Artie Godden

Artie Godden is an actor, musician and clown.

He is currently playing Boy in Sally Cookson’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

He has previously worked for the Bristol Old Vic in new writing, working as an actor and assitant dramaturg, and performed in the opening of the Studio Theatre, following a 3 month internship he held at the theatre this year.

He has also assisted in the research and development of several new productions with Bristol based theatre companies.

Last October, Artie went to further his training in Paris, at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, building on his experiences with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Circomedia, the Bristol Physical Theatre Project, Holly Stoppit, The National Youth Theatre, and the University of Bristol.

As an actor, Artie has featured in films across the UK. He partook in the National Theatre/14:18 Now #WeAreHere project in 2016. He regularly performs in Bristol venues, as a stage actor, musician, and stand up comic. He was a semi-finalist for the nationwide competition, the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2018. He is interested in re-appropriating the term “clown” to a popular audience, liveness, and surrealism.

He is the taller half of the surrealist comedy duo, Godden and Barnes, which recently received 5 star reviews on the Cardiff Fringe, for the prop cabaret show, #Live Show 1.

As a recent graduate of the University of Bristol (BA Theatre and Performance), he is expanding his teaching practice, having run workshops for Bristol University (Laugh Lab), National Citizen Service, and several theatre companies. He worked as a dramaturg and clown teacher for The Clinch Theatre’s critically acclaimed Edinburgh show, Mopey the Clown. Details about learning clown, drama, and performance can be found on his website.

He is also an accomplished musician and singer, playing ‘Cello (Grade 8 ABRSM) and guitar, with experience in various ensembles, including the Bristol University Chamber Orchestra. He has experience in writing music for theatre, and in session recording. His musical project, King Uther’s Sons, is touring this year, around the UK and parts of Europe. Demo recordings can be found here:

As a technician, Artie has assisted on lighting and sound projects for the Finborough Theatre, Limbic Cinema, Full-Tilt Aerial, and the Wickham Theatre.

For further information about his theatre practice and to contact Artie, please take a look at the following links.


Thanks for reading! Artie is more than happy to meet you for coffee to talk about your project, and how his skills and experience might be applied.