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Hilary Westlake

Hilary Westlake was born in Plymouth, a daughter of a naval officer and educated at convents and grammar schools. She trained for the theatre at E.15 Acting School and performed with several avant-garde companies including Interaction's TOC and London La Mama before forming Lumiere & Son Theatre Company with writer, David Gale in 1973. The company, funded by the Arts Council, produced over fifty original shows for theatres, shopping centres, ferry boats, botanical gardens, castles and swimming pools. The shows used text and music together with strong visual and choreographic elements. Initially, most of Lumiere & Son's shows were written by David and directed by Hilary but latterly, she was responsible for the concept as well as the direction of the pieces. Hilary directs existing texts, operas and cabaret and creates large-scale site specific performances. She has worked all over Europe, Australia and parts of Asia and has extensive experience in running seminars and workshops for both professional and student performers, designers, writers and directors. She is frequently engaged as a creative consultant on films, corporate presentations and live performances.

From 2003 to 2006 she was Creative Director of Entertainment at Disneyland Resort Paris.

In recent years she has developed work with circus, street and other multi-artform performance practitioners and works regularly as mentor and facilitator with both emergent and established artists (see Workshop and Seminar section below).


WHO'S DRIVING THE TRACTOR    Consultant Director   Conversations with women in UK Agriculture, with dramaturgy by Susan Haedicke of Warwick University and performed by Sarah Harper of Friches Théâtre Urbain (Paris)

WALL OF DEATH    Creative Consultant  for residency to create a wall of death show with artist Stephen Skrynka, producer Neil Butler and the two Irish farmers whose story of how they built a wall of death was told in the 1980s film Eat the Peach.


LORD MAYORS SHOW   (London) Director of The Leathersellers' Company's section, organising and choreographing with Grace Goulding and Elena Forrest more that 130 participants including students from Colfe's and Prenderghast schools, University of Northampton, young people from Edmonton Boxing Club, Ebony Horse Club and Snow Camp, Sea Cadets, Military personnel with Trooper Jones the regimental Pony and McClaren and Aston Martin sports cars.

RSVP    Director  Short super8 film with text by David Gale and camera and sound by Alastair Goolden for Straight8 and selected for screening at the Cannes Film Festival.


CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY    Academic Speaker Coach


PARADISO    Director  Outdoor dance piece inspired by Dante's Paradiso commissioned and produced by the South Asian Dance company Akademi. Performed by a cast of seven dancers and singer Melanie Pappenheim. Choreographed by Jose Agudo, music by Bernard Schimpelsberger and costumes by Martina Trottman.

DISTRACTION    Director/Mentor  Street performance in Ljubliana, Slovenia after five day workshop with Spanish director and clown Sergi Estebanell and Slovene dancer and choreographer Vita Osojnik for the INTERNATIONAL ŠUGLA SUMMER SCHOOL as part of the street theatre festival, ANA DESETNICA.

LAUNCH of FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN    Consultant  University College London.

GHOSTS OF THE DEEP    Director  Multi-art form performance devised in week long residency with choreographer George Adams, designer Alex Rigg and composer Stephen Deazley with a cast of 25 physical theatre performers, musicians, designers, film makers and directors for the Tall Ship in Glasgow to mark the company name change from 'CONFLUX' to 'SURGE'.

Artistic Consultant for Scottish performer and director AL SEED in the development of his projects.


CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY    Director of Student Hosts for a weekend event for the Dear World…Yours Cambridge fundraising Campaign produced by Bill Gee for Artichoke.

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY   Academic Speech Coach for the Dear World…Yours Cambridge fundraising Campaign.

Artistic Consultant for Scottish performer and director AL SEED in the development of his projects.


HOME   Artistic Consultant  an event to mark the International Launch of artist Andy Scott's 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, the Kelpies, Produced by UZ Arts The Helix, Falkirk, Scotland..

Artistic Consultant for OOG, directed and performed by Al Seed. The Arches Glasgow, Jackson's Lane London and on tour.


NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED…..   Concept and Workshop Leader  with Lina Limosani, Robbie Thompson, Dav Bernard and Kim Bergsagel. A Multidisciplinary Workshop performance project on animals in war. Produced by Conflux at Sumerhall, Edinburgh.

BURNT OUT SOULS   Director  Music Theatre show for Youth Music Theatre, with text by David Gale, music by Alexander Rudd, design by Chris de Wilde and choreography by Heather Douglas. Set in the fictional near future, the world as we know it ceased to exist after a great illness wiped out society. Riverside Studios London

VALISE    Director  for Kyoko Wanai design show animation for Launch of Eiji Kusuahra Foundation. CAY Spiral, Tokyo Japan

HELIX DAY   - Artistic Consultant  to mark the completion of the Central Park, Falkirk, Scotland Produced by UZ arts.


DINING WITH ALICE   Concept and Director  Remounting of 1999 show at Elsing Hall for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival produced by Artichoke. Text by David Gale, music by Frank Millward, design by Simon Corder, costumes by Katy McPhee and sound by John Del'Nero. Cited by Lyn Garner in the Guardian 1st April 2009, as one of nine "Productions that transformed theatre".

STRANGEBIRD ZIRCUS IN ORNITHOLOGY  with Lucy Deacon and Moritz Linkmann Directorial Input


DANCE TO THE ORCHESTRA   Consultant Director  Community dance piece, commissioned by Kani Public Arts Centre in Japan, choreographed by Kosei Sakamoto and Monochrome Circus to Sibelius 2nd Symphony played by the Kani Symphony orchestra, conducted by Seiichi Kotani. Nearly two hundred adults and children from the cities of Kani and Ogaki took part. Design by Inoue Shinta and Taeko Mori.


USED TO BE SLIME   Concept and Director  Six linked street theatre shows, commissioned by CONFLUX and performed for Surge at the Merchant City Festival, Glasgow, by sixteen circus artists and musicians. A line of uniformly dressed men and women look around. After examining the locals and shedding their overcoats, they present six different shows during which they abduct unsuspecting onlookers. Music by Frank Millward, design by Ewan Hunter and costumes by Emily Raemaekers.


THE INNOVASION an Alternate Reality Game   Director  A collaboration between Liverpool Biennial and Hope Street Ltd. In The Innovasion, groups of gamers trailed around the 2010 art exhibitions finding clues to help them save the city's creativity from the clutches of the evil corporation, Creative Control. Karsten Dombrowski and Larson Kasper were the games' masters with routes and performances by the Hope Street apprentices.


LEAK  Director  Touring Street Theatre show produced by Avanti Display with Bill Palmer, Trevor Stuart and Helen Statman.


ACROBATS AND ANGELS with Chris Lynam and Kate McKenzie. Christmas cabaret show at the De la Warr Pavilion, produced by Charlie Holland.   Director 

THE SHOW presented by The Popcorn Club with Chris Lynam and Kate McKenzie. Cabaret at Hoxton Hall.   Director 

SUGAR AND SPICE AND THINGS NOT SO   Concept and Director  for Hope Street Arts Centre, Liverpool at The Unity Theatre Performance piece about the slave trade and Liverpool's role in it.


BEFORE THE WOLF   Director  Large scale outdoor music piece performed at Newcastle/Gateshead and Falkirk with horses, a local choir and drummers and 35 virtuoso musicians from all over Europe, playing unusual instruments, such as hurdy gurdy, nickelharp, duduk, gajde and others for a score by Jim Sutherland.

2003 - 6

Creative Director  of Entertainment for Disneyland Resort Paris, responsible for the creative development of parades, shows and street theatre in the two parks.


GOLDEN JUBILEE Fifty Years Parade   Concept and Director  Parade depicting the social and cultural life of Great Britain since 1952, seen by the Queen and an audience of hundreds of thousands of people in the Mall and millions of television viewers worldwide.


EIGHT CENTURIES/CARMINA BURANA   Concept and Director  Performances to commemorate the conservation of the West Front of Salisbury Cathedral involving eight ensembles, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, playing music from C13th - C20th, sheep, cows, horses, llamas, goats and dogs with large scale projections and lighting on the Cathedral. With an audience of 6000, the event was broadcasted as part of BBC TV Music Live.

THE PATH produced by NVA   Creative Consultant  Three mile animated walk in the Scottish Highlands.

SINGAPORE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS   Performance Consultant  working with animal trainers and keepers on The Reptile and Primate Shows and feeding events.


DINING WITH ALICE   Concept and Director  commissioned by the Salisbury Festival and set in the Larmer Tree Victorian Pleasure Gardens. A five course al fresco dinner for an audience of two hundred each with their personal waiter and hosted by characters from Alice in Wonderland, culminated in a concert under the stars. Music by Frank Millward and lighting by Simon Corder.

GORMENGHAST BBC Film directed by Andy Wilson.   Movement Consultant 

GRAND CENTRAL produced by NVA. Installation in the abandoned top floors of the Central Hotel Glasgow.   Script Consultant 


UK National Day EXPO in Lisbon produced by NVA. Midsummer Fire Festival Procession   Director  and Original Text and Poetry Compilation for Julie Christie in the Royal Gala, Songs of the Sea.

THE SECRET SIGN   Text and Co-Director  Site specific performance produced by NVA in a Gorge at Drymen near Glasgow. An audience of 75 don waders and hard hats for protection from the elements.


OUT OF THE BLUE Collaboration with composer, Pip Greasley and video artist, Colin Pearce with text by David Gale. Large scale site specific show in the harbour and sea front at Gorleston-on-Sea. Performed with the participation of four hundred local people, twenty five sea craft and a helicopter.   Story Writer and Director

GREYSTEEL   Director  Multi media performance of the Mediaeval Scottish poem dramatised with additional text by John Purser with music from the Rowallan Consort performed in a hangar at Wick Airport. Northlands Festival.

STROKING   Concept and Director  Collaboration with E.15 Acting School with video by Colin Pearce and text by David Gale. A study of contemporary sexuality.

IL MONDO DELLA LUNA by Haydn for Opera Theatre Company, Dublin.   Director  Irish Tour and Buxton Festival.


BLOOD WEDDING by Lorca for East 15 Acting School.   Director 

NEPTUNE'S NET   Concept and Director  Nine Monitor Video Installation on accidents at sea as part of SOS exhibition Tollhouse Gallery Great Yarmouth.


TRANSMISSION   Director  Performance Installation with photography by Colin Pearce and music by Pip Greasley. Bibliotekerne, Esbjerg, Denmark.

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR by John Harrison on the foundation of the National Trust for the Trust's centenary. Performance Consultant South Bank Centre London.

ITCH with Yurgen Schoora (mime) and Sabina Lippold (dancer)   Performance Consultant  Limelight Theatre, Kortrijk, Belgium.


A RIVER IN TIME   Director  Large scale multi-media musical with music by Eric Watson, for the May Day Show of National Trade Union Congress for an audience of 10,000 at the Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

THE CHEMISTRY LESSON written and directed by Terry Johnson for BBC TV.   Choreographer and children's acting coach


THE TRAIN   Co-devisor and Director  Sound installation in collaboration with Wimbledon School of Art and East15 Acting School. Text by Terry Johnson and sound design by John Del Nero,.

EAGLE FRUIT   Director  Written by Terry Johnson for East15 Acting School.

FIESTA BRAVA   Concept and Director  Extract of show on bullfighting. Music by Lindsay Cooper, choreography by Mark Murphy. Performed by six dancers and four musicians for GRAN GRAN FIESTA at the South Bank, London.

FREE VANUNU   Director  Benefit for Mordechai Vanunu. Artists taking part included Harold Pinter, Julie Christie, Susannah York and Julie Covington with compere, Arthur Smith. Hackney Empire, London.


