Rebecca McCutcheon

Director theatre & site specific performance



Image copyright Jamie Smith

Image copyright Jamie Smith

I am a director and practice-led researcher, working across site-based practice, feminist performance and feminist theatre history. As a director I founded Lost Text/Found Space, dedicated to innovative site-based practice with unperformed texts by women, seeking to challenge and reimagine audience relationships to archival texts. LTFS created  Til We Meet in England, a full-scale production created for Safehouse in Peckham and funded by Arts Council England, and have new projects currently in development. I also co-founded angels in the architecture, a site-based company which made work in the House of St Barnabas in Soho, Kensington Palace (both Dido Queen of Carthage), the Aldwych tube station (Still Life) and the Roundhouse, Camden (The Round Dance), working in partnership with London Underground, Historic Royal Palaces, St Barnabas Refuge trust, and the Roundhouse trust.

Recent directing includes Mirabel for Chris Goode & Co (Ovalhouse,), Vincent River by Philip Ridley (Trafalgar Studios) and I’m currently developing Town Hall by Caridad Svich for Camden People’s Theatre Calm Down Dear feminist theatre festival 2019 and tour.

Before co-founding ‘angels in the architecture’, I held roles as staff director at the National Theatre, as season assistant director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Almeida Theatre.

Education and Training:

I completed my practice-based PhD at Royal Holloway funded by the AHRC. My research experiments with models of site-specific practice and rarely performed texts, exploring the possibilities of divergent sites for marginalised texts and voices. My practice connects text-based contemporary theatre practice with forms and techniques relating to immersive theatre practice, installation and devised work. My research interests sit at the intersection of feminist performance histories, contemporary performance practice and cultural geography. My research has explored affective contagion in audience participation and the generative site. Outputs include articles for Dance and Theatre Performance Training Journal, Early Theatre, a chapter in Theatres of Contagion, and site-based performances at Dilston Grove in Southwark (A Testimony and a Silence), and The Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham (Cary: The Mariam Cycles)

I completed an MA in theatre directing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

I completed a BA at the University of Cambridge in Social and Political Sciences, which continues to influence the work that I make both in content and in form.

I was born in Croydon, South London and brought up in Northampton in the East Midlands.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Any chance that your father is Barry McCutcheon, your grandmother Minnie McCutcheon (nee McGarvey) & grandfather Sam McCutcheon?
    Just tracking some relatives.

    Bill Mcgarvey

    • Hi Bill,
      Lovely to hear from you – Min & Sam were my grandparents, my Dad is Arthur McCutcheon, Barry is my uncle (and Arthur’s younger brother). Are you based in Ireland or elsewhere? I don’t know any relatives on my Nan’s side – I’d love to be in contact with some. Where are you on the family tree?
      You can be in touch via my email if thats easier –
      Best wishes,

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