• Who am I?

    About me

    Marcus Roche is an associate of Cheek by Jowl theatre company. He was assistant director to Declan Donnellan at Cheek by Jowl and toured with their productions of Shakespeare's Pericles and The Winter's Tale. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and École Philippe Gaulier in Paris.


    In 2012 he directed The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey which received critical acclaim was nominated for a CATS award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award. The production toured, then completed a second Edinburgh fringe run. In 2014 he created Vote For Me which was part of the Early Days Festival at the Arches. He has directed The Night before the Trial a couple of Chekhov's short stories as a curtain raiser to the Tron Theatre’s production of Three Sisters. He has directed for the Tron Theatre, the Arches, Play, Pie and a Pint, Wee Theatres, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Theatre 503. He has worked closely with Rachel O’Riordan on Macbeth as associate director, and as assistant on both Cinderella and Neil Simons the Odd Couple at Perth Theatre.


    In 2013 he performed in Perth Theatre pantomime, and played Quince in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights’ Dream in the Strastnoy theatre in Moscow. Marcus has visited Russia several times where he trained as an actor under Gytis Padegimas, and has directed and performed in a contemporary movement version of Romeo and Juliet for the Taganrog Opera and Drama Theatre. As an voice over actor he has worked for the BBC, Pachamama and National Theatre of Scotland.

  • Latest Project

    Up in Smoke written by Tatty Hennessy, performed by Danielle Phillips for National Etheatr

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  • Recent Projects

    Bajarse Al Moro /

    Going Down to Morocco

    What was it about:


    Marcus directed a staged reading of Jose Luis Alonso De Santos' classic play Going Down to Morocco in both Spanish and English as part of the first Contemporary Spanish Playwriting Season.


    When and where:


    Cervantes Theatre, Southwark, 2018


    For photographs from the staged reading click here


    Cheek by Jowl's


    What was it about:


    Marcus is the Assistant director for Cheek By Jowl's Pericles by William Shakespeare and George Wilkins


    When and where:


    European Tour in 2018, including Barbican Centre, London.


    For more about the production click here



    Cheek by Jowl's

    The Winter's Tale

    What was it about:


    Marcus was the Assistant director for Cheek By Jowl The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare.


    When and where:


    European Tour 2016, Worldwide (including US & Russia) 2017


    For more about the production click here


    For a response to the piece written by Mario Vagas Llosa click here (ES)


    Click here for an interview with Orlando James and Marcus Roche

  • Focus on Productions

    Production shots from shows. For more pictures click this link.

    Bajarse Al Moro at the Cervantes Theatre (2018)

    José Ramon Arredondo, Candela Gómez as Elena, Sergio Colón as Alberto . Photo credit: Deanne Jones

    Ubu Roi at Play, Pie and a Pint (2012)

    Barry Hunter, Helen McAlpine, Paul-James Corrigan. Photo credit: Leslie Black


    Read the Skinny's review here.

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  • Notable Projects

    Some more projects that I have directed

    A Night Before the Trial

    and The Sneeze

    by Anton P. Chekhov

    What was it about:


    The Night Before the Trail and The Sneeze are two of Anton Chekhov’s vaudevillian short stories that feature people striving to be the best they can be in a society obsessed with the pursuit of status. The audience were invited to join Chekhov and his associates to hear these "new pieces" only for their lives to take an absurd turn.


    When and where:


    At the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, as a curtain raiser to John Byrne's Three Sisters, on the 17th and 18th of October 2014




    For Neil Cooper's review in the Herald click here



    The Agony and Ecstasy 

    of Steve Jobs 

    by Mike Daisey

    What was it:


    This is a hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale of Steve Jobs and the Chinese workers toiling to make your beloved iPhones. Explore the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops in China, complete with armed guards, underage workers and disturbing tales of toxic factories. Agony shows how one man's story might not be able to topple an empire, but it can certainly give it a righteous shove.


    Starring Grant O'Rourke


    When and where:


    Gilded Balloon, Edinbugh 2012, 2013 and UK Tour



    **** - Scotsman

    **** - Telegraph

    **** - British Theatre Guide

    **** - What's On Stage

    **** - Fest

    **** - Metro


    Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award shortlisted production and nominated for a Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland for best performance.


    Vote for Me

    by Marcus Roche

    What was it about:


    Part clown show, stand up, live art: Marxus sold his vote in the Scottish Referendum to the highest bidder in the audience. A piece centred round how the economy is the primary factor of influence in our democracy.


    Buying votes is illegal, but is selling them…?


    When and where:


    Vote for Me, played at the Arches in Glasgow as part of the Early Days festival on the 16th of September 2014




    For Neil Cooper's review in the Herald click here



    Romeo and Juliet

    by William Shakespeare

    What was it:



    Romeo and Juliet made collaboratively between an international creative team and a Russian repertory theatre. Heavily physical, the production was an experiment with contemporary theatre and received critical acclaim.


    When and where:


    In rep. since 10th November 2012


    Taganrog Opera and Drama Theatre, Rostov-on-Don, Russia



    Click here for video

    Top Table 

    by Rob Drummond

    What was it:


    A restaging of Rob Drummond's play where a family falls apart on the day of a wedding, this time in full scale immersive experience at the Glasgow Hilton. Complete with improvising hen and stag parties that turned up the day off, after the night before, the audience were invited to the wedding of the year.


    When and where:


    25th May 2013 at the Glasgow Hilton. The event was a fundraiser for Cancer Support Scotland



    by Shakespeare

    What was it:


    Two army buddies who've been celebrating survival of the recent bloodshed have one, two, many whiskeys and end up hallucinating a path to glory that spurs the lesser noble of the two to destroy all his friends, family and country, whose self-same destruction is ensured by a cheeky Westminster warmonger's opportunistic annexation of Scotland.


    Collaboration with Patty Niemann glass artist who designed and created glasswork for the show.


    Where and when:


    Scottish Highland tour, May 2011


    Read the Scotsman's review here


    Click here for an interview with Marcus Roche

  • Training

    Ecole Philippe Gaulier


    If I could I have learned nothing, that managed to forget everything I had learned, perhaps one day I could aspire to be a real idiot. This summer I joined the fraternity of people on a life-long quest of discovering my clown. 

    International Theatre Summer School 7

    (VII Международной летней школе СТД РФ)


    Theatre Union of Russia

    Month long prestigious training in classical forms of acting, fencing, singing, voice, dance, physical theatre, Chekhov, Shakespeare.Trained as an actor in Meyerhold technique under Gytis Padegimas. During this school I played Quince in Moscow, directed by Ekaterina Granitova

    Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

    Masters in Classical and Contemporary Text - Directing (Distinction)

    All encompassing training in directing, delivered in part by the Shakespeare's Globe in London. Worked alongside playwright Nicola McCartney in a year-long development of a piece: Hartland.

    Other Training (I used to be an Astrophysicist)


    Young Vic Springboard 2012, FST Producer on placement, RSC Directors Workshop, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) Arts and Business, Traverse Young Writers

    I have a diversity in training and I have a BSc Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh.


    Here's me talking about the link between physics and my work.