Rob trained as an actor musician at Rose Bruford College before entering the West End as ‘Bull Bill’ and Magic Consultant in Cool Hand Luke. He has been with The Mischief (the company behind The play that goes wrong, Winner of a 2015 Olivier Award for Best Comedy), recently becoming Musical Director for the company, and has worked on their other shows Peter Pan goes wrong and Lights, Camera, Improvise! Other roles include; ‘Sam Byck’ in Assassins; ‘Micky’ in Playboy of the Western World and ‘Benico’ in Benico TV.
Ray Fearon (Fellow)
After studying drama at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Fearon went on to make his reputation as a stage actor and he has worked extensively in theatre. especially with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their Stratford and London theatres and on tour. He starred in Othello (1999) — opposite Gillian Kearney's Desdemona — in Liverpool at the age of 24, becoming the first black actor to play Othello on RSC main stages for over 40 years. He is also known for playing garage mechanic Nathan Harding on ITV's long-running soap opera Coronation Street. In 2001 he appeared as Firenze, the centaur, in Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone. In July 2013 he played Macduff (opposite Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth) in the National Theatre Live production of Macbeth, was in Da Vinci's demons (2014-15) and in 2017 he played Nathan Detroit in Guys and dolls at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. In 2019 he played the role of Hot Misogynist in season two of the acclaimed BBC Three comedy-drama Fleabag.
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Maria Felix Vas
After graduating from Rose Bruford in 1991 Maria worked as a professional actress with Moving On Theatre Company in Spain, 1995-98. In 2000 she found work as a broadcast journalist and since 2018 she has been a producer and presenter on BBC Radio Lancashire.
Cheryl Fergison (Cheryl Ann Campbell)
Cheryl graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1988. She is well known for her role as Heather Trott in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders from June 2007 until being murdered in the show in 2017. She has also had roles in a string of other well-known TV series.
Trained as an actor, graduating from Rose Bruford in 1990 and has been working in theatre, television and film for the last 20 years. He has appeared on television in Eastenders, Silent Witness, Doctors, Murphy's Law and The Bill. Brendan is also a successful voice-over artist:
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Giovanna Fletcher (Falcone)
An English author, actress, blogger, vlogger and presenter. Since 2019, she has presented the CBeebies series The Baby Club. She won series 20 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in December 2020. Her debut novel, Billy and Me, was published in May 2013, followed by You're the One That I Want in May 2014. Dream a Little Dream was published in June 2015, and a fourth novel, Always with Love followed in June 2016. In 2017, she published her first non-fiction book, Happy Mum, Happy Baby: My Adventures in Motherhood, and later that same year, released her fifth novel, Some Kind of Wonderful. In December 2016 she had her professional concert debut, singing on stage in London's West End in Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol and in December 2017, she performed in the musical production of her husband's novel The Christmasaurus. In May 2012 she married Tom Fletcher from McFly, having met him at the Sylvia Young Theatre School at age 13.
An actress, known for The Modern World: Ten Great Writers (1988), Jeeves and Wooster (1990-93), and as Penelope Maddox in The House of Elliott (1991). She has also appeared as Camille in the TV series Red Dwarf (1991) as Dr Stephanie Reynolds in Picking up the pieces (1998) and appeared in the series Doctors (in 2001 and 2005).
In 2009 Greenwich Theatre returned to in-house producing after a period of 10 years, with the start of its collaboration with Stage on Screen. The first four productions were Doctor Faustus, The School for Scandal, The Duchess of Malfi and Volpone. Directing the productions was Elizabeth Freestone, an RB Graduate, whose previous credits include Romeo and Juliet for the Globe Theatre, as well as many plays for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). From 2012-17 Elizabeth was Artistic Director at Pentabus Theatre Company before joining Opera North.
Report on Women in Theatre.
A BA (Hons) Theatre Studies graduate from Rose Bruford college Sharon is a British Afro-Caribbean Theatre Practitioner. Her passion for theatre was indulged for several years at The English Theatre Frankfurt, stage managing and performing in productions such as Equus, What the Butler Saw, Romeo & Juliet, Betrayal and Fat Men in Skirts. She then went on to make her Singaporean stage debut at The Necessary Stage.