ABDUCTION   Concept and Director  Text by David Gale for Lumiere & Son Co-production with the Institute of Contemporary Arts about three solitary urban dwellers visited by unidentified strangers. Music by Jeremy Peyton Jones was performed live by a tenor and counter-tenor. Designed by Sanja Jurca Avci, lighting by Simon Corder. NOW 92 Festival and the ICA.


WHY IS HERE THERE EVERYWHERE NOW?   Director  Written by David Gale for Lumiere & Son. Co-production with Soho Theatre Company. Designed by Sanja Jurca Avci, lighting by Simon Corder. Riverside Studios, London.

FALSTAFF by Verdi for Opera Theatre Company, Dublin.   Director  Irish Tour.


THE TAMING OF THE SHREW   Director  Classical Indian Dance adaptation by Naseem Khan for Pushkala Gopal and Unnikrishnan with music by L Subramanium. Place Theatre, London and UK Tour.

DANCE UMBRELLA GALA   Director  Sadler's Wells.


FIFTY FIVE YEARS OF THE SWALLOW AND THE BUTTERFLY   Concept and Director  Site Specific spectacular portrayal of man's endless fascination with the sea with text by David Gale and lighting by Simon Corder. Performed by members of Lumiere & Son and local people in and around the Jubilee Bathing Pool on the sea front in Penzance.

THE JOURNEY   Director  Collaboration with Greek Company Eik'sma, based on Kazantzakis's "The Saviours of God". Site specific perambulatory performance in Zographou Park, Athens.


WAR DANCE   Concept and Director  Text by David Gale, lighting by Simon Corder. Site specific commission from the Nottingham Festival. Set on the eve of first World War and performed by 24 professional actors, musicians and singers, 20 students, 60 young men and a professional horse in the grounds of Nottingham Castle.

PARADISE   Concept and Director  Design and lighting by Simon Corder, text by David Gale and music by Jeremy Peyton Jones. Touring show about disappearing adults, performed by an actor, a singer and a string trio. ICA London and UK Tour.

TIP TOP CONDITION   Concept and Director  Recreation of 1973 show with photographic projections by Simon Corder and a new musical score by Jeremy Peyton Jones. Mauberge Festival.


THE FRAGILE FOREST   Concept and Director  Remounting of DEADWOOD (1986) for the Singapore Arts Festival, performed by one hundred and twenty local people in the Singapore Zoological Gardens.

TIP TOP CONDITION   Concept and Director  Recreation of 1973 show with Australian performers and music by Frank Millward for the River Stage at WORLD EXPO' 88, Brisbane.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST   Adaptation and Director  Classical Indian Dance version of the fairy tale for Pushkala Gopal and Unnikrishnan with music by Dr L. Subramanium. Place Theatre, London and UK Tour.

ROAD MOVIE   Director  Touring show with Tony Haase and David Glass.

CIRCUS LUMIERE   Director  Recreation of the 1980 show for the London Festival of New Circus and Channel 4 TV Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London.


PANIC   Concept and Director  Urban panic performed by five identically dressed women with text by David Gale, music by Jeremy Peyton Jones, projections and lighting by Simon Corder. Camden Music Festival, UK and Scandinavian Tours.

NIGHTLIFE   Concept and Director  Residency at Northampton Arts Centre, performed on a football pitch by members of Lumiere & Son and local people. Large scale photographic projections by Simon Corder.

VULTURE CULTURE   Concept and Director  Recreation of 1984 show for TN Theatre, Brisbane. Performed by fifty Australian actors, singers and dancers. Composer, Frank Millward, re-orchestrated his score for the Queensland Theatre Orchestra Princess Theatre, Brisbane.

HEART OF ICE   Co-devisor and Director  Adaptation of the fairy tale written by David Gale for Lumiere & Son and E.15 Acting School. Design by Iona McLeish and music by Jeremy Peyton Jones. Place Theatre, London.


ENTERTAINING STRANGERS   Concept and Director  Post Madame Butterfly tale of revenge with text by David Gale and music by Robert Zeigler. Design residency at Wimbledon School of Art. Lyric Studio, Hammersmith and UK Tour.

