Gilbert is an actor, puppeteer and musician.

Recent theatre work includes; 'I AM BEAST' by Sparkle & Dark, 'The Holy Drinker' by Platform 4, 'Bookstory' by Monstro, directing for Banyan Tree Theatre Group, 'Love Object' at Punched in Brighton, 'The Little Prince' at HATCH Festival, ‘The Frog and the Princess’ at Norwich Puppet Theatre & UK tour, ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ at Little Angel Theatre & UK tour, ‘Engineers Thumb’ with Dotted Line Theatre, Suspense Festival of Puppetry in London, ‘Spinning Yarns’ with Theatre Hullabaloo at the Festival of Thrift’, ‘The Elves and the Shoemakers’ with Theatre Hullabaloo & Berry Theatre, UK tour, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ & 'All Join In', both at Polka Theatre in London, 'The Lonely One' with Dotted Line Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe & dreamthinkspeaks’ ‘The Rest is Silence’. He appeared at the Globe Theatre in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ and has collaborated with Winter Walker, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton & Polka Theatre on ‘Moomin Summer Madness’, danteordie on ‘I Do’, Nonesuch Theatre, Theatre Rites & with the Berry Theatre’s ‘Hansel & Gretel’. He also performed and devised ‘White Canvas’ with Bespoke Taylors & Little Green Pig Writing Project which premiered at the Cayeux Theatre Festival in France and at the Brighton Fringe in 2013.

He is a founder member of theatre collective Unpacked & devised & performed in their ‘Robin and the Big Freeze’, ‘Jumping Mouse’ & ‘Funeral Games’. He also performed in ‘Paramour’ for Chopped Logic. Gilbert has an MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama and a BA from the University of Surrey.

2016 ‘The Legend of the Holy Drinker’

30 Dec 2015

I am currently working on Platform 4‘s production of ‘The Legend of the Holy Drinker’.

Tour Dates

University of Winchester 8&9 Feb Closed Performances

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath 10 & 11 Feb

Lighthouse, Poole 16 Feb

Little Angel Theatre, London 18 & 19 Feb

Stage Door, Southampton 22 – 24 Feb

Salisbury Arts Centre 25 Feb

Pound Arts, Corsham 26 Feb

Plough Arts Centre, Torrington 2 March

The Acorn, Penzance 4 March

‘Bear Hunt’ Tour 2015

13 Oct 2015

I’m back on the road this autumn with the Little Angel Theatre production of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.

Tour Dates

The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal  15- 20 Sept 2015

Brighton Dome  25-27 Sept 2015

Norwich Puppet Theatre  1-4 Oct 2015

Jacksons Lane, London  10-11 Oct 2015

Waterside, Sale  17 – 20 Oct 2015 2015

Nottingham Lakeside Arts  23 – 25 Oct 2015

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds  28 – 31 Oct 2015

Folkestone Quarterhouse  5 – 8 Nov 2015

MAC Birmingham  14 – 29 Nov 2015

Stratford Circus Arts Centre  2 – 26 Dec 2015

‘I AM BEAST’ by Sparkle & Dark

28 May 2015

I am currently working on a new show ‘I AM BEAST’ by Sparkle & Dark. The show will be at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

11th – 12th July, 7.30pm Pleasance Theatre, London
23rd – 25th July, 9pm, Arts Centre, Buxton Festival
5th – 31st August, 3.20pm, Pleasance Courtyard

‘Bookstory’ by Monstro on Tour

15 May 2015

Photo by Lesley Cook
With Philip Bosworth & Karina Garnett

Banyan Tree Theatre Group

1 May 2015

For the last 8 weeks I have been working with Banyan Tree Theatre Group in Brighton on their show ‘Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s ears’. It has been a very rewarding and inspiring experience to collaborate with them and their show will be at the Warren as part of the Brighton Fringe.

Banyan Tree Workshop

30 Apr 2015

‘Treasure Island’ by Dogfish Theatre

28 Apr 2015

I am developing a new 2 man version of ‘Treasure Island’ with Dogfish Theatre. Watch here for more info!

‘The Holy Drinker’ showing at the Lighthouse, Poole

19 Mar 2015

We performed ‘The Holy Drinker’ as a work in progress at the Lighthouse in Poole following a second week of R&D. Here are some of the results. The show is still being developed by Platform 4 & is directed by Simon Plumridge.