Lecture performance: A black history of Singapore
Sue Frumin (Jamieson)
Sue Frumin is a pen-name and some of her earier work may appear under the name Sue Jamieson. Daughter of a Jewish Czechoslovak refugee Sue began her career in 1975 as an administrator at the Albany Empire, Deptford before joining the Community Theatre Arts course at Rose Bruford, leaving in1984. She moved to the Soho Polytechnic and decided to take advantage of the encouraging environment and started writing plays. As well as writing plays and scripts, during her career, Frumin was involved with the formation of a comedy team, The Red Bucket. She also formed her own theatre company in London called Shameful Practice. She has written and produced several fringe shows to great acclaim. She presents events such as At Home with the Ludski's for the Rio Dalston and The Fabulous Four be Two Kabaret at Balik Arts Centre, Stoke Newington. She has appeared in films and television such as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Another Year, White Heat, Dark Mirror, Rush, The Iron Lady, Holby City etc.
Born and raised in Sheffield Huss trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College graduating in 1996. He has worked as a professional actor for 20 years, with the RSC, the Globe (under Sam Wanamaker), and the Duke of Yorks in Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance. He is also known for roles in Burnside (2000), The Grid (2004) and Shakespeare's Globe: A Midsummer Night's dream (2014). Listed in the British Black and Asian Shakespeare database at the University of Warwick. BBA Shakespeare
Graduated from Rose Bruford acting in 2009 and has appeared in several theatre productions and in the films Supermodel (2015), Dean (2016),
Ascension (2016) and Dead body (2020).
An English writer, academic and broadcaster, particularly of arts and book programmes on the BBC World Service and, since 2011, of A good read on BBC Radio 4. From 1983–1988 she was literary editor of The New Statesman and, before that, of City Limits (1981–83). She has also contributed to Time Out, The Guardian, and The Washington Post and is the author of six novels. She is the author of six novels, including Hotels With Empty Rooms and The Riding Mistress. Her non-fiction books include A Women's History of Sex and The Sexual Imagination from Acker to Zola. She also scripted the short animated film The Stain (1991).
Bally (Balvinder) Singh Gill
Graduated from Rose Bruford in 2015 and is an actor, known for RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet (2018), Macbeth (2018) and Wanderlust (2018). He won the 2018 Ian Charleson Award for his portrayal of Romeo in the RSC version of Romeo and Juliet. Bally has an impressive record with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has also had parts in a variety of television programmes. In 2021 he joined the cast of James Graham's Sherwood (which also features RB alumna Claire Rushbrook).
Trained at Rose Bruford College as an Actor Musician Elaine was an original cast member in the musical production of Bad Girls. She has taken leading roles at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Royal Exchange and Theatre Clywd. She played PC Lucy Slater in BBC1's police drama, HolbyBlue and appeared in Series 4 of Footballer's Wives (2005). In April 2009 she joined the cast of Hollyoaks as Abi Raven before appearing in Emmerdale as D.C. Laura Prior (2010-11). She has sung solo at the O2 and the Royal Albert Hall. She starred as Rose Clements the accidental serial killer in Whoops! an independent British black comedy
Whoops! trailer and Behind the scenes: meet Rose Clements.
Attended Rose Bruford College 1986-1989 and then starred as Suze Littlewood in the comedy Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999). She appeared alongside her husband in the third series of BBC One drama Ashes to Ashes, and as Mrs Glanville in two episodes of the series Crooked House (2008). She has appeared in episodes of New tricks, Midsomer murders, Casualty, Silent witness, and as Sister Agnieszka in an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot. She is also known for X: First Class (2011) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014).
