EMMA SAMPSON

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BIOGRAPHY

This is Emma’s fourth year working with the HandleBards. Last year, she directed their production of HAMLET and has assisted on their previous productions of TWELFTH NIGHT, ROMEO AND JULIET, A COMEDY OF ERRORS and MACBETH. Emma’s other directing credits include TARTUFFE (The Space) and, as Assistant Director; A DOLL’S HOUSE (Arcola Theatre), GUT GIRLS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS (The Space) and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Veni Vidi). She is one of Tamasha’s Developing Artists and has directed a number of projects for their new-writing programme. In 2012 Emma co-founded Riff Raff Productions and directed their first project BITS OF OBITS. In 2013, she directed and produced Riff Raff’s LOST SOLES, a pop-up theatre and gallery which was part of the London Design Festival.

And her favourite Shakespeare quote?

“He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man; and he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.”

My Favourite Thing About The HandleBards:

So far there have been no homicides. Who can honestly say that, were they to travel over 5000 miles around the UK on a bike with three other people, that there wouldn’t be a likelihood of not everyone making it home alive? There have been some tense moments with maps and GPS devices, but so far everyone has made it back in one piece.

If Shakespeare Was Alive Today:

I would want to know if Facebook has slowed down his productivity?

The Biggest Adventure I've Ever Had:

I was once lost in the Croydon Ikea for two days, it took two search parties to find me. I discovered what’s in those meatballs and it is too horrific to tell.

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