Biography

Andrew began his career as a theatre director at the Liverpool Playhouse Studio, The Everyman, Liverpool and The Bolton Octagon.  

Andrew also directed a number of short films in the Northwest and he was nominated for Best Newcomer to Film at the Liverpool Echo Arts Awards 2000.

Andrew Walkington

Director - Executive Producer - Writer


Theatre Reviews

CUPID’S ABOUT TO ADO

Cupid’s arrow flew through the Everyman Theatre as it welcomed William Shakespeare’s classic comedy romance ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

The 15-strong cast more than did the play justice with an energetic, sparky performance in front of a chuckling, appreciative audience.

This pun-filled 16th century story of love and trust found a revitalised spirit under the strong direction of Andrew Walkington, whose two previous productions this year, ‘Macbeth and Dr. Faustus’, featured at the Liverpool Playhouse Studio.

The Intimate Hope Street venue was stretched to its limits by an innovative array of entertaining sequences and some eerily effective music from Andrew Rogers.

This heart-tickling tale centres around a series of love tussles between soldiers and aristocrats recently returned home from the civil war.

Claudio’s emphatic desire for Hero is scorned by the sulking Don John who strives to disrupt proceedings whilst Beatrice and Benedick try their hardest to deflect their obvious mutual desire from it’s inevitable conclusion.

Judging by the midsummer’s night reaction from the crowd the dream of a return later in the year from Walkington Productions will soon become reality.

by Nick McGrath


DOCTOR FAUTUS

“The face that launched a thousand ships” is what most people know of Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama; Doctor Faustus.

But there is more to the play than Helen of Troy, as producer/director Andrew Walkington has discovered.

And this story of the doctor who sells his soul to the devil provides a mixture of tragedy and comedy which has dramatic force even today.

This small-scale interpretation production has a cast of only six – some taking up to half a dozen roles – but they tackle the play’s cosmic issues convincingly.

Liam Tobin takes the title role of the scholar turn magician with a down to earth performance, a kind of everyman figure.

His satanic servant Mephistopheles is played by Russ Tunney, a slinky, disdainful figure who almost steals the show.

Michael Grisewood takes on the comic role of Faustus’ servant Wagner with some well-timed knockabout comedy scenes.

Along with the rest of the cast – Michael Neary, Steven Baddeley and Lorna Rossi – he also takes part in the most striking scenes where four spirits cavort in sinister shapes around mortal characters.

Cloaked figures, red lighting, voices from the air, and dripping blood add to a strongly visual production.

It is a clear easy to follow production which moves happily from the theological musings of the opening to the broad comedy of the central scenes – laughing at the authorities, whether church or state – and then switching suddenly to a brutally tragic ending.

Strong performances from a hard-working – and often quick changing – cast along with pacey, physical direction keep the four-hundred year old drama as dramatic as ever.

by Penny Kiley

Liverpool Echo

He went onto to become a lecturer at South Cheshire College in Crewe and it was there that Andrew began to revolutionise film education in the UK.  With a team of over 100 students and a handful of industry professionals Andrew set out to make UPSTAGED, a family comedy about a young man’s attempt to stage an amateur production of Macbeth.

Following the success of UPSTAGED and thanks to the support of education, industry professionals and funding from the Co-operative Group, Andrew established The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy. The company gives youngsters across Britain their first experience of professional filmmaking through the creation of professional standard feature films.

Andrew has directed six low budget films in a wide variety of genres featuring both established UK actors and newcomers from the BYFA and he has executive produced another six films. He has won three Remi Awards from the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.

Andrew has now taken a hands-off role with the organisation in order to focus on his own directing career.

Andrew currently has several independent feature films in development and two television projects.