A Lip Synch Artist met a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Interdisciplinary conversations between artists and academics

Strange Loop

Lip synch artist Dickie Beau made 'Strange Loop' in response to his conversation with Patrick Diamond.

This is how he got there...

Dickie Beau
Dr Patrick Diamond

A performance-maker, actor and writer, Dickie Beau is known for breathing new life into lip syncing through his distinctive playback performances. He has received multiple awards, including the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, and Best Supporting Actor in the Off West End Theatre Awards. He played Ariel in Deborah Warner’s celebrated production of ‘The Tempest’ for Salzburg Festival, and has made several solo shows which have toured internationally. His most recent solo show, ‘Re-Member Me’, premiered as a “haunting” of the set of Robert Icke’s production of ‘Hamlet’ at the Almeida Theatre before travelling to New York’s Public Theatre, Melbourne Festival, and Perth Festival. In Australia, ‘Re-Member Me’ was nominated for a 2019 Helpmann Award. Recent stage performances as an actor include playing Botticelli in ‘Botticelli in the Fire’ at Hampstead Theatre, and the Dame in the National Theatre’s recent production of ‘Dick Whittington'. Feature film performances include ‘Colette’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. As a writer, he is currently under commission to write a television pilot for an original drama series, and has recently made contributions to Attitude magazine and Tortoise. He is also developing ideas for a new solo show emerging from his a recent research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. Dickie is an Artist Research Fellow at both Queen Mary University of London and Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.

Patrick Diamond is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London.

Patrick was formally Research Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Manchester, and Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford and an Associate Member of Nuffield College. Patrick is a trustee of the Dartington Service Design Lab and the Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET). He is also on the Board of the Campaign for Social Science.

He is Chair of the think-tank Policy Network, and sits on the Scientific Council of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Patrick held a number of senior posts in British central government between 2000 and 2010, and was formally Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street. He was a Local Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark from 2010 to 2014, and he has been a trustee of the Bromley by Bow Centre, a pioneering voluntary organisation led by the local community in East London.

Patrick has contributed op-ed articles to the Financial Times, the Guardianthe Independentthe Daily Telegraph, the Wall Street Journalthe Times Literary Supplement, the Times Educational Supplement, and the New Statesman. He comments regularly on numerous national media outlets, and has given interviews on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, the Westminster Hour, the Moral Maze, Start the Week, Newsnight, Sky News with Adam Boulton, and CNBC news. He contributes to other European newspapers and journals including Die ZeitItalianieuropeiBerliner Republik, and Berlin Network.

'Olden Lobes' by Dickie Beau
'Beyond the border – remaking Anglo-Irish relations post-Brexit' by Barry Colfer and Patrick Diamond
ON 15 October 2020, Dickie and Patrick HELD THEIR CONVERSATION
ON 15 October 2020, Dickie and Patrick HELD THEIR CONVERSATION

on voice, identity and survey methods

on lip synch and audience

How do you see the privilege and responsibility of being an artist? Do you see your role in those terms at all?

Dr Patrick Diamond

on broadening audience to engage a greater variety of perspectives