My name is Robbie Gordon. I am a graduate of the Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where I specialised in directing, performing and facilitating. I am particularly interested in work that considers storytelling, site and physical practices.
I strive to make accessible, energetic and engaging work, which appeals to both traditional as well as non-traditional theatre going audiences. I am fascinated by how performances can be socially and historically rooted in the landscapes and communities in which they’re made; however big or small. Whether socially, politically or intellectually motivated I aim to carry forward these principles in all of my work.
I am a co-founder of Wonder Fools, a theatre company that creates new work based on a diverse range of current and historical real life stories. Our programme is conceived to be as varied as it is dynamic: exploring different forms – verbatim theatre, participatory performance, performance installations – in tandem with wide-ranging subject matters: pornography addiction, the Spanish Civil War, nightlife culture and more. We are aiming to push the boundaries of who contemporary theatre and performance appeal to by attempting to bring stories to the communities they concern.
Some of my recent work includes: the narrator in Douglas Maxwell’s ‘Charlie Sonata' directed by Vanishing Point’s Matthew Lenton at the Royal Lyceum Theatre; writer and performer of Wonder Fools' 'The Coolidge Effect'; writer and director of Wonder Fools' ‘549’ - a verbatim account of four miners from Scotland who fought in the Spanish Civil War; actor in a development of a new children’s musical ‘Terrible Tales of the Netherwold’ by Noisemaker; research assistant for Gary McNair’s ‘Locker Room Talk’ at the Traverse Theatre – a verbatim performance in response to the election of Trump; writer and director of Conflux’s 'Between Two Worlds’ - an outdoor site-specific physical theatre performance; assistant director to Graham McLaren for 'Dream On’ - a multi-arts experience to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death; workshop assistant to National Theatre of Scotland’s Simon Sharkey on ‘we’re here because we’re here’ - a performance conceived by Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris, which saw 1500 volunteer performers take to the streets, as a contemporary memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.