Sam Redway is a dramaturg, librettist and director working in theatre and opera.
Dramaturg. Librettist. Director. Educator. Community Practitioner
Welcome to my simple site. Thanks for visiting! I prefer a person to person approach, so please feel free to jump the rest and meet up for a Zoom/coffee.
I am currently finishing off my first full length opera libretto The Girl with a Hurricane Brain for Laura Bowler, Ensemble Lydenskab and to be directed by Katie Mitchell. In the making of this I designed and led workshops with children around the world to support them in creatively processing Eco-Anxiety. If you have a group in mind who might benefit, please get in touch.
I am always looking for artists, communities, and companies with dreams bigger than they know what to do with. Seasoned experts trying a bold new approach, first-time writers dipping their toe into turbulent, creative waters, actors, directors or theatres reaching for something just beyond their grasp.
Led by your artistic intentions and core values I apply a flexible approach to support, provoke, challenge and deepen your work. I empower artists and communities to take bigger risks, to make deeper, more vital work than they had thought possible.
Let’s meet for 30 mins, discuss why you are looking for development. After that:
£50 for 1 x 1 hour session of support around your needs plus reading
£90 for 1 x 3 hour session plus reading
£120 for 3 x 1 hour sessions plus reading
As a dramaturg I always start with your intentions. I then apply a sensitive, rigorous, and discerning eye to your work and adapt my process to suit the development of your piece. Theatres, Theatre/Opera Companies, Artists of all persuasions, get in touch if you’re looking to strengthen the impact of your work.
As a librettist I thrive on topics that resonate in a deeply personal and contemporary way. I forge unique texts with bold vision, playful language, strong rhythmic and musical awareness and a political edge. Poetic, visceral and undaunted. Composers, directors and producers, let’s talk. Examples available on demand.
My speciality as a director is in New Work. I fully immerse myself in the vision of the writer and support the rest of the creative team in the journey towards the strongest realisation of the writer’s voice. Got a piece that requires a sensitive director’s touch?
“After working with Sam on my most recent script, I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again. His fresh and insightful approach to storytelling, script building and character creation has allowed me to form the best version of my play and has also taught me so much about my own writing practise. Sam is fully committed to any project he works on, leading the actors and writer through his engaging and revealing process of dramaturgy with incredible sensitivity and consideration. He has definitely been an essential part of my project, and I would recommend him to any theatre practitioner.” – Emma Hinds (Pure, 2020)
“Sam is a sharp, intuitive and generous dramaturg. With a curious and egoless approach, rather than imposing his own opinions, he helped me to unpick my intentions, open up the play and steer myself through a tricky re-draft. I would highly recommend working with Sam.” – Joanna Nicks (And It Rains, 2020)
“Sam Redway is a gifted dramaturge — sensitive to the text (and to the writer) and always alert to the particular demands of the project. His guidance, carefully considered and concisely delivered, is unfailingly perceptive and founded on a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience. I consider him to be an outstanding professional who also happens to be an absolute joy to work with.” – Lavinia Murray (COVID Lockdown Breath Machine, 2020)