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Naomi has worked regularly with the Donmar Warehouse and their education team. Directing their young actors, she has created an impressive body of work for the theatre's Take the Stage and Tomorrow Projects.
Her most recent work with the company has been with their Shakespeare Trilogy season, where she was the ‘go to’ practitioner for her accessible style of introducing students to the plays Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest. She then directed ensemble groups of young women in who devised new work exploring the themes of ambition, betrayal and revenge combining Shakespeare’s text with contemporary rhythms on the Donmar’s stage at Kings Cross in This Island's Mine.
Naomi was invited to work on Les Liaisons Dangereuses with A Level and BTEC performers, to examine the games which people play knowingly or otherwise and the notion of an all-consuming love. These ideas were explored using highly stylised ensemble movement and new writing, creating two distinctive and powerful pieces for a public performance.
Naomi's enthusiasm and her appreciation of young people's ideas, were a vital part of Phyllida Lloyd's internationally acclaimed production of Julius Caesar. She directed drama students in developing their own responses to this innovative and wildly energetic interpretation, resulting in their own performances at the Donmar Warehouse staged within the worlds of the female mobster and game changer.
She has also worked on The Tomorrow Project, exploring the thoughts and opinions of tomorrow's leaders for the future. They discussed ideas about education and NHS, money and wealth, the human body and the future of the world. Using the young actors ideas, Naomi created new plays culminating in a season of performances hosted by the Donmar Warehouse.
"Her creativity, hard work, and infectious enthusiasm inspired and challenged the young people that she worked with, and helped them in developing confident, imaginative performances, which responded brilliantly to the themes of the project. It was wonderful to work with a practitioner so dedicated to delivering excellent, inclusive and stimulating work with young people."
Sam Maynard - Education Manager, the Donmar Warehouse