Lisa Forrell

http://www.lisaforrell.com/#

CURRENT PROJECTS

Films

2016. The Journey Home. Lisa has won the European Creative Media award for her screenplay. Currently casting with Gail Stevens.

"David" - a film based on the story of Michaelangelo's David and based on Lisa's true story. Option acquired by Parkville Pictures.

"Madame Ida", a recently completed 35mm/ 17 minute film in French and English, starring Celia Imrie, Naomi Sorkin, Maryam D'Abo, Angélique Rivoux and produced by Parkville Pictures. Currently on the Festival circuit.
Shown at the following venues and festivals:
Brescia Film Festival 2013, London Short Film Festival 2012, premiered at the Capri International Festival of the Arts at La Certosa, 2011, Hay Festival of Literature, 2011, V&A Museum 2011, Saint-Etienne, France. Female Eye Festival Toronto, Cambridge International Festival.

Lisa is currently adapting the play, American Justice, into a feature length film.
 

Plays

2016 "Rue de Babylone by Jean-Marie Besset. Lisa has just completed her translation/adaptation of the female version of this acclaimed French play.

"Chéri the Musical", books and lyrics by Michael Yale and music by Charlie Round-Turner, based on the novel "Chéri" by Colette.

"Shrinks!", a new Musical in collaboration with Brett Kahr.

"The 51st Floor", a play commissioned for the London New Play Festival. Currently writing full-length version.

 

DIRECTING & WRITING CREDITS

"American Justice" at the Arts Theatre, London. Opened 10th January 2013 for a five week run. Producers: Louise Chantal, Gabby Vautier and the Playground Studios.

"Dark at the Top of the Stairs" by William Inge.
First UK production for over a generation. Opened at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry on the 20th October, running through the 10th November 2012.

"Love Exposed" and "Thoughts Round Midnight" during 2010 and 2011 a cabaret with Harold Sanditen performed at Pizza on the Park, The Pheasantry, Don't tell Mama(New York) and now on tour to New York and Chicago.

"Rue Magique", entirely original musical with book by Lisa Forrell and music and lyrics by Brett Kahr produced at the Kings Head Theatre in October 2008.

"Babylone", by Jean-Marie Besset and translated by Lisa, Belgrade Theatre Coventry October 2009.

"The Corporate Witches", original devised play for the Playground Company: received additional Award from the Playground for 3-week workshop in September.

"The Ida Project", a devised project based loosely on the life of Ida Rubinstein, with physical theatre actors and with Lynn Seymour and Matthew Hart (Royal Ballet) as choreographer. Awarded grants from the Playground Studio and the Arts Council (London).

Tabloid Caligula and Unsuspecting Susan for Brits Off Broadway Season at 59th Street Theatre, New York.

"Couples in Counterpoint", a devised evening of Musical Comedy songs and their interpretation directed and hosted by Lisa with Kim Criswell at the Linbury Studios, Royal Opera House.

Shocking, Rehearsed reading at Tristan Bates Theatre of new play by Stewart Permutt, with Patricia Hodge and Paula Dionsotti; later Celia Imrie and Lesley Joseph.

Tabloid Caligula, by Darren Murphy, at the Arcola Theatre. Lisa was also dramaturg for this play.

Unsuspecting Susan, by Stewart Permutt, with Celia Imrie (Nominated for Best Play, What"s on in London) Run extended.

Johnson is Leaving, by John Wain, RSC The Swan: Then on tour.

Best of Motives, co-authored by Lisa and Marcel Berlins, a rehearsed reading of new play about the anti-terrorism laws; at the Tricycle Theatre, in aid of charity.

Total Eclipse, play by Christopher Hampton staged reading in French at the Theatre de L"Oeuvre, Paris, with Robinson Stevenin.

Espresso Trasho, new musical at the Arts Theatre for the Mercury Musical Workshop.

Cartas, a production of The Letters of a Portuguese Nun at the Culture Project, New York (Off-Broadway).

Dragonslayer, New York Workshop of new Canadian musical (CD available).

Doomsday Girl, new play by Moira Buffini for the London New Play Festival at the Finborough Arms & Gielgud Theatre.

Dragonslayer, London musical workshop with Julie-Alannah Brighton & Martin Crewes.

The Slow Drag, musical play by Carson Kreitzer, at Freedom Theatre. Transferred to Whitehall Theatre, West End. Starring Kim Criswell (CD available).

Abundance, British premiere of Beth Henley's play at the Riverside Studios. Starring Myriam Cyr and Maryam D'Abo.

Time and the Room, British premiere of Botho Strauss's play to launch the Gate Theatre's German season. Time Out Critics "Choice.

Suzannah Andler, Marguerite Duras' play at Battersea Arts Centre. Starring Susan Hampshire.

Waiting for Godot, Beckett's play, set in Arabia, in co-production with Plymouth Theatre Royal & Lyric Studio, Hammersmith. Starring Nadim Sawalha.

Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival, with Greg Hicks and Suzan Sylvester.

Look Back in Anger, Osborne play at the Plymouth Theatre Royal.

Total Eclipse, Revival of Christopher Hampton's play at Greenwich Theatre, with Greg Hicks and Oliver Milburn.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Revival of Peter Nichols' award-winning play at the King's Head Theatre, with Clive Owen and John Warnaby.

Charlemagne, New play by and with Sarah Miles at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. With Greg Hicks.

Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, British premiere of Broadway play by William Hanley at Greenwich Theatre. Starring David Burke.

A Shayna Maidel, Highly successful production of Barbara Lebow's play, at the King's Head, then at the Ambassadors Theatre (West End), starring Anita Dobson.

The Day You'll Love Me, British premiere of Venezuelan play at Hampstead Theatre, starring Greg Hicks.

The Real World?, Directed and translated by Lisa, by award-winning Canadian playwright Michael Tremblay, at Soho Poly. With Marcus d'Amico.

Hospitality, British premiere of play by Allan Havis. With Lesley Joseph.


OTHER/TRANSLATIONS:

"Among Us", A play loosely based on true crime, with Marcel Berlins.

Translations: "Rue de Babylone" & "Les Grecs" both by Jean-Marie Besset.

The Measures Taken, Drama Studio production of Brecht play.

Motortown Blues: Directed and co-authored new musical with Felix Cross. Workshop at her Majesty’s Theatre and Hampstead Theatre, with Sharon D. Clarke and Clive Rowe. (CD available).

Directed numerous workshops of new playwrights including Paloma Pedrero (Spanish) for the Lyric Hammersmith series and the Duke of York's (West End). Other new play readings include ‘Yahweh’ by Josh Goldstein at the Soho Theatre.

Assistant director: German productions of In the Jungle of the Cities (Berliner Ensemble) and La Celestina (Weimar Nationaltheatre).