Paul trained as a director at East 15 in London. He is a member of Equity and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York.


Paul has staged worked which has been seen at venues including Oldham Coliseum, HOME, the Old Red Lion (London), Tristan Bates (London), Theatre 503 (London), Manchester Library Theatre, Contact Theatre (Manchester) and the New Diorama. He was also 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 has twice directed for JB Shorts (Sugared Armour, JB 14 and A Hairline Crack, JB 12 and RE:PLAY at HOME)


*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)

He has four years experience working as a voluntary youth theatre as well as professional experience as a paid educator/ guest director working with college,  university and drama school students. 

He hold an MA in Theatre Directing from East 15 Acting School (supported through an AHRC grant) and a BA Hons Drama and English from Edge Hill University.

northern outlet theatre company

Paul is also the Artistic Director of Northern Outlet Theatre Company.

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 (2008)

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)

“...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

Country Life

FOUR STARS "...Quietly entertaining,

brilliantly original"

- 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

Extra Extra


"Director Paul Blinkhorn paces scenes carefully

and keeps the whole thing enigmatic."

- Howard Loxton

British Theatre Guide

Raving Beauties

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







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