Jeff Teare - Director
Jeff Teare has over 35 years of major theatre credits to his name, ranging from Associate Directorships with The Young Vic and the Theatre Royal Stratford East (1986-95) in London through to a wide variety of productions throughout the UK, from puppet shows for the under fives to Shakespeare and Chekov. He is a past chair of the British Equity Directors Committee and an advisor to ACGB and London Arts. He has been involved with over 150 school science/drama projects and many workshops, readings and professional productions with Theatrescience. Jeff also writes for the stage and makes films. He’s widely acknowledged as a pioneer in using education and theatre to challenge and dismantle the arts/science divide. Jeff is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Plymouth.
Jeff Teare directed State of Nature and the three short pieces at the Eden Project. Here Jeff speaks about the challenge of directing site specific work for presentation in the Eden Project:
For certain parts of State of Nature, it was necessary to consult a scientific advisor, Prof. Anthony Pinching, to ensure the authenticity of the play - most notably in Timothy Block's portrayal of Patrick, a character with Dementia with Lewy Bodies, which has specific symptoms that affect the way in which a person can move and speak. Additionally, State of Nature was a newly written play for this production and so Simon Turley, the writer, was also involved in the play's development through rehearsal. Jeff's approach talks about how working on a new play of this nature differs from directing other forms of theatre, and Simon and Prof. Pinching also discuss their contributions in the rehearsal room: