Trained in the first cohort of students at Curious School of Puppetry and with experience working with Handspring Puppet Company in Cape Town, Paines Plough and Frantic Assembly, Freddie is a director, writer, musician and performer.
Freddie currently works within the Freelancers Make Theatre Work campaign for whom he also made a short film, It's Time for a Value Shift and composed music for their podcast. His recent writing has been published in the Stage.
His documentary series made with Bim Ajadi About Graeae traced the making of Winsome Pinnock's One Under and the importance of Graeae's work towards inclusivity and accessibility.
Recent work includes In Our Bones with Femi Oriogun-Williams (Vault Festival, 2020 in collaboration with Alice Hartley, Finn Boxer, Jeroen Wuyts and Armed with Bow), an explosion of Don Paterson's poem Sunset, Visingsö , uttering a cry of hope in ecological crisis, was made originally for The Lyric and Performance seminar series at the University of Cambridge Faculty of English (Visingsö, 2018) and restaged at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth (The Unattended Moment, 2019 in collaboration with The Imperfect Orchestra and Frances Staniforth). The Hapless Child, a songcycle for puppets was made for MAPU Festival, Piazzola, Italy (2017) with Femi Oriogun-Williams and Pete Davies and performed in the UK.
Freddie was Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth between 2018 and 2020. Assistant Directing credits include: God of Chaos by Phil Porter, Theatre Royal Plymouth, dir. David Mercatali (2019), You Stupid Darkness! by Sam Steiner, Paines Plough, dir. James Grieve (2019), The Kneebone Cadillac by Carl Grose, Theatre Royal Plymouth, dir. Simon Stokes (2018), Quiz by James Graham, dir. Daniel Evans (2017)
Also puppet commission from Red Rose Chain, Ipswich for their youth theatre production Black Shuck (2017) and Zoo Co's touring productions Giant (2016) and The Girl Who Fell in Love with the Moon (2015).
Freddie worked in Chichester Festival Theatre's Learning, Education and Participation on Heritage Projects and Youth Theatre Productions. Also in an archival capacity at CASS Sculpture Foundation.
Other puppetry and theatre credits include work with The Footlights, The Marlowe Society, The Cambridge Greek Play and outdoor productions in Clare College Gardens.
In Our Bones
Diniwe and the Hadedas in collaboration with Alice Hartley, Finn Boxer, Will Langstone (Armed with Bow) and Jeroen Wuyts
Vault Festival, March 2020
Photography: Cass Brooks
The Unattended Moment
Diniwe and the Hadedas in Collaboration with The Imperfect Orchestra and Frances Staniforth
The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth, May 2019
Photography: Grace Jenkins
Thank you Frantic Assembly
The Hapless Child, MAPU Festival, Italy, May 2017
Diniwe and the Hadedas
Photography: Elisa Biagiarelli
First sighting of Black Shuck, January 2017
The Boy Who Cried Fish, Curious School of Puppetry, 2016
Puppet made by Lyndie Wright
Puppetry by Freida O'Byrne, Edie Edmunson, Nix Wood, Ailsa Dalling and Freddie Crossley
Photography: Marco Berardi