Creative Personnel for Red Sun

Iain Armstrong ACTOR Mick Japser ACTOR
  David Rudkin WRITER Maz Bullen DESIGN  
  Geoff Bullen DIRECTOR Dirk Campbell COMPOSER  
  Becky Edmunds MOVEMENT    








David Rudkin WRITER
David Rudkin's first play, Afore Night Come, staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in their 1962 experimental season, informed the company's revolutionary approach to the performance of Shakespeare. Along with Edward Bond's Saved, it was also the play that most helped to bring to an end the Lord Chamberlaine's function as a theatre censor. There followed original libretti for composers Gordon Crosse (The Grace of Todd, Aldeburgh 1969) and Joseph Horovitz (Sabati Zevi), and work as a performing translator for The Royal Opera House 1964 George Solti/Peter Hall production of Moses & Aaron.

Early screenplay work was for directors Tony Richardson, Francois Truffaut & Fred Zinneman; later came a screen adaptation of the memoirs of Shostakovich, Testimony (dir. Tony Palmer, New York Film Festival Gold Medal for Screenplay 1988) and adaptations of December Bride by Sam Hanna Ball (dir. Thaddeus O'Sullivan, European Film Festival Jury Special award 1989) and The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy (dir. Philip Agland, Shanghai Film Festival awards 1997).

Among original work for TV: in the 60's, plays for HM Tennant's Globe Television and Wednesday Play series; later, Penda's Fen (dir. Alan Clarke 1974), and Artemis 81 (dir. Alan Reid 1981). For BBC Radio 3, Cries from Casement as his bones are brought to Dublin (dir. John Tydeman 1974), The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (dir. Philip Martin, Sony Silver Award 1993) and The Haunting of Mahler (dir. Philip Martin 1994).

As a translator always working directly from the original texts:The Persians of Aeschylus, The Hecuba and Hippolytus of Euripides; Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Rosmersholm and When we Dead Awaken; Genet's Death Watch and The Maids.

His main personal commitment has always been to original theatre work: Afore Night Come 1960 (first staged 1962) The Sons of Light 1965 (revised & first staged 1975); Ashes 1972 (first staged in German, Hamburg 1974); The Triumph of Death 1976 (first staged 1981); John Piper in the House of Death 1984 (revised & first staged 1991); The Saxon Shore 1983 (first staged 1986).

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Geoff Bullen DIRECTOR
Geoff Bullen currently teaches Shakespeare at RADA and for New York University. For ajtc he has directed Beside Picasso, Red Sun, and his own adaptation of The Tempest. His career has encompassed all areas of theatre, with particular emphasis on Theatre in Education, Community Theatre and Adult Education.

Highlights include the Olivier-award winning Of Mice and Men in the West End, Murder in the Cathedral in Japanese, and Oliver! in HMP Wormwood Scrubs (just visiting!). He is involved in Arts Management training for the City of Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008, and will shortly be directing Richard the Third in Cleveland, Ohio.














Maz Bullen DESIGN
Maz's work in costume & design includes The Royal National Theatre, The Nottingham Playhouse, Century Theatre, Kneehigh & Theatre Centre. She has worked extensively in repertory and touring companies throughout Britain. Most recent work: Beside Picasso, The Tempest, and Red Sun for ajtc.





Training: at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance.

Performance:Has performed with and established several companies, including
Mayhew and Edmunds and Dogs of War, and has toured nationally and
internationally. Received the 1990 Dance Umbrella Encouragement Award. A solo
and collaborative artist (with Charlie Morrissey).

Commissions: The Third Eye Centre, Glasgow New Moves, ICA, The Green Room,
Manchester and the London International Festival of Theatre.

Site specific events: The Smallest Room, a large scale water specific dance installation (with Charlie Morrissey 1998) Future Human (collaboration with visual artist Sarah Hardy), Guandong Dance Company, China (choreography with Charlie Morrissey), A Series of Small Wounds (Brighton Festival SEDA commission).

Film & Video:
Documentary shorts.







Dirk Campbell COMPOSER
Born 30th December 1950 in Ismailia, Egypt. Lived in Kenya from age 1 to age 11, where I absorbed a good deal of tribal music. Family moved to England in 1962. Went to school with Steve Hillage and Dave Stewart; we formed the progressive rock band ‘Egg’ in 1968. Made two albums for Decca and one for Virgin. Studied composition at the Royal College of Music (London) with Edwin Roxburgh. ARCM diploma 1974.

Worked in a number of jobs including two directorships of small design agencies between 1976 and 1989 before beginning full-time career as a composer in 1989 with several TV commissions from Redwing Films, one of whose directors was David Anderson. I had composed the score to his BAFTA-winning animated film Dreamland Express in 1983.

Special Interest:

Study and performance of near Eastern and Gaelic music. Performed Balkan kaval in John Tavener’s Fall and Resurrection, St Paul’s Cathedral January 2000, broadcast on national TV and radio, and Armenian duduk in Tavener’s Veil of the Temple, Temple Church, June 2003. Frequent engagements to play ethnic wind instruments such as duduk, uilleann pipes, ney, kora etc. on film scores, television scores and albums and for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Film Scores:

The Case (Mark Warner 2001) Feature film: crime thriller set in India
Deutsche Post (David Anderson 2000) Launch of German Post Office on the international market
In the Time of Angels (David Anderson 1995) international award winner, various festivals
Door (David Anderson 1991) international award winner, various festivals
Deadsy (David Anderson 1991) BAFTA nomination 'Best Animated Short', British
Animation Awards nomination 'Best Score'
Dreamland Express (David Anderson 1983) BAFTA 'Best Animated Short'

Award Winning Commericals:
Bailey's Irish Cream (BWB) Creative Circle Bronze
Danepak (HHCL) Cannes Gold Lion
Co-operative Bank (BBDH) Cannes Silver Lion
K Cider (BBDH) Independent Cinemas Award

King Fahd Documentary series MBC 2001 (various directors/OR Media)
Hajj: Journey of a Lifetime BBC2 2001 (Ovidio Salazar/OR Media)
Under The Influence Channel 4 2001 (James Bates/Fulcrum Productions)
The God List Channel 4 2001 (James Bates/Roger Bolton Productions/Fulcrum Productions)
Thirsting for War BBC1 2000 (Chris Mitchell/OR Media)
Trailblazers North West Africa Discovery 2000 (James Bates, Transatlantic Films)
Wildlife on One 'Bushbabies' BBC1 1999 (Luke Schiller, Ammonite Films)
Western Sahara: A Forgotten War BBC2 1999 (Chris Mitchell/OR Media)

Other Work:
Middle Eastern Journeys (2003 Zomba Production Music, UK)
Early History Double CD (2003 Zomba Production Music, UK)
World Winds CD ROM (2002 Ilio Entertainments,USA)
Music From a Round Tower 1997 CD (ESD Records, USA)
Deutsche Telecom 1996 Corporate CD (Final Touch Productions, UK)
Conference of the Birds 1994 opera/ballet Theatre:X (The Place Theatre, London)





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