DEADWOOD   Concept and Director  Large scale site specific perambulatory show about the destruction of tropical rainforests, commissioned by Waterman's Arts Centre and performed in the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew with a cast of 100 with text by David Gale, lighting by Simon Corder and costumes by Katy McPhee. Hilary Westlake won a TIME OUT Theatre Award for "her audacious and imaginative" production.


BRIGHTSIDE   Concept and Director  Story of optimism, performed by a dancer and five actor/singers with text by David Gale, music by Frank Millward, design by Sandy Powell and lighting and projections by Simon Corder.
ICA UK tour and Edinburgh Festival where it was a Perrier Pick of the Fringe Winner presented at the Donmar Warehouse.

VULTURE CULTURE   Concept and Director  Commissioned by the Henley Music Festival. Performed outside by fifty actors, dancers and musicians in and alongside the Thames at Henley and the Thames Barrier, Magdalen College Island Oxford and inside at the Albany Empire Deptford.

THE SHRINKING MAN   Director  One man show for David Glass Mime with text by David Gale. UK Tour and Edinburgh Festival.


SENSELESS   Director  An opera about a psychopathic spy for Lumiere & Son. Libretto by David Gale, music by Frank Millward. ICA and UK tour.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST   Director  An adaptation of the fairy tale written by David Gale for Lumiere & Son with music by Frank Millward. Residency at East15 Acting School. ICA and Corbett Theatre, Loughton.

CIRCUS LUMIERE Co-Director with Trevor Stuart. Re-creation of the 1980 show for La Boite Theatre, Brisbane, with Australian actors. Excerpts performed at The Last Laugh, Melbourne and Kinselas, Sydney.


MATA HARI   Director  Written by Chris Judge Smith, Lene Lovich and Les Chappel for the Lyric Studio Hammersmith with Lene Lovich as Mata Hari.

THE APPEAL by David Gale for Alter Image and Channel 4 TV   Director 

SON OF CIRCUS LUMIERE   Director  Circus Lumiere sequel devised with the cast with text by David Gale, created in a residency at the Albany Empire. Performed in Lumiere & Son's tent in UK, Europe and Edinburgh Festivals.

WOUNDS   Co-devisor and Director  for Three Women Mime. Choreographed piece on images of women. UK tour and Edinburgh Festival.


SLIPS   Director  Written by David Gale. A play about childhood and memory for Lumiere & Son, designed in residence at Wimbledon School of Art with music by Frank Millward. UK and Italian tour and Edinburgh Festival.

BLOOD PUDDING   Concept and Director  Jacobeanesque tragedy devised with the cast and created in residence at Ilkley College. ICA London.


SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER by Theatre de L'Aquarium for Monstrous Regiment designed by Gemma Jackson.   Director  ICA London and UK tour.

SHIP SHAPE   Devised  with Trevor Stuart. Rainforest and Arctic installation piece, created in residence with the Theatre Design Department at Nottingham Trent University.

CIRCUS LUMIERE   Director  devised with the cast with text by David Gale. Design residency at Wimbledon School of Art. Toured in Lumiere & Son's tent throughout the UK, Edinburgh and Holland Festivals.

STRING OF PERILS   Director  Martial arts journey devised with the cast, created in residence and performed at the Albany Empire Deptford.


GLAZED   Co-devised  with David Gale   Director  A wanderer encounters strange worlds. Performed by a cast of thirty whose ages ranged from nine to seventy- one in a residency at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

GIANTS   Concept and Director  with text by David Gale. A stranger resists the oppression of giants. Created in residence at Birmingham Arts Lab.


THE DANCERS Co-devised with David Gale   Director  Residency at East15 Acting School. ICA and Polish Tour.

ICING   Concept and Director  Four women discover a wild boy. UK, Dutch and Scandinavian tours.

NIGHTFALL by David Gale for Lumiere & Son.   Director  Royal Court Theatre Upstairs; UK and European Tour.


PASSIONATE POSITIONS by David Gale for Lumiere & Son   Director  ICA, London. UK and Dutch tours.


