Richard has worked as actor, director, teacher and writer since co-founding in situ: in 2000.
Having acted and directed at university in Cambridge, on graduating in 1980, Richard co-founded Cambridge Experimental Theatre to create more immediate, physical and dynamic work than most conventional theatre. Cambridge Experimental Theatre toured extensively throughout Britain and Europe, performing a mix of new work and classics, especially Shakespeare.
Richard was Artistic Director of Cambridge Experimental Theatre from 1980 until 2000, when he founded in situ: with Bella Stewart and Pete Arnold.
Co-founder Bella Stewart is a former member of Cambridge Experimental Theatre and the director of in situ:’s experimental performance Made On Another Day.
Martin originally took Learn to Act I in January 2004 seeking to improve his confidence in public speaking.
Having enjoyed it so much he was eager to enrol on Learn to Act II before embarking on his first role as The Summoner, in the 2005 production of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, set in Cambridge’s atmospheric twelfth century Leper Chapel. With a successful rerun in 2006, Martin next performed in Who’s That Woman Buried Out In Green Lawn Cemetery? – an unnerving exploratory of the dark world of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho which played in The House in December 2006.
Based in Cambridge, Martin is an award-winning RIBA Chartered Architect and runs his own practice www.martbarrass.com which he founded in July 2010. He was appointed to in situ’s board of directors in May 2011.
Maxine is a leading in situ: collaborator who has appeared in The Cherry Orchard, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, Ratman: A Case Of Obsessive Neurosis and Made On Another Day.
Richard attended Learn To Act I and II in 2005, before playing Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale and Trofimov in the 2010 revival of The Cherry Orchard.
Richard is a web design and strategy consultant, designs in situ:’s web site and manages its on-line presence.
Poisoned by TV and Toddlers, I escaped to the theatre and was blown away by an in situ: production of Macbeth.
Alive again I managed to infiltrate the company as a groupie and love everything they do. Having an unquenchable thirst for the shows my favourite role is front of house where I can welcome and enthuse with those new and old to the company.
Melting the boundaries between actor and audience provides a magical escape during a performance, whether you’re in a House or in the Woods. Scripted works always offer extra dimensions to the observer and devised pieces allow easy access to fresh and exciting art forms.
Meaningful and moving, the thrill of an in situ show never abates…
Elspeth is a potter and walking artist inspired by in situ:. She has been involved with the company – as student, performer and trustee – since before the start of this millenium.
To participate with the company is to be, in unpredictable sequence, spine-chilled, mystified, bumped into laughter and weeping salt tears. The strong sense of a community of exhilarated experimentalists keeps her engaged with everything the company does.
Having made tentative enquiries in 2002, Cyrus completed Learn To Act I and II in 2005 where he enjoyed the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere where everyone is equal. He has gone on to appear in Oedipus Rex, Ratman: a case of Obsessional Neurosis, King Lear, Made on Another Day, Wild and The Calendar Project.
A journalist and sub-editor, Cyrus coordinates in situ:’s press and publicity and designs publicity posters and the programmes available at performances.