“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)

London-based actor, physical performer and intrepid drag fabulist, Dickie Beau,

is a postmodern cultural pickpocket, maverick theatre-maker and twisted video star;

looting a range of performance traditions, from “low culture” to “high art”,

in the creation of distinctive performance experiences.

The principle shtick for which Dickie has been gaining notoriety of late is as

a pioneer of “playback” performance: the uncanny embodiment (or “re-memberment”)

of found sound - a style of performance that emerges

from the drag tradition of lip synching.

“Playback” positions the body as an archive, especially of the "missing"

- re-visioning and playing back voices from the margins:

voices of figures we might not normally hear in the mainstream,

in ways that we might not be accustomed to hearing them.

Within his approach, Dickie draws on many other performance traditions,

including clowning, theatre, vaudeville, dance and mime,

without being exclusive to one school’s rules.

He merges the sensibility of contemporary culture

with queer twists and informed echoes of the past.

Increasingly combining his own original video and sound work with live performance,

he crosses over, stands at the edges, and lies in between conventions.

He has taken his work to a wide range of audiences in truly diverse settings:

nightclubs, art galleries, cabaret bars, cinemas, museums, theatres, fashion shows, festivals,

online, in stores and on the street.

Dickie has performed at The Southbank Centre, Cafe de Paris, Wilton Music Hall, Madame JoJos,

the Barbican, the British Film Institute, Chelsea Theatre, the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club,

the ICA, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Battersea Arts Centre,

the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Roundhouse, Ronnie Scotts,

the Hackney Empire, Stratford Circus and Soho Theatre, to name a few.

Notable festival appearances include Latitude, Fierce, Cork Midsummer Festival,

Dublin’s Queer Notions Festival, Ljubljana’s City of Women Festival,

Homotopia, and the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

Dickie was recently awarded the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2014.

The outcome of this award was Dickie’s first ensemble theatre piece, ‘Camera Lucida’,

which was presented at the Barbican in October 2014.

The piece is a further adventure in playback performance,

particularly engaging with ideas of the body as a medium -

as both the material carrier of images, and also as the lead performer of a seance,

“channelling” the dead. The ideas relate to Hans Belting’s image theory,

which traces the origins of human picture-making

in the earliest rituals of the funereal realm.

As well as the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award,

Dickie was a shortlisted nominee for the Arts Foundation Award 2015,

in the category of Digital and Video for Performance.

He has also won Best Alternative Performer in the 2012 London Cabaret Awards

and in 2013 was the recipient of a prestigious Jardin d’Europe contemporary dance award,

an endowment that was used toward making a queer-feminist solo performance

for the Southbank Centre, called ‘LOST in TRANS’.

‘LOST in TRANS’ toured to Contact Manchester, Unity Theatre Liverpool,

and the City of Women Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Dickie benefited from a residency at the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm in December 2012,

during which he developed work for ‘LOST in TRANS’ with the project’s dramaturg, Julia Bardsley.

An Art Council Grant for the Arts Award in October 2012 enabled Dickie to present

his first major solo theatre show, ‘BLACKOUTS: Twilight of the Idols’,

at the Homotopia Festival, Liverpool (Unity Theatre). Following subsequent sell-out runs

at Contact Manchester and London’s Chelsea Theatre, the show also ran to great acclaim and full houses at Soho Theatre in July 2013. It goes to Cambridge Junction in February 2014 and plans are afoot for further touring in 2014-2015.

“Touching, bizarre and visually gorgeous ...

a thing unlike any other ...

it is the drag show at the end of the world ... superb.”

- Time Out on ‘BLACKOUTS’

‘BLACKOUTS’ is a surreal theatrical trip in which Dickie shapeshifts through

the subconscious underworld of a future self, channelling the ghosts of his childhood idols.

The project has been supported by the ARTS COUNCIL

at both the research and production stages of its development.

The approach to writing the show’s script is unorthodox in that it was “digitally written”

entirely from audio/visual artefacts, and is unique in featuring never-before-heard audio footage

from Marilyn Monroe’s final interview, to which Dickie is the first person to have ever

been granted full access by Richard Meryman, the journalist who conducted

the iconic interview that was published in ‘Life’ magazine just days before Marilyn’s death.

Read reviews of first performances here and here.

Dickie’s solo video-interactive work recently featured as an integral part of the

creative documentary, ‘This is Not a Dream’, a new film about

artists using moving images to promote freakery

and explore stranger regions of fantasy,

directed by Professor Gavin Butt of Goldsmiths University

and journalist Ben Walters (Time Out, Sight & Sound).

The film was presented as a “live cinematic event” at the BFI in Spring 2012.

The event featured bespoke live performance created by Dickie, which were later adapted and transformed into bespoke video pieces for the DVD release in January 2014.



- The Guardian on ‘This is Not a Dream’

Dickie has recently been privileged to work with the

ground-breaking performance company, Hydra Poesis, based in Perth, Western Australia.

Most recently, in January-February 2013, Dickie took up a residency with the company

to begin work as a core librettist on an ambitious new project, ‘Wikileaks the Ballet’.

Dickie is also a collaborator on another pioneering Hydra Poesis project, ‘Prompter Live Studio’.

This was a multi-locational theatre project,

exploring the interplay between outsiders and events,

and brought together a group of international artists

to make up a remote “chorus” of bedroom bloggers

engaged in acts of “performative psychosis”,

streaming live into a central performance space.

It was an exciting project that harnessed the potential for global artistic collaboration

through digital media and virtual spaces. The project furthered Dickie’s work

with the moving image, venturing beyond the orthodoxy of real-world performance spaces.

Dickie brings a diverse background to his work:

a degree in Drama from the University of Manchester;

an avant-garde training in physical theatre in Italy;

professional classical acting;

development work in Film & TV Drama,

including a period as a Script Reader for BBC Films;

and extensive experience of twisted nightclub drag.


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 in his solo work by

Tim Whitehead Management.

Acting agent :

John Wood at 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