An English comedienne and actress who trained at Rose Bruford College and is best known for portraying Hannah in the Channel 4 television series Derek. She has also had a part in the TV series Our girl (2014) and since 2017 has played the role of Nicky in the ITV sitcom Bad Move. In addition to acting Kerry has performed as a comedienne on Live at the Apollo, and in 2018 won the seventh series of Dave's comedy-gameshow Taskmaster. In 2019 she starred as Lisa in Ricky Gervais' black comedy series After Life and she played the part of ex-MP Stella Maitland alongside RB alumna Hayley Squires, in the four-part drama series Adult Material, which first aired in October 2020 on Channel 4. In 2021 she portrayed the lead character of Pearl Nolan in the BBC mystery crime-drama series Whitstable Pearl.
Macarena Gómez Traseira is a Spanish actress, trained at Rose Bruford College, and known for her role of Lola in the current television series La que se avecina, aired on Telecinco. She is also known for her portrayal of mermaid-like priestess Uxía Cambarro in the 2001 horror movie Dagon and for her starring role in the 2008 comedy-horror film Sexykiller. In 2018 she played Dolores in the biography drama historical film El fotógrafo de Mauthausen.
JoAnne Good (Fellow)
JoAnne graduated from Rose Bruford in 1976 and is a British radio presenter, television presenter, broadcast journalist and actress. As an actress, she is best known for her role as Carol Sands in the ITV soap Crossroads from 1981 to 1984. She also appeared in the all-star black comedy film Eat the Rich in 1987 and in an episode of Only Fools and Horses in 1981. On stage she worked for several years in the 1990s as part of Derek Nimmo's touring company, performing all over the world. On radio she is an award winning breakfast-show host and journalist for BBC Radio London and has been the weekday afternoon presenter since 2012. As a reflection of Jo’s love of dogs and particularly her bulldog Matilda, Thursday’s BBC Radio London show is host to Barking Hour, a one hour dog segment and the only dog show presented on radio in the world.
An English actor, writer and musician who has appeared in a variety of theatre, television, film, commercials and voice overs. After leaving school at sixteen he played guitar and sang in various punk bands including Three Minute Warning/Four Minds Crack and then The Wall, (who were produced by both Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Jimmy Pursey from Sham 69), After the bands split in 1983, he trained as an actor at the Rose Bruford College (1985–88). In 2016, Al re-appeared with The Wall at the 40th anniversary Rebellion Punk festival, at the Opera House, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, and also appeared with the band live on their UK tour, as well as recording new material. His debut novel The Wrong Outfit, about football and punk rock was released in the autumn of 2010 to much critical acclaim. He co-wrote with RB alumni David Schaal, and composed the original music in the Punk play "Reality chokes". Reality Chokes He appeared as one of the main characters Dan, both in London and at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009, garnering some five star reviews and a nomination for the MTMUK awards. His other writing includes two historical plays Soldiers of Babylon and Murder, My Lord and he has also co-adapted with his brother Rob Gregg, Aristophanes' comedy Frogs Reimagined as a play about music.
Jessica Gunning (Fellow)
Graduating from Rose Bruford College in 2007, Jessica is an actress, known for Pride (2014), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Ghost in the Machine (2012). She also played Mary Sotheby in The scandalous Lady W (2015). In 2017, she played the character of WPC Kath Morgan in the TV Show Prime Suspect 1973.
Acceptance speech when invested as a Fellow, September 2019: Acceptance speech
Prof. Anthony Haigh (Fellow)
Anthony is a professional actor, director, playwright and teacher. After graduating from Rose Bruford in 1969 he went to the USA in 1980 and earned his PhD. from Michigan State University. After teaching at Fort Lewis College in Colorado he moved to Centre College in Kentucky where he became Chair of the Drama Program 1991-2011. Anthony has played many roles during his acting career (winning the Vic Hellard Award from the Kentucky Humanities Council for his portrayal of Samuel Drake – an English actor who brought the first professional theatre company to Kentucky) and he has directed many of Shakespeare's plays. He is Artistic Director of Shakespeare at Equus Run and has directed Love’s Labours Lost and The Merry Wives of Windsor there.
