By PAUL COUCH
After 23 years at the helm of Out Of Joint, and having led the company’s recent successful four-year funding application to the Arts Council, Max Stafford-Clark has announced today [5 September 2017] that he is to leave Out of Joint to focus on his international freelance career.
Under Stafford-Clark, Out of Joint has become known for innovative and original new writing. Premiering plays from established writers including April De Angelis, Sebastian Barry, Richard Bean, Alistair Beaton, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, David Hare, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Robin Soans and Timberlake Wertenbaker, he has also launched the careers of others such as Mark Ravenhill and Stella Feehily.
Stafford-Clark’s productions have been presented in all the major theatre centres of the world including in New York, Sydney Theatre Festival, Dublin, Berlin, Toronto and across the UK.
Prior to founding Out of Joint Stafford-Clark was Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1979-1993.
Out of Joint recently welcomed a new Joint Artistic Director, Kate Wasserberg. Wasserberg was previously Director of New Plays and then Associate Director at Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Stafford-Clark’s production of Andrea Dunbar’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too, jointly directed by Wasserberg, opens at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton on 11 September, and will be his last with the company.
Main image: Robert Workman