Kirsty Patrick Ward

Director

Agent

Jonathan Kinnersley
Agent

Simon Blakey
  • +44 207 908 0977

Kirsty is a Director and Dramaturg and took part in the National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. She has been shortlisted for the JP Morgan Emerging Directors award and was a finalist for the JMK Young Directors award.

Her production MANIC STREET CREATURE received glowing reviews and won a Fringe First, Stage Edinburgh award, and The Mental Health Fringe award in 2022. She was also Dramaturg on SHEBEEN which won the 2017 Alfred Fagon Award.

She has just written and directed her first short film ‘KITE STRINGS’ and is pursuing other TV projects.

In 2023, Kirsty directed STRIKE! at Southwark Playhouse: ‘What is most striking about Strike! is the sophistication of Kirsty Patrick Ward’s direction’  (The Guardian)

In 2020, Kirsty revived Ron Hutchinson’s hit comedy MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS at the Nottingham Playhouse.

In 2019 Kirsty opened the world premiere production of Mischief Theatre’s GROAN UPS at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. The production has since toured the UK in 2021, and was been produced internationally in 2022.

Notable previous productions include Kirsty’s revival of her own hit production of Joy Wilkinson’s play THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING at Wilton’s Music Hall. After receiving four stars from The Times and five stars from The Daily Express and being nominated for an Off West End Award for Best New Play during its initial run at the Southwark Playhouse, it has gone on to receive a number of four and five star reviews.

Prior to that her, show CHEF, written by Sabrina Mahfouz, ran at the Soho Theatre in 2015 and starred Jade Anouka. During its run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014, it was announced as one of the first six winners of a Scotsman Fringe First Awards and received rave reviews.

Projects include:

MANIC STREET CREATURE – 2022/2023
by Maimuna Memon
Director
Southwark Playhouse / Summerhall /Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022
Winner of Scotsman Fringe First award, Mental Health Fringe award 2022
★★★★  The Guardian  ★★★★  The Stage  ★★★★  The Independent

STRIKE! – 2023
by Tracy Ryan 
Director
Southwark Playhouse
★★★★  Times

GROAN UPS – 2019 & 2021
by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer 
Director
Vaudeville Theatre / UK Tour 2021
★★★★  Sunday Times  ★★★★  Daily Mail  ★★★★  The Telegraph

MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS 2020
by Ron Hutchinson
Director
Nottingham Playhouse
★★★★  Daily Mail

SPIDERFLY – 2019
 by John Webber
Director
Produced by Metal Rabbit Productions
Theatre 503
★★★★  The Guardian

THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING – 2018/2019
 by Joy Wilkinson
Director
Southwark Playhouse & Wilton’s Music Hall
★★★★  The Times  ★★★★  Daily Express

THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY (UK & IRELAND TOUR) – 2018 to 2019
by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer
Director
Co-production with Birmingham Rep & Kenny Wax Ltd, Touring the UK & Ireland

TABLE – 2017
by Tanya Ronder
Director
3rd Year Acting Company / Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts / Sennheiser Studio Theatre

THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY – 2017/2018
by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer 
Associate Director
Criterion Theatre, West End
★★★★★ The Times   ★★★★★ Sunday Telegraph

EXACTLY LIKE YOU – 2016/2017
by Lotte Rice
Director
Winner: Festival Spirit Award, Vaults Festival
Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe 2016 / The Cage, Vaults Festival
★★★★ The Scotsman

SNOW WHITE – 2012 & 2016
by Lee Sutton 
Co-Devisor & Director
The Old Vic Theatre / Educational Schools Tour 2012 & 2016

CHEF – 15th June to 4th July 2015
by Sabrina Mahfouz
Director
Winner: Fringe First 2014
Soho Theatre
‘A nuanced, deeply moving story…vigorous, subtly political work.’ ★★★★ The Times
★★★★ The Scotsman   ★★★★★ The Independent

NFTS 3rd YEAR SCREENWRITERS GRADUATION & FIRST YEAR PLAYS – 2015 to 2017
Director
The National Film and Television School / Soho Theatre

PRESENT LAUGHTER – 2016
by Noel Coward Associate Director to Stephen Unwin
Bath Theatre Royal / Regional Tour

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED – 2016
by Bryony Lavery
Associate Director to Damian Cruden
York Theatre Royal / Regional Tour

ARCADIA – 2015
by Tom Stoppard
Assistant Director to Blanche McIntyre
English Touring Theatre & ATG, UK Tour

OTHELLO – March 2015
by William Shakespeare
Assistant Director to Bill Buckhurst on the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production.
Shakespeare’s Globe

COMETS – 2014
by Miriam Battye
Director     
Winner of the Ideastap SUMMER 2014 BRIEF
Undeb Theatre, Latitude Festival / Festival No 6
 
KING LEAR – 2013 / 14
by William Shakespeare 
Assistant Director to Bill Buckhurst
Shakespeare’s Globe 

EVITA Musical – 2014
by Andrew Lloyd Webber & lyrics by Tim Rice
Co-Director
MT4uth, T13, Belfast
 
PEOPLE LIKE US – 2012
by Jake Brunger
Director
Pleasance Theatre, London
 
A WRITERS RESPONSE TO ‘CHAVS’ – 2012
by Owen Jones
Director & Producer
‘Waifs + Strays’, Lyric Hammersmith/ Latitude Festival
 
OUR NEW GIRL – 2012
by Nancy Harris 
Assistant Director to Charlotte Gwinner
The Bush Theatre, London

24 HOUR PLAYS: CELEBRITY GALA– 2011/ 2013
Assistant Director to Michael Buffong & Simon Godwin
Old Vic Theatre, London

BUNNY – 2010 & 2011
by Jack Thorne
Assistant Director to Joe Murphy
Winner: Fringe First Award 2010
Underbelly Edinburgh / Soho Upstairs / 59E59 Theatre, New York / Regional Tour

 

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