Charles  Nowosielski

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Charles Nowosielski



Charles was born in Edinburgh to a Polish father and Scottish mother and was educated at George Heriot's school. He trained for the theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and gained his membership to the profession with the New Shakespeare Company at Regent's Park with whom he toured the UK, India and Sri Lanka.

As an actor Charlie worked all over the UK perhaps most notably at the Roundhouse with Zoe Wanemaker and Jeremy Irons and at the Royal Court with Paul Nicholas and Warren Clarke under Richard O Brien and Nicholas Wright. Returning to his native Scotland he worked in all the major theatres and it was in one of them, Dundee Rep, that he was invited to direct a series of short Scottish works, most importantly, SOMETHING IN IT FOR CORDELIA by Joan Ure.

This work, and others of a similar ilk, led Charlie to form the Netherbow Players. This led to the eventual formation of Theatre Alba, a company dedicated to new work in the Scots tongue with intrinsic use of live original music and interpretative movement; concerned with mysticism, oral tradition and an exploration of the essence of Scottishness.

Charlie found a partnership with Richard Cherns as Musical Director and the company won many plaudits and indeed awards with productions such as TAMLANE, THE CARLIN MOTH, THE LASS WI THE MUCKLE MOU, THE CAULDRON, THE SHEPHERD BEGUILED, THE PUDDOCK AND THE PRINCESS. The lack of core funding led Charlie to apply for the post of Artistic Director of the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh which he successfully ran alongside Theatre Alba from 1986 to 1991.

After a brief spell as Artistic Director at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast he returned to continue his work in the nation of Scotland. He initiated the formation of MPR Theatre Studio based in Musselburgh. He has directed some 100 professional productions and while people will vary in their opinions, he considers his best to be THE PUDDOCK AND THE PRINCESS and THE LASS WI THE MUCKLE MOU for Theatre Alba, ST. JOAN and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK for the Brunton Theatre, ARMS AND THE MAN and HAMLET for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. The zenith of his career to date was a highly controversial production of THE BRUCE for Frank Dunlop at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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