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Ria Parry


Ria is a theatre director and Joint Artistic Director of Iron Shoes.

Recent productions include Island Nation by Christine Bacon for Ice and Fire at the Arcola Theatre, and the national tour of Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, produced by Out of Joint, Watford Palace and the Arcola Theatre, in association with Eastern Angles.

Past work includes Bike by Katherine Mitchell and On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson (Salisbury Playhouse), The Girl Who Never Looked Up (National Theatre), Albion by Chris Thompson (Bush Theatre), The Winter’s Tale Re-Imagined (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Dr Korczak’s Example by David Greig (Unicorn Theatre), Tales of Winter (created in collaboration with Mary King for the Southbank Centre), Fen by Caryl Churchill (Finborough Theatre).

Ria regularly makes work with young people and emerging artists. Past work for the Young Vic includes a devised show with young refugees entitled Rewind, and a young people’s production of King Lear; and Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice and Spring Awakening for Lamda.

For Iron Shoes Ria directed the UK national tour of the critically acclaimed Mad About The Boy by Gbolahan Obisesan, including performances at the Young Vic, Bush Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

Ria has won two Scotsman Fringe First Awards for Mad About The Boy by Gbolahan Obisesan and Crush by Paul Charlton. She was awarded the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Directors in 2010 by the National Theatre, becoming Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio.