Work as a director of live literature and literary theatre productions has become central to MCH’s creative practice. He began directing in 2006 following a 'Cultural Leadership Bursary' awarded by the National Association of Literature Development (NALD) to study the role of the director within the sphere of performed literature, and in particular, the emerging phenomenon of crafted live literature 'shows'. A first directing project, linked to the bursary, was Facing the Public, with Irish poet Martina Evans, presented as a scratch performance at the Lewes Live Literature Festival 2007. Subsequent directing work includes: Dementia Diaries by Anglo-Polish writer Maria Jastrzębska; Weight: three stories about secrets by Catherine Smith; Altered Egos by Bernadette Cremin, Zones of Avoidance by Maggie Sawkins and Puff by John Agard.
Top: Bernadette Cremin in Altered Egos / Tim Barlow in Maria Jastrzębska’s Dementia Diaries
Middle: Catherine Smith in Weight (2010)
Below: Maggie Sawkins in Zones of Avoidance (2013)