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 Director   Romeo and Juliet  / Shakespeare  Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory & tour  “Thrilling work’” ★★★★ GUARDIAN  “The decision to fully embrace and perform Romeo and Juliet as a teenager’s play is at the heart of why Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s latest performance is so majestically good.” ★★★★★ EXEUNT  "Under the direction of young Russian director Polina Kalinina it works as a visceral thrill ride as heady as that of first love…With its 'star is born' central turn and youthful vitality to burn this  Romeo and Juliet  is a bullseye for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.” ★★★★ WhatsOnStage  Design / Emma Bailey  Choreographer & fight director / Jonathan Howell  Sound / Tom Mills  Lighting / Matthew Graham  Photography / Craig Fuller
 Director   Anna Karenina  / Marina Carr & Leo Tolstoy  Clifftown Theatre  Set and video design / Carlos Moral-Reis  Costume design / Ruth Hall  Lighting / Steven Owens  Photography / Carlos Moral-Reis   Rehearsal photography / Anna Thornley
 Director   The Playboy of the Western World  / J M Synge  Southwark Playhouse  "Polina Kalinina’s production kicks off in rabble-rousing style. It’s spirited, vigorous, and always pungent.” ★★★★ TIMES  "Kalinina serves up a rattlingly lively evening…What the cast capture so well is the vibrant pulse of paganism that beats just below the religious observances.”  ★★★★ EVENING STANDARD  Design / Emma Bailey  Lighting & Sound / Jon Jewett  Movement / Bert Roman  Photography / Craig Fuller
 Director   Dutchman  / Amiri Baraka  Orange Tree Theatre  "Kalinina's production is lacerating; it suggests a talent, ambition and intelligence of significant promise" ★★★★ THE TIMES    Design / Sam Dowson  Lighting / Stuart Burgess  Choreography / Hannah Whittingham  Photography / Mawgan Gyles
 Director   The Noble Nine  / Matt Parvin  Vault Festival   “a great idea that buzzes with potential” Lyn Gardner   “Polina Kalinina brilliantly captures the charm of an Enid Blyton novel…The most remarkable part is how far we have come since Blyton. I like how Kalinina's direction has kept her contemporary audience in mind throughout the process, allowing us to react to how politically incorrect we were back then. I think this is why the play is so entertaining, because it holds a mirror up to our own nature.” ★★★★★ Voice Mag   “This is a promising debut play from Theatre Tewl with strong foundations for a thrilling and unmissable dark comedy.” ★★★★ Spy in the Stalls  "The play also lends itself to an interpretation as a political allegory. Much like the spoof book Five On Brexit Island, the Nine’s chequered history regarding unwanted intruders and ‘Germans’ on ‘the Island’ could be said to be mindset of the Brexiteers – unable to accept that Britain has moved on from the 1950s, and unable to deliver a coherent or persuasive argument why Brexit must happen, regardless of the cost…” Breaking the Forth Wall  Producer / Josh Cockcroft  Associate director / Emma Harris  Lighting / Robert Price  Fight director / Hadley Smith  Photography / Chloe Rosser
 Director   Overruled  / GB Shaw  Old Red Lion  "Kalinina’s direction is intelligent and slick, ensuring perfect pace and mood throughout.” ★★★★ WhatsOnStage  “That the plays do not seem dated in any way, but surprisingly relevant and new, is credit to the insightful approach of the director and the exemplary playing of the cast.” ★★★★★ OneStopArts  Design / Emma Bailey  Lighting / Miguel Figueiredo  Movement / Hannah Lee
 Director   Flashes  / Isley Lynn  SOHO Upstairs  Design / Holly Pigott  Lighting / Thomas White   Choreography / Tameka Mortimer   Photography / Holly Pigott & Kate Staniford
 Director    Gifted  / Tom Ratcliffe   Pleasance London  “Gifted is not a light-hearted, romantic or relaxing theatre choice, but it is a thought-provoking and frightening experience that sheds light on issues that desperately need it.” A Younger Theatre   Lighting / Robert Price  Photography / Lidia Crisafulli
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    Director   ISLANDERS  / ‘Cladach’ Caitlin Shannon & ‘Cousins’ Matt Parvin  SOHO Upstairs  Design / Fin Redshaw  Lighting / Yaron Shyldkrot  Rehearsal photography / Craig Fuller  Production photography / Filipe Serralheiro
 Associate Director   The Events  / David Greig  Actors Touring Company + Young Vic + touring (UK & US)   Director / Ramin Gray   Composer / John Browne  Design / Chloe Lamford   Lighting / Charles Balfour  Sound / Alex Caplen