Performer – In Other Words
Derek is an actor, director, theatre maker and voice artist.
Cofounder and artistic director of Ripple Theatre Co. The company formed in 2005, having take a production of “Pricked”, by Anita Sullivan, to the Assembly Rooms at Edinburgh Fringe. The company have since been commited to creating work in intimate and unusual spaces using audio and visual media. In the Autumn of 2015, the company were in residency at The Bikeshed, Exeter in which they presented a selection from their portfolio of work. From that experience we aim to develop our ideas further over the coming months as well as create new and exciting projects.
Derek is a familiar face with the region’s audiences. He has recently delighted Exeter audiences as Scrooge in the Northcott Theatre/Creative Cow coproduction of “A Christmas Carol”, directed by Amanda Knott. In addition to this he has been, (for many, many years) a regular performer and contributor with Exeter based theatre company Theatre Alibi. Most recently the company took their acclaimed production of Michael Morpurgo’s “I Believe In Unicorns” to the U.S. before returning to the U.K. for a national tour.
On screen he can be seen as Captain Bray in Series 1 of the popular BBC1 drama “Poldark”, which aired in 2015 and he makes a return in Series 2, to be screened later in 2016. He also makes an appearance in the soon to be released British film “Access All Areas” as seedy bar owner Tommy, directed by Oliver Versey.
As well as screen and theatre appearances, Derek is a voice artist. Recently to be heard playing the character of Frank in R4’s WWI Home Front Series in a story called “A Soldier’s Story”. Derek has also contributed enormously to “Fables: Legend” an Xbox/MultiPlatform Fantasy Adventure Game, due for release anytime now.
In 2015 Derek directed a one woman show, performed by Ruth Mitchell, “Homeward Bound”. It has been very well received around the South West region and it is preparing to embark on the second phase of its tour in the North East, happening in Spring 2016.