Richard McNally- Artistic Director

Richard McNally is the artistic director of Twisted Willow Theatre. He is most passionate about directing but he also produces, stage manages and (occasionally) does a bit of acting. He graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a degree in Drama, before working for four years as Assistant Producer of professional theatre company Cambridge Touring Theatre (CTT). Upon leaving CTT he set up Twisted Willow Theatre.

Richard is also on the committee of Cambridge writing group WRiTEON, drama group Bawds. For WRiTEON Richard has artistic directed seasons of new writing, directed numerous plays and performed in script in hand readings. He also runs workshops called “Get it Write” to help writers develop their work.

 For Bawds Richard directed Sean Baker’s 2017 drama festival entry, ANYONE CAN DANCE starring James Inman and Lisa Wight. The play was highly successful, winning numerous awards and getting to the England Final of the All-England Theatre Challenge. He also served as Assistant Director under Sean Baker for EMMA in 2017.

Theatre Biography:

Role Production Company Date Venue
Alternate Slices Twisted Willow Theatre 24 – 28 July 2018 The Corpus Playroom
Assistant Director Emma Bawds 5 – 9 December 2017 The ADC Theatre
Stage Manager Hellfire The Neon Moon Cabaret Club 28th October 2017 The Junction, Cambridge
Stage Manager The Electric Rodeo Circus The Neon Moon Cabaret Club 30 & 31 March 2017
20 May 2017
16th September 2017
The Junction, Cambridge
Cromer Pier
The Southbank Centre
Stage Manager
Anyone Can Dance
(All-England Drama Festival Grand Final)
Bawds 23rd March 2017
28th April 2017
25th May 2017
3rd June 2017
15th & 16th September 2017
The Marven Centre
The Mumford
The Barn Theatre
Macmillan Theatre
The Corpus Playroom
Actor First Stage Winter 2017 WRiTEON 19th November 2017 The Golden Hind
First Stage Spring 2017 WRiTEON 22nd January 2017
29th January 2017
The Boathouse
Director Shades of Lipstick Twisted Willow Theatre 15th June 2016 CB2 Basement
Butterfly Effect Twisted Willow Theatre/WRiTEON 25th May – 4th June 2016 The Corpus Playroom
Artistic Director
First Stage 2015 WRiTEON 25th October – 6th December ADC Theatre Bar
MaD 2015 WRiTEON 5th-26th July
9th July
ADC Theatre Bar
Hotbed Festival- J3
Seven Words For Love Twisted Willow Theatre 26th – 30th May 2015 The Corpus Playroom
Assistant Producer Robin Hood Cambridge Touring Theatre Summer 2015 Around 50 Outdoor Summer Venues
Assistant Producer Alice The Musical Cambridge Touring Theatre Summer 2014 Around 50 Outdoor Summer Venues
Assistant Producer Treasure Island Cambridge Touring Theatre Summer 2013 Around 50 Outdoor Summer Venues
Assistant Producer Hard Times Cambridge Touring Theatre Autumn 2012 The Mumford Theatre
Assistant Producer King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone Cambridge Touring Theatre Summer 2012 Around 50 Outdoor Summer Venues
Actor Ablutions Classworks Theatre 8th July 2012 Classworks Theatre
Actor The Crack Phil Vasili Oct-20 London
Actor Sackgasse Anglia Ruskin University 9th & 10th June 2010 The Junction
Director/Actor A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Loyal Shakespeare Company 25th – 28th March 2008 The Mumford Theatre
Actor The Wonderful World of Dissocia Anglia Ruskin University 2008 The Mumford Theatre
Actor Romans in Britain Anglia Ruskin University 2007 Covent Garden Drama Studio
Actor Rex Futurus Emmet Brown Productions Fri 1st August 2008 – Sat 16th August 2008 The Zoo Studio, Edinburgh
Exclusion Room Poppard Youth Theatre Group 2007 Government Conference
Troubled Waters Poppard Youth Theatre Group 2007 Government Conference
Actor Lunch in Venice King Edward VI’s Grammar School 2006 The Garage Theatre
Actor Burn King Edward VI’s Grammar School 2006 The Garage Theatre