DOGS text by David Gale for Lumiere & Son.   Director  UK and Dutch Tours.

THE DISASTER SHOW Explosions and a crashed car on the streets of Holland. Devised with the cast.   Director .

SPECIAL FORCES Co-devisor and   Director  with text by David Gale. A paramilitary ballet. UK and European tours.


THE SLEEPING QUARTERS OF SOPHIA A play about split personalities. Lumiere & Son.   Director  Bush Theatre, London; UK, Dutch and Swedish tours.

WHITE MEN DANCING for Lumiere & Son   Director  A Bush Theatre commission.

PEST CURE AND MOLESTER by David Gale for Lumiere & Son.   Director  Science Fiction Festival, Rotterdam and Dutch tour.

INSOLENTERTAINMENTS Events in shop fronts and on the Isle of Wight ferry for Southampton Performance Art Festival. Performer and Director

HOKENKYO THE WORLDMAKER   Director  Eating event for the canteen of the Engineering Department of Kingston-upon-Thames Polytechnic.

INDICATIONS LEADING TO ...... Show for indoors and outdoors on three detectives' unusually violent detection practices.   Performer and Director  ICA, Bath, Dutch and Danish tours.


TRICKSTER Lumiere & Son.   Director  UK Tour and Edinburgh Festival.

QUACKING KABUKIS: THE GREAT GANGSTERS: THE POSHINGTONS AND THE MAD GIRLS - devised for street and college performances   Director 


JACK ....THE FLAMES by David Gale for Lumiere & Son.   Director  Oval House and Bush Theatre, London; Modernes Theatre, Munich

TIP TOP CONDITION    Devisor and Director  Aliens' view of human behaviour, commissioned by the Science Fiction Festival at the Lantaren Theatre in Rotterdam.

COWBOYS AT THE HOWLF Cowboys abducted by Indians while singing at a north London supper venue.   Director 

FAUST CONCERT Sheep's heads and kendo at a Henry Cow concert at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park.  Director 


Many of the above productions have involved students and members of the community performing alongside professional actors dancers and musicians. The following are a few projects, not previously mentioned, that were devised and directed by Hilary Westlake and performed exclusively by non-professionals.


HOME   Director  A play for thirty five students of the Drama Department at Haverstock School, London, written by Farhana Sheikh with design by Simon Corder and costumes by Katherine Christophides and Zara Mendeson.


LOST IN TRANSLATION: Show with the Stepney A Team about the plight of refugees. Performed by a multiracial cast in London and Berlin.


ABDUCTION Four-week residency at Kent University with twelve fourth year students on a show about Alien Intervention.

ILEA PROJECT Multi media production for Drama Teachers performed by students selected from Camden Schools and funded by ILEA.


PARADISE Residency at Waterman's Arts Centre with forty 12 - 25 year olds on the theme of runaway children. Riverside Studios.


ROTHERHAM PROJECT Residential project about 'Strangers', with a hundred ten to sixteen year olds from Sheffield and Rotherham.

BOSWORTH PROJECT Residential project at Bosworth College with music and projections for ideas on PANIC


THE FINAL ORDER with David Gale. Creative writing residency at Dartington College.


Many Lumiere & Son and other performances have been accompanied by workshops and lecture demonstrations with dance and theatre students, school children or interested non-professional of all ages. The following are some of the workshops Hilary Westlake has conducted or seminars she has participated in, independent of those.


Established Artists Residency -  Facilitator and Mentor. Residential workshop on combining physical theatre, circus and street arts with digital technologies. Organised by SURGE (Glasgow).


Workshops and Lectures. at London college of Fashion, E15 Acting School


Associate Artists' Residency for GDANCE  Mentor. with choreographers Suzie Birchwood, Nicola Wildin and Viv Gordon and facilitated by Helen Crocker for GDANCE Gloucester.
Established Artists' Residency Director/Facilitator for experienced performance makers to develop new ideas in the company of skilled practitioners from a variety art forms. Organised by CONFLUX, Glasgow.


