Animikii is a theatre company that aims never to play safe. Our vision is to offer all that comes from fearlessly being on the edge: new dreams and braver worlds.
Animikii Theatre is not just a physical theatre company, it is a theatre laboratory searching for its own voice while collaborating with other art-forms, such as live music, to reshape and redefine.
The stories we make evoke characters and landscapes from forgotten times; times that are shrouded in myth and legend but serve to voice the modern struggle.
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. They seek to make work that is directly inspired by myth, and stories of forgotten times.
ADAM DAVIES - Artistic Director
Adam Davies is a Pontefract-born actor/practitioner who trained in both Manchester and London. His theatre practice has led him to tour nationally with international physical theatre and street theatre companies such as Tmesis Theatre, Artizani Theatre and Avanti Display.
Adam works extensively in the teaching of physical theatre practices at a host of drama schools and universities including ALRA North, Bolton University, Liverpool Theatre School and Buckinghamshire University. His main teachings centre around the assimilation of the Stanislavsky system into a robust and rigorous process of physical training and practice that is pragmatic in its approach.
Adam's formal actor training began in 2006 where 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; a course designed to nurture and enable future leading theatre creators and practitioners.
HENRY MCGRATH - Deputy Artistic Director
Henry McGrath is an actor and theatre director. He trained at RADA on the MA Theatre LAB and received a First Class Honours for his BA in Drama at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is was a principal actor at the internationally acclaimed Polish company, Song of the Goat Theatre, touring on all projects 2014-18. He played Hamlet in the company’s celebrated production, Crazy God based on the text by William Shakespeare.
Henry has worked with some of the most innovative and exciting company’s, directors and practitioners in the UK and abroad. Recent collaborations include, Amit Lahav, director of Gecko Theatre; Verity Standen, Mechanimal and the BBC as Egon Schiele in the critically acclaimed production, Dangerous Desires: The Scandalous Life of Egon Schiele.
As well as working with Animikii Theatre, Henry is Artistic Director at Òran Theatre. He teaches acting and physical performance practice at drama schools and universities across the country, including Plymouth Conservatoire, Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Bucks New University.
OSCAR THOMPSON - Associate Sound Designer
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 - Associate Artist
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.
COLETTE DALAL TCHANTCHO - Associate Artist
Colette Dalal Tchantcho is a Cameroonian-Kuwaiti Actor and Performer based in London, having graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts with a BA Hons in Performing Arts, Acting. She was formerly a member of the internationally renowned and multi-award winning Teatr Pieśń Kozła (Song of the Goat Theatre) with whom she developed new work and toured internationally.
At the forefront of the artistic movement in Kuwait, Colette was co-founder and Artistic Director of COBA, an arts company that gave workshops, performances and facilitated creative projects. In the UK, Colette devised and performed in Curious Directive’s After The Rainfall, performed Shakespeare’s sonnets in Arabic at the World Shakespeare Festival at the Globe and toured nationally with Feelgood Theatre’s Slave: A Question of Freedom. As an Associate Artist at Animikii Theatre, she is developing new work and is part of their ongoing collaboration with Vonnegut Collective. In 2018 she will also be touring with the National Theatre of Scotland.
Through her collaborations, Colette has worked with the varied approaches of Stanislavsky, Grotowski and Lecoq and is constantly looking to develop her skills as an artist in a multidisciplinary environment which encompasses art, music, movement and theatre. To this end, she is currently developing her one-woman show Dreamer.
Colette’s screen work includes BBC’s Doctors, numerous commercials and co-writing a new web series.