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Mick Barnfather has been working in theatre as an actor, director and teacher for more than thirty five years. He has been a member of Complicite since 1986, appearing in six of their shows: Food Stuff, Please Please Please, The Visit, The Three Lives Of Lucie Cabrol, The Chairs and Light.


Mick's other theatre credits include Mr.Puntilla And His Man Matti with The Right Size, The Dove for the Croydon Warehouse, Special Offer at the Young Vic, Trouble in Paradise with the Talking Pictures Theatre Co. and The End of the Tunnel directed by Philippe Gaulier.


His television credits include Bramwell, Peak Practice, Between the Lines, Pie in the Sky, Peter and the Wolf, The Bill, and Burning Ambition - a play written for the B.B.C. by Theatre de Complicite. He has also acted for radio and short films.



He directed the first Peepolykus show Let The Donkey Go and before that directed David Sant from this talented company in a one man show called The Titanic, Mussolini and the Doctor. Other directing credits include Tin Moon for Hot House Theatre, Le Mort de Client for Told by an Idiot, Bitches Ball, Missionary's Position and Etherdome, all for Pennydreadful, Wolf Meat for Wildheart and Lyric and final direction on Hoipolloi's Honestly and Dan Lees Brainchild.


During his career as an actor and director, he has always continued to teach theatre. He worked at the Commedia School in Copenhagen where he taught Melodrama and Neutral Mask. He taught Clown at the Central School of Speech and Drama and Devising Theatre at both Rose Bruford Drama School and the Manchester Metropolitan University where he also teaches Improvisation.



He was a teacher at the Philippe Gaulier School where he taught Bouffon, Clown and Neutral Mask. He is a regular teacher at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, where he teaches Theatre Studies on the three year degree program, and the London School of Musical Theatre and at the Florida State University london program. He has taught Physical Theatre for some twenty years for the British American Drama Academy and at RADA for ten years where he taught Clown, Mask, Ensemble and Physicality in Performance. During this time he also taught on the open Complicite workshop programs and gave classes and courses in Hong Kong, Berlin, Hamburg, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and America.


He runs his own workshops during Easter, June and November. For details of these please check the workshops page.

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