At the beginning of this month, we announced Emma Rice's new appointment as Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe starting in April 2016.
Since joining us in 1994, Emma has been an integral member of the company, first as a performer and later as our Artistic Director. She has directed numerous shows for Kneehigh including The Red Shoes, Tristan & Yseult, Don John and Brief Encounter, inspiring artists and enthralling audiences along the way.
We've had some wonderful responses to the news, and want to share with you some of these along with words from our Chief Executive, Paul Crewes, and Artistic Director, Mike Shepherd.
'We are very happy to celebrate this new challenge for Emma. Although we are sad at her leaving, the reality is that she will not be far away. She will become an associate of the company, and we will continue to develop and make work with Emma and her new company. It's great that we're working with Emma on her final Asylum season where she is directing 946, a piece she has developed and adapted with Michael Morpurgo over the last year 3 years and we also look forward to announcing a new project that Emma wil be directing with us prior to her move to The Globe in April next year.'
- Paul Crewes
‘This is great news for Emma and indeed the Globe. Kneehigh has invariably been energised rather than compromised by change. One of the reasons we've continued to grow is that we've been hungry for new relationships and actively welcomed "new eras"’
- Mike Shepherd
Here are some of the messages we received from friends outside the company:
'Great news all round I think.....and a tribute to Kneehigh as well of course to Emma herself.'
- Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre
'So many Congrats and warmest thoughts to Emma and All of Kneehigh!
We are thrilled to know you and Celebrate with you.'
- Gregory Boyd, Alley Theatre, Houston
'What great news and such an exciting step for both Emma and the Globe. It is such a vibrant hub for contemporary theatre built on a rich tradition. Emma, all the best for your time there – we are with you all the way.'
- Sheila Magadza, New Zealand Festival
'Brilliant news - congratulations Emma. We need more like her running London's theatres!'
- Henny Finch, Headlong
'Wow! What a fantastic choice for the Globe. More of Emma to go around!'
- Susan Feldman, St Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn
'Brilliant news for Emma. Please pass on my hearty congrats. New era for Kneehigh…. Bring it on!'
- Alan Rivett, Warwick Arts Centre
'How bloody brilliant!!!!'
- Gemma Bodinetz, Everyman & Playhouse
- Mick Gordon, Aarhus Teater, Denmark.
'As an ardent and long-time fan of your work I can’t think of anyone who could bring more passion, guts and vision to the role. A fantastic appointment.'
- Bev Briggs, The Forge
'Such brilliant news'
- Sheila Vanloo, St Austell Bay Radio
We'd also like to thank everybody who wished Emma congratulations over facebook, twitter and by email. Happily Emma will be with us for another year as she will take up the role in April 2016. Her next project with us will be this year's Asylum show.