Al is a performer-director based in Glasgow. He attained an MA in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from The University of Glasgow (1994-98) before training in Physical Theatre and Contemporary Circus Skills at Circomedia, Bristol (2000-01), where he specialized in physical theatre, mask-making and acrobatics, and attained a teacher training qualification in physical performance skills. He completed further training in Bouffon with Philippe Gaulier, and Tragedy with Nicole Kehrberger.
Al was one of the founding members of Glasgow’s Vanishing Point Theatre Company (1998) before going on to establish Hoax Productions with Galician performer, Ivan Marcos (2000). As well as working within these companies, and extensively in a solo capacity, he has collaborated with companies from across the UK and abroad – most notably with Moscow’s BlackSkyWhite, and as Assistant Director for Derevo’s Natura Morte project – and has been the artist in residence for The Arches, Glasgow (2005-07), and The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews (2008-09). He has directed for numerous UK theatre and dance companies.
Al has been a key contributor to the development of the physical performance sector in Scotland; through his performances, as founding Artistic Director of Conflux (now Surge) – Scotland’s national organization for the promotion of physical performance, and creators of the annual Surge festival – and through his co-founding of, and teaching on, Fife College’s Diploma in Physical Theatre (2008-present), the only qualification of its kind in Scotland.
Al has received Total Theatre, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards for work presented at The Edinburgh Fringe, and a Jerwood Foundation Award; for such shows as Raw Beef, The Fooligan and Oog.