DUNCAN ALLDRIDGE I’m currently working on Deep Diving Men LAB This is ensemble theatre-process offering men opportunity to physically explore a sense of their masculinity and place on the male path. We are using scratch performance, film and discussion as a springboard for developing community and debate. Our vision is for the empowerment of men and boys in becoming the authentic role models of tomorrow, something so needed today. https://twitter.com/deepdivingmen
I have a background in teaching drama, directing theatre and working on community theatre projects. As part of my artistic role at TheSpaceUK at the Edinburgh Fringe I mentor developing theatre companies. I’m currently playing with the 5Rhythms movement map as theatre form.
Much of my theatre experience has been devising and merging different physical practice; while teaching in schools and colleges until 2011 I guided a large body of student theatre to fruition. I’ve also played a range of more orthodox theatre and directed productions of The Tempest, Arabian Nights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Clockwork Orange among others. I co-wrote and directed There’ll Always Be a Brentford, a large-scale community project at The Questors Theatre in 2005.
Since 2008 my personal experience of the male path has led me to host a fortnightly men’s group and blog. During this period I’ve undertaken a range of spiritual and self-development work with men and women, including Beyond the Hero and Man Enough programs with ‘A Band of Brothers’. My rich experience as a 5Rhythms dancer and ongoing commitment to sport has inspired me to offer a series of creative workshops called Shoulder to Shoulder rooted in theatre practice, movement and play.
I practice yoga, play volleyball, write music, tutor A Level students, sing in a classical acapella choir and am part of 5Rhythms communities as well as at St Stephen’s Church, Twickenham, UK.