Spotlight On: Alice Hamilton (Assistant Director)

Spotlight On: Alice Hamilton (Assistant Director)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Alice is Co-Artistic Director of Up in Arms Theatre Company. She has worked as Assistant Director at Trafalgar Studios, Liverpool Playhouse and Rose Theatre Kingston. She is currently the Assistant Director of Regeneration.

How did you become an Assistant Director?

I didn’t study directing at University. Instead, I studied Classics. So it’s quite a slow process making that transition. Alongside assistant directing I direct my own work. The work I do on my own is, perhaps obviously, on a much smaller scale than projects that I can assist on. I met Simon (Godwin, the director) last year and he said to keep in touch, which I did. I invited him to see a play which I directed earlier this year and he mentioned an assisting position on Regeneration was coming up. It’s great to have the opportunity to work on larger productions like this.

That’s a good balance and it must be a great learning experience.

Absolutely, a lot of the things I’ve learned here I’ll apply to my own work. It’s really interesting to see how different people go about things.

What has your role involves so far?

Part of my job involves collecting little bits of contextual information for the actors. I’ve been typing up a lot of letters and research for the actors. For example, if a character receives a letter, what is it? Where is it from? Where does it fit into the timeline of the play and what are questions related to it? Simon (the director) wants all this information put together for the actors so we set them tasks and they can go and discover things on their own.

What are you enjoying about this process?

Collecting information like this gives a nice overview to the project. Nothing gets missed. It’s helpful doing it like this because, in doing it altogether, we’re all on the same page to start with. 


Regeneration premiered on 2 September 2014 (previews from 29 August) at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it continues until 20 September 2014. It then tours to York, Edinburgh, Bradford, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Richmond, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Blackpool where it concludes on 29 November.