Director Diaries
from Petersfield Shakespeare Festival

Opening local arts to a wider audience

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is a highlight of our town’s cultural calendar.

The 2019 festival staged three productions in the grounds of Bedales School to critical acclaim.

One of our objectives at Petersfield Community Radio is to open the town’s creative arts to a wider audience and amplify its impact in the town.

For the first time, in a series of nine Director Diaries listeners could go behind the scenes in sound.

Through our unique audio, discover how theatre professionals and members of the local community brought the festival to life and hear the thoughts of the creative teams as their opening nights approached.

Director Diaries audio

Jake Smith

Jake is Artistic Director of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. He has led the festival’s creative development since 2015.

He began his career at Hull Truck Theatre as a Creative Learning Facilitator and he has since been Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre, Trainee Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and trained on the National Theatre Directors’ Programme.

Jake serves on the advisory board for Petersfield Community Radio where his role is to help the project amplify the town’s creative arts through radio.

Holly Stevens

Holly Stevens

Radio producer

The audio from Petersfield Shakespeare Festival was produced by Petersfield student Holly Stevens.

Holly is from Buriton and studies Production Arts in Stage and Screen at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

She has previously been involved in writing short radio plays and podcasting as well as behind-the-scenes work and prop-making for several Bristol Old Vic performances.

After her studies, Holly plans to pursue a career in radio and film production.