Arts Council of Wales | Philip Ralph

Philip Ralph

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Biography

Philip Ralph

Philip Ralph is a performer and writer based in Swansea. He trained at RADA and is an associate artist with Volcano Theatre Company. He has appeared in and co-devised many of their most recent shows - including the solo performance piece, Hitting Funny, which he also wrote.

His documentary play, Deep Cut, was produced by Sherman Cymru and won critical acclaim and several awards at the Edinburgh Fringe, including the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award. It subsequently toured the country, aired on Radio 4 and Philip is currently adapting the story into a screenplay for Michael Winterbottom’s Revolution Films.


The Project

Philip Ralph: Hitting Funny (Volcano). Photo: Andrew JonesPhilip will use his Creative Wales Award to bring together the two strands of his work to date in an attempt to create an entirely new form of performance. Taking the experimental, improvised and audience reactive tone of his work with Volcano and combining it with the social and political activism that underpinned ‘Deep Cut’, Philip will engage in a wide and far-reaching process of research into the notion of the performer as shaman. The research will cover such areas as: stand-up comedy, counter-cultural commentators, ritual, storytelling, mythology, group facilitation and healing. Philip will support this research with mentoring from within the relevant fields of stand-up, performance and activism.

Bringing this all together, Philip will then conduct a series of public experiments in performance working with partners Taliesin in Swansea and Sherman Cymru in Cardiff, alongside musical collaborator, Gareth Clark. These experiments will present totally unprepared and improvised events in unconventional performance spaces that will be 100% reactive to the audience, the location and the day just passed. The aim is to arrive at a new methodology that creates a truly present, invigorating and relevant shamanistic event that strips theatre back to its constituent parts: a performer, an audience, a space, an event.




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