Simone Vause, Director portrait of Simone Vause by Ewart Johns
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"Simone Vause was an absolute inspiration. Her team of East 15 Alumni are just truly gifted and the way they build plots and improvise is an utter joy."

John Muirhead, producer/writer

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"a visionary, rather unorthodox and quite brilliant."

Peter Oyston, theatre and film director

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"Simone lives in a world of her own: the world of the play."

David Robson, theatre director

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Simone Vause in Ewart Johns' studio

Simone Vause

"I believe that an actor must function in the same way as any artist. An actor must 'feel' to do the work. Without emotional input, the work will be nought; never mind how wonderful the voice and movement.

But how do we train 'feelings'? How do we encourage spiritual growth and the enlargement of the imagination? How do we instil the discipline to be used for a particular piece of work - a play or a film?

Our aim is to enhance other people's lives. But how can we ever hope to do that, if we have not already enhanced our own?"

Simone Vause

(Click left for audio testimonials on the History page)

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I am a theatre director specialising in characterisation.

I cannot remember a time when I did not see the world as food for theatre, but I was particularly inspired in my early thirties by Peter Oyston, who founded The Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster in 1971. He allowed me to watch rehearsals on a regular basis, Occasionally, he would turn from the front stalls and call up to me in my seat in the dark: "Are you all right, Simone?" I was more than all right. I was in heaven.

This peaceful intermission of watching and absorbing privately stopped abruptly in the spring of 1973, when Peter crossed the studio at the end of the morning warm-up, and said: "Simone, I've sent for the application forms for East 15. And you've got to go."

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East 15

With a lifetime of wishing behind me, I knew that he was right. And so it was that I came to do the 3-year actor/director course at East 15 Acting School.

And so it was that I began to formulate the approach that has guided my work ever since.

The rest is history, and you can read it on the History page of this website.

It ranges from my work as Philip Hedley's assistant in Khartoum in 1976, to my recent, fantastically exciting work for Aletta Collins, which includes character work on the Salzburg Festival production of Carmen, conducted by Simon Rattle, with a star-studded cast led by Magdalena Kozena and Jonas Kaufmann.
Last Tango in Salford by Peter Whalley

Actually, there are two history pages. My work with Quayside Theatre Company in Lancaster, and later in London, means so much to me that I have singled it out for special treatment in its own right.

You'll see dozens of photographs of the many lovely actors I've worked with, together with posters and programmes.

A collage of photographs of actors who have worked with Simone Vause

And there's a video player below, featuring a small selection of my projects:

  • Duet for One Voice was my first production as character coach for choreographer Aletta Collins, at the Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House.
  • Two plays, a soundtrack and a film, all directed by me.
  • By the way, we're looking for openings for The Wold Wide Web. It strikes me as perfect for a radio play or the soundtrack of an animated film. Please get in touch with me if you can help take this project forward.

David Vause, Simone's husband, restored houses in Edinburgh and later restored Lancaster Canal through the town. He died in 1996 with MS.

Simone Vause
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Simone's children, now grown up, are all in the creative arts, and she is inordinately proud of them.

 

 

 

Below: Simone as Bunny Girl in Peter Konwitschny 2013 production of La Traviata for English National Opera, revived in 2015.

The English National Opera production of La Traviata, 2015
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