Beardance Theatre


“The bear should not dance
Because it is forced to.
The bear should dance
Because it is free.”

About Us

Beardance are a new theatre company based in London and the South East of England. They are dedicated to producing work about and from the lesser-heard voices of society.

Rory Francis - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Rory Francis is an actor, writer and director from East Sussex. He trained on the BA Acting course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he won both the Josephine Hart Prize and the Michael Bryant Award. He formed Beardance in response to the continuing lack of diversity in the British theatre industry and strives to create work that is honest and direct. He loves poetry, his two cats Chi and Mimi, and eating excessive quantities of Jaffa Cakes.

THEODOR FOORD-PATON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Theodor is a writer and musician with a history of working in business across a variety of sectors. He is currently in the planning stages of writing a series of fantasy novels.

GEORGE GIBBS - GENERAL MANAGER

George is a writer and director. Having attended Brighton Film School, he has worked on numerous short films and music videos, primarily as Director or 1st Assistant Director. He has seen a truly absurd amount of zombie films for someone who claims to not really like them.

Toheeb Jimoh - ASSOCIATE ARTIST

Toheeb is an actor from Brixton. Graduating from the BA Acting course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2018, he has appeared in television series such as 'Ted Lasso' for AppleTV+ and as the titular role in the BBC drama 'Anthony'. He is soon to be seen in Amazon's 'The Power' and Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch'.

Texts In Isolation

Our first audio project, ‘TEXTS IN ISOLATION’, was created during lockdown and released in August 2020 in support of CALM, Campaign Against Living Miserably.

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Future Projects

PLAY TIME - Q2 2021

Initially planned for May 2020, we are planning on bringing a revised version of our short play night 'Play Time' to the theatre in the second quarter of 2021. Expect an evening where the theatrical and the poetic blend together to tell the stories of the disenfranchised.

Support us

We are on a mission to create theatrical events about and from the lesser heard voices of society. Our ethos is inclusivity and accessibility. We're just getting started and would appreciate any support.

If you wish to support us and make a small donation, please follow the link below. Thank you so much.

Contact

Get in touch via our email address below to say hi.

hello@beardance.co.uk