“Say hello to startling, notable, talent: [First Physical Theatre Company] dancer, stilt artist and clown, Richard Antrobus” (Adrienne Sichel)
Richard Antrobus completed his BA (Hons) in Drama at Rhodes University in 2004. From 2005 to July 2006 he worked as a resident performer for First Physical before embarking on studies abroad, gaining a Diploma (Distinction) at the London School of Physical Theatre. While abroad he performed with SlungLow Theatre Company. Richard returned to South Africa to read for his MA Drama in Contemporary Performance, Rhodes University 2008-2009, graduating with distinction (2010).
In 2009, Richard created and performed “Stilted” to critical acclaim at both the National Arts Festival and Hilton Arts Festival. He also founded the Phezulu Project in 2009, which has since expanded to form the OddBody Theatre Collaborative – a community circus-skills and performance development initiative. Other works Richard has been involved in include the popular show, “Hats”, as well as "Beelzebub", directed by Brink Scholtz, and "3 Acts of Love", created by Richard Antrobus and Bauke Snyman.
Richard was also the recipient of a Standard Bank Ovation “Encore” Award at the NAF 2011 for “excellence and innovation” and “for bridging the gap between professional and developmental theatre”. In 2012, Richard was awarded a GIPCA fellowship at U.C.T., but continued to perform with his show “Far from Norm” at the ‘Festival of Fame’, “Op en Top” (“Stilted”) at the KKNK and “Hats” and “Tshini Kwedini” at the National Arts Festival. He has also directed and edited a short dance-film, “Jetlaggged”, which screened at the Baxter Film Festival in August.
This year, Richard has working independently as a free-lance artist as well as collaborating with Clowns without Borders – training performers in Botswana and Namibia in mime, clowning, movement and stilt-walking.
Richard is a light-hearted, yet highly committed performer, producer and collaborator with a keen interest and enthusiasm in the whole spectrum of physical theatre: ranging from acting and mime to multi-media such as video and projection to acrobatics, circus and dance. He is a proudly South African trying to develop and carve out his own unique style as a solo artist, ensemble performer, creator, director and educator; that both entertains and challenges the physical emotional and spiritual. He is dedicated with the initiative to work hard as an individual but enjoys co-operating with others in a group dynamic. He has a strong work ethic, as well as the ability to establish positive rapport with others.