Emma Lucia Hands
As Associate Director at Clwyd Theatr Cymru Emma's credits included Ghosts, Arms and the Man, Copenhagen, Educating Rita, God of Carnage, A Doll’s House, Shakespeare’s Will, Oleanna and an acclaimed production of The Herbal Bed. Most recently she directed Patrick Marber's Closer for Vienna's English Theatre, The Cherry Orchard at The Drama Studio and at London College of Music the musical - Bernalda Alba.
Her other work includes Silent Night by Helen Newell for Theatre In The Quarter, A History of Falling Things by James Graham at the New Vic Theatre, A Journey Through Cornish Poetry, Prose and Music with Susan Penhaligon for The Celtic Festival at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, and touring productions of Richard Bucket Overflows with Clive Swift and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. As a freelance lecturer and director in various British universities, productions include Rhinoceros , Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Lysistrata, Stuff Happens and Antigone, and she directed a national tour of Oleanna for Theatre Tours International and the world premiere of David Mamet’s The Vikings and Darwin at the National Theatre as part of the New Connections Scheme.
A selection of Emma's reviews
THE HERBAL BED, Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Clwyd Theatr Cymru has seen many Shakespearean triumphs over the years but The Herbal Bed could be the greatest of them all… Director Emma Lucia has taken Peter Whelan’s acclaimed play…and turned it into one of the most exhilarating nights at the theatre I have witnessed in 30 years of visiting the Mold venue…. This was, in fact, only the second occasion I can ever remember when I have been so thrilled by a theatrical experience that I desperately wanted to be able to go straight back in and watch the play all over again…. staged in the magical space that is the Emlyn Williams Theatre - mostly decked out as the Halls’ garden apart from when it is simply but breathtakingly transformed into Worcester Cathedral for the courtroom scene …I cannot recommend it highly enough. Michael Green, CHESTER CHRONICLE
Emma Lucia’s casting and direction is impeccable and the actors universally wonderful … to the point where this seasoned old critic forgot he was in a theatre…. It’s a simply perfect evening. The privilege was all mine. I’ve been reviewing at Clwyd for a quarter of a century now and ‘The Herbal Bed’ is an absolute highlight. Chris Eldon Lee, SHROPSHIRE REVIEW
Director Emma Lucia allows the plot, at times of Shakespearean dimensions, to unfold slowly, as power, politics and religion jostle for supremacy….A fine production Gail Cooper, WALESONLINE ****
Emma Lucia’s outstanding production of The Herbal Bed at Clwyd Theatr Cymru …stunning set design by Mark Bailey….the seventeenth century walled garden of Stratford upon Avon’s Dr John Hall has been beautifully imagined and presented….a worthy and brilliantly performed follow up to Hamlet (directed by Terry Hands). BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
GOD OF CARNAGE, Clwyd Theatr Cymru
The staging is tremendous; the audience sits on both sides of the playing area (visually indicating there are two sides to every argument?) and the central playing space becomes a gladiatorial arena as the men circle one another….Emma Lucia’s sure and confident direction moves the play at a fair lick. She ensures all the elements from high comedy to anger; from profundity to farce and from mayhem through shock to deadly silence come together as a cohesive whole … WHATS ON STAGE ****
… fine direction by Emma Lucia at Mold ….this is a funny play, sharply observed from the first moments; it is a single scene lasting just 80 minutes, with no interval, building up to a crescendo….The cast of four are superbly balanced, playing a verbal and physical tennis match with the script. A great start to the new season at Mold. WESTERN MAIL .
…It’s a viciously funny play and Emma Lucia’s real time production allows us to share in every squirmingly hilarious moment of it…. beautiful traverse design by Mark Bailey Victor Hallett, www.theatre-wales.co.uk
GHOSTS, Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Mike Poulton’s adaptation runs for approximately one hundred minutes without an interval, but Emma Lucia’s skilful direction ensures that seems like no time at all as the increasingly bleak events are revealed and the production heads towards a shattering climax. BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
Emma Lucia’s powerful and, at its climax, devastating production of GHOSTS is one I found revelatory. What it revealed to me was exactly why its first criticisms, in England at least, were so vitriolic…It’s a production, including rain, fire and a livid sunrise, that shows us an involving, raw and still modern play of great power. Victor Hallett www.theatre-wales.co.uk
ARMS AND THE MAN, Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Emma Lucia leaves no stone unturned in her determination to make her production accessible and extremely watchable without compromising its intelligence. DAILY POST
This new production at Clwyd Theatr Cymru is directed by Emma Lucia, and with designer Mark Bailey she has created a glorious confection. WESTERN MAIL
An unqualified joy, a breath of fresh air and the absolutely perfect way to spend a late spring evening at the theatre…Emma Lucia has assembled a company that is note perfect for this sublime production. CHESTER CHRONICLE
SILENT NIGHT, Theatre In The Quarter - Touring Production
Emma Lucia directs with flair ensuring the piece never loses its pace and she achieves such intensity and yet the play is always accessible and the narrative crystal clear. WHATS ON STAGE
We experience the terror, squalor and sheer boredom of life in the trenches and the extraordinary aspect of this production is that all of this is evoked by director Emma Lucia with the use of four actors on a sparse stage overlooked by a circular screen.