Posted on May 5, 2011

Tid | FRSA | Clore Theatre Fellow 2011/12

Tid is a Total Theatre maker often working across the skills of directing, movement directing, choreography, dramaturgy, writing, acting, music and design.

Tid trained at East 15 Acting School where he received the Henry Cotton Award for Acting. He then received training in Bodyweather movement practises handed down by Butoh Dancer Min Tanaka through Richard Harding. Following this he went on to work with a Lecoq based theatre company, where he trained intensely in the worlds of physical theatre, movement, visual storytelling and techniques inspired by Jacques Lecoq.

Tid was a director at Bristol Old Vic for nearly six years working on the professional and non-professional productions in the Theatre Royal, Studio and outdoor stages. While at Bristol Old Vic he was responsible for the inception and creation of a graduate/emerging artist development programme entitled ‘Made In Bristol’ which led to the formation of ‘The Wardrobe Ensemble’ amongst others. He created ‘some of the best theatre work seen at the venue’ (Guide to Bristol) and re-defined the standard of theatre made by young people through his leadership of Bristol Old Vic Young Company. Tid also collaborated with Tom Morris on Juliet and Her Romeo where he was movement director for Bristol Old Vic.

Tid’s direction is spot on, sawn-off and authentic

-Venue Magazine

As Artistic Director of Fairground (2007-2013) Tid has created and directed all of Fairgrounds productions in collaboration with a range of artists, actors, dancers, writers, and designers. He received a nomination for an Off West End Theatre Award (OFFIE) as Best Director for his work on Fairgrounds Bonnie and Clyde which was later published by Oberon books.

It is all vividly and hauntingly realised… Fairground is definitely a company to watch.

-The Guardian

In 2011 Tid became the Theatre Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme and is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

In 2012 Tid was Artistic Director of Lakeside Theatre where he re-imagined the organisational vision and strategy and led a complete re-brand before returning to Fairground.

Directing Credits include

Jason and Medea, (IYAF 2011, National Student Drama Festival 2011, Bristol Old Vic 2010), Bonnie and Clyde (Fairground, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Theatre503, Warwick Arts Centre, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Merlyn Theatre. 2010/11) Juliet and Her Romeo with Tom Morris (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal 2010 *Movement Direction) Two (Bristol Old Vic Studio 2010) Out of Touch (Fairground, Tobacco Factory 2009) BRAVE (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal 2009) Samson and Delilah (Bristol Old Vic 2009 Theatre Royal) Let me hear you dance (Bristol Old Vic, 2008) Samson and Delilah (Bristol Old Vic, Studio 2008) The Red Man (Fairground, Tobacco Factory Theatre 2008) Where you can’t follow (Fairground, Mayfest 2008, Arts Depot) Roberto Zucco (Bristol Old Vic, 2008) Narcissus and Echo (Bristol Old Vic, 2007), Blood Wedding (Bristol Old Vic, 2007), Other Worlds (Bristol Old Vic, 2007), Joan of Arc (Bristol Old Vic, 2007), Romeo and Juliet (Bristol Old Vic, 2007), Blood Wedding (Bristol Old Vic, 2006) Masque of the Red Death (Bristol Old Vic, 2006), Gilgamesh (Bristol Old Vic, 2006), Mountain Language (Bristol Old Vic, 2005), Stitched (Edinburgh Festival, Rough Cut Theatre, 2005) Four Ladders (Rough Cut Theatre, Oxford House 2004) Okeanos (The Space, 2003).

refreshing, freewheeling, the production bursts out of the confines of realism to entertain us with music and comedy, but also to move us

— The Sunday Times

Tid’s direction is spot on, sawn-off and authentic

– Venue Magazine

juicy, seductive, high-octane work…Fairground could be Bristol’s answer to Frantic Assembly

- Venue Magazine

It pulls you in and never lets go

- Metro

Everything about this production was slick and thought-provoking

- Suit Yourself Magazine

a brave, bold and ultimately beautiful production

- BBC Bristol

Writing/Dramaturgy Credits include

Jason and Medea, (Bristol Old Vic), Two (Bristol Old Vic), BRAVE (Bristol Old Vic), Let me hear you dance (Bristol Old Vic), Samson and Delilah (Bristol Old Vic), The Red Man (Fairground), Where you can’t follow (Fairground), Narcissus and Echo (Bristol Old Vic), Stitched (Edinburgh Festival, Rough Cut Theatre), Four Ladders (Rough Cut Theatre, Oxford House)

The Red Man’s delightfully grotesque narrative – with its multi stranded plot themes of love, loss, despair and longing – is seamlessly woven together

- Metro

The script moved from original dialogue to clever pastiche of wartime rhetoric…the whole production was thoroughly dazzling

- Suit Yourself Magazine

individual scenes that have more verve and spark than yer average hydroelectric plant

— Venue Magazine

Choreography/Movement Direction credits include

Jason and Medea, (Bristol Old Vic), Bonnie and Clyde (Fairground) Juliet and Her Romeo with Tom Morris (Bristol Old Vic) Two (Bristol Old Vic) Out of Touch (Fairground) BRAVE (Bristol Old Vic) Samson and Delilah (Bristol Old Vic) Let me hear you dance (Bristol Old Vic) Samson and Delilah (Bristol Old Vic) The Red Man (Fairground) Where you can’t follow (Fairground) Narcissus and Echo (Bristol Old Vic), Blood Wedding (Bristol Old Vic), Other Worlds (Bristol Old Vic), Joan of Arc (Bristol Old Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Bristol Old Vic), Gilgamesh (Bristol Old Vic), Four Ladders (Rough Cut Theatre)

Breathtaking choreography

- Time Out

some of the most inventive staging you will find in many a long day…brilliantly choreographed and performed

- Bristol Post

a balletic, kinetic, hold-your-breath encounter

- Venue Magazine

spectacular and immaculately choreographed

Suit Yourself Magazine

fantastic and innovative choreography, the show seamlessly moved from one sequence to another

- Janey Thorton

eloquent dialogue, smart choreography…and a touching atmosphere that feels entirely real

- Metro

Acting Credits include

Narciss I (Pants on Fire, Chisenhale Dance Space) Narcissus (Salon Films UK), The Tale of Rancor (Pants on Fire, New York Fringe Festival and Philadelphia Fringe Festival) A Collection of Incredible Stories (Rough Cut Theatre, Oxford House) Tossed!/The Tempest (Pants on Fire, People Show Studios) Stitched (Rough Cut Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) Splice (Pants on Fire, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Polychronicon, (Chester Gateway Theatre)

Tid has also been an actor at the R&D phase of most of the productions he has worked on.


Tid has run hundreds of workshops, summer school’s and Professional Development Programmes for professional actors and students both independently and for a large range of creative organisations. He has been an acting coach to individuals and a creative consultant to a number of emerging theatre companies and was joint artistic director of Rough Cut Theatre between 2003 – 2006.

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