Performance and Politicals in the 1970s Panelist Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Compositional Strategies Central St Martins University of the Arts London Workshop with David Gale for MA students in Performance Design and Practise.
Creative and Cultural Skills workshops for The National Skills Academy
International Artists' Residencies Facilitator/Mentor for Conflux, Glasgow.
Integrating Circus Skills into theatre Masterclass leader with Kevin Finnan of Motionhouse for Conflux, Glasgow
Compositional/Devising Strategies Lecturer 6 weekly day workshop/lectures for MAs in Performance Making at Goldsmiths University of London.


International Artists' Residencies Mentor Conflux, Glasgow
Invention and Reinvention Director of Interdisciplinary workshop
Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts
Performance Workshops/Seminars
Workshop Director/Speaker
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama;Middlesex and Birmingham Universities


International Artists' Residencies   Mentor Conflux, Glasgow.
Performance Workshops/Seminars   Workshop Leader/Speaker
Immersive Theatre   (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama);
Large Scale and Site Specific Theatre   (Middlesex University) Central St Martins, University of the Arts London.


Directing Outside   Workshop for Designers and Directors with Evan Hunter. Speaker Conflux - The Arches Glasgow


Outdoor Arts: Provocations Greenwich and Docklands Festival's "Dionysus to Disney and Beyond"  Speaker.
Conflux Glasgow a week of master classes on Circus Content.


Site Specific Panel Event  Central School of Speech and Drama  Accidental Festival  Speaker.
Quest Outdoor Arts in Practice Yorkshire  "How does the art form touch, influence and affect a change in the lives of its audience".  Speaker/Workshop leader


Seminar and workshops with Theatre Studies students at Warwick University.
A week of workshops on content with circus artists for Circelation.
Workshops at Kingston University Live Art Department and Central School of Drama.

2002 - 7

Participated in many seminars and led Master Classes and mentoring for street performers and other theatre artists including Independent Street Arts Network, Artichoke and Desperate Men.


Killing me Softly - A Film directed by Chen Kaige Sexual Co-ordination workshop.


VTOL Dance Company Acting and character workshop.


Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts two week project on memory with thirteen students from the lighting, sound and design departments.


Contemporary Performance Week Week's seminar on Site Specific Performance for Sidetrack Performance Group -  Sydney Australia   Guest Director/Lecturer


Joined Up Writing Birmingham University writers seminar   Speaker 
Video Positive 95 "Who's Looking at You" Seminar on the politics of surveillance   Speaker 


Fast & Dirty - Second Stride Five week creative workshop collaborating with choreographer Sue Maclennan and composer Fabienne Audeod.
European Mime and Physical Theatre Workshop Symposium Talk on Text in Performance   Speaker 
Arts Educational Trust - Seminars on contemporary theatre and performance workshops for 16 post graduate students.


Fast & Dirty - Second Stride Five-week creative workshop. One of eight creators.
Imagine a Map Charting the route between theatres and writers   Speaker 


Beyond Words Birmingham University Conference on performance and writing   Panellist 
Steve Rogers Lecture NOW 92 Festival, Nottingham.   Speaker 


Second Stride Autumn Course at the Waterfront, Norwich with Ian Spink and Judith Weir. Three day workshop based on Pushkin's 'Mozart and Salieri'.
Volcano Physical Theatre Workshop.
Dance UK Think Tank - Chaired by Robert Hewison.   Panellist .
ARTS 2000 - Working Party - Brighton


Association of Lighting Designers Master Class   Guest Director. 


Theatre Papers  International Theatre Symposium on Site Specific Work with Gardzienice Theatre, Poland at Dartington College. Lecture/Demonstration.
International Music Theatre Workshop  Video presentation of selected International music theatre productions accompanied by their composers, librettists and directors. Organised by the International Theatre Institute and held over a weekend in Munich. Delegate from the London ITI.


