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Tom Brennan

Director & Writer

Tom is an award-winning theatre director, playwright, and occasional actor. His company, The Wardrobe Ensemble is an associate company of Complicite and Shoreditch Town Hall. Tom’s work with the company has been performed at The National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Soho Theatre, and Bristol Old Vic among many other venues across The UK and USA. He was also a resident director at the Almeida Theatre on the productions of Mike Bartlett’s ‘Albion’ and Anne Washburn’s ‘Twilight Zone’.

Tom is an associate artist of the North Wall Arts Centre

Credits

THEATRE
Date: 2019
Production (role):
THE PELICAN DAUGHTERS
Company:
Wardrobe Ensemble / Royal and Derngate / Complicite
Date: 2019
Production (role):
EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION
Company:
Wardrobe Ensemble/ Trafalgar Studios
Project details:
Transfer of hit Edinburgh show to the mainstage of Trafalgar Studios
Date: 2018
Production (role):
ROCK SHOCK HORROR
Company:
Wardrobe Theatre
Project details:
Touring musical mash up of Rocky and Rocky Horror Picture Show
Date: 2018
Production (role):
FAMILY DRAMA
Company:
Wardrobe Ensemble/ Complicite
Project details:
In development
Date: 2018
Production (role):
SOUTH WESTERN
Company:
Tobacco Factory Theatre
Date: 2017
Production (role):
THE TWILIGHT ZONE (Resident Director)
Company:
Almeida Theatre
Project details:
Written by Anne Washburn
Directed by Richard Jones
Date: 2017
Production (role):
ALBION (Resident Director)
Company:
Almeida Theatre
Project details:
Written by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold
Date: 2017
Production (role):
EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION (Co-writer & Performer)
Company:
The Wardrobe Ensemble
Project details:
Edinburgh Fringe, Royal and Derngate, Shoreditch Town Hall, Bristol Old Vic, Northcott Theatre

Directed by Helena Middleton and Jesse Jones
WINNER: The Stage Award for Best Ensemble and Fringe First Award

Date: 2017
Production (role):
FEWER EMERGENCIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF HAPPINESS (Co-director)
Company:
Rose Theatre - Rose Bruford College
Project details:
By Martin Crimp
Co-directed by Tom Brennan and Steven Dykes
Date: 2017
Production (role):
THE BEST WORDS (Writer and Director)
Company:
Arcola Theatre
Project details:
Dare To Dream Festival - Changing Face
Date: 2016-2017
Production (role):
ROCKY: A HORROR SHOW (Writer and Director)
Company:
The Wardrobe Theatre - Bristol
Project details:
Devised by the company
Date: 2016-2017
Production (role):
THE FOREVER MACHINE (Co-writer and director)
Company:
The Wardrobe Ensemble/Bike Shed Theatre
Project details:
Written and created by Tom Brennan and Philippa Hogg
Date: 2016
Production (role):
CONGREGATION (Writer)
Company:
Oxford North Wall Arts Centre
Project details:
Work-in-progress

Directed by John Hoggarth and Lucy Maycock
Date: 2015
Production (role):
WEAPONS (Writer)
Company:
Oxford North Wall Arts Centre
Project details:
Rehearsed reading
Directed by John Hoggarth
Date: 2016-2017
Production (role):
THE EPISODE (Writer and Co-director)
Company:
Wilton's Music Hall/Wardrobe Theatre/Bike Shed Theatre/Vault Festival
Project details:
Directed by Tom Brennan and Emily Greenslade
Produced by Hannah Smith
Date: 2016
Production (role):
252 AM (AFTER MAN) (Director)
Company:
Shady Dolls Theatre Company/Vault Festival
Project details:
By Rebecca Pollock

Directed by Tom Brennan and Rebecca Pollock
Date: 2015-2016
Production (role):
ELOISE AND THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN WHISK (Co-director)
Company:
The Wardrobe Ensemble/Bike Shed Theatre
Project details:
Directed by Tom Brennan and Helena Middleton

The Wardrobe Theatre, Bike Shed Theatre
Date: 2015
Production (role):
ORIENTATION (Writer and Director)
Company:
University of Northampton
Project details:
Devised and created with students from The University of Northampton
Date: 2015-2017
Production (role):
1972: THE FUTURE OF SEX (Co-director)
Company:
The Wardrobe Ensemble
Project details:
Directed by Tom Brennan and Jesse Jones

Shoreditch Town Hall, Edinburgh Fringe, UK Tour, Almeida Theatre

Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall
WINNER: The Stage Award For Acting Excellence and Spirit of The Fringe Award


“Terrific work... funny, true and a little bit heart-breaking”
Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) on 1972: The Future of Sex ★★★★

"It’s the most exciting young company I have seen for quite a while."
Dominic Maxwell (The Times) on 1972: The Future of Sex ★★★★
Date: 2013-2014
Production (role):
33 (Director)
Company:
The Wardrobe Ensemble
Project details:
Developed at The National Theatre Studio, Bristol Old Vic and Berkshire Fringe Festival (USA).

