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About David Davies

David Davies, Actor, Director and Playwright has been based in London, Koblenz, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. His work so far includes many of the great Shakespearean roles, modern drama’s, comedies, television, film and radio.

His earliest theatrical memory is seeing a London pantomime with his Mother. He was thrilled by the antics of Basil Brush but terrified when the Wicked Witch brought forth her poisoned apple. His first performance was before he had fully developed speech: he sang a doggerel that he made up for customers enjoying the tea in a manor house his Durham based Grandparents were running, “Iker-ricker-roo”

From Hounslow, London the Davies Family moved to Perth, Western Australia where Davies was a regular audience member for companies that he would later work for professionally such as The Hole in the Wall Theatre Company and The Perth Theatre Company.

He studied acting at NIDA where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. At NIDA he played Hamlet, Oberon, Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina and the Interrogator in Pinter’s One for the Road.

Perth

Davies has strong connections with Perth. His family is still there and he works there as much as he can. Performances have included the title role in Hamlet for the Hole in the Wall directed by Raymond Omedei. He says that this is the highlight of his stage-life thus far. The partner play for the season, The Tempest saw him as Ferdinand.

For The Perth Theatre Company he played in Ben Elton’s Silly Cow and Gasping both directed by the late Alan Becher. They struck up a friendship and were planning a play about Richard Burton. He also took part in the first workshop of The Mule’s Foal which was staged some years later.

Shakespeare in the Park for Glenn Elston saw him play Oberon, Mercutio and Mr Toad. These outdoor productions helped him expand his lung capacity as audiences swelled to more than a 1000 per night. Directors included Mike Bishop, Phil Sumner and Glenn Elston.

Camera work was greatly supported by his growing friendship with Martin Wilson who went on to form Soul Films. They made several short films together and found themselves working on television commercials and documentaries with local production companies.

Melbourne

A few years based in Melbourne where his highlights were an extension of his the on-camera work he started in Perth when he was cast as the Policeman turned serial killer in Stingers – Catch the Mouse.

He played Claudio in Glenn Elston’s Shakespeare in the Botanic Gardens   Much Ado about Nothing - “rock” version which saw the returning soldiers as a touring band of rock stars. He also moved from Fairy King - Oberon in The Dream to all-too-human Demetrius canadian-pharmacy24-7.com/buy-levitra-online .

Other projects included Sam Shepherds’ True Love and an original play called

Sydney

David moved back to Sydney in 2001 to work at The Sydney Opera House for The Bell Shakespeare Company as an ensemble member in Julius Caesar/Antony and Cleopatra directed by John Bell. He was with company for the next five years, touring the UK with The Comedy of Errors.

The highlight was Richard 111 directed by Michael Gow. Davies was Lord Hastings and he understudied John Bell’s Richard.

London

 

Re-establishing himself back in London, Davies started with The British Shakespeare Company. Touring the UK and Norway with Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. His work with this company continued from 2007-09 and included Henry V, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. Tours took in Kirkstall Abbey, Rochester Castle, Arundel Castle, Norwich Cathedral and Norway’s Ramme Gaard. He also took the position of Company Manager for the first time in 2009 when the company toured to Norway, Czech Republic, Rep of Ireland and the UK.

Other company’s include The Guildford Shakespeare Company, Saffron Waldon’s SaL, The Young Shakespeare Company and The Little Sheringham Theatre Company.

In 2007 he worked with New Triad Theatre Company playing in Alan Aykbournes Time and Time Again which toured around Germany and Switzerland. In 2011, Artistic Director of the company and Director of the productions had him on a strict diet to play Romeo. Romeo and Juliet toured Germany and Switzerland and New Triad were back the next year, 2012 with another Aykbourne, Relatively Speaking The weight back on, Davies played Philip.

In 2010 he was a founding member of The GB Theatre Company and played leading parts as well as being the Company Manager. This meant that he was essentially the Tour Manager as the new company toured Dublin, Norway, Prague, Bruno, Arundel, Norwich, Kentwell Hall and Windsor in its first year with As You Like It directed by Neil Sheppeck and The Merry Wives of Windsor directed by Jenny Stephens. He was Jacques and Ford. The next year’s tour was Romeo and Juliet with Gabriel Thompson playing Romeo. Davies was Friar Lawrence and Neil Sheppeck directed. The partner play saw Davies take on Sir Toby Belch in Michael Woodward’s production of Twelfth Night. The company added Bristol and Victoria Embankment Gardens in London to its venues. His final year was 2012 as Petruchio in Jenny Stephen’s The Taming of the Shrew and Antonio in Jack Shepherd’s The Tempest. The additional venues were Warwick Castle and Kensington Palace Gardens.

The summer of 2012 he spent in Perth, W.A with ShakespeareWA playing Benedick in Paige Newmark’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. He returned the following summer, slightly miscast but having a lot of fun as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night.

Back to London it was The Maze Festival, playing parts in new plays for Sheer Drop Theatre, directed by Tom Latter.

Germany

John Strehlow’s New Triad Theatre tours gave Davies a taste of German theatre and audiences. Wishing to extend his experience as a Language Teacher and Coach he decided to spend half a year in Rheinland Pfalz in order to complete several writing projects. He performed his one man play, HYDE – the final statement of Dr Jekyll in Cochem and Koblenz. Extending the play to a full hour in 2015 saw him tour Koblenz Kulturfabrik, Cologne, Lindau, Bamberg, Kaisersesch as well as visiting Kentwell Hall, Suffolk and Sterts Theatre, Liskeard.