About Charles Sharman-Cox Last Activity: 3 years, 10 months ago
Trained at ‘Central School of Speech and Drama’ in London, Charles began working as an actor in British repertory theatre, appearing in plays such as Martin Sherman’s ‘Bent’, Dale Wassaman’s ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and Brian Clark’s ‘Whose Life is it Anyway’.
Following his professional directorial debut at the 1980 ‘Edinburgh Festival’ with David Farrell’s ‘A Slight Joke’ and its subsequent transfer to the ‘Half Moon Theatre’ London, Charles continued working in repertory theatre directing a broad range of plays by writers as diverse as Jean Genet, Agatha Christie, Victoria Wood and Steven Berkoff.
As an independent producer/director, his stage projects have included Michael Heath’s opera ‘Laura’, a modern day version of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ and his own adaption of Bill Bryson’s international best selling travel book, ‘The Lost Continent’ subsequently transmitted by ‘BBC World Service Radio’ in 2004.
As a writer/director he collaborated with composer Michael Heath to produce four new musical works, ‘Bram’ based on the life of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, ‘Where the River Meets the Sea’, premiered at London’s ‘New Millennium Dome’ (now the ‘O2 Arena’) and ‘The Selfish Giant’ based on the fairy tale by Oscar Wilde.
His television work includes a sixty minute drama of Catherine Muschamp’s stage play ‘The Mother of the Pride’ for the UK digital channel, ‘Artsworld’ (Now Sky Arts) and a documentary for ‘Amulet Films’ about the making of ‘Ghosthunter’ starring renowned British actor, Frank Finlay.
Other documentaries include ‘Britain and Russia in the 21st Century’ shot in Moscow, St Petersburg and London and ‘Home Based Care in Kenya’ a documentary on HIV/AIDS, shot in Nyanza Province, Kenya for the ‘World Congress of AIDS’ in Toronto 2006.
In 2008, in collaboration with the acclaimed Los Angeles based theatre company ‘Starving Artists’, he produced and directed his second television drama, ‘Take Me With You’. Filmed entirely on location in West Hollywood and Malibu, California, ‘Take Me With You’ received an ‘Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking’ at the 2009 ‘Honolulu International Film Festival’ and was also nominated for best short film in the LGBT category at the ‘Swansea Film Festival’.
Other work includes his screenplay, ‘The Everly Brothers Guitar’, written in collaboration with Will Birch, a new stage play based on the Oscar Wilde story, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and to celebrate the centenary of the Palace Theatre Westcliff, he co-wrote with Rachel Lichtenstein and Stewart Trotter, ‘Tales From the Palace Theatre 1912-2012′ .
Most recently he has been working with The Thames Group of Artists who have created a pop up art installation entitled ‘Sweet Thames Run Softly’ that will tour along the River Thames from Southend to Southwark.