Joe Charles DIRECTOR

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Joe has been a professional theatre director and actor for over thirty years. His long experience includes working as an actor at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

One of his most enjoyable and challenging roles was playing “Jesus” in The Mystery plays at Lincoln Cathedral.

His television roles include appearances in a wide number of situation comedies and TV dramas including The Sweeney, The Professionals, Family Affairs and East Enders.

As a director his journey has mirrored his acting career, working in many repertory theatres, and directing a wide variety of plays, from classics through to modern.

For fifteen years he was a producer for Roots Theatre Company based in London, during which time he directed Don’t Blame The Postman from Jamaica a production he brought over from Jamaica. Due to his pioneering efforts a new “Roots Theatre” style of acting evolved at The Brixton Village in London and he went on to direct a collection of other plays there.

After founding Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company dedicated to providing a platform for classically trained singers and actors from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds  he directed and produced a critically acclaimed all-black version of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” at the Tricycle Theatre, in Kilburn London. The Classic Black Concert at The Wimbledon Theatre followed.

Most recently Joe directed four part mini-series Black Spartacus which is Thee Black Swan’s first audio play and production to be aired on The Wireless Theatre Company.

Joe hopes interest in the audio version of the play will assist with Thee Black Swan’s plan of staging a theatre version of Black Spartacus.

Joe is keen to share his theatrical experience with others and can be contacted at

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