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Craig Manson is a Caithnessian theatre maker and performer, currently based in Glasgow. His work spans across theatre, live art, dance, film, cabaret and club performance.


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Craig's work is instilled with a sense of humour, playfulness and self-awareness, often thinking about complex themes through seemingly simple actions. He devises through a blend of improvisation, play, body-based practices and an exploration of materiality. His work has explored several themes over the years - animal rights, pinkwashing, gender, objectification, dystopia and folklore, to name a few. It's been presented as part of internationally renowned showcases and festivals, as well as in the basements and function rooms of clubs and pubs. These works are usually a blend of live art, theatre and dance.

"Manson is an artist with a stage presence... yet another great theatre maker."

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Craig likes to work collaboratively and has taken on roles as an actor, creative collaborator, outside eye and movement director. In theatre contexts, he has a particular interest in the development of new writing and new musical theatre, having worked on numerous research & development phases of projects such as James Ley's 'Ode to Joy' and Theo Seddon's 'Hairy Beast'. As an artist and collaborator, his work has been featured as part of Made in Scotland, Dance International Glasgow and Buzzcut; and has been performed at venues such as Tramway, The Southbank Centre, Summerhall, CCA Glasgow, Cambridge Junction, Camden People's Theatre & The Yard.

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Craig was born and raised in a town nobody's heard of called Wick in Caithness. When he was little he was obsessed with Lara Croft and gymnastics, which is where he thinks his love of movement comes from. In high school he put a lot of effort into Drama because it was the only subject he liked, and mainly skived his other classes. His teachers always said he had massive amounts of potential that he was wasting, which is still true to this day. He studied acting for a year in Inverness after school, and then moved to Glasgow to study contemporary performance. He's been working professionally as a performer for seven years.

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