Andrade, Suzanne

Suzanne Andrade is best known for her writing and directing work for her independent theatre company 1927, in collaboration with co-founder and co-artistic director Paul Barritt, performer Esme Appleton and composer/pianist Lillian Henley. 1927’s trade-mark style integrates performance, music and animation. Upon graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, Andrade was commissioned by the BBC to write a full-length play for the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She entered and won several small-scale standup comedy competitions before moving to London and establishing herself as one of the most sought-after performance poets on the circuit, appearing on Radio 3 (Mixing It, The Verb). She began working with Paul Barritt to develop several small-scale shows involving her poetry and his projections, eventually performing as part of a literary cabaret in the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe.

The troupe’s breakthrough performance in 2007 was Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), which won five awards. Andrade also wrote and directed The Animals and Children Took to the Streets (2010) and Golem (2014), which were equally successful in touring. Golem, co-produced at the Young Vic with the Salzburg Festival and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, is a version of the mythical Jewish figure. 1927’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute was directed by Barrie Kosky, at Komische Oper Berlin in 2012. Suzanne Andrade recently featured alongside Paul Barritt in the Progress 1000, a list of the 1000 most influential people in London, and in The Stage 100 list of the most influential people in UK Theatre.  

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