‘Bookstory’ Spring Tour

5 Mar 2015

I have been working on ‘Bookstory’ by Monstro with Ben Glasstone, Philip Bosworth & Karina Garnett. A show about books. Learn to love your inner shelf!

5th – 6th March, Little Angel Theatre, London
15th March, Trestle Arts Base, St. Albans
21st March, Norwich Puppet Theatre
24th May, Brighton Festival
27th May, Y Theatre, Spark Festival, Leicester
31st May, Pulse Festival, Ipswich
7th June, Derby Theatre

Big Gilbert & the Little Angels Gig

6 Dec 2014

My Band Big Gilbert & the Little Angels had a gig last week at Chelsea Old Town Hall. The line up was Lowri James, Loucas Hajiantoni, Jess Mable Jones and Max Bialystock.

‘Love Object’ Scratch Night, Brighton

28 Oct 2014

I have been developing a new piece of work with Claire Harvey called ‘Love Object’. We performed 10 minutes of it at Touched Theatres Scratch Night at the Marlborough in Brighton. Puppets were made by Mike Taylor. Thanks to the Point, Eastleigh for hosting our rehearsals.

‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ Tour winter 2014

25 Sep 2014

I am on tour with Little Angel Theatres show ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ until 4th January 2015. Here is a trailer for the show.


The Hawth Crawley 14th Oct – 17th Oct CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Arts Depot: 25th Oct – 2nd Nov CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Mac Birmingham: 22nd Nov – 7th Dec CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Albany: 10th Dec – 4th Jan

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‘Little Boy Billie’ R&D in Derby

13 Sep 2014

Winter Walker

‘Little Boy Billie’ R&D

12 Sep 2014

Had a great couple of days working with Winter Walker in Derby on an idea for a new show based on an old sea shanty.

‘The Little Prince’ Hatch Festival 2014

3 Sep 2014

Stood in at last minute notice to be part of this at Little Angel.

‘Bookstory’ by Monstro Theatre

23 Jul 2014

The last two weeks I have been working with Monstro Theatre, Ben Glasstone & Boz on ‘Bookstory’. We spent two weeks on Sam Worboys Theatre Farm retreat in Suffolk and performed our work in progress at the Junction in Cambridge. The retreat was a wonderful experience. Bootworks and performing artist/musician Jon Whitten were also there working on new projects. We worked long hours in barns and sheds and congregated in the evenings for dinner in the mess tent before sitting and singing around an open fire and then retiring for the night under canvas and stars. Visiting mentors who came to help and advise included Roman Stefanski. ‘Bookstory’ is still in development stage but we plan to finish it by 2015.

Last week of ‘The Frog & the Princess’ Tour

26 May 2014

After 5 months on the road we are down to our last week of touring. It’s been epic! We are returning with the show to Norwich Puppet Theatre in the first 2 weeks of August.

‘The Frog & the Princess’ Norwich Puppet Theatre

8 Jan 2014

I am currently working on a new production of ‘The Frog & the Princess’ at Norwich Puppet Theatre. It is directed by Rene Baker and promises to be a great show. Here is a clip of the first day of rehearsals.

‘Engineers Thumb’ by Dotted Line at Suspense Festival

28 Oct 2013

‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ Tour

6 Oct 2013

From October till January I will be on the road with the Little Angel Theatre’s ‘Bear Hunt’.

Festival of Thrift with Theatre Hullabaloo

6 Oct 2013

Had a great time working with Theatre Hullabaloo on ‘Spinning Yarns’ as part of the Festival of Thrift in Darlington. Here with Wayne and Haz.


9 Sep 2013

I am currently working on three shows!

‘Spinning Yarns’ with Theatre Hullabaloo in Darlington at the Festival of Thrift on 21st & 22nd September.

‘The Engineers Thumb’ with Dotted Line Theatre, on at the Suspense Festival of puppetry in London at the Diorama Theatre on 28th, 29th & 30th October.

And touring ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ with Little Angel Theatre from 22nd October – 5th January.

‘White Canvas’ at Brighton Fringe

2 May 2013

We are performing ‘White Canvas’ at the Nightingale in Brighton as part of the Fringe on 27th & 28th May with Loucas Hajiantoni on piano. 5 shows in 3 days. Come and get some!

