The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust

Promoting innovation in theatre

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2014

The winner of the OSBTT 2014 Award was Camera Lucida, conceived and executed by Dickie Beau. A pioneering artist whose work spans theatre, cabaret and mime, Dickie Beau elevates the drag tradition of lip-synching through a performance style known as "playback".

In Camera Lucida, Dickie Beau used salvaged audio recordings that he edited into digital scripts, channeling extraordinary voices on stage, creating an eerie archive of those who might otherwise be lost, or are no longer living.

Camera Lucida, 28th October - 8th November 2014, the Pit Theatre, Barbican.

Research and Development grants were awarded to Dickie Beau and to Bruno Humberto.


"metaphorically and psychologically spine-tingling" - The Guardian
"Beau makes the possibilities of lipsync seem limitless: disassociating speech from speaker, he invites his audiences to make their own connections to a thrilling complexity of ideas" - Exeunt