A FORMER Priestley drama student has made her professional debut as an assistant director on the Liverpool stage.
Jess Meade took on the role for the well-reviewed Cherry Jezebel – a dazzling drama created for the Everyman theatre by writer Jonathan Larkin and director James Baker.
Critics described it as a ‘stand-out play with a big heart’ and it has garnered several five-star reviews during its run this month.
“I’ve very fortunately been able to make contributions to every element of the work, be it the onstage action or the design elements,” said Jess.
“My eye is on everything, to make sure the piece is as gorgeous as can be.”
Last year Jess, who studied Drama, History and English Literature at Priestley, directed ‘Build A Rocket’ at the Everyman Theatre.
For Cherry Jezebel she was there to support the director by running lines with actors, facilitating rehearsals and taking notes.
Director James Baker was also keen to hear thoughts on the piece throughout and used them to influence the final performance.
Cherry Jezebel is described as a riot of lipstick and split lips, of bitching and bruises. It’s a play that celebrates queerness while spilling the tea on the pain behind the polish.
It marks another landmark in Jess’ career – one that isn’t showing signs of slowing down.
Next she is turning her attention to a verbatim piece of theatre she has created alongside the Unity Theatre with her company, Flood Theatre, called ‘touch’.
“I’m also looking to tour another piece of work that is in development,” she said.