memory, imagination, puppetry and the transitional object
An audience and discussion with Tom Morris, OBE
Seven days after Remembrance Day on the centenary of the Armistice of The Great War, we are pleased to welcome Tom Morris, artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic and co-director of the play War Horse, which returns to The National Theatre this autumn. In an informal afternoon audience Tom will talk about the influences in his theatre making of Winnicott’s work on transitional space and the transitional object. In particular he will speak about his use of puppetry in live theatre, which found its most powerful expression in the remarkable bringing to life of “Joey” in the theatre adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel War Horse.
about Tom Morris
Tom Morris is one of the outstanding figures in contemporary British Theatre and is also well-known as a broadcaster, journalist and critic. He was the Artistic Director at Battersea Arts Centre from 1995-2004, he has been Asssociate Director at the National Theatre since 2004 and Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic since 2009, where he oversaw the theatre’s artistic revival and a massive redevelopment that included the refurbishment of the theatre’s 250 year old auditorium.
As well as directing many theatrical productions - Coram Boy, A Matter of Life and Death and War Horse at the National Theatre and more recently The Grinning Man, at Bristol Old Vic and Trafalgar Studios, to name but a few - Tom has directed and produced several operas,including The Death of Klinghoffer (ENO and the Met) and a staging of Handel's Messiah (Bristol Proms, 2013). In 2011 he won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway production of War Horse, along with co-director Marianne Elliott. Tom Morris was appointed OBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to theatre.
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