TESS of The D’URBERvilles (INDOOR & OPEN AIR Theatre )

(R&D supported by Oxford Playhouse and Chipping Norton Theatre 2018)


In development with the support of Chipping Norton theatre and Oxford Playhouse, Tess of The D’Urbervilles is a timely, vibrant new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic, with traditional performance, physical theatre, live folk music & dance. Hardy’s Wessex is brought to life with an ensemble of actor-musicians and - through their participation at the village dance- the audience themselves. In the hope to reach new audiences, the show will be fully adaptable for both mainstream theatres and non-traditional outdoor spaces.

The Taming of The Shrew (OPEN AIR Theatre)

(Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, 2018)

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Featuring a great ensemble of actor musicians, live music, dancing, hunting and misbehaving, Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy introduces one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts: a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other, right up to the play’s ambiguous and controversial conclusion.

Presented by the UK's best-loved open-air Shakespeare Festival, recently described in the TLS as "one of the finest events of its kind in the UK" and fourth in The Independent's 10 Top UK Festivals. 

Dates and Times7.30pm 9 July-28 July 2018                        Venue: St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge

For more information on the festival and to book tickets visit the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival website.



Sanguine Night (THEATRE)

(Winner of the Park Theatre Script Accelerator Programme 2016, RADA festival 2017, Cambridge Junction 2017)

Sanguine: 1. optimistic, especially in a bad situation. 2. lit. blood-red. 3. arch. bloody or blood-thirsty. On a faded grand estate in central India, a family of five women are determined to survive, surrounded by an apocalyptic landscape ravaged by a terrible accident. A response to the rarely-discussed 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide disaster, the largest man-made industrial accident of modern times, this play combines Western music with Indian folklore and dance, in a story of accountability and family resilience. Written by Tamasha playwright Bushra Laskar.

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(Winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award. Barbican Bite 2007)


Based on an original idea by Vanessa-Faye Stanley, The Terrific Electric is a piece of new writing which questions our relationship with technology and invention. Boileroom theatre company hosted an extraordinary collaboration between theatre makers and a surgeon, physicist, sculptor and a car mechanic. Supported by The Playground and Arts Council funding, it won the OSBTT award for innovative theatre and had a two week run at The Barbican Pit in 2007.

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 (New writing, The Playground research and development, 2009)


The Bell Boy is a piece of new writing from artist and composer Albi Gravener. It uses story-telling, live music, puppetry and multi-media. It was awarded a research and development grant from The Playground, a network for devising artists then funded by the Arts Council, and had several performances in 2009 at The Playground, London.

The Playground is a network for devising artists. Vanessa-Faye has also worked as a rehearsal director for several new writing projects in research and development at the Playground.

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(Edinburgh Fringe and International tour, 2004)



A modern day art historian restores a fifteenth century painting, unraveling a lost love story between the painter and his muse. A piece of new writing which explores political persecution and the legacy of human relationships, deftly weaving two stories, eras and continents together, from international ensemble AmStramGram.








(Various festivals across the UK, 2014)

A site-specific interactive theatrical experience which Vanessa-Faye conceived, directed and produced for Oberon's Observatory- a structure built and conceived by artist Pete Bateman. Commissioned by Bestival, Camp Bestival and Gideon Reeling, it brought together two professional astronomers, six performers and an architect… and several thousand revelers. 

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(New writing. Research and development, Chats Palace 2014)

A nautical tale for family audiences developed at Chats Palace with a cast of physical theatre performers. This new writing show combines live music, puppetry, comedy, and object manipulation to tell the adventures of a young boy on Battenberg Island. 


ROBIN AND PARTRIDGE: Robin DIES at the End of the Show (THEATRE)

(Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh Fringe, 2014)

An original show from two seriously talented comedy performers, Robin Dies at the End of the Show was awarded a series of four and five stars reviews in 2014.

"It is simply flawless" Edfringe review







Since 2010 Vanessa-Faye has worked with the UK's largest youth drama festival to stage Shakespeare’s abridged plays with young people in major professional theatres across the country. This involves training teachers and directors, working with drama colleges, primary schools and children with special needs.