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SKin Tight - rehearsal


Max Kirk is an Off West End Award Nominated director for Theatre, Film, TV and Radio and the Artistic Director of Southern Magpie.

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Skin Tight 2021

Skin Tight 2021

We Never Get Off at Sloane Square

We Never Get Off at Sloane Square

Skin Tight, Hope Theater 2017

Skin Tight, Hope Theatre 2017

© Tim Hall

His Dark Materials Part 2

His Dark Materials, 2015

© James Corbin

SKin Tight, Carne STudio Theatre, 2017

Skin Tight, Carne Theatre, 2017

© Terence Smith

His Dark Materials Part 2

His Dark Materials, 2015

© James Corbin

Up!, 2014

Up!, 2014

Up!, 2014

Up!, 2014

Tom's Midnight Garden, 2015

Tom's Midnight Garden, 2015

Our Old Den

Our Old Den

Still from the short film - currently in post production

Skin TIght, 2017

Skin Tight, 2017

© Terence Smith

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Max is a British/New Zealand/Irish director and writer and maintains citizenship in all three countries of his heritage, as well as a keen interest in theatre, film and new writing from around the world. He especially enjoys making work with a strong sense of place and time.

He graduated LAMDA's MA Directing programme in 2017 and has worked as a freelance driector since then. He founded Southern Magpie to continue exploring new writing and New Zealand theatre in particular and has subsequently used the company to help make work in film.

He has worked as a director with theatres and companies in London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Oxford, as well as curating new writing programs in Bristol. He has also assisted directors including Ria Parry, Rebecca Frecknall and Kate Budgen.

A revival of kiwi classic Skin Tight plays at the Hope theater, Islington from 19th Oct - 6th Nov, whilst his first short film 'Our Old Den' is currently debuting at festivals worldwide. He's recently spent time both in New Zealand, exploring theatre around the country, and in the UK, workshopping an adaptation of Helen DeWitt's epic novel 'The Last Samurai', set for production in Decemeber 2021.

Max is currently based in London, UK and Auckland, NZ

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by Gary Henderson
The Hope Theatre

Off West End Award Nomination 2017 - Best Director​

CRITICS CHOICE BEST SHOWS 2017 - London Pub Theatres

We chat to fast rising director of SKIN TIGHT, Max Kirk, bringing award-winning New Zealand plays to the UK  - Interview

"The clarity of Max Kirk's direction and staging is impeccable"

***** thespyinthestalls

"Kirk’s direction is dynamic from the offset"

***** londonpubtheatre

"draws the audience in and holds them spellbound"

***** londontheater1

"Moving, provocative, and truly original as a piece of art"

- Islington Tribune​​

****1/2 Breakingthefourthwall​

"Flawless... heartbreaking"

Miro Magazine



by Max Kirk
The Alma Tavern Theatre

‘‘brilliantly written, deftly performed and a joy to watch. Max Kirk is a name we will definitely be seeing a lot more in the future"
***** Epigram

"the whole audience was left in amazement, with one such reviewer left quite simply in complete bewilderment as to how to do justice to such a poignant performance"
***** Intermission

‘a cosmic understanding of life and love’
*****Bristol Theatre Review

"witty, poignant, intellectually chewy and often very moving" B 24/7



by Philip Pullman adapted by Nicholas Wright
The Winston Theatre


***** Epigram


"so good that I’m running out of positive adjectives to use’
***** Intermission


"a masterful display of performance, narrative, and sheer emotional lucidity."

***** Epigram


"plays of poetry, love and drama that draw you into their world"

***** Intermission


"Sheer genius"

***** Bristol Theatre Review

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by Artemis Howard and Eliot Salt
Underbelly, Edinburgh

Get Your Sh*t Together

‘Directors… deserve enormous credit for shaping the production into such a heady cocktail of laughter and melody’
**** Edfringe review



Low Tide in Glass Bay

"Impossible not to feel invested in every character"

***** Epigram


"the cast were so well selected it seemed as if the characters were written for them personally"


"keeps the laughs coming... a likeable look at what happens when grown-ups still have a lot to learn from the school of life."

The Scotsman

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Henna Night by Amy Rosenthal

Etcetera Theatre Camden

"An intelligent and well-observed two-hander"

Susan Elkin, Sardines magazine

Walk Swiftly and with Purpose by Siofra Dromgoole

"a tumbling, touching story of four female friends on the brink of adulthood – imagine an English, all-girl Superbad"

- Fergus Morgan, Alchymy critic in residence

& The Counties by Patrick Russell

(Part of Catalyst 2018), The North Wall, Oxford, 2018


The Only Real Elegance by Max Kirk

Wickham Theatre, 2016


Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce adapted by Max Kirk

Winston Theatre, 2015

“Kirk’s trademark quirky directing style paved the way for some beautiful shadowplay, which, not to give too much away, added a cinematic backdrop to the whistle-stop tour through Philippa Pearce’s children’s classic.”

Up! by Pete Docter adapted by Max Kirk, Anson Rooms, 2014

"Rendered sensitively and skillfully, Max Kirk’s bold directorial move to retain the younger versions of lovers Carl and Ellie onstage to linger amongst their older selves successfully weaves us into a scene of past and present.”  Epigram


Write Bear/Who Dares Writes/Bristol Old Vic New Writing Showcase

[as Literary Producer/Director]

Annual New Writing Showcases at The Wardrobe Theatre, The Bierkeller Theatre, The Room Above and Bristol Old Vic, 2014-2016

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by Jez Butterworth
The Wardrobe Theatre, 2013

"A tense, surprising and sexy play that’s not just about fish"
**** Epigram

"the direction is so good"


"I would certainly like to see more from director Max Kirk"

****Bristol Theatre Review

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