Michael Pinchbeck is a Nottingham-based writer, theatre maker and live artist. He co-founded Metro-Boulot-Dodo in 1997 after studying Theatre and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He was commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse to write The White Album (2006) and The Ashes (2011), and was awarded funding by the British Council to write and direct a new play — Bolero — which premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in 2014 before touring to Sarajevo, Mostar, Tusla and Zenica in Bosnia. He is currently working on a new live art project inspired by an installation by Ilya Kabakov.
Michael has recently finished touring a trilogy of devised performances — The Beginning, The Middle and The End — and his work has been selected three times for the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase. He has a Masters in Performance and Live Art from Nottingham Trent University, lectures at the University of Lincoln and is completing a PhD at Loughborough University exploring the role of the dramaturg. Michael is a co-director of Hatch, the East Midlands’ “theatre without a building”. He is the curator of The Drawing Board based at Primary, a space for handwritten performances, and was the lead artist on Primary Memory, an ongoing archive of memories of the building.
Selected Residencies, Works and Exhibitions:
- The Drawing Board (2013-2015) – Primary
- The man who flew into space from his apartment (2015) – Commissioned by hab (Manchester), Hatch (Nottingham) and LPAC (Lincoln). Selected for Forest Fringe 2015.
- Primary Memory (2014) – Commissioned by Primary.
- Bolero (2014) – Commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, Sarajevo War Theatre and ODA Theatre (Pristina). Supported by Arts Council England and the British Council.
- The Trilogy (2013) – Commissioned by Radar (Loughborough)
- The Middle (2012) – Commissioned by hab (Manchester) and LPAC (Lincoln). Selected for Forest Fringe 2013.
- The Beginning (2011) – Supported by Arts Council England.
- The End (2010) – Supported by Arts Council England.
- The Ashes (2009) – Commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse.
- The Post Show Party Show (2008) – Supported by Arts Council England.
- And the curtain falls (2010) – Commissioned by Radar (Loughborough)
- Sit with me for a moment and remember (2007) – Supported by Arts Council England. Selected for the Young Artists’ Biennale in Bari, Italy.
- The Long and Winding Road (2004-2009) – Commissioned by Bluecoat (Livepool). Presented at ICA (London) and Ikon Gallery (Birmingham)
- The White Album (2006) – Commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse
‘Michael Pinchbeck is a terrific theatre-maker’ – The Guardian
On The Beginning:
‘…subtly performed and cleverly created theatre in absentia… – ‘Total Theatre
‘The Beginning makes us reassess how we watch a play’ – The Stage
On The End:
‘A compelling and intellectual piece’ – The Scotsman ***
‘… beautifully structured post-modernist piece… hugely entertaining’ – The Guardian ****
‘… elegantly structured, thought-provoking and coolly resonant…’ – ExeuntMagazine.com ****