About

Artist Statement

Theatre is a powerful tool that holds a mirror up to society, enabling performers to construct alternative narratives. As performance practitioners we are able to experiment and push boundaries. With that in mind, my main focus has always been to try and develop work that is challenging whilst being aware of the expectations of contemporary audiences. Through re-contextualising traditions of performance, we have a responsibility to make our work relevant. My own method of practice has been developed using games and movement in confined spaces. Through incorporating ideas of absurdist theatre, I have been able to further refine my methodology. As an actor I endeavour to create authentic performance; as a musician I seek to use rhythm in performance. Combining these skills, I can transform the chaotic into the coherent, often all that is needed is a particular tempo, pulse, or iambic form to embody a musicality of character and rhythm of the scene. I draw influence from the works of various absurdist writers including among others, Arthur Adamov, Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett. This helps the development of my own practice. I also draw inspiration from such theatre practitioners as Anne Bogart and the SITI Company and often incorporate elements of Viewpoints into my work. In combining all of these influences I strive to bring a degree of originality to my work.

‘A simple tale, told at the right moment transforms a persons life with the order its pattern brings to incoherent energies.’

TED HUGHES

Testimonials

In the time that I have known Edmund Duff I have found him to be a highly professional and insightful actor who can get to the truthful core of any role. On the occasions that I have recommended him to directors /producers, or collaberated with him on my own project’s, he has always surpassed expectations and proved himself to be totally reliable and would always bring so much with him. He is a pleasure to have on set and always delivers. I would recommend that if you are casting, and the role fits, then you should see Edmund.

Robert Goodman

Performances here are superb, from the soothing undertones of Tamang’s Lisa to the stifled agonies of Duff’s labour…

The Stage – Paul Vale

An astonishing performance from an astonishing cast, particularly Edmund Duff as Joe, the disintegration of the dying old man left me in bits.

Eleanor Mayhew

Contact

edmundonstage@gmail.com

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