We believe in community. We acknowledge that we are in a fruitful time where cross-art-form collaboration is necessary to push boundaries and to create exciting, unique and innovative work.
We know that within each person exists a unique history and therefore a unique power. We work with artists to access their power and humanity.
We see the necessity to constantly push boundaries, to develop new forms of theatre as well as researching the fundamental areas of theatre history to deepen and contextualise our artistic practices.
We believe that we are not just artists but also, inventors, creators, sculptors, researchers and innovators.
Animikii Theatre was founded by Adam Davies and Henry McGrath in 2013. Both Adam and Henry trained and graduated from the experimental and innovative RADA course, the MA Theatre Lab. Post RADA, they continued their research-based physical training and began to develop a unique theatrical style of their own, fusing physical-theatre with song, sound, rhythm and text.
ADAM DAVIES - Co-Artistic Director
Adam Davies is a Pontefract-born actor and trained in both Manchester and London. His theatre practice has led him to work with International physical theatre and street theatre companies such as Tmesis Theatre and Artizani Theatre. He has toured nationally with Breathe Out Theatre and his own production company, Blackhand Productions, and internationally during his MA studies to the Ancient Messini Theatre Festival, Greece.
Adam works extensively in the worlds of comedy and physical theatre through his own companies, Blackhand Productions and Animikii Theatre. In comedy, Adam has produced multi-award winning short films, Inertia (Best Short Film and Best Writers) and The Director (Best Actor and Best Screenplay), the multi-award winning play, Working Title, and has successfully toured nationally a dark comedy sketch show, Slaughterhouse (Kendal Calling Festival and The Courtyard Theatre, London). With Blackhand Productions he also starred as Jimmy Porter in John Osborne's, Look Back in Anger, which received great reviews at an outing at the John Thaw Studio, Manchester, and has produced Joe Penhall's Some Voices.
Adam's training as an actor began in 2006 when he attended the three-year Acting (BA Hons) programme at The Arden School of Theatre, Manchester. In 2012 Adam resumed actor training at postgraduate level on the MA Theatre Lab at RADA. The course is designed to nurture and enable future leading theatre creators and practitioners.
HENRY MCGRATH - Co-Artistic Director
Henry McGrath is a UK based actor and Performer. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA: MA Theatre LAB) and received a First Class Honours for his BA in Drama at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an actor and associate artist at the internationally acclaimed Polish company, Song of the Goat Theatre, where he is involved with all projects and has toured internationally, including: UK, Poland, Chile and China.
Henry has led workshops across the UK and is an associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where he leads his own advanced unit in physical theatre practice. Henry is a director and solo performer, having created more than five unique works for the stage. In 2014 he toured his critically acclaimed solo show, The Revelations, to the RADA Festival, Brighton Festival, Axis Arts Centre and The Rag Factory. Henry is currently developing a new solo, with research directed at Celtic mythology and Irish musical traditions, to premiere in 2017.
OSCAR THOMPSON - Musical Director and Arragner
Oscar trained on the Music Production/Creative joint BA hons. course at Manchester Metropolitan University, and hosts an ability to play over 6 different instruments. He has extensive skills in performance and has collaborated with Henry on The Madness of the Spaniards with Children of Lir, and most recently, The Revelations.
CHARLES SANDFORD - Actor
Charles Sandford is a London born actor and visual artist. In 2010 he graduated from Kingston University with a first class degree in Fine art, since then he has exhibited nationally and continued to develop a practice that incorporates sculpture, photography and performance. In 2015 Charles undertook a Masters degree at RADA’s MA Theatre Lab. He has since worked with Animikii Theatre on their premier piece ‘Origins’ taking the lead role as Cain, performed with Luvas Theatre as the title role in their physical production of ‘Titus Andronicus’ and has toured internationally with TNT theatre.
Charles’ unique background as an artist has lead him to work with various theatre companies developing new works such as ‘Tent’ By Tom Thomasson at the Mercury Theatre, ‘Jenufa’ with Bez Kinte, ‘Origins’ with Animikiitheatre and new works with Dirty Rascals Theatre. As an associate artist with Animikii Charles continues to perform as Cain in ‘Origins’, develops and experiments with new and old works, training and research.
IAN MORGAN - Associate Director
Ian is a Welsh theatre / performance maker and actor trainer. Having initially trained in Monica Pagneux’s studio with Phillipe Gaulier and with Teatro Pirequa, a training company at the Théâtre du Soleil (both in France), he went onto work with Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards at their Workcenter in Italy for three years in the 1990s. During this time he realised the level of commitment required to exploring psycho - physical performance and actor training at the highest level. Since then he has explored actor / performer centred creativity, making work, for example with Meredith Monk, Guillermo Gómez–Peña (both US), Helen Chadwick, Mkultra Performance Collective, Moon Fool at Trestle Theatre, Man Act, The Llanarth group – and Phillip Zarrilli), and with Dan Canham’s Still House project (all UK). From 2004 - 2014 he was a core member of the award winning Polish ensemble theatre, Song of the Goat. Recently he has been working with director Peader Kirk exploring approaches to devising performance synthesising Live Art strategies and European laboratory theatre techniques, exploring inclusive training techniques. The resultant piece Fragments of Clay, supported by ACE and the British Council, represented Europe in the 2014 edition of the Black Box Festival in Hong Kong. More recently he has returned to exploring a heightened form of physical performance, collaborating with Animiki as co-director on their first work Origins at the Lowry (Manchester) and the South Bank Centre (London). As an actor trainer he has taught widely in both drama schools and universities in the UK and led workshops around the world. Since 2013, alongside his work at Central, he has been a teacher on the RADA MA theatre LAB and Teaching Fellow at Brunel University.