Andrew Hawkins has enjoyed a wide-ranging and successful career as an actor in the West End, on Broadway, in regional and fringe theatres, as well as in film and TV. He has worked in leading companies such as the RSC, the Manchester Royal Exchange, Chichester Festival Theatre, the Old Vic, in national and international tours, as well as in rewarding but more threadbare ventures.
Over the last few years, Andrew has performed in some self-scripted as well as devised work, including with Visible Ensemble, a collective of older actors, who came together to develop their own distinctive style via devised material. Following the phenomenal success of the company’s debut production ‘Who Do We Think We Are?’ (a kaleidoscopic history of the last 100 years seen through stories from the lives of its ten actors) Andrew is now working on a further Visible project, about sleeplessness and aging, which will be performed at Southwark Playhouse in the spring of 2020, directed by Mike Alfreds.
For the Belgrade International Workshop + ChekhovFest 2019, Andrew was a member of the teaching faculty and also premiered his play ‘The Imaginary Other’, which he performed with Gretchen Egolf to considerable acclaim. The play explores a novel approach to performing Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
‘Flight’, a costume-inspired live performance, which Andrew developed in collaboration with designer Agnes Treplin for the National Gallery, and subsequently re-worked as a film for the Shoreditch Town Hall exhibition ‘Out of Our Heads’ — ‘Flight’ went on to be shown in Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts and in Shanghai.
Movement and exploring the psycho-physical aspects of acting and performance continue to be of special interest for Andrew’s work, drawing inspiration from teachers such as Rudolph Laban and Michael Chekhov, as well as a number of exceptional contemporary practitioners, whom he has been lucky enough to work with.