Dickie Beau draws on performance traditions including clowning, theatre, vaudeville, dance and mime. He merges the sensibility of contemporary culture with queer twists and informed echoes of the past, realizing an exquisite interplay of digital content.
A pioneer of playback performance, emerging from the drag tradition of lip-synching, Dickie Beau is influencing the practice of a whole new generation of performance-makers. His work is increasingly studied on contemporary theatre and performance courses in the UK and he’s in demand as a workshop leader and visiting speaker. Dickie has worked as artistic mentor for SPILL Festival’s National Platform as well as for MA students at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Chichester. In October 2015 Dickie joins Queen Mary University of London Department of Drama as an Associate Research Fellow. He will also continue to hold an Associate Research Fellowship at Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre at the University of London. In 2014 Dickie was the recipient of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award.
LOST in TRANS by Dickie Beau
Continuing his shtick of using playback, in which he ‘channels’ voices he sees as being misplaced, misrepresented or misunderstood, Dickie breathes new life into found sound, ‘re-writing’ audio artefacts and playing them back through his body to become a live performing archive of the missing.