About

Sidelong Glance is a production company directed by Rosie Lavan and Eleanor Lybeck. Founded in 2008, it is committed to delivering innovative performance through live theatre, documentary film and other forms.

Rosie Lavan, co-director

RL profile pic BW cropRosie was born in Truro in 1984. She studied English at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and subsequently worked for two years at The Times. She has also worked for a London MEP, House of Lords Hansard, and as a freelance writer. In 2014 she completed her PhD at Oxford, where she also taught, and since 2015 she has been a lecturer in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. Her first book, Seamus Heaney and Society, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020, and she is now co-editing, with the poet and critic Bernard O’Donoghue, the collected poems of Seamus Heaney, for Faber. With Sidelong Glance, she is a producer of theatre and film.


Eleanor Lybeck, co-director

Nell JamesNell was born in Truro in 1987. She studied English at King’s College London before becoming a Fulbright scholar and moving to New York in 2010. After a year as a spokeswoman for the British Bankers’ Association, she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2015. She has lectured in English at the University of Oxford, and in 2017 she was named an AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker. She now lectures in the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, and her first book, All On Show: The Circus in Irish Literature and Culture, was published by Cork University Press in 2019. Nell is an actress and producer of theatre and film, and she has published both journalism and creative writing. @NellLybeck

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