ARTSBEAT NEWS: Mark Babych who is directing, and currently in rehearsals for, Derby Theatre’s first professional produced show, Cooking with Elvis, has just landed the high profile and sought after position of artistic director at the highly acclaimed and well renowned Hull Truck Theatre.
Formerly artistic director at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre, Mark has been working as a freelance director in theatre, TV and film for the past four years and a regular guest director at leading drama schools including LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Manchester School of Theatre.
Mark is an award-winning and experienced director and has previously held senior posts at several theatres including community director of Oldham Coliseum, associate director of Worcester Swan Theatre and associate artist at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Theatre Absolute.
Mark said: “I’m really thrilled to be joining Hull Truck – this is a fantastic opportunity to build on the illustrious history and traditions of this wonderful company and make work that forges deep connections with audiences in Hull, welcomes creativity and collaboration, and encourages and nurtures the development of talent and the new generation of writers and artists who will shape the future of our work.
“I am really honoured that the board and staff have placed their trust and faith in me as their new artistic director and I look forward to getting to know, and working closely with, all my new colleagues and to welcoming artists and audiences alike in creating a vibrant, meaningful and exciting artistic future for this gem of a theatre.”
On selecting Mark to direct Cooking with Elvis; Derby Theatre’s artistic director, Sarah Brigham said: “I saw a number of Mark’s productions whilst he was Artistic Director at Bolton Octagon, and subsequently during his successful freelance career, and I like his bold theatricality coupled with his ability to really develop performances which reach out to audiences.
“I was delighted when he accepted the job of directing the show and am over the moon for him in landing the artistic directorship of Hull Truck.”
Cooking With Elvis opens on April 26 and runs until May 18. It is set around the lives of four people: Jill, a fiendish cook who whips up one exotic dish after another; Mam, a troubled anorexic alcoholic; Dad, an Elvis impersonator forced to watch life from the sidelines; and Mam’s lover, Stuart, who has his cake and eats it! Mam’s appetite for sex, Jill’s obsession with food and Stuart’s fascination with the family, all combine and see the King unwittingly caught up in the chaos.
For more details go to derbytheatre.co.uk