A Norwegian who graduated from Rose Bruford in 2000 and made her debut as a playwright with the play Orehei at the Norwegian Drama Festival 2009. A Thing of Beauty (Director: Øystein Johansen) won the Oslo Prize 2013 for best stage performance. The Dahmer Syndrome (Director: Øystein Johansen) won the 2014 Amsterdam Fringe Silver Award. And in 2018 she won the Ibsen Prize for Solveigs 2. Sang, which was a co-production between Teater Innlandet and NRK Radioteatret.
After graduating from Rose Bruford in 1966 Prentis was a regular cast member of the first season of science fiction series Space: 1999 as Paul Morrow, and also appeared in a number of Doctor Who stories throughout the 1970s e.g. Planet of Evil and The Ribos Operation with another RB alumni, Tom Baker as the Doctor. He made many other TV appearances, and his film credits include The Thirty Nine Steps (1978) and Defence of the Realm (1985).
Performance poet, writer, dancer, dramatic, choreographer, Doris Harper was born British Guiana. After schooling in Guyana she attended Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama (Sidcup, Kent), Avery Hill College of Education (Bexley) and Laban Art of Movement Studios where she studied English, Drama and Educational Dance. She is focused on teaching the history and culture of the Caribbean Diaspora through her art forms, and has won several awards for her performance poetry as well as the International Women's Year Award, New York, for her contribution to civic life in Brooklyn and The Bronx, and the Top Teller Award for story-telling from Yukon Community Arts Council, Canada. From 1976 to 1991, Doris worked in the Education Centre of the Commonwealth Institute, where she organised festivals and focus weeks. She also became Artistic Director of London Entertains, an annual festival of many cultures, which took place at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, and Covent Garden. She has also composed and choreographed for St. James Church, Piccadilly and the Lambeth Conference, Canterbury.
An English actor, director and writer who studied drama at Rose Bruford College before going into rep. He appeared in several UK TV series including Into the Labyrinth and Hey Look That's Me. He attended Jacques Lecoq's L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Ladislav Fialka's Pantomime Company in Prague, and was for a short time at the Moscow State Circus School. He went on to build a successful career in pantomime, acting as a pantomime dame. He was also a director and writer at the Bristol Old Vic and the Theatre Royal, Bath. Chris sadly died of cancer in April 2014. Obituary
An ATA graduate who is most popular for depicting the job of Suki Cheng in the well known sci-fi show Specialist Who. In 2019 she was Tess in Baptiste, appeared as Linh in Monsoon, and was Chrys in the film Artemis Fowl in 2020.
Dave Hearn is a comic actor and improviser working mainly in theatre. After roles in Grease and Peter Pan Goes Wrong (at the Pleasance Theatre, London), Dave took the part of Cecil Haversham in The Play That Goes Wrong (2014) which won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy after touring nationally and on Broadway (2017), before settling at The Duchess Theatre. He was a founding member of Mischief Theatre which has produced a large number of plays and shows in the 'Goes wrong' franchise for which they have won numerous awards. Dave has also appeared in two short-films Funny Tricks and Checkmate.
Aged 28, he attended the Rose Bruford Drama School before beginning a career in theatre. Known for his role as Norris Cole in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street he won the 'Best Onscreen Partnership' award at the British Soap Awards in May 2006. Additionally he won the 'Funniest Character' title for two consecutive years at the 2001 and 2002 Inside Soap Awards. He first appeared as Norris Cole in 1994 and only announced his retirement from acting in January 2021 at the age of 81.
An American actor, Stephen spent several summer sessions at Rose Bruford College in London. He is primarily known for his stage work and is especially recognized as a veteran performer of August Wilson's ouvre.
Catherine (Caroline) Hetherington
Graduating from Rose Bruford in 1988 Catherine is a voice, speech & dialect coach and has taught in the UK's leading drama schools including LAMDA, Guildhall, East 15, Birmingham School of Acting, Manchester School of Theatre (MMU), LIPA and the University of Minnesota. She has recently begun work as a Voice Artist for animation films, computer games, IVR & messaging, narration & commercials.
