Derek Bond

Derek Bond Portrait


Current and future projects include: CHRISTMASAURUS (Hammersmith Apollo)and DINOSAUR WORLD (UK Tour 2018).

Theatre credits include: JESS AND JOE FOREVER (Orange Tree Theatre, UK Tour and Traverse); DINOSAUR WORLD (UK Tour); ALICE IN WONDERLAND and STIG OF THE DUMP (Storyhouse, Chester); SWEET CHARITY and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Royal Exchange); AS YOU LIKE IT and FLOYD COLLINS (Southwark Playhouse); MICROCOSM (Soho Theatre); SHIVER and LOST IN YONKERS (Watford Palace); MANY MOONS (Theatre 503); PLAYLIST (Theatre 503/Latitude Festival); SARABAND (Jermyn Street Theatre); TRYING (Finborough Theatre); GIRLS AND DOLLS and COLOURINGS (Old Red Lion); AFRICAN GOTHIC (White Bear Theatre); THE WONDER! A WOMAN KEEPS A SECRET (White Bear Theatre & BAC); THE CENSOR (Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham & Union Theatre, London).

14 September 2016

Derek Bond and James Perkins open JESS AND JOE FOREVER at the Orange Tree

Derek Bond and James Perkins open JESS AND JOE FOREVER at the Orange Tree

A Farnham Maltings and Orange Tree Theatre co-production, Zoe Cooper’s latest play is directed by Derek Bond and designed by James Perkins. Playing in Richmond until 8th Oct before touring the UK.  

Broadway world ★★★★

“Derek Bond's deft direction ensures the audience is never confused about who is talking and to whom.” 

“brilliantly staged”

“James Perkins' design is simple but effective. The floor is a colourful checked carpet with an intriguing pile of soil in the centre; this pile goes on to represent a river bank, a field and a beach. As the play progresses, the dirt comes more trampled and dispersed, reflecting the erosion of childhood innocence.” 

“a beautifully funny, bittersweet and intensely poignant new work about childhood, growing up and friendship. You will laugh, you will cry, but make sure you get a ticket.” 

Evening Standard ★★★★ 

“Derek Bond’s sensitive direction captures the unusual mix of earthy truth and lightness in Cooper’s writing”

“a small play with a big heart, a romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny but also unexpectedly powerful”

The Stage ★★★★ 

“director Derek Bond’s messy, playful production adds some clever touches: the pair change the lighting with a clicker and use mic stands as fence posts and lecterns. It’s a self conscious production, perfectly underscoring the self consciousness of adolescence.”

“heartrending and heartwarming beauty” 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“Her writing has a concerted naivety, cannily matched in the clunkiness of Derek Bond's staging. His DIY production presents a child's eye view, as if Jess and Joe have staged their own story. They hammer mic stands like fence posts, and spread dank soil over the office carpet of James Perkins' set.”

“You'll want to punch the air.”

Arts Desk ★★★★

“a hugely enjoyable romcom.”

“Derek Bond’s very funny and quietly intense production, deftly designed in an increasingly muddy and minimalistic space by James Perkins”

“quirky, funny, moving and theatrically thrilling – a small play that packs a great emotional punch.”

21 July 2016

Jessica Swale and Derek Bond open STIG OF THE DUMP at Grosvenor Open Air Theatre

Jessica Swale and Derek Bond open STIG OF THE DUMP at Grosvenor Open Air Theatre

Jessica Swale’s adaptation of Clive King’s classic children’s novel is directed by Derek Bond and plays in Chester until the 21st of August.

The Stage ★★★★★

“Jessica Swale has adapted the text with loving attention to detail and Derek Bond’s direction brings it to life in a way that grasps the attention of young and old alike”


“Bond’s production is likely to cause as many tears of nostalgic joy as it does youthful laughter.”

“This is family theatre of the highest standard.” 

“Outstanding adaptation and astute casting combine in a magical piece of family theatre” 

Guardian ★★★★

“the realism of Derek Bond’s production” 

“the strength of Jessica Swale’s adaptation” 

“As for the realisation of Stig himself, I wouldn’t wish to spoil the surprise; except to declare that it is pure, theatrical mahoo.”

Chester Chronicle ★★★★

“it was with no small degree of satisfaction that one heard the news that Jessica Swale, who adapted that children’s classic for GPOAT, was returning to the fold to take on another piece of landmark primary school fiction”

“what Swale has done with the tale and how director Derek Bond interprets that in the performance space was nothing short of magical.”