Neil Haigh

I am a freelance professional actor for both stage and TV & an award winning writer, director, Dramaturg & improviser. I am one third of acclaimed comedy/storytelling theatre company Cartoon de Salvo.

Neil is primarily an actor with freelance roles in both theatre (The Trial Young Vic, World Cup 66 BOV, Ether Frolics SHUNT/Sound&Fury, What The Dickens Gonzo Moose,) and TV (Dalziel&Pascoe, Casualty, Doctors – Best Villain nominee British Soap Awards, No Angels, The Bill).

He is also a theatre maker – both as one third of acclaimed company Cartoon de Salvo & independantly. As an independant he adapted the novel Angels of The Universe into a one-man show (Critics Choice Award Budapest, Rekjavik & Gilded Balloon Edinburgh, Gate Theatre London) & co-wrote and starred in The Summer House with former perrier winner Will Adamsdale & Matthew Steer (John Wright) at The Gate Theatre (Time out Critics Choice & Show of the Week)

With the Salvos he has co-devised and acted in seven productions (including: Meat & Two Veg, The Ratcatcher of Hamelin, Pub Rock, The Irish Giant & the completely improvsied storytelling shows Hard Hearted Hannah & other Stories & Made Up). Their work has played at most of the major touring venues across the UK, (BAC, Lyric Hammersmith, Soho Theatre in London, Hong Kong & the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC). Along the way they have received numerous Critics Choice notices, A Top Ten Show of the Year in the Observer (Meat & Two Veg) & Top Ten Comedy Show of the Year in the Telegraph (Hard Hearted Hannah)

As director: Alun Cochrane’s “My favourite Words in My Best Stories” (Perrier Newcomer Nominee), The Powercut Compendium (Cartoon de Salvo), The Prophecy, The World is a Handkerchief (Icelandic Take Away Theatre) & several Higher Ed/Drama school productions.

Neil is also a Dramaturg – working with Carl Heap (World Cup 66, Ben Hur & the Medieval Players) on his new play based on the historical events around the gunfight at the OK Corral – and a new show set in a photographic dark room

He lives in Bristol with his partner and two children