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Since graduating in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Actor-Musicianship from Rose Bruford he has worked extensively as both a theatre performer and maker, an actor-musician, composer and musical director. Recent writing credits include The Sandman, a new family musical commission in 2019 for Mountview Academy, The accidental time traveller, a 2019 commission for British Youth Music Theatre and The scarlet letter, a new musical adaptation of the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He is a co-director of actor-musician company Dumbwise theatre.
Rehearsed reading of a new musical adaptation of "The Scarlet Letter" by David Hewson, recorded Nov 2019. The Scarlet letter
Greg Hicks (Fellow)
Greg completed theatrical training at Rose Bruford College and has been a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company since 1976. He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in the category "Best Actor of 2003" for his performance in Coriolanus at the Old Vic and was awarded the 2003 Critic's Circle Theatre Awards (Drama) for Best Shakespearian Performance in the same role. He appeared in the title role in Richard III at the Arcola theatre (2017) and in Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare company (2019). He has practised the Brazilian hybrid of martial arts and dance capoeira, as well as the Japanese dance-theatre form butoh. Talking about his part in Hamlet (YouTube).
Maddy graduated from Rose Bruford College with a BA Acting in 2011 and is known for her role as Nancy Carter on the long-running BBC soap opera Eastenders (2014-16). She is one of 8 Eastenders actors to have won the Best Newcomer Award at the British Soap Awards. In 2016, Maddy took part in a celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off in aid of Sport Relief. She appeared as paramedic Ruby Spark in Casualty, 2018-20, before returning to her role of Nancy in Eastenders in 2021.
A British actor, director and singer who appeared on stage, TV, radio and film. After leaving college in 1981, he was given a part in the Common Stock play The Second Line (with jazz band The Mike Mower Quartet) and was with Common Stock until 1982. In 1984 he joined Half Moon Theatre appearing in Killabytes and as the lead in SUS. He was also employed as one of the presenter in ITV children's Saturday morning show No.73. At the same time he appeared as an armed robber in an episode of The Bill with his sidekick, Sean Bean. He was then given his first major film role, as jazz trumpeter Mr Cool in Absolute Beginners (dir. Julien Temple), based on Colin MacInnes' book of the same name. The film also starred David Bowie, James Fox and the singer Sade, and was a musical which explored the subject of the Notting Hill Race Riots which had happened in the Summer of 1958, just after Tony was born. Following the release of the film, in 1986 he was given a central role in Prospects, the 12-part ITV serial of East End life and in 1990 was given the lead role in Amani Napthali's play Ragga. Hippolyte can also be seen in a couple of roles in Le Bohemian noir et la renaissance del Afrique, a 'renaissance moment' in the Black Arts Movement of late 1980s Camden Town also directed by Amani Napthali in 1990. In 1992 he moved to Skelmersdale and started directing plays. He was originally the drummer, and later on, the singer with the band which later recorded as Three Key Posse and Three Key Sound. He had first started playing drums at college and whilst living in South East London, where he met the musicians that he played and recorded with in the fantompowa collective. He also made two short musical films with the fantompowa collective, Bad Boy Style (1991) and The Shuffle (2015). Tony sadly passed away in May 2016 after a brief battle with cancer.
Bjarne has had a varied career as an actor, art historian and psychiatrist. He studied medicine for six years in France, and then drama at Rose Bruford College (1970-73). As an actor he appeared in Krypskyttere (1982), as Arkeolog Tore Faye in the TV series Lille lørdag (1996), the short films Nora (2006), Cerebrium (2010) and Shower (2012), and the TV series Meglerne (2014-16) and Oslo Zoo (2018). He also has a PhD in Art History from the University of Oslo.
Bernard graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1963 and first rose to prominence in the long-running UK police drama series Z-Cars as PC Newcombe, a character he played for four years. He is also well-known for his appearances in Doctor Who and as Detective Inspector Mike Turnbull in The Gentle Touch (1982–84). He later played Richard in two seasons of Birds of a Feather in 1998 and appeared as the Chief Constable in the popular drama series A Touch of Frost in 1999 and again in 2003. His recent television appearances have included roles in Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Doctors and Holby City.
