The Writer, Eileen Warren Norris, was born in a remote Essex village and attended
Her outstanding reviews as a director led to an opportunity to join the inaugural Chichester Festival Theatre in 1962 under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier as an unpaid ASM. She was transferred to management. She returned to Chichester as Promotion Manager in 1964, the National Theatre Season. She went on to become Assistant Artistic Director of Stratford East. She was later awarded an Arts Council Bursary as a Trainee Director.
At the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, her task was to adapt from the Wakefield Cycle of Miracle Plays. In the 2nd Shepherds Play, she unearthed a pantomime and set it beside the Nativity. It was transferred to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral and was televised by ABC TV on Christmas day. It was then 1968. Few women could break in as directors.
With thoughts of writing for TV, and feeling the need to learn the process, she approached the BBC and was put in a Budget Office, told she was too old, (being over 30) to work on the studio floor. By then the ILEA had set up studios, employing BBC cameramen.
A professional stage manager was needed for a series in black and white using Equity Actors. As part of a small team, she saw the scripts through from their inception to the day of the VCR, and was involved in location filming. This came to an end in 1973. By 1975 she had a London B.Ed (Hons.) in English and Drama and was employed by the ILEA in charge of Drama at an all girls comprehensive school in Wandsworth.
Retiring early, she came to work in Portsmouth, joining the Birthplace Branch of the Dickens Fellowship and founding Alchemy Theatre as well as teaching privately. She enjoys working with people of all ages and remains energetic and enthusiastic.
SCRIPTED & PERFORMED ADAPTATIONS by EILEEN NORRIS
DOLL'S DAY -
Stage Sixty, Stratford East.
Written earlier, performed in 1996. for International Dickens Conference in Portsmouth
''My warmest congratulations on a great triumph" -
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