Featured works and projects

Photo of Matt Rudkin performing in 'Naive Dance Masterclass'

Naïve Dance Masterclass

Using comedy to critique modernist notions of aesthetics and values

Participant engaging with Wondermart


An interactive audio tour which sends participants on a journey of (re)discovery around the familiar surroundings of the supermarket

Research activity

Repository holdings 

Number of items: 5.

Rudkin, Matt (2014) Buddhism: is it just for losers? [Performance]

Rudkin, Matt (2012) The Terrible Shaman [Performance]

Rudkin, Matt (2012) Naive Dance Masterclass [Performance]

Rudkin, Matt (2010) Dean Gibbons and the Knowledge of Death [Performance]

Rudkin, Matt (2009) Wondermart [Digital and visual media]

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Other research and professional activities


  • 'Dean Gibbons And The Knowledge Of Death' - Writer / Performer. A science-based, mixed media performance lecture made in collaboration with Silvia Mercuriali. It explores the intersection and implications of Evolutionary Pscychology, ‘Peak Oil’ theory and the technological Singularity, This work has received two ACE grants and made with directorial input from David Woods (Ridiculusmus). Presented at Camden Peoples Theatre (London), The Basement (Brighton), The Arches (Glasgow), Oxford Playhouse, Riverhead Theatre (Lincoln), Square Chapel Arts Centre (Halifax), The Hawth (Crawley), Bristol Mayfest, Colchester Arts Centre, Shunt Vaults (London).


  • 'Sitting Bear And The Moon’s Reflection' - Writer / Director. An experimental puppet-based show comprised of several episodes, shown as work in progress at The Komedia (Flophouse event), ‘Puppet Grinder Cabaret’ (Jackson’s Lane), Shunt Lounge and The Basement, Brighton. Ongoing project


  • 'Inside Out' – Co-Deviser / Performer. With Fraser Hooper - a silent clown show based on classic traditions and incorporating synchronised sound effects to create a narrative world in the imagination of the audience. National tour of indoor venues and Street Arts festivals
  • 'The Quarter' – Writer / Co-Deviser / Performer. With 3 Monkey Productions – a large-scale outdoor performance devised and presented in residence at Atelier 231, Rouen, France. Supported by the Arts Council
  • 'Origins Of The Routemaster' – Co-Writer / Performer. Collaboration with Silvia Mercuriali (Rotozaza) - a feature-length ‘puppetry for camera’ film created over 2 years (DVD available)


  • 'The Shop' – Writer / Co-Deviser / Performer. With 3 Monkey Productions - a mid-scale street theatre show presented at Winchester Hatfair, ‘Watch this Space’ at the National Theatre, and Brighton Street Festival
  • 'Beauty Spot' – Co-Deviser / Performer. Collaboration with Edwina Ashton - a ‘puppetry for camera’ project commissioned for Whitstable Biennale '06. Improvised scenes in which found-material puppets interact with local people working in, or visiting, the independent stores of Whitstable high street. (DVD available)


  • 'Puppet Interventions' – Co-Writer / Director / Performer. Collaboration with Rick Conte and ‘Bridging the Gap’ – aimed at applying the skills of puppetry and satire to provide variety to debates on alcohol-related social policy at EU conferences. Appearances at ' conferences in Warsaw' (‘04), Helsinki ('06), and a related workshop at Galway university (’05/. We have been invited to contribute to the next conference in Barcelona '08
  • 'Blue Stocking Social Club' – Co-Writer / Performer. Collaboration with Sharon Smith – a performance-installation presented at Liverpool Hope University


  • 'The Twisted Ladder' – Writer / Director. A production devised over 8 weeks in residency at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (W.A.A.P.A) with students from the Contemporary Theatre Arts degree. The previous summer I had delivered a series of devising workshops and was invited back to create this 80 minute work presented over a five-night run of public performances (DVD available)
  • 'The Incredible Bull Circus' –(‘til 2007) – Co-Writer / Performer. With 3' Monkey productions – a small-scale street theatre clown show. Appearances include: Winchester Hat Fair, UK '04, 'Just for Laughs' festival, Montreal '04'; Watch this Space', National Theatre, UK '05, ; 'World Buskers festival', Christchurch New Zealand '06; 'Feste de Ville' Rouen, France '06, 'Humourology', Belgium '06 (DVD available)


  • 'Naive Dance Masterclass' (ongoing) – Deviser / Performer. A 25 minute, text-based solo piece for cabaret and theatre, developed over a decade and ongoing. Appearances include; aboard HMS President as part of the LIFT festival; the Komedia, Brighton; L’Echangeur, Paris; Liverpool Hope University, Whitstable Biennale, The Hackney Empire, Winchester Hat Fair, and Shunt Lounge (DVD available)
  • 'Pfall' – Deviser / Performer. A 25 minute text-based solo piece performed at Shunt Vaults, London; the Komedia, Brighton; Chats Palace, Hackney


  • 'Grace' – Performer / Co-Deviser. With Rotozaza – an experimental performance presented at the Lion and Unicorn, Camden over 4 weeks


  • 'The Bongo Club Cabaret' (‘til 2001) – Founder / Co-Ordinator / Compere. A late night Arts Cabaret that I ran annually for 8 years at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Multiple roles included; artistic direction, event programming, marketing, budget management, staff liaison, and performing


  • 'The Edinburgh Puppet Co' (‘til 2001)- Performer / Co-Deviser. Performer, Set and prop maker, scriptwriter, workshop leader and project manager with touring theatre company. Employment was contract-based ranging from 2-month national tours to 2-week community carnival projects
  • 'Quite Vertical' - Director. Collaboration with Ailie Cohen – a solo show presented at the CCA, Glasgow.


Grants and awards 


  • Arts Council England funding for production of 'Buddhism: Is it Just for Losers?' 
  • HEA fellowship award for recognition of professional skills as a teacher.
  • Arts Council England funding for production of 'Naive Dance Masterclass' 


  • Arts Council England production support for “Dean Gibbons and the Knowledge of Death’


  • Arts Council England research and development support for ‘Dean Gibbons and the Knowledge of Death’


  • Arts Council funding to attend Ecole Phillipe Gaullier

Juries, committees and editorial boards


  • Consultant during the re-validation of Northbrook college's Theatre Arts degree courses
  • Consultant for City College's (Brighton) new 'Street Theatre' course

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