Performing Arts

Craig Norman

Lecturer (HE) – Acting

MA in Theatre & Performance, Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy, PGCE (in Post Compulsory Education and Training), BA (Hons) Theatre & Media Drama

Biography

Craig has worked as an actor, playwright and director. He trained at the University Of Glamorgan/Welsh College of Music and Drama and has a BA (Hons) in Theatre & Media Drama and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training from the University of Southampton. He has recently completed an MA in Theatre & Performance at King’s College, London. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As an actor, Craig has worked locally and in London and he has toured nationally and internationally with classical and contemporary productions. His writing has been performed locally as well as nationally in Ringwood, Bristol, Exeter, London and internationally in Ireland. He has directed several productions at local venues including at Poole Lighthouse. His MA at King’s College has allowed him to explore verbatim and in-yer-face theatre, the tension in terms of ownership between playwrights and performers, the success and/or failure of participatory arts projects, phenomenological perspectives of arts events in terms of absence and presence and critical components of the performer-spectator relationship. For his dissertation, Craig explored the provocative question of  ‘Has site-specific theatre had its day?’.

At the Arts University Bournemouth, Craig previously taught for seven years on the Creative Events Management course on units which focused on cultural theory and practice, creative planning and programming, art forms, health and safety, project management, live events and dissertation writing. He also supervised the work placement unit which enabled students to gain experience of working for six weeks for an arts or cultural organisation within the creative industries.  On the Acting course, Craig has taught on both practical (Acting 1 and Acting 2) and theoretical units (Investigative Study, Professional Contexts and Practice In Context).

Professional practice

Craig’s acting experience has included several productions on the London fringe and the Soho Theatre, London.  He has also toured with Solent People’s Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Company (as Captain Wentworth in Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’), Philip Ayckbourn’s Quorum Theatre Company in the South of France, Black Cat Theatre Company (as Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’) and Actors of Dionysus (‘Agamemnon’ – UK/Eire tour). He has also performed at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool (as Oberon/Theseus/Starveling in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’), Worcester Arts Workshop and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has appeared in three feature films including ‘Bright Young Things’ (Stephen Fry’s directorial debut) and played the lead in ‘Cold Harbour’ for Clear Blue Productions/Happy Accident Films. He has also appeared in numerous short films, commercials (Just 35.com, Bosch and Mountain Dew) and has experience of corporate and music videos. TV: Casualty.

Locally, Craig played The Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’ for a PHD project at Bournemouth University. In addition, he has performed in two productions to mark the annual ‘Arts By The Sea’ festival in Bournemouth and he has completed a course in long-form improvisation with Direct Theatre company. He has performed at Poole Lighthouse as well as in Centre Stage comedy club (Mr. Twit in ‘The Twits’) and the Russell Cotes Museum (‘The Turn of the Screw’).

As a playwright, Craig has had work performed locally, in London (‘Bleach’ at the Pitshanger Manor House in Ealing, ‘Dark Forest’ at the Bridewell Theatre and ‘Aurora’ at the Southwark Playhouse), Ringwood (‘Splintering’ at Forest Forge Theatre Company), Dorchester (‘Special’ at Dorchester Arts Centre), Bristol (‘Enemy’ and ‘New Earth’ at Bristol Old Vic), Exeter (‘The Distance’ was the Bike Shed Theatre’s inaugural production) and Waterford, Ireland (‘Splintering’ – Red Kettle Theatre Company as part of the Waterford Festival of New Plays). Craig has written a play about the abandoned remote Scottish island of St. Kilda, which was developed during a writing project at Hall For Cornwall in Truro and he hopes to see a full production of this in the future.

As a director, Craig has directed his own work (Killing London), ‘The Rise & Fall of Little Voice’ (Twisters Comedy Club and Bournemouth International Centre), ‘When The Wind Blows’ (The Hub, Verwood) and Simon Stephens’ ‘Herons’ (Poole Lighthouse). Craig has also taught and delivered workshops to young people of all ages in acting and acting coaching, scriptwriting, storytelling and verbatim theatre. He also co-produced a writing festival at Poole Lighthouse and was artistic director of a local theatre company, Theatre Orb, which was dedicated to the development of new writing.

Craig currently co-leads a theatre writing group called ‘Portal’, based at the Lighthouse, Poole. The group will perform some of their work at a scratch night in the Sherling Studio in 2019.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)

Research Specialism

-Theatrical terminology

-In-yer-face theatre

-Verbatim theatre

-Participatory arts projects

-Site-specific theatre

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