Press reviews for
Jeannie at The Finborough Theatre
“Elegantly staged by Nicolette Kay with a set by James Helps that shifts easily from a Scottish stone kitchen to a luxurious continental hotel.” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“This festive-season jewel… Nicolette Kay’s warm-hearted production…..” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
“This is a wonderful production, directed with great skill by Nicolette Kay. ” Jeff Prestridge, Close-Up Culture
Hear Nicolette on Woman’s Hour talking about Aimée Stuart.
Trained at The Drama Centre, London. The Artistic Director and founder of Muzikansky which was based at The Forum (a rock band venue), the company was reformed and renamed as New Shoes Theatre in 2009.
Most recently she directed Jeannie by Aimée Stuart at The Finborough Theatre, which has been republished by Samuel French.
An Arts Council England artist development grant enabled her to facilitate an R&D project in Australia, to look at theatre practice and co-create an FGM story for Hurried Steps. The project is featured in a new book CURIOSA DI MESTIERE Saggi su Dacia Maraini.
Nicolette ran Muzikansky's unscreen short film nights and workshops with disadvantaged girls, created a film festival and produced plays including the Time Out Critics’ Choice Mary Stuart, The Dreams of Clytemnestra and Mela, all by Dacia Maraini (BAC), The B3 Team (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), the world premiere of Seed (2004) and the London premiere of Love Child by Joanna Murray-Smith (2007) at the Finborough Theatre and Mud by Maria Irene Fornes (Etcetera Theatre).
She contributed a Chapter to Il Sogno Del Teatro. Cronaca Di Una Passione, edited by Dacia Maraini and Eugenio Murrali. Other writing includes the co-translation of Mary Stuart published and continuously performed in the English speaking world, the full-length play, Falling Out which won an Arts Council Award and a screenplay A Short Message, filmed at the Rutger Hauer Filmfactory. Her co-translation with Alex Standen, of My Name Is Antonino Calderone by Dacia Maraini which she directed (MAC, Birmingham) is published in the USA.
As a director and dramaturg she has supported the development of a new play; The Yard by Emma Dennis-Edwards.
As a professional actress, she played leads with many companies including Cambridge Theatre Company, Derby Playhouse, The Gate, The Women’s Theatre Group and The Young Vic. Nicolette gave a talk for TEDxCoventGardenWomen called Hidden Stories, Hurried Steps.