Part 1 of a 3-part series
Born in West London with a screenwriter and television director for parents, theatre director Kirsty Patrick Ward grew up around the stage. "Watching David Troughton in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard III (1995) was when I decided what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," she explains decisively. "I wanted to act for a very long time, but it was only at university that I realised I enjoyed directing a lot more."
From watching Shakespeare to directing it, Patrick Ward worked as an Assistant Director to Bill Buckhurst on The Globe’s touring production of King Lear from 2013–14. "The Globe’s Artistic Coordinator and the Artistic Director came to see a play I directed called People Like Us (2012) and asked me to come in for an interview."
"The Globe is the most inspiring, incredible place to work in the world. Every time you walk into that space it never fails to be extraordinary. It is a gift to an actor who knows how to use it," she enthuses.
"The theatre company itself is amazing for so many reasons. They don’t approach Shakespeare with too much reverence; they treat it as if it were written yesterday."
"Their production of Hamlet (2014–16) is going to visit every country in the world," she continues. "For me, it is this incredible ambition that makes The Globe so special."
With King Lear as just one of the many credits to grace this young director’s résumé, that "incredible ambition" is something Patrick Ward has in spades.
Words: Elizabeth Neep
Photography: Ellie Kurtiz & Helena Miscioscia