Paper Cranes and Drunken Wishes (Frantic Assembly / California State University Fullerton)
Falling and Loud Noises (Frantic Assembly / London South Bank University)
#FOMO (Frantic Assembly / Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Schools Festival)
Assistant Direction includes:
The Passenger and Belt Up (Box Clever)
Follow The Leader? (Frantic Assembly / London South Bank University)
Movement / Fight Direction includes:
Tragedy: A Tragedy (Hamilton College, New York)
Common Lore (Stute Theatre / Northern Broadsides)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Faction)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tooting Arts Club)
Movement / Fight Captain credits include:
Othello (Frantic Assembly)
Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games (Olympic Stadium, London)
With only the bare text, everyday clothes, a few accents and their own physicality (great credit here to The Faction’s movement
director, Richard James-Neale) the ensemble take on the characters’ conflicting desires.
The movement is brilliant in places, creating scene and mood through background dance, replacing the traditional entrances and
By the second half, as the physical theatre of the misfiring affections became a bawdy, raucous spectacle the audience is utterly won
A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Faction, Wilton's Music Hall
|- Dominic Gettins, TheSpyInTheStalls.com (June 28th, 2018)
26th - 30th June, 2018
The production is full of rewards, with Richard James Neale’s direction of movement continually fascinating and [director] Mark
Leipacher’s engagement with the text consistently intelligent. Combined, this is a winning offer and I think it’s magic.
|- Edward Lukes, OnceAWeekTheatre.com (June 28th, 2018)
It’s Richard James-Neale’s visceral movement direction that dominates here. Dynamic and resourceful, with the barest minimum of
props, the director and his ensemble don’t monkey with the text, they merely reinvent the way in which the story is told.
A boisterous, physical theatre production bursting with energy and invention.
|- Paul Vale, The Stage (June 28th, 2018)
The Faction have been able to make their own mark on Shakespeare’s comedy with their own sense of style, relying on Richard
James-Neale’s wonderfully choreographed movement to capture the spirit of the characters as well as the more mystical and
supernatural elements to great effect.
This production is suitably lively and enjoyable to watch thanks to the sheer joy and enthusiasm shown by all of the cast, as well as
the imagination and creativity of The Faction’s production. All in all, it would be fair to say that you will be hard pressed to find another
production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that is so good natured, comical or imaginative.
|- Emma Clarendon, LoveLondonLoveCulture.com (June 29th, 2018)
The movement sequences, directed by Richard James-Neale, are intellectually playful approaches to connect the different storylines.
One striking moment is the transformation of Bottom, where the ensemble, besides Hughes’ brilliant performance, becomes the
ass using bodily animations.
|- Lara Domke, AYoungerTheatre.com (July 3rd, 2018)
Richard James-Neale’s movement direction is remarkable and very modern, helping to delineate the multi-roling (coupled with Ben
Jacobs’ lighting) alongside presenting the required magic.
|- Veronica Stein, ReviewsGate.com (June 28th, 2018)
Richard trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Alongside credits as a director and movement director, Richard is a practitioner for Frantic Assembly.