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Ria Parry


Ria is a theatre director and Joint Artistic Director of Iron Shoes, an alumni Associate Company at the Bush Theatre.

Her last production, THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN, opened at the Greenwich Theatre in March 2016 before touring the UK. Prior to that her production of JANE WENHAM, THE WITCH OF WALKERN, a new play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, opened at Watford Palace Theatre in September 2015 before a UK tour, produced by Out of Joint, Watford Palace Theatre and the Arcola Theatre, in associated with Eastern Angles.

BIKE by Katherine Mitchell runs in the Salberg Studio at Salisbury Playhouse this autumn.

Ria will also revive her production of THE GIRL WHO NEVER LOOKED UP for the National Theatre Learning department this month following a successful run last spring.

Last year Ria directed Chris Thompson’s ALBION at the Bush Theatre. She also directed THE GIRL WHO NEVER LOOKED UP for the National Theatre Learning for Early Years audiences.

Past work includes ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson at Salisbury Playhouse, THE WINTER’S TALE: RE-IMAGINED at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, DR KORCZAK’S EXAMPLE by David Greig at the Unicorn Theatre, TALES OF WINTER at the Southbank Centre, created in collaboration with Mary King, FEN by Caryl Churchill at the Finborough Theatre, CRUSH by Paul Charlton at the Edinburgh Fringe & UK National Tour, REWIND at the Young Vic and a young people’s production of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR also at the Young Vic.

For Iron Shoes, Ria directed the sell-out UK national tour of the critically acclaimed MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Gbolahan Obisesan in 2012, including performances at the Young Vic, Bush Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

Ria has won two Scotsman Fringe First Awards (MAD ABOUT THE BOY 2011 and CRUSH 2009) and was awarded the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Directors in 2010/11, becoming Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio.


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