Liam Steel

Liam has gained an international reputation as being one of Britain’s leading Physical Theatre practitioners, having directed, choreographed or performed with all of the foremost physical theatre companies in this country including Complicité, Volcano Theatre Company, Nigel Charnock and Company, and David Glass Ensemble.

Liam is probably most widely known for his work with Frantic Assembly (for whom he has directed and choreographed three productions), and DV8 Physical Theatre, where he was a core member for eight years, firstly as a performer and then also as Assistant/Associate Director of the company. During his time with DV8 he worked on five international tours and the Emmy Award winning film version of Enter Achilles.

Liam has extensive experience as a director and choreographer in the repertory sector including the Royal National Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, The Royal Court, Manchester Royal Exchange, The RSC, and four productions at the Library Theatre, Manchester. Circus has played a major role in many of Liam’s productions and he has been a regular contributor at the Circus Space in London and in 2004 was a Guest Director for Cirque Du Soleil. He is fiercely committed to defining new theatrical languages and last year set up his own company ‘Stan Won’t Dance’ which toured their first piece Sinner to huge critical acclaim.

'My work has always been about taking risks - ideologically, artistically, physically and emotionally. I am interested in the meeting ground between circus and theatre - in finding ways of using the risk of circus to truly emotionally engage an audience. How can we take the circus ‘trick’ and extend it as a metaphor for a character’s emotional or physical state of being or to represent the subtext in a relationship? How can it have a genuine thematic and emotional contribution to a theatrical context rather than simply existing as a show stopper for its own be applauded and then forgotten?'

Please note: Liam Steel is standing in for his colleague Robert Tannion who was previously scheduled to lead this course.