About
Me

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A THOUGHTFUL IDIOT

The word idiot derives from the original Greek root idios which means unique to one's own self. A clown is an idiot in that sense.

 

I try to create shows that are unique to my own self but that can be relevant, accessible and entertaining to others. I like inviting an audience playfully to be part of an emotional journey where they can all see something of themselves and laugh together in a moment of 

shared humanity. I draw from aspects of myself and life experiences that I often find challenging. Those conflicting parts of ourselves and difficult experiences are the ones that make us all the idiots we are.  

My shows reflect my training and background in physical theatre, masks, circus skills, improvisation and clown. I use text but primarily speak through image, tone, physicality and sound which means my shows can be toured internationally. 

HOW I GOT HERE

I was born and grew up in Bilbao in a working-class family. My parents came from a generation who could not afford to even consider the idea of being an artist. When I was 26 I moved to London where I discovered theatre. I trained at Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre and the International School of Corporeal Mime. 

In my early 30s, I discovered clown with Mick Barnfather (Ecole Philippe Gaulier). In 2008 I trained in the Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique with Jonathan Young. During this training, I met Charlie Blowers and joined her company, Moving Pieces, an arts in health organisation specialising in performance based in personal experiences as both a therapeutic and a devising tool. Our show Total Eclipse was acclaimed by Broadway Baby at Brighton Fringe in 2018 as 'a masterpiece of physical theatre.' 

In 2019, while attending La Fira de Tarrega in Catalonia with director Jamie Wood, one day we saw a smashed tomato on the street. After coming back to London we started making Fly! Tomato! Fly!

I have also visited thousands of children in many hospitals across the UK as a qualified Giggle Doctor. I have recently moved to Barcelona where I continue working as a Giggle Doctor and making theatre. and working as a quGiggle Doctor.

 

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