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Imogen Frances

Consent Workshop, led by Imogen Frances, Benedict Smith & Annabel Morley. Photography by Annabel Morley.

Director

Imogen most recently directed Tell Me Straight by Paul Bradshaw.

“Sharp and witty text, precise design, seamless direction and masterful performances” -  London Pub Theatre

Imogen is Associate Director of Chaskis Theatre. During the summer of 2020 the company ran an Online Actor Training program. Then, in early 2021 Chaskis were commissioned by Rose Bruford College to run an Online Scene Studies project with BA (Hons) Actors and Actor Musicians. Online training, delivered at a distance, but brimming with connection and independent artistic growth.


She works as a visiting lecturer and director at Rose Bruford College, and has directed Spring Awakening, Rocket To The Moon and The Crucible with the first year students. 

As a director, Imogen is particularly interested in stories which champion empathy. She is passionate about narratives which advocate for social change, developing personal resilience, and the healing of trauma. They are continuously drawn to stories which delve into sexuality, love, intimacy & connection, and she strives to prioritise queer-centric narratives.

“Taut direction from Imogen Frances” -  Broadway World

“This is the type of honest and stripped back theatre you should be watching ” -  Pocket Size Theatre

To find out more about this play, please read her guest blog written for Broadway World.

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Imogen Frances

A two-act play, written & directed by Paul Bradshaw, movement directed by Imogen Frances.

A semi-autobiographical family drama set in London. It centres around Billy, a white working-class boy that gets a scholarship to a prestigious sixth form college. It focuses on how he navigates his new school life and how the pressures from his family and estate life affect this opportunity. As well as being a play about class/identity the central story is a love story between Billy and Yousef, a Muslim boy from his sixth form. It focuses on family, loyalty, the class divide, London, sexuality and friendship.

Two Cities received its first premier workshop performance at the Criterion Theatre in 2019, and is set to have further movement workshop sessions in May 2021, with the play reaching full production later this year, into early 2022. Imogen has been collaborating with Paul in order to discover how the play might move and breathe. How Billy’s dreams might affect the way he tumbles through his reality, how moving between his estate life and college life might feel like he’s in conflict with himself, and how, for these two young boys to accept their sexuality in communities which don’t support them, might feel like death, or… being reborn.

Two Cities

Two Cities movement workshop, led by Imogen Frances. Photography by Rebecca Rayne

Imogen Frances

A one-act play written by Paul Bradshaw, directed by Imogen Frances.

Dani is done with Him and all his bullsh*t! He needs to ‘fix up and get him some rainbow flag waving D’. She’s heard it all – Soldiers. Chefs. Osama (not that one). He’s been through the lot of them and they’ve got one thing in common: they’re all straight. He has a plan: 30 days. NO BOOZE. NO FAST FOOD. NO SHAGGING. But like buses… ‘It’s like I’m a beacon. Some gay lighthouse on the curious shoreline and these straights squint from the distant sea and drift towards me.’

Bradshaw’s tell me straight is an explosive one-act play which follows Him trying to break this cycle. Will Him finally listen to Dani, or constantly get sucked in by the straightest of dicksand?

A semi-autobiographical, one-act, two-hander. Tell Me Straight follows Him as he continually attracts straight/curious men with mostly disastrous results. Set in London, exploring the contemporary lives of gay, bisexual and curious men, the piece tackles issues including mental health, friendship, sexuality and consent.

Tell Me Straight

Tell Me Straight by Paul Bradshaw, directed by Imogen Frances at The King’s Head Theatre, 2021. Photography by Danny Kaan.

2022

Director & Intimacy Director

Spring Awakening, by Frank Wedekind

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Rose Bruford College

2022

Director

Tell Me Straight, by Paul Bradshaw

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Chiswick Playhouse

2021

Director

Tell Me Straight, by Paul Bradshaw

Gartland Productions

The King's Head

2021

Director

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

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Rose Bruford College

2020

Director

A Rocket To The Moon, by Clifford Odets

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Rose Bruford College

2020

R&D Co-Director w/ Paul Bradshaw

Two Cities, by Paul Bradshaw

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The Criterion

2020

Assistant Director to Glenn Tillin

Macbeth, by William Shakespeare

The Quarter Too Ensemble

The Churchill Theatre

2019

Director

Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov (in a version by Benedict Andrews)

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Rose Bruford College

2019

Assistant Director to Raymi Ortuste Quiroga

La Realidad, by Denise Despeyroux

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The Cervantes Theatre

2018

Assistant Director to Glenn Tillin

The Owl and The Pussycat

The Quarter Too Ensemble

The Churchill Theatre

2016

Assistant Director to David Zoob

Shakespeare Scenes for the Sam Wanamaker Festival

Rose Bruford College

The Globe

2015

Co-Director w/ Annabel Morley

Eight, by Ella Hickson

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The White Bear Theatre

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