A performance-maker, actor and writer, Dickie Beau is best known for breathing new life into lip syncing through his distinctive “playback” performances. He has received multiple awards, including the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, and Best Supporting Actor in the Off West End Theatre Awards. He played Ariel in Deborah Warner’s celebrated production of ‘The Tempest’ for Salzburg Festival, and has made several solo theatre shows which have toured internationally. His most recent solo show, ‘Re-Member Me’, premiered as a “haunting” of the set of Robert Icke’s production of ‘Hamlet’ at the Almeida Theatre before travelling to New York’s Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theatre, Melbourne Festival, and Perth Festival. In Australia, ‘Re-Member Me’ was nominated for a 2019 Helpmann Award.
Dickie is interested in using “playback” as a strategy for engaging with cultural history and archives, and as a mode through which to think through a range of themes relating to subjects such as: the function of nostalgia; the dynamics of identity; the presence of absence in theatre, art and the history of human image-making; the relationship between mediumship and the function of art; ways of feeling; the interplay of virtual technology with the living body; intimacy; and ideas of “inscribing” knowledge in/on space in such a way that considers alternative perspectives on authorship and reflects questions about the stability of material (and immaterial) carriers of knowledge in the digital age.
Dickie’s recent stage performances as an actor include playing Botticelli in ‘Botticelli in the Fire’ at Hampstead Theatre, and the Dame in the National Theatre’s recent production of ‘Dick Whittington’. Feature film performances include playing Kenny Everett in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and the original inventor of lip-synching, cantomime artist Georges Wague, in ‘Colette’.
As a writer, Dickie is currently under commission to write a television pilot for an original drama series, and has recently made contributions to Attitude magazine and Tortoise. He is also developing ideas for a future solo show emerging from his a recent research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Dickie is an Artist Research Fellow at both Queen Mary University of London and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.
Dickie Beau is an artist participating in LIFT’s Concept Touring commissioning programme.