About me, Richard.
A string of amazing events lead me to where I am right now. Here are the key points in a swift and informative flow. They key CV points are in bold.
The short personal version is:
I love games, play, clown and mask theatre, breathing, music, groups, circles, ukuleles, humans, farce theatre, sharing, silence, balls, rooms to roll around in and stages to run around on, pianos, growing and museli.
The long more informative experience version is:
After graduating university studying Illustration. In 2008 I left England to travel to Asia and back again. Photography lead the way. On this 18 month journey I discovered traveling by bicycle and eventually worked and traveled with an environmental project promoting action on climate change. ‘Ride Planet Earth’ Through this I discovered and joined a social circus / environmental / project. ‘2wheels4change’ from www.jonglirium.com where I discovered Clown, theatre, Music and community.
After many projects and journeys with 2wheels4change I felt a call in my chest to learn more of clown & performance. I headed for Spain where I studied with Hernan Gene and Gabriel Chame Buendia at “Chame and Gene Estudios Teatrales" My first official theatre class. Wow I fell in love with education for the first time in my life! I needed more. This lead to me discovering Jacques Lecoq lineage of physical theatre work. Long story short, a couple of years later I Graduated with Clown Guru Philipe Gaulier at his school in France. Trained Mask Movement Theatre & Mask Making in Italy with Matteo Destro, Where I am now a guest teacher and trained Physical Theatre Pedagogy and Clown with Giovanni Fusetti.
These three are the teacher who have most influenced my work.
In between, a mountain full of shorter term trainings gave me vital input and inspiration.
I trained directing and devising techniques from ‘Told by and idiot’ with Paul Hunter. Ensemble and Puppetry work with Complicité and graduated Sarah Wrights School of Curious Puppetry. Along with continuing my clown exploration with SpyMonkeys Aitor Basauri & Tobi Park & Vivian Gladwell & Angela Hopkins at Nose to Nose.
Throughout the years I trained Music, Juggling, Acrobatics and Pantomime through my own exploration.
In 2015 I based myself in Germany (Close from Halle Saale) and start a Community Project with around 10 people. www.gutalaune.de and started my further exploration of Humans, Communication, Emotional expression, collective living and well… life.
Some inspiration in these areas of work with the Human soul come from my work with and readings of, The Heros Journey (Paul Rebillot), Scott Peck, Francis Weller and Grief Work, Possibility Management and of course my theatre teacher and pedagogic mentor, Giovanni Fussetti - and his work on integration of personal process into theatre with a lineage of Willhelm Reich & Alexandre Lowen - Bioenergetic Analysis, Gestalt Therapy and Arnold Mindels - Process orientated Phycology.
My personal creative work, performing and teaching goes under the name “From The Playns”. Where I continue to follow my interests and dream up workshops and events to bring people closer to themselves and each other through play and theatre.
I am theatrical director and producer of Barada Street A Comedy, Music, Acrobatic Duo that performs at theatre & music festivals around the world since 2013.
Since 2018 I am artistic directer and programmer for Gut Alaune Festival From The Playns.(See festival Page) Inviting World Class acts to play for my local community, celebrating life through the stage.
I co created and toured with Plague of Idiots in UK and Australia. and work with Clowns Without Boarders UK bringing laughter relief to conflict zones worldwide. As well as teaching theatre workshops, I facilitate and host various artistic and group projects with Jonglirium e.V and Nomadways. Along with exploring facilitation of group process work.
Through training and performing i have developed an interest in exploring and teaching “awareness” of the performer, of the audience, of each other and of course of ones self.
I enjoy to understand humanity and the world through these mediums.
My work is fuelled by an exploration of humans, of play and connection. The search for where one has pleasure, for where one is beautiful and vulnerable, how one is vital and special, and of course… how to share this with the audience and each other.
I am currently still living in and building up Gut Alaune and working on some new show ideas and workshop creations in between touring, teaching, living & loving.. oh and eating museli.