Opening night: Incoming Festival
Date: 2013-2014
Production (role):
RIOT (Director)
Company:
The Wardrobe Ensemble
Project details:
Venues include: National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Tobacco Factory, Salisbury Playhouse, UK Tour, USA Tour

Supported by The Bristol Old Vic

NOMINATED: The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence- Best Ensemble 2011
MUSIC VIDEO
Date: 2018
Production (role):
In the Middle
Company:
Dodie
Project details:
Directed this music video which has now been watched 2m times.

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): THE PELICAN DAUGHTERS
    Company: Wardrobe Ensemble / Royal and Derngate / Complicite
    Project details:
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION
    Company: Wardrobe Ensemble/ Trafalgar Studios
    Project details: Transfer of hit Edinburgh show to the mainstage of Trafalgar Studios
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): ROCK SHOCK HORROR
    Company: Wardrobe Theatre
    Project details: Touring musical mash up of Rocky and Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): FAMILY DRAMA
    Company: Wardrobe Ensemble/ Complicite
    Project details: In development
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): SOUTH WESTERN
    Company: Tobacco Factory Theatre
    Project details:
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): THE TWILIGHT ZONE (Resident Director)
    Company: Almeida Theatre
    Project details: Written by Anne Washburn
    Directed by Richard Jones
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): ALBION (Resident Director)
    Company: Almeida Theatre
    Project details: Written by Mike Bartlett
    Directed by Rupert Goold
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION (Co-writer & Performer)
    Company: The Wardrobe Ensemble
    Project details: Edinburgh Fringe, Royal and Derngate, Shoreditch Town Hall, Bristol Old Vic, Northcott Theatre

    Directed by Helena Middleton and Jesse Jones
    WINNER: The Stage Award for Best Ensemble and Fringe First Award

  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): FEWER EMERGENCIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF HAPPINESS (Co-director)
    Company: Rose Theatre - Rose Bruford College
    Project details: By Martin Crimp
    Co-directed by Tom Brennan and Steven Dykes
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): THE BEST WORDS (Writer and Director)
    Company: Arcola Theatre
    Project details: Dare To Dream Festival - Changing Face
  • Date: 2016-2017
    Production (role): ROCKY: A HORROR SHOW (Writer and Director)
    Company: The Wardrobe Theatre - Bristol
    Project details: Devised by the company
  • Date: 2016-2017
    Production (role): THE FOREVER MACHINE (Co-writer and director)
    Company: The Wardrobe Ensemble/Bike Shed Theatre
    Project details: Written and created by Tom Brennan and Philippa Hogg
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): CONGREGATION (Writer)
    Company: Oxford North Wall Arts Centre
    Project details: Work-in-progress

    Directed by John Hoggarth and Lucy Maycock
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): WEAPONS (Writer)
    Company: Oxford North Wall Arts Centre
    Project details: Rehearsed reading
    Directed by John Hoggarth
  • Date: 2016-2017
    Production (role): THE EPISODE (Writer and Co-director)
    Company: Wilton's Music Hall/Wardrobe Theatre/Bike Shed Theatre/Vault Festival
    Project details: Directed by Tom Brennan and Emily Greenslade
    Produced by Hannah Smith
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): 252 AM (AFTER MAN) (Director)
    Company: Shady Dolls Theatre Company/Vault Festival
    Project details: By Rebecca Pollock

    Directed by Tom Brennan and Rebecca Pollock
  • Date: 2015-2016
    Production (role): ELOISE AND THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN WHISK (Co-director)
    Company: The Wardrobe Ensemble/Bike Shed Theatre
    Project details: Directed by Tom Brennan and Helena Middleton

    The Wardrobe Theatre, Bike Shed Theatre
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): ORIENTATION (Writer and Director)
    Company: University of Northampton
    Project details: Devised and created with students from The University of Northampton
  • Date: 2015-2017
    Production (role): 1972: THE FUTURE OF SEX (Co-director)
    Company: The Wardrobe Ensemble
    Project details: Directed by Tom Brennan and Jesse Jones

    Shoreditch Town Hall, Edinburgh Fringe, UK Tour, Almeida Theatre

    Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall
    WINNER: The Stage Award For Acting Excellence and Spirit of The Fringe Award


    “Terrific work... funny, true and a little bit heart-breaking”
    Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) on 1972: The Future of Sex ★★★★

    "It’s the most exciting young company I have seen for quite a while."
    Dominic Maxwell (The Times) on 1972: The Future of Sex ★★★★
  • Date: 2013-2014
    Production (role): 33 (Director)
    Company: The Wardrobe Ensemble
    Project details: Developed at The National Theatre Studio, Bristol Old Vic and Berkshire Fringe Festival (USA).

    Opening night: Incoming Festival
  • Date: 2013-2014
    Production (role): RIOT (Director)
    Company: The Wardrobe Ensemble
    Project details: Venues include: National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Tobacco Factory, Salisbury Playhouse, UK Tour, USA Tour

    Supported by The Bristol Old Vic

    NOMINATED: The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence- Best Ensemble 2011
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): In the Middle
    Company: Dodie
    Project details: Directed this music video which has now been watched 2m times.