After 15 years establishing and leading November Club, the multi-award winning Northumberland based performing arts company, Artistic Director and CEO Cinzia Hardy will leave the company at the end of 2020 to concentrate on freelance directing and to explore new creative opportunities, both at home and abroad.

Cinzia founded the organisation, originally known as European Players, in London in 1990. After re-locating to North East England and enjoying great success with her first productions, The Novocastrian Philosophers’ Club (2007) and We Got Mittens Too! (2008), she re-branded the company as November Club. These early shows were ground-breaking productions made for the Lit & Phil and Mining Institute in Newcastle. They marked the start of November Club’s distinctive, site-specific approach to performance, which has gone from strength to strength, and gained Arts Council England National Portfolio status in 2012. Building on a successful partnership with the National Trust (NT), the company has since created a range of bespoke, immersive, dynamic and engaging experiences in heritage settings across several NT properties.

Together with a team of gifted associate artists, Cinzia has conceived, produced and directed over 30 productions that have won numerous culture and heritage awards, most notably Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers and Operation Pied Piper (at NT’s Wallington), Twelfth Day with the Delavals (Seaton Delaval Hall), Dr Mullins’ Anatomy of the Theatre Royal (Theatre Royal Newcastle), Why are you here? (Blickling, Norfolk) and Beyond the End of the Road (Hexham Auction Mart and across north east England).  

Cinzia said:Culture Awards

“I feel excited and scared about leaving but I know it’s time to move on. It’s time to hand the artistic baton on to someone new who will develop a new artistic vision for the company, working with the fantastic staff team and trustees”.

Fiona Standfield, chair of November Club’s Board of Trustees, said: 

“Cinzia’s vision and drive have been the inspiration behind the wide range of original and highly successful productions that November Club has enjoyed under her leadership.  We shall be very sorry to see Cinzia go at the end of the year, and wish her every success in her future endeavours.  

The Company’s focus will now turn to appointing a successor and we’d encourage those interested in becoming part of November Club’s future to look at our website for further details. “