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Dr Richard Talbot

Senior Lecturer in Performance, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Comedy Writing and Performance


I joined the University of Salford in 2010 with a background as a theatre maker and performer. I am co-Artistic Director of Triangle Theatre and  devised the award-winning museum performance project Whissell & Williams. With Triangle I have toured internationally, in repertory theatres (101 Dalmatians, Belgrade Theatre) and at the Edinburgh Festival (Looking for The Tallyman, The Singing Nun, Pa Genhor Med Nina og Frederik). Over the last 10 years I have collaborated with Ridiculusmus on The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland, Total Football, Goodbye Princess, How To Be Funny, and The Exhibitionists performing at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre Studio, and on tour in Malawi for the British Council. Film and TV work includes Tribute (dir. Debbie Isitt) and Noble & Silver (Ch4). I completed an AHRC funded PhD investigating clowning and archival practices in 2008 and was Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at Roehampton University in 2010 working on the Olympiad related project Knickers & Vests. I have been funded by Heritage Lottery Funding to construct a replica Tank Tram and create performances as part of the First World War commemorations through to 2018. Through the Connected Communities project and UnLtd Social Enterprise I established a contemporary devised performance group for older people and am now working on a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust project to develop online clowning practices.


I am programme leader for the degree in Comedy Writing and Performance and my interest in mainly in Physical Comedy and Physical Theatre.


I am also interested in ‘in-role’ teaching and I have taught Immersive Museum Performance methods at universities, and museums in the UK Northern Ireland, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney and the National Trust. This method is influenced by durational performance practices in Contemporary Performance as well as an approach to teaching drama pioneered by Dorothy Heathcote.

I supervise Theatre Projects Level 6

Practical Research Projects Level 6

Performance Project Level 5

Physical Comedy Level 5

Clowning Level 5

Comedy Acting Methods Level 4

I am currently supervising PhDs in Northern Comedy identities; in Pinter and Psychoanalysis; and have successfully supervised PhDs in Jean Luc-Nancy and the Ensemble; and The Gamification of Theatre.

Research Interests

I have worked on numerous interdisicplinary projects with staff in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology and Social Work at Salford University and with the university's Institute for Dementia and am currently PI on a project with Dr Claire Dormann (University of Liverpool): Modelling Interactive Clown Practices for Virtual Game Design Applications in Dementia Care. I frequently collaborate with and am a board member with Ridiculusmus performing in The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Lapland (2015). This was the first production in a trilogy of work about mental illness. The current project is Give Me Your Love about the treatment of PTSD with MDMA (Ecstacy).

Qualifications and Memberships

Associate Artist, Triangle Theatre Company

Board member, Ridiculusmus

Associate Artist, Pantheatre, France

BA (Hons) Japanese Studies, First Class (Sheffield, 1991);

MA Theatre Studies with Distinction (Leeds, 1994);

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice (Nottingham Trent, 2005);

PhD Drama, Theatre & Performance (Roehampton, 2009).

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and Research (Salford,2011).

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2011).


Talbot, R J* & Andrews, N  (2011) “Triangle's Immersive Museum Theatre: performativity, historical interpretation and research in-role” In Jackson, A & Kidd, J (eds.), Performing Heritage. Research, Practice and Innovation in Museum Theatre and Live Interpretation. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719081599. The paperback edition is due out 2013.

Frieze, J (ed.) (2017) ‘She Wants You To Kiss Her - Negotiating Risk In The Immersive Performance Contract’ in Framing Immersive Theatre: The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance. Oxford: Palgrave.

King, B & Talbot, R. ‘Clown Ethnography: An Experiment In Long Distance Comic Failure.’ Comedy Studies. Oxford: Routledge. Vol 5 Issue 1 (2014) Online: [Accessed 30 June 2014]


Talbot, R. ‘Devising Ridiculusmus Total Football: A Schematic Reading Of Performance Process’ in Studies in Theatre & Performance. Oxford: Routledge. Vol 24 Issue 2 (2014). Online: [Accessed 30 June 2014]

Learning to Act Like a Nurse. Education in a Changing Environment Conference, University of Salford 6-8th July 2011.  Shortlisted for the Elsevier Best Paper in Healthcare education prize.

 ‘The Quest for Absolute Zero: academic lineage, ‘stupidity’ and performance practice-as-research.’ Artistic Interspaces of Malaysia Symposium, University of Salford, February 2015

 ‘Clowns Do Ethnography’ (Telematic Online Performance Paper) 6th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN), Columbia College, 10 July 2014


‘Where’s the e-Quality? A fairytale performance of Wilkinson & Pickett’s The Spirit Level.’  Institute Of Public Policy And Professional Practice, Edge Hill University, February 2014


 ‘Immersion for me /Immersion for You - Perspectives on the InOnTheAct Festival 2012.’ International Conference on Narrative, Manchester Metropolitan University, June 2013


‘The Hi-Fidelity Laboratory.’ Camillo 2.0: Technology, Memory, Experience, Performance Studies international (PSi17), University of Utrecht, May 2011

Performance Paper. ‘Medical Interventions panel (Performing Care)’ at Health Acts: Applied Theatre, Health, and Well-being Department of Drama, University of Exeter. April, 2011

Knickers and Vests: Parody, Failure, Embarrassment and the Olympics.’ Conference Paper. Playing for Laughs: Comic Economies. De Montford University, Leicester. February, 2010. 

Talbot, R and Carran Waterfield. Triangle’s Work In Times of War. DVD-Rom. Lancaster: Palatine  2007

Talbot, R J 2010, Mr Goodwin, (Touring Performance), Triangle Theatre/ Leverhulme Trust, London, UK.