Jennie Buckman founded Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Theatre Company in 2008 after leaving the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) where she had taught acting for over 20 years, latterly as the Head of Acting. She has also worked at the National Theatre, RSC, Guildhall School of Speech and Drama, and many other drama schools. Jennie developed Giants method of working whilst a director with Common Stock Theatre in the 1980’s.
Jennie is also an established playwright. She has written for theatre, TV, RADA, and has had many plays produced by BBC Radio 4 as well as countless episodes of Westway for BBC World Service.
For Giants she has written Pandora, SNAFU (updated to FUBAR in 2016) and Piece of Silk, and Never going to Beat You in collaboration with The Traveller Movement, and Flaming Damp a bespoke training package with Lambeth Living. Jennie is presently working on Lilith for production in 2018. Jennie is represented by Laura Rourke at Independent Talent.
Tania Azevedo is a theatre maker and graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and the King’s Head Theatre. She’s currently the Artistic Director of award-winning Play Pen Productions, which recently produced LaChiusa’s Hello Again at the Hope Theatre and Associate Director for Standing on the Shoulders of Giants for whom she recently directed Piece of Silk.
Recent directing credits include Plots (TRSE and Citizens Theatre), Paper Hearts (Underbelly, Fringe Festival), Piece of Silk (The Hope Theatre), The Bearded Lady’s Tattoo Parlour (Union Theatre), The Signalman (VAULT Fest), Hello Again (Hope Theatre), Transported (Rich Mix), Trivialis (The Place), Second Skin (Theatre503). www.taniazevedo.com
Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian poet, playwright, performer and writer from South London UK. Her first play, That Boy won a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights and was performed at The Bush Theatre, 2010. Dry Ice, 2011, – directed by David Schwimmer – was nominated for The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance. It played at Edinburgh Festival, before transferring to The Bush Theatre, and Contact Theatre, Manchester. In 2013 her play Clean transferred from Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, to 59e59 Theatre, New York.
Mahfouz was awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship in 2013, allowing her to produce new poetry work which was collected in a book The Clean Collection, published by Bloomsbury. The scholarship also enabled her to produce and write a new theatre show called Chef which played Edinburgh Festival in 2014 and transferred to Soho Theatre in June 2015. Chef won a Fringe First Award, and the solo performer, Jade Anouka, received The Stage Award for Acting Excellence.
In 2016 Sabrina Mahfouz had a short TV drama piece called Breaking the Code produced by BBC3, BBC Taster and BBC Drama and the following plays written by her were produced in the UK and internationally: With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough); SLUG (nabokov); the love i feel is red (Tobacco Factory Theatre); Caldarium (Theatre Uncut/Teater Grob); SLoW (KVS Brussels); Layla’s Room (Theatre Centre) and Battleface (Bush Theatre). Please see PRODUCTIONS for news of Sabrina’s collaboration with us.