Darren read English at Cambridge University before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, then later with Philippe Gaulier, David Glass and Theatre de Complicite. He has been an actor, writer, director and dramaturg since 1988, and was a significant figure in the 'physical theatre' revolution of the 1990s, devising, performing and directing award-winning shows with companies like The Right Size, Told by an Idiot, Scarlet Theatre and Peepolykus. He was a company member, movement director and associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has worked for almost every major theatre production house in the UK, as well as for the BBC, ITV and Film Four. He has taught at the University of Central Lancashire, Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Educational Schools and the British American Dramatic Academy.
tradition? may approach the rehearsal of Shakespeare?s text. No one can legitimately claim to
make statements that are true in all contexts for all actors who have come into contact with
Lecoq?s work. It is possible, however, to argue for patterns of agenda, vocabulary and approach,
and in trying to do so I will draw largely upon Ariane Mnouchkine?s production of Richard II
(1981) for her company Théâtre du Soleil. In addition, I will refer to two productions of
Shakespeare I directed, for which my approach was influenced by Lecoq?s ideas: A Midsummer
Night?s Dream (2009) and Macbeth (2011), both at St Peter?s Arts Centre, Preston in the UK. I
will also mention in passing two productions of Shakespeare plays by Theatre de Complicite for
elements of supporting evidence.