Going on a Bear Hunt

16 Apr 2013

I am currently rehearsing Michael Rosen’s ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. It is a great place to work. Pete Glanville is directing, Barb Jungr is doing the songs and music and I am performing with George Williams, Lowri James and Jess Jones. It is going to be on 11th May to 21st July 2013.

Playing Brass in Shropshire

1 Mar 2013

White Canvas by Bespoke Taylors

1 Mar 2013

‘White Canvas’ is the first show by my new company Bespoke Taylors. This is a company I have set up with Clare Dunn and is based in Brighton. This first project has been made in collaboration with Little Green Pig Writing Project and Ella Burns and has been devised using music, painting, dance & object puppetry. We performed the first version of the show at Les Moussaillons Festival in Cayeux-sur-Mer in France in February.

The show has been made possible with R&D funding from Arts Council South East, all at the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton Dome, Passe Muraille, Loucas Hajiantoni who composed the music, New Writing South, Jonathan Young, Janine Fletcher, Commotion Dance, The Point, Eastleigh & a little pack of Taylors!

We are on Twitter @BespokeTaylors & Facebook as Bespoke Taylors Theatre

Workshop in France at Les Moussaillon Festival

27 Feb 2013

We did a workshop for five days with six children in Arrest France as part of Les Moussaillons Festival on the theme of Giant & Miniature with Clare Dunn and Joelle Loucif. It was great and we performed the end result, a 25 minute performance, to the village on the Friday. Here are some workshop shots.

Working in France, Feb 2013

17 Feb 2013

I am in France working in Cayeux-sur-mer at LES MOUSSAILLONS festival. Me and Clare are here with our new company Bespoke Taylors and new show ‘White Canvas’ and have a van full of set and stuff! We have seen some shows already in this festival and from Monday to Friday we are doing workshops with Kids from the nearby village of Arrest with the wonderful scenographer Joelle Loucif who lives in Paris. The theme of the workshops are ‘Giant and Minature’ working with objects and the body and scenography. We perform our show at the Salles de fetes in Cayeux on Saturday 23rd in Cayeux-sur-mer.


14 Feb 2013

Just been asked to work with the wonderful Hiccup Theatre Company; Sarah Brigham and Ivan Stott on their new show ’GRACE NOTES’ their experimental sound installation piece, for one family at a time to experience. This is for a week in March at the Point in Eastleigh and will be working with the wonderful Ed Wren. I will be taking the brass!

White Canvas

1 Feb 2013

This is the project that I am working on with my new company Bespoke Taylors, I am co Artistic Director with Clare Dunn. We are making the first version of ‘White Canvas’ in collaboration with young writers from Little Green Pig Writing Project & Ella Burns. We have funding from the Arts Council South East and support from New Writing South, the Nightingale Theatre & Brighton Dome. Our first sharing will be at the Nightingale Theatre on Friday 15th Feb followed by:

Week of 18th February at the Festival Les Moussaillons, Cayeux-Sur-Mer, France

16th March @ Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome as part of Artichoke Art Group’s physical Theatre Showcase ‘im-Pulse’

27th & 28th May @ Nightingale Theatre, Brighton Festival Fringe

(A PDF version of this CV can be found in the Downloads section)

Basic Information

  • Age: 33
  • Height: 5ft.4ins.
  • Hair colour: light brown
  • Eye colour: green
  • Build: Slim/Medium
  • Weight: 9.5 stone
  • Location: Brighton
  • Nationality: English


  • MA Advanced Theatre Practice, Central School of Speech and Drama 2003/2004
  • BA Drama and Theatre Studies, University of Surrey, Roehampton 2000/2003

Workshop Training

  • Theatre Rites workshop 2012
  • R&D with danteordie 2012
  • R&D on ‘Hansel & Gretel’ at the Berry Theatre Hedge End 2011
  • R&D on ‘Three Tiny Seeds’ at the Unicorn 2011
  • R&D on ‘The Goose’ at the Unicorn Theatre 2011
  • Gecko Theatre – physical training workshop 2011
  • Rene Baker Object animation & Puppetry 2009
  • Ben Glasstone Music composition & singing 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Steve Morley Writing for theatre & dramaturgy 2006
  • Shams Theatre Jonathan Young Clown techniques 2006
  • Masters Season Workshops, Nightingale Theatre 2005, 2006, 2007, with:
  • Dah Teatar (Serbia) The actor’s craft, voice, intensive physical training
  • Familie Floz (Germany) Mask work
  • Teatro della Contraditzione (Italy) Intensive character work & physical training
  • Rainpan 49 (USA) Object theatre, clowning, physical training
  • Wolfgang Hoffman (Germany) Intensive physical training, biomechanics
  • Cois Ceim (Ireland) Contemporary dance training
  • Gravity Style (France) Parkour training
  • Song of the Goat Theatre (Poland) physical training
  • John Wright Clown workshop 2004
  • Penny Dreadful Exploratory workshop 2004
  • Quiconque Exploratory workshop 2004
  • Frantic Assembly Movement workshop 2004

