20 South Street is a creative hub and home for the work of Julia Stubbs Hughes
Julia Stubbs Hughes trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, graduating with a Diploma in Theatre. She then continued to work as an actor, first in Manchester with companies such as Penny Plain, Maiden Theatre and Midsommer Actors and then in London.
Here she began to play many of theatre’s most iconic female parts including Nora in A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, Regan in King Lear, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and Racine’s Berenice. Julia also had the opportunity to work at the National Theatre on several of their Platforms series, with highlights being for NT2000, opposite Susannah York in Long Day’s Journey into Night and for NT25, as Susan Traherne in Plenty alongside original cast members Paul Freeman and Stephen Moore and being directed by Fiona Shaw as the Young Woman (whom Shaw had played in the NT production) in a masterclass on Machinal.
During this time, Julia was also co-running WHen. a new writing theatre company, whose work included premieres of new plays by Rhiannon Tise (The Silent Time), Paul Tucker (Unlucky for Some), Patrick Miles (Sara – a new version of Chekhov’s Ivanov), Dominic Francis (The Smashed Blue Hills) and Philip de Gouveia (The Six Wives of Timothy Leary). The company in addition, was involved in producing some extraordinary work by other artists, including the UK premiere of Don DeLillo’s Valparaiso directed by Jack McNamara and a revival of Marlene Gomard Meyer’s Etta Jenks, directed by Che Walker and starring Daniela Nardini and Clarke Peters.
Julia then started directing after she read a startling new play called Thin Toes by first-time writer Laura Stevens and this was followed by productions for international festivals in Romania (with It’s A Girl!) and South Africa (Remembering You like something I’d Forgotten), alongside revivals of Stephen Belber’s Tape and the critically acclaimed West End transfer of Steven Hevey’s remarkable first play In My Name.
Whilst still attracted to directing, Julia now devotes most of her spare time to writing – for her film blog JSHmoviestuff and her plays. She is most interested in creating adaptations of existing work and to date has adapted Edith Wharton’s short novel Summer for theatre and re-imagined Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a one-man show from a unique perspective in the forthcoming Hamlet our brother in spring 2016.