Lucy Skilbeck


Lucy Skilbeck has been working in the UK for thirteen years. She established Blue Tongue Theatre Company with Gordon Murray, dedicated to producing and promoting Australian theatre. At the same time, she has pursued a freelance career. With Blue Tongue, Lucy directed Half a Life: The Maralinga Story (Leeds); Wolf Lullaby ( London and Paris); Sweet Phoebe (London and Brussels); Three Men Walked into a Bar (King's Head Theatre); Stretch of the Imagination (HeadsUp Festival, London; The Apple (Australian Diaspora Conference, London); and Secrets (The Place, London and Sarajevo Winter Festival). She also produced Mr Melancholy ( London and Paris) and The Recruit (London). Blue Tongue was also resident at the Australian High Commission for three years during which time over 20 staged readings were presented.

Lucy is an associate director of the Miniaturists, with credits including From Bombay to Santa Fe at the Liverpool Everyman; Petunia Takes Tea, The Piecemakers and Porno Girl at the Southwark Playhouse; and Matchplay , Gilles, At Sea, Shelter and From Bombay to Santa Fe at the Arcola.

Other directing credits include Hebron (National Theatre); The Steven Pimlott Memorial Concert (National Theatre); The Man of the Future is Dead (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006); Too Far to Walk (King's Head Theatre); The Rose and the Ring (Hen and Chickens); and a cabaret with Shonagh Daly at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival.

Lucy has also directed several workshops of new plays and musicals (including The Rose and the Ring - a new musical which she later took into full production); has worked at RADA, East 15, Actor's Centre, Cockpit Theatre, Arts Ed and ALRA as a tutor and director, with productions including Gabriel, The Children's Hour, In Flame, The Heidi Chronicles, A Conversation, Romeo and Juliet, Loyal Women and Grand Hotel.

She has been an Associate/Resident Director on five West End productions, and Broadway. Lucy began an association with Really Useful Theatre Company as the Children's Director on Whistle Down the Wind, then was Resident Director on Beautiful Game and Associate Director on Bombay Dreams, West End and Broadway.

More recently she was the UK Associate Director for Spring Awakening; The Musical and has been asked to direct a tour of the production in the US in the autumn.

She was Associate Director on The Rose Tattoo (dirs. Steven Pimlott and Nick Hytner) at the National Theatre.

Currently working as Associate Director on The 39 Steps in West End.

Lucy Skilbeck and Gordon Murray have collaborated on a number of projects including Blue Tongue Theatre, the Miniaturists and as co-directors of two musical variety shows at Hackney Empire.