Background & History
PATRICK TUCKER graduated with a BSc in physics from the University of London, and an MFA in theatre directing from Boston University. He has directed over 200 theatre productions, many in repertory, and was an assistant director to John Barton at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
With his actor partner Christine Ozanne he founded the Original Shakespeare Company in the 1990s, and has presented Folio Cue Script productions three times at Shakespeare's Globe in London, twice at the du Maurier World Stage Festival in Toronto, and four times at the Jerash Festival in Jordan.
Internationally, he has also directed plays in the United States (Loves Labour's Lost for SMU in Dallas, Anthonie, and Cleopatra for the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, Measure, For Measure for the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Theatre, Virginia); South Korea (A Midsummer Night's Dream - the Musical for the National Theatre, in Korean), and Israel (Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus of Disapproval for the Beer Sheva Theatre, in Hebrew).
He is immensely proud that his niece Dr Tiffany Stern has found his work of value for her books and research, and that she is now a full Professor at University College, Oxford.
He is also well known in the screen world, having directed nearly 200 dramas from Liverpool's own Brookside to experimental plays for the BBC, and one feature film.
His own books include Secrets of Screen Acting, Secrets of Acting Shakespeare, and with Christine The Actor's Survival Handbook and most recently the Award Monologues for Men and the Award Monologues for Women.
CHRISTINE OZANNE was born in Leicester and trained at RADA, graduating with an Honours Diploma in 1958. Taking her cue from Patrick, Christine developed her own Shakespeare workshops, and she and Patrick now hold Masterclasses together bringing a unique slant to the Secrets of Acting Shakespeare. She was the on stage prompter (or Book Holder) for most of the OSC's 55 demonstrations and presentations.
Some of Christine's favourite stage roles include Miss Prism (in The Importance of Being Earnest); Aunt Sylvia in This Happy Breed; Capulet in Ring Round the Moon; Ida in See How They Run; Prossy in Candida; and Mary Featherstone in How the Other Half Loves. In the West End she played Mrs Ebury in the original cast of Dirty Linen by Tom Stoppard, for a year.
On television, amongst many others, Christine featured in A Small Problem; Take a Letter Mr Jones; Six Dates with Barker; The Two Ronnies; Open All Hours; Casualty; Chucklevision; General Hospital; Within These Walls; Crime and Punishment; Shine on Harvey Moon; Great Expectations; The Love School (Queen Victoria); The Sun is God; Keep the Aspidistra Flying; I Measured the Skies; and Everybody Say Cheese. Christine has also made over fifty commercials in the UK and Europe.
Films include: Carry on Nurse; Ooh, you are awful; Oliver!; The Knowledge; The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones; In the Dark and Lassie.
Christine collaborated with Patrick on the production of several books, mainly as co-author of The Actor's Survival Handbook.