Paul trained as a director at East 15 in London before becoming Trainee Associate Director at the New End Theatre, where he directed the UK premiere of 74 GEORGIA AVENUE by Tony and Academy Award nominated writer Murray Schisgal. He is a member of Equity and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York.
SCRIPTS ALOUD – BLUE SKY CHILDREN (Manchester ADP / Kings Arms, Salford), THE BOOT (Chilling Out Theatre/ The Hen and Chickens/ Camden Fringe), SCRIPTS ALOUD – RESURRECTION 2016 (Manchester ADP / Kings Arms, Salford), PERVERTED MOVES IN TEH DARK: THE SECOND COMING (Kings Arms, Salford), SCRIPTS ALOUD - FELLAZ (ADP/ The King’s Arms, Salford), SIGNIFICANT OTHER FESTIVAL - CRUSH (Pensive Federation / Oldham Coliseum), JB SHORTS 14 - SUGARED ARMOUR (Reallife Theatre Company / Joshua Brooks), SHAKESPEARE LIVES! (Irlam Festival Fringe), WRITERS FOR SALE - LIVE (Dog Cat Trumpet Productions/ Waterside Arts Centre, Sale), JOHN AND MARK / NAKED OLD MAN (Northern Outlet Theatre Company - Taurus Bar Manchester, Lantern Theatre Liverpool, Stanwix Theatre Carlisle), JB SHORTS 12 - A HAIRLINE CRACK (Reallife Theatre Company/ Joshua Brooks, selected to feature as part of Re:play 2015 at HomeMcr), MERLOT'S MAGIC (Irlam Festival Fringe), SPRING AND PORT WINE (Northern Outlet Theatre Company/ King's Arms Theatre - Mashed Up North Festival), SHELTER FROM THE STORM (American Actors UK/ Tristan Bates Theatre), CONTACT COMPACTS #1 - SUNK (LoungeFest/Contact Theatre), PERSPECTIVES / CAMOUFLAGE (Organised Chaos/ Studio Salford), THE MIGHTY CARLINS (North American Actors Association Playreading Festival/ Tristan Bates), COUNTRY LIFE (Player Playwrights/ Rada GBS Theatre – Camden Festival Fringe – followed by a three-week transfer to the Old Red Lion), RISK ASSESSMENT (Theatre 503/ Rapid Write Response), CYNTHIA (New Wave Theatre/ Leicester Square Theatre – staged reading) UP ON BRICKS (Sitcom Mission/ Hat Trick Productions – New Diorama), THE COCKROACH DIALOGUES (UK Premiere – London Playwrights’ Collective/ Theatre 503), IN FRIENDS LIKE THESE WE TRUST (Theatre 503/ Rapid Write Response), SIREN (Chilling Out Theatre/ Etcetera Theatre-Camden Fringe Festival – nominated for the 20th Meyer-Whitworth Award), FINCHLEY ROAD (London Playwrights’ Collective/ Theatre 503), THE TEACHER WHO LOVED ME (In Company – Off Cut Festival/ Old Red Lion), RAVING BEAUTIES (Broken Echo Theatre Company/ Studio Salford), Tape (Northern Outlet Theatre Company – nominated for ‘Best Production’ at Buxton Festival Fringe, re:play Festival 2009 – Library Theatre Manchester), THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF ALAN KONIGSBERG (Northern Outlet Theatre Company – staged reading).
As Assistant Director:
*TWO 2 (World Premiere, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Dir: David Thacker)
*TWO (Octagon Theatre Bolton, Dir: David Thacker)
*FROZEN (Manchester Library Theatre Company, Dir: Roger Haines - nominated for
‘Best Production’ at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2008)
northern outlet theatre company
Paul is also the Artistic Director of Northern Outlet Theatre Company.
The company's principal focus is to collaborate with creatives in the North of the UK to stage forgotten gems and exciting new work.
As a company with strong connections to the North-West it is committed to being a platform for emerging Northern talent.
"Any new theatre company's work is to be welcomed especially when
their debut production is as good as Tape"
- Dave Cunningham
Productions to date:
JOHN AND MARK a new play by George Gunby and NAKED OLD MAN by Tony and
Academy Award nominated writer Murray Schisgal (UK Premiere) presented as a double-bill, Lantern Theatre Liverpool, Taurus Bar Manchester and Stanwix Theatre Carlisle.
SPRING AND PORT WINE (Northern Outlet Theatre Company/
King's Arms Theatre - Mashed Up North Festival)
74 GEORGIA AVENUE by Tony and Academy Award nominated writer Murray Schisgal (UK Premiere), New End Theatre, Hampstead (co-production with the New End Theatre)
TAPE by Stephen Belber (Regional Premiere), nominated for Best Production at the Buxton Fringe and selected to feature as part of Re:play at the Library Theatre, Manchester
A Hairline Crack (JB Shorts 12)
"A smashing tale of hoarding... Jane McNulty's A Hairline Crack gives a cautionary tale about hoarding vintage crockery a smashing denouement"
- Alfred Hickling for The Guardian
John and Mark / Naked Old Man - double bill
“Theatre is at its absolute best when it’s
stripped back to the bare essentials, no fluff
or extravagant sets, just expression and communication. This we learn through
Northern Outlet Theatre Company’s double bill” – Kate Morris from Now Then Magazine (Manchester)
“We ask questions. We try to understand. And this one-act offering – directed sweetly and sharply by Northern Outlet Theatre Company’s Paul Blinkhorn – does both with passion, skill, tact and brawn…It’s a real joy to witness, in a small room under a Gay Village pub, one of the best Lennons I’ve seen..." - Paul Thompson from Manchester Salon on John and Mark
Spring and Port Wine
"Bill Naughton’s period drama Spring and
Port Wine is brought kicking and screaming
into the 21st century ... a solid revival
of a kitchen sink classic."
The Fiction Stroker
FOUR STARS "...Quietly entertaining,
- Helen Macdonald
FOUR STARS “Completely engrossing…
everybody must go and see
this thoroughly entertaining production. Now”
- Amina Bhuiyan
A Younger Theatre
74 Georgia Avenue
"...a one-act, bitter sweet play that packs a powerful punch...under Paul
Blinkhorn's succinct direction."
- Pauline Flannery
"Director Paul Blinkhorn paces scenes carefully
and keeps the whole thing enigmatic."
- Howard Loxton
British Theatre Guide
FOUR STARS "...a fine production of a good
play that is full of humour and never
fails to entertain."
- Dave Cunningham
"Directed by Paul Blinkhorn this is a terrifically
engaging and entertaining production"
- Kevin Bourke
Manchester Evening News