Lou Corben studied Drama at the University of Lincoln, graduating in 2010.
Her first production for Marvellous Machine Theatre Company, The Tiger’s Bride, was described as “a plush and captivating take on one of Angela Carter’s famously subversive fairy tale retellings [with] luxury enough to sink into” (Daily Info), “atmospheric, beautifully choreographed”, “Magical, amazing, full of joy” and “Gaspingly good. So, so tender” (audience comments).
She has recently completed a short tour of an adaptation of Orlando by Virginia Woolf alongside a diverse company of LGBTQIA+ performers and creatives. The production included live music and foley, shadow puppetry, dance and movement. The company also hosted discussions with LGBTQIA+ academics from Oxford University and the show also raised over £450 for Say It Loud Club, which supports LGBTQIA+ refugees.
Audience comments about ORLANDO include “Witty, inspiring, moving, musically smashing” and “I’m uplifted by the whole experience – buzzing in fact!”. Newbury Weekly News said that ORLANDO “succeeds in teasing out provocations within Woolf’s story… [an] intriguing, thoughtful production.”
As well as producing and directing shows for Marvellous Machine, Lou also creates props, puppets and costumes, and designs graphics for marketing.
Alongside Directing Marvellous Machine, Lou works as a freelancer on a variety of projects including festivals, carnivals, parades and theatre productions.
|Year||Show/Project||Venue||Role||Company / Artist|
|2020||Wuthering Heights (in development)||TBC||Director and Producer||Marvellous Machine Theatre Company|
|2019||Red as Rubies||Theatro Technis, Camden||Director||Kibo Productions|
|2019||British Vogue||Burton Taylor Studio||Dramaturg||Ashanti Wheeler-Artwell|
|2019||Edge||Southwark Playhouse||Director||Slackline Productions|
|2018 & 2019||Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDO||Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford / The Warren: The Hat, Brighton / Theatro Technis, Camden||Director, Producer, Tech Operator, Stage Manager, Musician||Marvellous Machine Theatre Company|
|2018||Cowley Road Carnival 2018||Cowley Road, Oxford||Access Project Coordinator||Cowley Road Works|
|2018||The Tiger Who Came to Lunch Fundraising Event||Oxford Playhouse||Event Planner and Coordinator||The Story Museum, Oxford|
|2018||Oxford Pride||Oxford||Procession Consultant||LGBT+ Oxfordshire|
|2018||Ten Fat Sausages (R&D)||The Story Museum||R&D Director||Little Seeds Music|
|2017||Playwrighting students’ rehearsed reading||Goldsmiths University||Rehearsed Reading Director||Helen Eastman|
|2017 & 2016||The Tiger’s Bride||Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford (2017) / St Aldate’s Tavern, Oxford (2016)||Producer, Director, Writer||Marvellous Machine Theatre Company|
|2017||Oxford Christmas Light Festival||Oxford||Parade Assistant||Ian Nolan Events|
|2017||Cowley Road Carnival 2017||Cowley Road, Oxford||Associate Producer / Zone Manager||Cowley Road Works|
|2017||Jane Eyre||Oxford Playhouse||Rehearsal Assistant||Oxford Playhouse 17/25 Young Company|
|2017 & 2016||OffBeat Festival||Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford / Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford||Production Assistant||OffBeat Festival|
|2016||A Tale of Two Cities||Oxford Playhouse||Ensemble Performer||Royal and Derngate (dir:|
|2014 & 2013||Oxford Fringe||Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford||Marketing and Programming Assistant||Under the Fringe|
|2012||Chi A Mi Wellbeing Festival||Manor House Wildlife Park, Tenby||Assistant to Event Manager||Chi A Mi Wellbeing Festival|
|Year||Course||Company / Institution|
|2018||Building Ensemble with Simon Harvey, Kneehigh||The JMK Trust|
|2018||Puppetry Workshop||Oxford Festival of the Arts / Luke Howarth|
|2018||Things to Do Before We Die: Creating Inclusive Environments & Experiences||Farnham Maltings|
|2018||An Introduction to Inclusive Carnival Arts||The New Carnival Company|
|2018||Making Change Workshop||Gecko Theatre|
|2018||Physical Theatre: Meyerhold and Biomechanics||Future Learn & University of Leeds|
|2016||Continuing Professional Development||Frantic Assembly|
|2010||B.A. (Hons) Drama||University of Lincoln|