Head for Heights are a UK based theatre company. We explore and produce work by significant playwrights, mainly from Latin America, whose work arises from diverse theatrical traditions, and to which UK audiences have had little exposure. The experience and knowledge of actors, directors and community participants are used to aid our translators to develop scripts which are culturally appropriate for British audiences, whilst maintaining the integrity of the original play. This approach has gained the support of Arts Council England, the National Theatre Studio, Amnesty International and King's College London. Our production of Juan Radrigán's Beasts, garnered 5* reviews and sold out houses at Theatre503.
Our focus is on discovering and developing the work of writers who examine the increasing number of peoples and communities worldwide whose lives are lived on the margins: economically, socially, and in terms of access to power and influence.
The company is also committed to supporting emerging talent, by providing young directors and designers employment and mentorship opportunities. The company is keen to work with community participants, especially those from marginalised groups, to help inform our work. In return, we offer the opportunity to develop performance and communication skills.
We have received support from the Bush Theatre, Rich Mix, Amnesty International, King’s College London, The Anglo-Chilean Society, The British Council, ACE, RADA and The National Theatre Studio.
Sue Dunderdale is a freelance director and writer and until 2014 the Head of MA courses at RADA. Her most recent production was I’m Afraid of Amerikans , a newly commissioned play by Bruntwood award winner Joshua Val Martin at the Webber Douglas Studio, Central School of Speech and Drama. Previously she directed, Mad Man, Sad Woman by Juan Radrigan and Beasts (Las brutas) by Juan Radrigán for Head for Heights. In the previous few years she has directed Wuthering Heights at York Theatre Royal where she has also directed the premier of Ms Pat by Pam Gems; Bottle Universe by Simon Burt at the Bush Theatre; Cold Hands by Chris Katic at Theatre503; Paradise Bound by Jonathan Larkin and The Way Home by Chloe Moss, both at the Liverpool Everyman. She has directed numerous dramas for television and short films, and has two films in development. During her career as a director she founded and was the Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company and AD of both the Soho Theatre and Greenwich Theatre.
Karen Morash is Lead Academic Tutor at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, and works professionally as a playwright, dramaturg and producer. She completed a PhD at Goldsmiths (University of London), focusing on collaborative approaches to playwriting. For Head for Heights, she produced Mad Man Sad Woman (The Space), Beasts (Theatre503), plus a number of workshops and readings, directed the rehearsed reading of Three Marias and One Rose (King's College London), and was dramaturg on Karl Marx Year Zero. Her work as a playwright includes The Knock (Southwark Playhouse), Playground (The London Theatre), The 9.21 to Shrub Hill (New Diorama Theatre, in collaboration with Waxwing Theatre Company), Sprint/Marathon (Cockpit), and Tangles (Steyning Festival and Cobden Club). She is also an award-winning poet.
Annafrancesca Tonna attended Pollyanna Training School for ten years and completed her degree at Goldsmiths University of London in Theatre and Performing Arts, specialising in production and stage management. She joined Head for Heights as Stage Manager on the production of Mad Man, Sad Woman (The Space) and progressed to become our permanent producer when she produced our reading of Benjamin Galemira’s Karl Marx; Year Zero (King’s College London) in January 2018. She has also worked for the National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival (Olympic Park Stratford), The UnGodly Banquet (Safehouse 1), The Sleeper (The Space) and Urinal Residency (LADA). She is currently the Entertainment Manager for a cabaret venue in Covent Garden and is a freelance video producer.
Catherine Boyle is Professor of Latin American Studies and Head of Department at King’s College London. Her academic work has led to a number of translations and theatre work, including the RSC for their Spanish Golden Age Season, for which she acted as academic consultant and translator of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Los empeños de una casa as House of Desires (2004). Catherine is Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded Out of the Wings, which has developed a database that provides access to nearly 300 Spanish-language plays to theatre practitioners. Catherine also runs the ‘Translating Cultural Extremity Project’, which examines processes of translation of plays that seem culturally, geographically or experientially extreme and distant from our experiences in the UK. She is also the primary investigator for Language Acts and Worldmaking, a flagship project aiming to regenerate and transform modern language learning, by foregrounding language's power to shape how we live and make our worlds.