Adam is an Actor, Writer, Director and Puppeteer who has worked on over 50 shows to date. Adept at devising and writing theatre for children and adults. Co-Director of Open Attic Company and working regularly with The Wardrobe Theatre, Pickled Image, Green Ginger, Idiot Child and Soap Soup. Adam has also worked as a puppeteer with Aardman and the BBC and has appeared as a performer for BBC Radio 4 and on BBC 2.
Adam is a co-founder and Director of Open Attic Company and directed their first family show Much Ado About Puffin, which continues to tour the U.K. Adam also helped devise and directed the hugely successful Goldilock Stock and Three Smoking Bears and Reservoir Mogs for The Wardrobe Theatre.
Adam is a widely experienced theatre practitioner and has been touring as a performer and puppeteer for the past fourteen years. His credits include lead roles in a variety of shows for both children and adults, working with companies such as Idiot Child (You’re Not Doing It Right, 4 Star Guardian review), Pickled Image, (Granddad) Green Ginger (International and U.K. tour of Outpost), Kilter, Horse & Bamboo, Stuff & Nonsense, Full Beam, Soap Soup and Ramshacklicious. Adam reached the Final of the 2012 BBC Norman Beaton Fellowship for Radio Drama performance and has since read for programmes broadcast on Radio 4. He has also worked as a puppeteer for Aardman Animations on a short film and for My Pockets as a puppeteer in a BBC 3 pilot.
Adam also has a strong background in Education having been a teacher at College, Secondary and Primary levels. This makes Adam comfortable when working as a facilitator with all ages of pupils and when running a wide range of theatrical workshops for students at University, Secondary or Primary level, including; Puppetry, Puppet Making, Writing for Theatre, Devising for Theatre and numerous performance techniques. Adam has run lengthy Drama projects in numerous Primary Schools engaging children in Shakespeare performance, the re-telling of Greek myths and the devising of their own material to be put in front of audiences. Adam also worked for two summers runnning with South Gloc Libraries running workshops and interactive performances as part of their Summer Reading Challenge project.
Currently Adam continues to work with Pickled Image as a puppeteer in Yana and the Yeti. Adam previously performed the puppet role of Granddad in Pickled Image’s interactive show touring theatres and festivals. The project also worked with numerous Bristol Primary Schools, engaging classes in workshops that are aimed at enhancing the confidence and imagination of young children when creating stories of their own. Granddad has also been involved in an extended project at Southmead Hospital, where he engaged with patients on the dementia ward over a period of 3 months, in a project aimed at enhancing the experience of patients within the ward. Adam has also written the last two Pickled Image Christmas shows Santa’s Little Trolls and Christmas Tales With Granddad.
Adam also as a performer/puppeteer with Green Ginger on their show Outpost. Adam was one of the original creative team and has toured the show both internationally and within the U.K.
Adam directed and co-devised Adam Blake’s solo show Birth & Death & Here & Now and has been involved in initial R&D and scratch performances of Idiot Child’s new show What If The Plane Falls Out Of The Sky.
Adam has previously worked for Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company as a devisor and scriptwriter on three hugely successful shows The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs and The Hare & The Tortoise. Adam extensively toured these shows nationally as a performer and puppeteer to wide acclaim from both children and adults alike.
“I wish I was five again. Then I could let out unselfconscious whoops of hilarity and yelps of excitement. As it is, watching this delightful piece of theatre unfold, is almost enough to liberate adult inhibitions. A truly enchanting hour for children – and their parents.” The Stage Review of Little Red Hen.
“This is one of the most delightful ways to while away 50 minutes. Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company leaves you wishing for more. Billed for two to seven year olds, it also enchants the child in every adult.” The Stage Review of Three Little Pigs.
Adam also worked as a devisor/director and writer on Soap Soup’s version of Little Red Riding Hood, which featured at the 2011 Bristol Festival of Puppetry before embarking on a national tour and has directed and devised and performed in Soap Soup’s show The Owl and the Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense.
Previously Adam worked as a devisor and scriptwriter on Full Beam Visual Theatre’s shows, The Man Who Discovered That Women Lay Eggs and My Baby Just Cares For Me.
Adam also has experience as a writer and dramaturg on projects with Kilter, Ramshacklicious, Tessa Bide, Likely Story and Hinged Theatre.