BBC Sport's Get Inspired in Offside rehearsals

August 02, 2017

BBC Sport joined us in rehearsals last week to continue to tell the story of Emma Clark, Britain first know black female footballer in the late 19th Century. Offside will be at the Edinburgh Festival throughout August 2017.

Re-staging of The Island

April 03, 2017

Diane is currently in rehearsals on The Island, a co-production with Theatre Chipping Norton and the Dukes Lancaster, directed by John Terry.  It tours the UK from April to June 2017.

Women's football in focus with Offside

February 27, 2017

Following on from research and development in 2014 and 2015, Offside goes into full production for a UK tour.  It takes the hidden history of women's football to the fore.  Diane will be providing the movement vocabulary of the football games and the physical language of the storytelling.

Dance, music and circus in Roundelay

January 25, 2017

Diane is joining forces with director Anna Ledwich and writer Sonja Linden for Visible Ensemble. Working with a company of older performers, Roundelay is a heady mix of music, dance and circus.  It is inspired by the classic late 19th century play, La Ronde, by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler.

The Diverse Bard

August 15, 2016

Diane has contributed a chapter, 'Dancing Since Strapped to Their Mother's Backs: Movement Directing on the RSC's African Julius Caesar' in the new publication, Shakespeare, Race and Performance: The Diverse Bard. The cover image is from the RSC's 2015 production of Othello on which Diane movement directed.

They Drink It In The Congo

July 03, 2016

Diane is teaming up with writer Adam Brace and director Michael Longhurst on They Drink It In The Congo, opening at the Almeida Theatre in August 2016.  

Marvin Gaye's last days

May 08, 2016

As Associate Movement Director, Diane is beginning work on SOUL, a new co-production from Royal and Derngate and Hackney Empire.  It follows the days leading up to the death of celebrated soul singer, Marvin Gaye.

Grace: A Youth Musical

April 09, 2016

GRACE is a collaboration between New Wimbledon Theatre, Merton Music Foundation and local charity WCTT in the London Borough of Merton.  Diane is choreographing and developing the movement for this unique, new musical working with 150+ local young people.

Quadrophenia Immersive Experience

February 11, 2016

Diane has been working on bringing to life a live immersive cinematic event of the film, Quadrophenia for Hogarth Productions and AEG Live.  With director Edmund Harcourt, Diane will help to create live re-enactments of key moments in the cult classic during its screening at Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.

The Emperor Jones at LOST Theatre

October 09, 2015

Diane has recently developed the movement vocabulary with the ensemble cast of The Emperor Jones by Eugene O'Neill.  It is a LOST Theatre and Aaron Anthony Wallace co-production, directed by Ursula Campbell.

Offside at Summer Festivals

June 17, 2015

Offside is a new play by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish, with composition by Lilian Henry and movement by Diane. Development work began with Futures Theatre in 2014, and a reworked rehearsed reading is off to Hotbed Festival and LFest in July 2015.  It heralds the untold stories and history of women's football.

Klippies

April 30, 2015

Diane is movement directing on Klippies at Southwark Playhouse.  A new play by South African writer Jessica Siãn and directed by Chelsea Walker.

Spring at the RSC

March 02, 2015

Diane returns to the RSC in Spring 2015 to work on Othello. The RSC will be casting its first black Iago, Games of Thrones actor Lucian Msamati who will play alongside Hugh Quarshie as Othello.

What is a Movement Director?

October 30, 2014

What is a Movement Director is a National Theatre film explaining the key differences between movement direction and choreography and how movement develops its own theatrical language in performance. It features contributions from Diane, Kate Flatt, Imogen Knight and Joseph Alford.

How Nigeria Became

September 15, 2014

Diane is currently working on the movement and choreography for How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn't Work at the Unicorn Theatre.  A children's play for 8+ years with a live chicken!

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

July 20, 2014

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama kindly used a testimonial from Diane to help promote its MA Movement: Directing and Teaching course as part of its newly designed website.  Diane studied on the course under its original name MA Movement Studies and is now one of its Visiting Lecturers.

Upcoming Production

May 06, 2014

Diane will be Assistant Choreographer on the upcoming production of Porgy and Bess at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, directed by Timothy Sheader.

Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund Award

June 30, 2014

Diane has achieved another award through The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund and Dance UK. The Choreographer to Choreographer Awards: supporting artists to support each other benefits the ten choreographers who took part in the Dance UK Choreographic Observerships, enabling them to spend more time with a choreographer of their choice. Diane will continue her work with Liam Steel on the upcoming production of Porgy and Bess at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

We Are Proud to Present .....

February 19, 2014

Diane is currently in rehearsals at the Bush Theatre on We Are Proud to Present a Presentation of the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.  A big title and a bold play.

RSC Workshop

January 15, 2014

Diane has had a great start to 2014 workshopping the Merchant of Venice at the RSC with a fabulous cast.  She teamed up with Ben Park and Paterson Joseph as creative partners.

Dance UK Award

July 19, 2013

Diane has been awarded the 2013 Dance UK's Choreographers Observership which will offer her time with acclaimed theatre director, choreographer and movement director Liam Steel, to help develop her choreographic and movement directing practice and build a deeper understanding of different working processes and environments.  

Italia Conti students prepare for Edinburgh Fringe

May 16, 2013

Diane has been spending time working with second year BA Acting students at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.  Two great plays - The Laramie Project and Vernon God Little - and two great casts, directed by Kate Colgrave-Pope.  The students will be taking these plays to The Space UK on Niddry Street at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

Julius Caesar off to the US!

April 01, 2013

Diane is back in rehearsals with the RSC as the cast of Julius Caesar prepare to head off to New York and Ohio for its US tour.

Dance UK's Featured Choreographer

October 30, 2012

Following an interview with Dance UK, Diane was the featured choreographer for October 2012.  She discusses working on The Island at the Young Vic Theatre and taking part in Dance UK's Choreographers Observerships which gives dance artists the chance to learn from each other to develop their craft.  

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