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Salisbury Playhouse's work with young directors supported by The David Horlock Trust

Salisbury Playhouse
07 June 2016

Salisbury Playhouse is able to continue its commitment to developing young directors thanks to a donation from The David Horlock Trust. 

The money will be used to support Jo Newman in her year-long position as Associate Director at Salisbury Playhouse. Jo has been working at Salisbury Playhouse for the past 18 months as Assistant Resident Director on a bursary from the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme. The Associate Director role continues her career development and allows her to build on the experience she has gained, working on projects including the annual Theatre Fest West and programming productions in The Salberg.

Salisbury Playhouse’s Artistic Director Gareth Machin, who received a bursary from The David Horlock Trust at the start of his career, says “David Horlock’s tenure continues to be celebrated as a high point in the history of the Playhouse and we are extremely grateful for this gift which will enable us to continue supporting an exciting young directing talent in Jo Newman. I have every confidence that Jo will continue to create great work and inspire new generations of theatre makers over the coming years, a fitting continuation of the Trust’s excellent legacy.”

David Horlock was Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse for eight years until his death in 1990.  Hundreds of people – friends, colleagues, and those who admired his work – contributed to a fund to support “young directors in course of training as theatre directors” in acknowledgement of David’s encouragement and support for professional theatre workers at an early stage of their careers. 

David Horlock began his career as an Assistant Stage Manager at Bristol Old Vic, later becoming an Associate Director.  In 1978, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham; and in 1982 he moved to Salisbury Playhouse where, in addition to his other directorial assignments, he is remembered particularly for his own stage adaptations of classic novels.  David directed some sixty-five productions at the Playhouse.  In addition, he played a very full part in the life of the city, including producing and directing a number of major community productions. 

The Trust has previously assisted a number of young directors.  In winding up the Trust and donating the remaining funds to Salisbury Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic – two theatres which played such an important part in David’s professional life – he is commemorated through support for a new generation of theatre directors. Salisbury Playhouse is very grateful for the £9318.70 that it has received.

Salisbury Playhouse is an arts and educational charity and benefits from the generous support of its funders. If you would like to make a donation or speak further about future projects please contact Development Officer Rebecca Moore on 01722 342807 or e-mail rebecca.moore@salisburyplayhouse.com.