as a director, mainly of live literature productions, has
become central to Mark Hewitt's creative activity. He began
directing in 2006 through a 'Cultural Leadership Bursary'
awarded by the National Association of Literature
Development (NALD) for the purposes of exploring the role
of director within the sphere of performed literature, and
in particular, the emerging phenomenon of crafted live
literature 'shows'. An article about the bursary -
('Directing Live Literature') - can be seen on the
website. A first directing project, linked to the bursary,
Facing the Public,
with Irish poet Martina Evans, presented as a scratch
performance at the Lewes Live Literature Festival 2007.
Subsequent directing work include
by Anglo-Polish writer Maria Jastrzębska,
Weight: three stories about secrets
by Catherine Smith,
The Pied Piper of Londinium
(co-directed with John Agard for Crosspath Theatre),
by Bernadette Cremin and
by Martina Evans.
Martina Evans, rehearsal at Westgate Chapel, Lewes (2006) /
Catherine Smith performing in Weight (2010)
Below: Poster for café performance of Dementia Diaries