is Alan Lyddiard. I’m a theatre director.
Over the last 40 years my work has been seen in London, Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Amsterdam and New York as well as many other cities throughout Europe and the United Kingdom
I am currently Artistic Director of The Performance Ensemble a company of performers aged 60 and over. The ensemble starts its work from within a community setting and develops productions over a year long process. It occupies the space in between Community, Amateur and Professional Arts, flourishing in the places where these sectors meet, taking the best aspects of all three of them. Our latest work in Anniversary in a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse
I worked for the homeless charity Cyrenians (now called Changing Lives) as Creative Producer of their Arts and Media Programme at a Homeless Hostel in Newcastle upon Tyne where I devised and directed a number of community based film and theatre presentations.
From 1992 to 2005 I was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne. A building based Theatre Company producing, presenting and developing participatory projects throughout the year.
I established an Ensemble Performing Company based at the theatre that toured nationally and internationally with productions including ‘Animal Farm’ (Spain, France, Israel, Holland and throughout the UK) ‘1984’ (Spain, France and throughout the UK) and ‘Clockwork Orange’ toured throughout the UK for five years.
I established an impressive international programme at Northern Stage starting with ‘The Man Who …’ , devised and directed by Peter Brooks in April 2004. This kick-started a range of theatre productions coming to Newcastle from other world-class directors including, Lev Dodin, Robert Lepage, Calixto Bieito, Yukio Ninagawa, Simon McBurney, Alain Platel and many more, all of whom ran workshops and become teachers/advisors/mentors to the resident Ensemble Company, over a 10 year period, when they visited Newcastle.
Lev Dodin, in particular, become closely associated with the company as a senior mentor and teacher/advisor.