I am first and foremost an eccentric. As a clown researcher and performer, I have spent the last 2 years finding and visiting many of Europe's better known practitioners of the art to learn its secrets and delights. During this journey I have come to appreciate and respect the infinite imagination, subtlety and sensitivity required to create this beautiful and ancient form of physical comedy. I am still very much at the beginning of my journey and must tip my bowler hat in the direction of the masters of the art.
As well as creating performances for the stage, I also make 'immersive' theatre experiences in unusual enclosed spaces - such as the infamous 'Psychedelic Kidnap Experience' launched at the 2010 Secret Garden Festival - a piece of theatre for one audience member who is 'kidnapped' from the public, blindfolded, and taken into a dream like world of sensations, surreal acts, sounds, moments of epiphany, strangeness and hilarity. This developing type of theatre, as with the clown, is one in which the line between audience and performer is blurred and both parties enter into a more organic and vulnerable space.
I am also continuously developing solo clown pieces - a whole series on the theme of rubbish. The clown is capable of alchemy - he creates beautiful worlds out of discarded objects and plays out his personal mythology within them: a love story between a cardboard box and a plastic bag, an ocean that comes out of a dustbin, refuse that comes to life and plays the piano, broken toys that become shadow puppets. These works are gradually evolving into a show.
Whether creating theatre pieces, gallery based performance art, a walkaround character or a workshop, always the search is for the primal, ritual roots of theatre.