Professional Theatre Work

  • 2015: 'I AM BEAST', Dir. Shelley Knolwes Dixon, Sparkle & Dark, Edinburgh Fringe
  • 2015: 'The Holy Drinker', Dir. Simon Plumridge, Platform 4, Lighthouse, Poole
  • 2015: 'Bookstory', Dir. Ben Glasstone, Monstro, UK Tour
  • 2015: 'Why Mosquitoe's Buzz in People's Ears', Dir. Gilbert Taylor, Banyan Tree Theatre Group, Brighton Fringe
  • 2014: 'Love Object', Dir. Gilbert Taylor & Claire Harvey, Punched Scratch Night, Marlborough Theatre, Brighton
  • 2014: "The Frog & the Princess", Dir. Rene Baker, Norwich Puppet Theatre & UK Tour
  • 2013: "Spinning Yarns", Dir. Kitty Winters, Theatre Hullabaloo
  • 2013: "The Engineers Thumb", Dir. Rachel Warr, London Suspense Festival
  • 2013: "Going on a Bear Hunt", Dir. Peter Glanville, Little Angel Theatre & UK Tour
  • 2013: "White Canvas", Dir. Bespoke Taylors Theatre Company, Brighton Fringe
  • 2012: "Elf" in "The Elves & the Shoemakers", Dir. Sarah Brigham, Theatre Hullabaloo & The Berry Theatre National Tour
  • 2012: "The Lonely One" in "The Lonely One", Dir. Rachel Warr, Dotted Line, Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe
  • 2012: "Prime Minister" in "Fumes", A Film by Tom Werber
  • 2012: "Olympic Runner" in "Merry Wives of Windsor", Dir. Dan Goldman, The Globe, London
  • 2012: "Party goer" in "The Rest is Silence", Dir. Tristan Sharps, dreamthinkspeak
  • 2011-12: Co-director of "Notre Ville by the Sea", New Writing South
  • 2011-12: "Wilbur the Pig" in "Charlotte's Web", Dir. Roman Stefanski, Polka Theatre
  • 2011: "Gilbert", "Owl" & "Tinker" in 'All Join In", Dir. Roman Stefanski, Polka Theatre
  • 2010: "Robin" in "Robin & the Big Freeze", Dir. Clare Dunn for Unpacked Theatre, Brighton Dome & Peepul Centre
  • 2010: "Bambi" in "The Show Must Go On", Unpacked Theatre, UK tour
  • 2009-10: Narrator for "MI High', Dir Aidan Castelli, Xenophile Media, Toronto
  • 2009 -10: "Bison", "Mouse" & "Storyteller" in "Jumping Mouse", Dir. Darren East for Unpacked Theatre, UK Tour
  • 2009: "Sid Smith" in "Human Remains", Dir. Jamie, Touch Theatre, UK Tour
  • 2007: "Free Runner" in "Prodigal Theatre’s Urban Playground", Hove Town Hall & European Indoor Athletic Championships in Birmingham
  • 2007-10: "Keith Hall in "Funeral Games", Dir. Clare Dunn for Unpacked Theatre, UK Tour
  • 2006-09: "Dr. James Crawley" in "No Obvious Trauma", Dir. Clare Dunn for Unpacked Theatre, UK Tour
  • 2006: Narrator, "See Hear", Dir. Phil Kingwell, BBC
  • 2006: "Explorer" in "Antarctic", Dir. Clare Dunn, Creature Space, Isle of Dogs
  • 2005-06: "Mr. Bragg" in "Paramour", Chopped Logic, UK Tour
  • 2004-05: "Spy" in "The Fourth Violin from the Left, Dir. Clare Dunn, Unpacked Theatre, UK Tour
  • 2004: Ferry Tale, Dir. Daphna Attias, Dante or Die, HMS President

Other Skills & Experience

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