Bag of Beard was formed when, sat in a rehearsal room in South London, working on a classical play, we started discussing how we would do it differently. What would we do with it?
The ideas we threw around were stylised, surreal, almost grotesque versions of these classical characters - pulling at any threads of naturalism and distorting them into an abstract shape. It was from this discussion that the idea behind the company came together.
We've yet to make our abstract version of that particular Jacobean tragedy, but ever since we've been creating theatre that is darkly comic, uses elements of physical theatre and poetry, and offers a comment on our generation, and how we engage with the world.
Alexander is the Artistic Director of the historic and acclaimed Old Red Lion Theatre, as well as Co-Director of BoxLess Theatre.
'Bath' (The Bread & Roses Theatre/Bag of Beard)
'LOOP' (BoxLess Physical Theatre/National Tour),
'Blue, Blue' (King's Head Theatre, WoLab),
'Brenda From UKIP' (The Space Arts Centre/Lion & Unicorn),
'Renaissance Men' (Co-writer & dramaturg, Old Red Lion & Tour/Bag of Beard)
Buried (Tristan Bates Theatre)
For more information on Alexander's work for BoxLess Theatre, www.boxlesstheatre.co.uk
Ryan is a performer and theatre-maker.
Acting credits include:
'Footsteps' (Park Theatre), 'Blackstar' (Arcola Theatre), 'Staunch' (53two, Manchester), 'Penthouse' (Scintilla Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe), 'Comedy of Errors' (Sam Wanamaker Festival, Globe Theatre).
Ryan has worked with such award winning theatre companies as Grindstone, MAP Productions and Bruntwood Prize winning writer Anna Jordan.
Ryan originated and performs the role of Rodney in 'Only Fools and Horses: The Musical'.