“Phenomenal talent... 
a powerful and moving artist ...
                 - Time Out
deep and perverse
and moving and 
                       - Paul Gambaccini                      
“One of the most                                                    
     and daring 
     performers I have seen.   
        What he does is      
      in every sense of 
       the word.”
             - Martin Sherman,
                      (Bent / The Boy from Oz)

A versatile performer and artist, Dickie Beau is mainly recognised for breathing new life into the drag tradition of lip synching through his distinctive playback performances. He is widely celebrated for the virtuosic skill, innovation and diversity of his work and has received multiple awards including the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award and the London Cabaret Award for Best Alternative Performer.

His work began to take shape on the alternative drag scene in London's East End, and is  informed by a varied history that includes a crucial period living and working with physical theatre company Teatro Della Contraddizzione in Milan, as well as a long period working in film and tv drama development in the UK. The results defy conventions of what a drag modality consists of, as well as what constitutes theatre, not to mention what it means to be a writer.

Dickie's work is increasingly studied on contemporary theatre and performance courses in the UK and he’s in demand as a workshop leader and visiting speaker. Dickie is an Associate Research Fellow at both Queen Mary University of London School of English and Drama and at the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London. He has worked as an artistic mentor for SPILL Festival's National Platform as well as for MA students at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Chichester.

Dickie's work captures the hearts and imaginations of a range of audiences in all sorts of contexts because it operates at the intersections of a vast array of popular performance traditions, including physical theatre, clowning, vaudeville, dance, drag and mime. It has distinct vision and clarity of purpose but is difficult to categorize as belonging to only one world. Consequently, Dickie has presented his work in all sorts of venues, delighting audiences from the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to the Royal Festival Hall. He has taken cabaret turns from the Cafe de Paris to the art galleries of the Place des Vosges. His video-interactive work is as well-received at the British Film Institute as at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. He has performed at numerous notable festivals, including Latitude, Cork Midsummer Festival, and Ljubljana's City of Women Festival (Slovenia).

In 2015, Dickie was a shortlisted nominee for the Arts Foundation Award in the category of Digital & Video for Performance in recognition of his innovative use of digital technology to create audio-visual “virtual” scripts – or cyber-scores - using found sound and video. In 2014, Dickie was the recipient of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award, which led to the presentation of his directorial debut, 'Camera Lucida', at the Barbican's Pit Theatre (“a truly spine-tingling experience” - The Guardian). In 2013, he received a Jardin d'Europe Contemporary Dance Award which led to a Southbank Centre Commission for his second solo show, 'Lost in Trans' – a show that was developed through a residency at the Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm, with the piece's dramaturg Julia Bardsley (“Lost in Trans succeeds in delighting and disturbing its audiences in equal measure.” - WhatsOnStage). In 2012 Dickie won in the Best Alternative Performer category of the London Cabaret Awards, at the same time as he premiered his first major solo theatre show, 'Blackouts' (“a thing unlike any other … it is the drag show at the end of the world” - Time Out).

The creation of  'Blackouts', on which Dickie collaborated with director Jan willem van den Bosch and lighting designer Marty Langthorne, established Dickie's reputation as a significant theatre maker and the project was supported at both research and production stages by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts awards.


Dickie Who?

“Sublime, funny, moving, tragic and darkly poignant, 
Dickie Beau breathes electrifying new life
into an age-old art form ... he is a star of the future.” - Attitude

                                            - The Times

Dickie is represented by

Sally Hope Associates

“[Dickie] Beau is the closest this country has to a genuine medium: an auteur of the airwaves who can put flesh onto recorded sound in a manner both   
                             gripping and disturbing” - This is Cabaret