Directors Seminar  Barbican. Part of discussion group.
Large scale works in the making  International Workshop Festival Forum: ICA, chaired by Rose de Wend Fenton.
Whose Home Work Discussion Towards a Multi-Cultural Theatre. Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chaired by Bob Wisdom.   Panellist.
Directors Guild of Great Britain  Two day conference/workshop for actors and directors on directing.   Speaker.


British Summer school of Mime  Director of a ten day residential course for twenty four practitioners.
Magdalena Project  One of four guest directors working for two days with eight women and discussing A Woman's language in Theatre.   "I don't like this kind of theatre" Seminar on Touring New Work in Britain. ICA.
The Politics of Scale  Four hour discussion/lecture for Barry Russell, West Midlands Arts, Coventry with Baz Kershaw of Welfare State.


The State of Alternative Theatre Today  Judith E. Wilson weekend conference St John's College Cambridge.


Reviewing the Visual - towards a new critical language  A London International Festival of Theatre forum at the ICA.


The Tring Thing  Two week workshop for professional actors, directors and writers. Guest contributor.


Arts Council of England Arts for Everyone Lottery Fund   Included on the Panel of Assessors
Arts Council of England   Combined Arts Assessor 1996
Greater London Arts Association
Drama and the Performing Arts Panels 1982 - 89.
Joint Chair 1983 - 86
Performing Arts Assessor to 1991
Gulbenkian   'Big Idea' Panel Member - 1988


Lumiere & Son Theatre Company
Akshaya - Classical Indian Dance


Lumiere & Son Theatre Company received revenue funding from the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1973 to 1991. The following are some of the awards that Hilary Westlake has received in addition to that funding.


London Arts Board  Theatre Project Grant to develop TORMENT.


Arts Council of England  Research and Development Award.


Arts Council Commission Award from the Arts Catalyst for SIDE EFFECTS a scientifically informed performance piece.


Arts Council of England  Travel Grant to visit the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Time Out Theatre Award for DEADWOOD.


Arts Council of Great Britain  Travel bursary to take part in the British Society of Theatre Designers' tour of India.


Arts Council of Great Britain  Six month travel bursary to China and SE Asia to study dance and theatre. The British Council assisted in arranging lectures and workshops to accompany a photographic exhibition called STEPS of photographs by Paul Derrick taken during three residential projects with professionals and non-professionals in 1978/9.

These are some of the people that Hilary Westlake has worked with:

Set, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Software and other Visual Artists

Tim Ball
Simon Banham
Donn Byrnes
Simon Corder
Lesley Crewdson
Kevin Davidson
John Del' Nero
Rose English
Mike Figgis
Laurie Gane
Doug Gill
Alastair Goolden
Nick Heppel
Merle Hensel
Dave Horn
Charlotte Humpston
Ewan Hunter
Dave Hutton
Gemma Jackson
Richard Johnston
Sanja Jurca Avci
Sue Le Cash
Jun Maeda
Andrew McAlpine
Tina McHugh
John McKinnon
Iona McLeish
Katy McPhee
Graeme Miller
Taeko Mori
Chahine Navroyan
Gillian Page-Lee
Jonathan Park
Colin Pearce
Andy Pink
Kostis Papadopulous
Sandy Powell
Alex Rigg
Inoue Shinta
David Solari
Phil Supple
Ralph Steadman
Martina Trottman
Helen Turner
Storm Thorgerson
Simon Vinzenzi
Steve Wald
Kyoko Wanai
Peter Whiteman
Steve Whitson
Chris de Wilde
Peter Williams
Mike Wight

Chrysa Apostalatou
Fabienne Audeoud
John Curro
Les Chappell
Lindsay Cooper
Howard Davidson
Stephen Deazley
Pip Geasley
Seiichi Kotani
Lene Lovich
David Lowe
Frank Millward
Howard Moody
Jeremy Peyton Jones
Alexander Rudd
Bernard Schimpelsberger
Dr L. Subramanium
Jim Sutherland
Andrew Synnott
Eric Watson
Jonathan Webb
Robert Zeigler

George Adams
Jose Agudo
Barbara Coles
Julie Christie
Heather Douglas
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