Blanche McIntyre’s directing credits span Shakespeare’s Globe, Nuffield Theatre, The English Touring Theatre, Out of Joint, The Royal Exchange, Southwark Playhouse, Bush Theatre, Focus Theatre and Soho Theatre, among many others.
She has won numerous awards including the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors in 2009; the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer; the Off West End Theatre Award for Best Director in 2012; and Best Director (for The Seagull) at the TMA UK Theatre Awards in 2013.
Blanche is currently Associate Director at Nuffield Theatre. For HOME’s opening season, she directs Ted Hughes’s translation of The Oresteia, the first great work of theatre.
Q & A
What’s your earliest memory of participating in the arts?
My parents used to take me to the theatre, ballet and concerts all the time, from when I was about six or seven. I didn’t always get it but I found it fascinating. I also spent most of my time in primary school trying to put on and be in plays, but I didn’t really make the distinction between playing in the playground and playing in a drama lesson. Now, I think there may have been some value in that.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To Ancient Rome to see if I could meet Catullus. To London in 1649 to see how it felt. And to the Wars of the Roses, which used to fascinate me in my teens.
What has been your most difficult achievement?
Every piece of theatre I do feels more difficult than the one before. I don’t think you should ever take on something where you think, “Oh, this one will be easy”. Then you risk doing a boring job.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
When I was still a child, my mum said make your hobby your job. All jobs have tough times and you’ll be doing it into old age, so find what you love and do that – you’ll always get something out of it.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I literally have a skeleton in my closet. She’s a prop from the Revenger’s Tragedy years ago and too big to go anywhere else.