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As a freelance director, Ali has works with new writing, classics and adaptions, site specific, physical and audio theatre alike. She also has experience in creating scripts from verbatim material, working within the community, professional script development, choreography, devised and game theatre, as well as technologically-led and cross-media projects. 

Ali is also the Artistic Director of the award-winning Bunbury Banter Theatre Company, which she founded in 2006. Bunbanter is based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland and creates multi-sensory immersive productions, for and with the local community, looking outward to the world. In addition to their theatre work and an extensive educational side to the company, Bunbanter has also produced over eighty radio plays in over ten different series genres, and their work is broadcast worldwide. For more information, please see:

Directing credits include; Beneath The Dust, site responsive Halloween experience (Bunbanter), Words Live (Bunbanter), Black Roses by Simon Armitage (Bunbanter/Theatre Royal Dumfries), Bug In The Cup by Helouis Thual; Freckle by Giles Connisby; Wassail Play by Simon Farquhar; The Square Mile by Andy Edwards (all part of Bunbanter’s A Play, A Poet and A Pastry), Blackout by Davey Anderson (Bunbanter/Theatre Royal Dumfries) Freedom’s Cut (NTS Five Min Festival), The Eco Effect (TimeWave/LoNyLa), Moon On A Stick & Fancy Meeting You Here by Lisa Fulthorpe (Bunbury Banter), Rain Stops Play by Lee Ravitz (Bunbury Banter, starring Timothy West and Prunella Scales), Memories of Loss by Hannah Walton Williams (Riverside Studios), The Fastest Clock in the Universe by Philip Ridley (Battersea Arts Centre).

Ali originally trained as an actress with Bodyworks Dance Company and at Drama Studio London, then at St Mary's University, gaining an MA (Merit) in Theatre Directing.

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