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Introducing… Frankie Parham

By Ailie Crerar

26th August 2019

Frankie Parham is one of the co-founders of the New Generation Festival and Director of Business Development for MOS.

 

Q&A:

What was your first professional job?

My first job was at an educational consultancy in Moscow while I was still a student.

 

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? 

Assuming they cannot be fictional and that we, my wife Lucy and I, could only invite 4 guests: Anne Lister, Billie Holiday, Pyotr : Tchaikovsky and William Shakespeare.

 

What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?

Don’t hesitate to trust your instincts.

 

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? 

If you have the chance to work with friends, you can count yourself lucky.

 

What excites you about working with young musicians?

Young musicians possess a mixture of confidence, curiosity, enthusiasm and energy that is infectious.

A bit more about Frankie:

Frankie is a producer of theatre, opera, film and comedy and, together with Maximilian Fane and Roger Granville, a co-founder of The New Generation Festival (NGF), a music, theatre and opera festival designed to showcase emerging talent that takes place annually in Florence, Italy. NGF was recently engaged to produce and programme a newly-built concert hall in Andermatt, Switzerland that opened in June 2019 with a concert performed by the Berlin Philharmonic. The same team is also behind the soon to be opened Mascarade Opera Studio, also in Florence, Italy, designed to prepare singers and répétiteurs for major careers in opera.

 

Frankie’s previous credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre Kingston, 2018), DENIM (Soho Theatre / Edinburgh Fringe Festival / Glastonbury / VAULT Festival, 2014-2018), I Have A Mouth and I Will Scream by Abi Zakarian (VAULT Festival 2018), stand-up comedian Helen Duff (Edinburgh Fringe Festival / Brighton Fringe / VAULT Festival, 2015-2017), sketch comedy double-act Scene Selection (various, including the Tristan Bates Theatre, 2013-2017), Crocodile by Joe Eyre (VAULT Festival 2017), the UK première of Luce by JC Lee, now a critically-acclaimed film starring Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Tim Roth (Southwark Playhouse, 2016), Oliver Dench’s One-Man Hamlet (Théâtre National de Nice, 2016), Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre, 2014), Twelfth Night (UK tour, 2013), Spring Awakening (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2012), Hamlet (UK tour, 2011), Henry V (OUDS/Thelma Holt international tour to Tbilisi, Georgia, 2009) and Предложение (Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal performed in Russian, 2007).

 

In addition to producing JMK finalist projects in both 2014 and 2017, Frankie has also worked for the RSC (Revolutions season), Moscow’s Sovremennik Theatre, Cheek by Jowl, Shakespeare’s Globe (Globe to Globe season), Theatre Royal Plymouth, Sputnik Theatre Company, Whispering Beasts, Sovereign Arts, Antic Face, Shakespeare in Italy and the Oneohone Theatre Company.

 

Frankie read Classics and Russian at the University of Oxford after which he studied Law at both SOAS and BPP University in London and qualified as a solicitor with White & Case LLP. He worked for the City law firm in London, Moscow and Paris.

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