Dr. Richard Talbot

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

New Adelphi 6.02

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Current positions

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. With Triangle Theatre I devised the award-winning museum performance project Whissell & Williams and have toured internationally, in repertory theatres (101 Dalmatians, Belgrade Theatre) and at the Edinburgh Festival (Looking for The Tallyman, The Singing Nun, På Genhoør Med Nina og Frederik). Over the last 10 years I have collaborated with Ridiculusmus winners of the Herald Archangel Award 2019, appearing in The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland, and working on Total Football, Goodbye Princess, How To Be Funny, and The Exhibitionists. This included performances 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). My AHRC funded PhD (2008) investigated clowning and archival practices after which I was the Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residence at Roehampton University working on the Olympiad related project Knickers & Vests. I have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Funding to 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 received a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust award in 2016 to develop online clowning practices for older people, especially those living with a diagnosis of dementia. I am now researching the comedy of language learning,  language labs and memory.

Areas of research

Performance, Clowning, Dementia Care, Immersive Theatre


I am Programme Leader for the degree in Comedy Writing and Performance and my teaching activities cover Physical Comedy and Physical Theatres.

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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.

Teaching and supervision:

  • MA Contemporary Performance Practice modules: Creative Interactions, Key Contexts and Developing Your Practices

Undergraduate modules:

  • Theatre Projects Level 6
  • Research Portfolio/Practical Research Project Level 6
  • Practical Research Projects Level 6
  • Performance Projects Level 5
  • Physical Comedy Level 5
  • Physical Theatres Level 5
  • Performance Studies Level 5
  • Performance in Context Level 4
  • I am currently supervising PhDs on Northern Comedy identities and Place; and Dance and Digital Performance
  • I have supervised successful PhD projects on Pinter and Psychoanalysis; Jean Luc-Nancy and the Ensemble; and The Gamification of Theatre

Research Interests

I have worked on numerous interdisciplinary projects with staff in the School of Health and Society at Salford University and with the Salford Institute for Dementia most recently on Modelling Interactive Clown Practices for Virtual Game Design Applications in Dementia Care. I frequently collaborate with and am a board member with Ridiculusmus and am working with them on a review of public engagement around their trilogy of work about mental illness.

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Qualifications and Memberships


  • 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)
  • Associate Artist, Triangle Theatre Company
  • Board member, Ridiculusmus
  • Associate Artist, Pantheatre, France