Robyn is a performance artist, director and producer with fifteen years expertise in physical theatre, clown, circus, street arts and outdoor theatre. Robyn has worked internationally and developed site specific, interactive, street theatre for: Kelburn Productions; Knockengorroch Festival; The Alnwick Garden; and, the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Robyn has a BA and a Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice. She is undertaking an MA in Directing Circus at Circomedia.
In 2016 I directed and co-produced The Vampire Rabbit. Funded by Arts Council England and as part of Juice Festival, it was a newly devised production and artist development project with Circus Central. The core ethos of the project was to offer eight emerging North East-based performing artists paid placements as cast and band members, as well as giving them training in specialised skills and tackling issues around self-employment as an artist. A wider professional creative team and Circus Central’s youth circus supported production through a collaboration merging circus, puppetry, physical theatre, original live music, ambitious technical theatre, and visceral storytelling.
I have been teaching on the newly developed professional training programmes for Circus Central in Newcastle. I have taught modules on Physical Theatre, Site Specific work and Making performance as well as directing shows with students in 2016 u0026 2017
Clowning Around Ghent 2015 rn10-day Clown Training Project and youth exchange in Belgium. I taught workshops in Clown to young people from Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Germany, Estonia u0026 Sweden and directed them in outdoor performances for the Ghent Arts Festival
THE POTHEADS, a street theatre concept I developed out of a commissioning process for STILL, the Festival of Human Sculpture for Alnwick Garden in 2012. The wandering hedge-heads are an interactive street theatre ensemble of poised picnic-goers fitting of the Mad Hatter. They remain as one of Let’s Circus’s suite of popular walk-about acts
SECRET OF THE SHOOTING STAR, a commission from the Edinburgh Science Festival to create an interactive street theatre experience. Players were able to interact with the story, to meet characters, and journey to some of Edinburgh’s fascinating academic environments and locations…and participate in real science. Edinburgh Science Festival, 2013
‘Canary ’ is a live theatre piece inspired by the stories of the women who worked in Britain’s munitions factories during the First World War. Set during a zeppelin air raid, Canary uses physical theatre and sound design to create a darkly comedic visceral experience that gives a voice to Britain’s Munitionettes.rnrnCanary was made with my theatre company, Fun in the Oven. We are a multi-disciplinary theatre collective. Founded in 2015, we combine physical theatre, dance and storytelling to create dynamic shows that are ambitious, accessible and subversive. We love to tell stories that are political, real and unexpected using bold aesthetics that titillate the senses.
A department store becomes the backdrop for an epic adventure and race against the clock for Arthur. Based on the Odyssey and merging spectacular circus skills, puppetry, physical theatre, music and theatrical storytelling, Arthur’s Odyssey brings together the North East’s most exciting circus talent. A newly created circus spectacular for the whole family, created in association with Newcastle’s Circus Central and inspired by archival research into our North East circus history.