History of Drama at Kilburn Grammar Sschool:
"Bernard Holley left in 1957. He never played a part in a school play – or rather he got as far as rehearsals in Hamlet. As he walked across the stage something fell out of his pocket. He snatched it up but the eagle eye of Mr. Wright saw the forbidden cigarette packet. The result of the altercation that followed was that Bernard was no longer in the play. That’s what we call a big mistake. Bernard went to Rose Bruford drama school, and within a few years was a household name as PC Newcombe in Z-cars".
Lori (Lauren) Hopkins
Lori graduated from the Rose Bruford ETA course in 2009 and has gone on to work professionally as a puppeteer for Little Angel Theatre, Polka Theatre, Bamboozle and more. Her first solo marionette performance entitled "The explorer" showcased at the Rose Bruford College Symposium in April 2016. Lori also works regularly for Shakespeare's Globe Education as a Practitioner and Puppetry Consultant.
Studied acting at Rose Bruford College, graduating with an honours degree in 2006. Since graduating, he gained roles in which he was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature and Initiation (Max Q Film) in 2007. He has played Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin (2010-12), Asbjörn in
Northmen: a Viking saga (2014) and played Billy Bones in the Neil Marshall drama series Black sails (2014-17). He played Dickon Tarly in episodes of Game of thrones (2017) where he met his death being burnt alive by Daenerys’s dragon Drogon. Since 2019 he has appeared as Luther Hargreeves in The umbrella academy.
After graduating Heidi worked as a Director/leader for Brook Theatre (2002-12) and Oasthouse Theatre (2005-13) and was workshop leader and choreographer at Theatre Experience (2003-14). In 2012 she founded Boffo Theatre Company with her husband and worked as both an actress and director. In 2017 she became a self-employed photographer and writer, and joined Birralee International School in Trondheim in December 2018.
After training at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1982, Joanne has gone on to work regularly in the foremost British theatre companies. Highlights are three seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company including Sam Mendes' production of The Alchemist with Hugh Bonneville and David Bradley and playing Fabian to John Lithgow's Malvolio in Twelfth Night. She played Ella Khan in the 2001 revival of East is East, and Joan opposite Patrick Stewart in Bingo at The Young Vic in 2012. She was proud to honour her Welsh heritage as the powerful and fragile matriarch in the award winning The Pull of Negative Gravity which played off-Broadway in 2005. On screen Joanne played opposite Kenneth Branagh in Wallander and was directed by Michael Caton-Jones on Spooks (MI-5). She was a regular in Grange Hill, playing a socially challenged mother, and was promoted from Police Constable to Detective Inspector in a year by the BBC on Eastenders and Ruth Rendell. More recently she has been filming three feature films for Open Palm Films, including Simon Amstell's 2019 Benjamin. She also had the part of Mrs Ferris in an episode of It's a sin (2021). Joanne has had a long relationship with Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London for whom she has travelled the world acting and teaching the next generation of actors.
A Welsh actress, known primarily for her television roles, including her part in the BBC TV series The Liver Birds (1969-1978) and Whatever Happened to the Liver Birds? (1996) She later played the eponymous lead in The District Nurse, a series which was written for her, and won the Variety Club Television Actress of the Year Award.
Steve has played character roles in such TV series as Casualty, Where the Heart Is, Dinnerladies, Heartbeat, The Royle Family and Scott & Bailey. He is perhaps best known for his role as "Lomper" in the massively successful UK box-office and critical hit The Full Monty (1997) and as Eddie Windass in
Coronation Street from 2008 to 2011. He is also a co-founder of the Shoestring Theatre Company.
Graduated in 2009 (ETA) and started working for the National Youth Theatre (NYT) of Great Britain, working his way up to becoming the ‘Artistic Associate: Regions and International’. He was a choreographer for the Team Welcome ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (London, 2012). He left the NYT to form his own company The PappyShow, an ensemble physical theatre company, of which he is Artistic Director.