Graeme du Fresne
Graeme was first invited to teach at Summer School in 1994 and has since returned to this wonderful event on a regular basis and has been the course director for the last several years. His work includes writing, directing, musical directing, acting and teaching. For the past 16 years he has been at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester as musical director for their Pantomimes.
Other theatre work at the Mercury includes The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui and Oh What a Lovely War for which he was the musical director. In addition, he played Sir John French in Oh What a Lovely War. He has also been musical director or composer for shows at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, the Liverpool Everyman, the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Salisbury Playhouse, Solent Peoples Theatre, Norwich Playhouse, Forest Forge Theatre Company and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and at the London Palladium Graeme was in the cast of Showboat.
On film and television he has been in Truly Madly Deeply, Inspector Morse, Holding On, Streets Apart, Henry Pratt, Casualty, The Blonde Bombshell, Family Affairs, Micawber, Chucklevision and Murder City. Graeme’s directing credits range from professional, student and amateur productions including several community plays : Open Arms by Rib Davis, his own adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream called Wycombe’s Dream, and two of his own plays Taking It’s Toll and It’s Hard To Resist, both community plays produced in High Wycombe. Professional directing credits include From Fetlock To Forecourt and Beast Feast for The Natural History Museum in London, which he also wrote. He co-founded and directed In Fieri Theatre with the previous summer school director, Mike McCormack.
Graeme regularly runs singing workshops, and is Head of Music and Singing on the 3-year BA Acting course at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. His Musical Directing work there includes The Beggar’s Opera, Into The Woods, Happy End, Billy and Assassins. Many of the productions he has composed music for at Conti have transferred each summer to the Edinburgh Festival. Graeme is also singing teacher and ‘acting through song’ specialist at Drama Centre, London on the BA Acting course. Other work at Drama Centre as Musical Director & composer includes The Wonderful World Of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson directed by Lorne Campbell who has recently been appointed as director of ‘Northern Stage’, Newcastle. Graeme holds a master’s degree from London Metropolitan University.