A B O U T
POLLY BENNETT is a movement director, choreographer and practitioner working across the broadest applications of movement. From creating choreography for professional theatre and movement coaching for feature films and television, to establishing movement languages for amateur performance, choirs and live performance, Polly is an energetic and versatile collaborator at the top of her game.
Training: Polly holds an MA in Movement Studies from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2010-2011) as well as an MA in History of Art with Distinction from The University of Edinburgh (2005-2009). She was Resident Company Movement Practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company 2013, where she contributed to the company’s productions, work in education and outreach: she is now Associate Movement Practitioner at the company.
As Choreographer: Polly was Assistant Movement Director on the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and Mass Cast Choreographer on the London 2012 Closing Ceremony and Paralympic Opening Ceremony. In 2014 she joined the Mass Cast Choreography team on the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening and Paralympic Ceremonies.
As Movement Director
Current projects include:
Untitled Elvis Presley biopic dir. Baz Luhrmann, as Movement Coach and Choreographer
The Great, Series 2 (Hulu)
James Bond: No Time to Die (released May 2021)
Botticelli in the Fire (Hampstead Theatre), Peter Gynt (National Theatre and EIF), Rutherford and Son (National Theatre), Venice Preserved (RSC), Sweat (Donmar Warehouse and West End), The Village (Stratford East), Maydays (RSC), White Teeth (The Kiln), The Lehman Trilogy (National Theatre), As You Like It (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), The Great Wave (National Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation (HOME), Tell Me the Truth About Love (Sage Theatre, Newcastle for Streetwise Opera), People, Places and Things (St Anne's Warehouse, off-Broadway), Salome (RSC), Touch (Soho), Tribes (Sheffield Crucible), Woyzeck (Old Vic Theatre), Junkyard (Headlong), Travesties (Apollo), Don Juan in Soho (Wyndhams), Henry V (RSC in Shanghai Arts Centre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Royal Exchange), Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Deep Blue Sea (National Theatre), Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s), People, Places and Things (West End and National Theatre), The Maids (Trafalgar Studios), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC, as Deputy), Yen (Royal Court/Royal Exchange), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep), Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court), Pomona (National Theatre, Royal Exchange, Orange Tree), Three Days in the Country (National Theatre), Hang (Royal Court), The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), Songs for a New World (St James Theatre), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Repertory Theatre), The Angry Brigade (UK Tour, Bush), When the World Was Small (Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru), The Kingmaker (St James Theatre), A Mad World My Masters (RSC/ETT), Dunsinane (National Theatre Scotland, UK, Asian and US Tour), The King’s Speech (Chichester Festival Theatre/Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Come Fly With Me (Salisbury Playhouse), Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough, UK Tour), Helver's Night (York Theatre Royal), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regents Park Open Air Theatre, UK Tour), Ragnarok (Eastern Angles), Mock Tudor (Pleasance, Theatre 503), Anna (Aix-en-Provence International Festival), Nut (National Theatre), Hysteria (Hampstead Theatre), Acis and Galatea (Iford Opera), Mudlarks (Bush Theatre), The Lights (The Spring) and Celebrity Night at Café Red (Trafalgar Studios.)
Film: Movement coach to Rami Malek on No Time to Die: Bond 25, Movement coach to Riz Ahmed on Mughal Mowgli (Pulse Films) directed by Bassam Tariq, Movement Coach to Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury) in Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox), Choreographer for The Little Stranger starring Domnhall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson, directed by Lenny Abrahamson; Assistant Choreographer to Toby Sedgwick on Stan & Ollie, a feature film about Laurel and Hardy starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan.
Television: The Great (Hulu), The Crown Series 3 & 4 (Netflix), One Normal Night (Sky Arts), Killing Eve (BBC America)
Events: Paul Smith "A Suit to Travel In" (Tokyo), Glasgow Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony (Athlete's Parade), Sochi Winter Olympics Opening, Closing and Paralympic Opening Ceremonies, The Big If (Save the Children), London 2012 Opening Ceremony, Closing and Paralympic Opening Ceremony, West End Welcomes the World: 100 Days to Go (SOLT), Christmas Lights Regent Street (POD), Shell Fuel Save Day (Shell)
As Performance Coach:
Polly works with actors, artists and non-dancers as a performance and movement coach. She works to develop strong individual and group performances, confidence and physical embodiment. From specific movement for theatrical performance to core training, postural work and body awareness, Polly has developed methods to break down physicality and get everyone moving.
She has worked with Jack Garratt, the staff at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck Restaurant, FA Premiership Football Coaches, business executives, teachers, rappers, pop-stars, choirs and orchestras. She appeared on BBC Three's Fazer's Urban Symphony as a Performance Coach and assisted staging the other musicians involved for their final show - the Urban Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
For Television as Performance Coach/Staging: The Choir: Gareth Malone's Best of British (BBC Two), Lips Choir for Goldfrapp; Fazer’s Urban Symphony, BBC 3; Coronation Concerts at Buckingham Palace, BBC 1; Arlissa, Sticks and Stones, Universal Music
As a Facilitator and Mentor: Polly’s commitment and passion for training and education involves her as a regular contributor to training programmes including: Central School of Speech and Drama, National Youth Theatre, Birkbeck University, Rose Bruford College and RSC Education.
She has also worked for: Premier League Football Association; The Fat Duck; National Theatre Connections; Open Door; Arcola Young Company; Kingston University; Oxford University; The Shakespeare Institute; Stratford College; Lips Choir; In2 Theatre; Drama UK; Move It; Tennessee University; NSDF; Oxford Playhouse; Writer’s Avenue; Aurora Orchestra; National Youth Orchestra; The Actors Centre; The Actors Guild; Brighton College; King Alfred’s School; Shakespeare Schools Festival; Fluid Motion; Squint; Populace; Hurlingham Players; University of Sharjah, Dubai; BASICS, Ghana.
As a collaborative project between NYT and the King Abdulladihiz Centre, Polly delivered the first theatre courses for women in Saudi Arabia in 2013 and 2014.
Polly was previously on the board of The Actor’s Centre and founded The Mono Box, a project connecting emerging actors to the professional theatre industry.
As a Performer: Seven Deadly Sins, Stephen Webster Jewellery Launch (Old Vic Tunnels), FIFA Club World Cup Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 2010 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Handover Ceremony.