Charles Craggs

  • Actor
    Male / East London
  • Ethnicity
    Caucasian
    Age Range
    20 - 29
    Height
    6' (1m 85cm)
    Weight
    11st. (70kg)
    Hair Colour
    Auburn
    Eye Colour
    Brown
    Build
    Slim

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2020four performers in glowing penguin costumes squawked We Wish you a Merry Christmas and pretended to eat fish
Fran Yeoman
northernsoul.me.uk
2020Stilt walkers, fire and music all helped created incredible scenes throughout the city centre..
Ben Eccleston
coventrytelegraph.net
2020Short, silly, conspiratorial
Miriam Sallon
thereviewshub.com
2019Charles Craggs’ musical talent provide the cherry on top of a fabulous family show
@WhatsOnBrum
whatsonlive.co.uk
2019Craggs’ timing is impeccable he accompanies the action with amusing sounds, skilfully playing a number of instruments.
Selwyn Knight
thereviewshub.com
2019Constantly engaging, absolutely hilarious and unbelievably charming Hymns for Robots is something that shouldn’t be missed.
Kat O'Dougherty
broadwaybaby.com
2019‘super-smart recreation of the life of a pioneer’
Tim Bano
thestage.co.uk

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2020Song-writer/Simon
Radio
The People OutsideThe People Outside
Podcast
2018 - 2020Mockingbird/Musician
Theatre (Tour)
The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel
Esther Simpson
Open Theatre, Metro Boulot Dodo and Birmingham Hippodrome
Regional Tour 2018: Birmingham Hippodrome, Belgrade Theatre, Forest Arts Centre and Malvern Theatre National Tour 2020: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hull Truck, Arts Depot, Cambridge Junction and Arena theatre (rest of dates cut short due to COVID-19)
2017 - 2019Brian/Musician
Theatre (Tour)
Hymns for Robots
Connor Alexander
Noctium
Belgrade Theatre, Rialto Theatre, The Old Fire Station, The Arena, Create Theatre, Harrogate Theatre, Theatre Deli (Sheffield), Shoebox Theatre, The Place, Aquila Studio (Edinburgh Fringe), Cornerstone Arts Centre, Wells Maltings, The mac (Birmingham)
2013 - 2018Music Director
Theatre (Tour)
The Country Doctor
Connor Alexander and Jessie Coller
Noctium
Shopfront Theatre (Coventry), The Belgrade Theatre, Arena Theatre (Wolverhampton), The Place (Bedford), Cornerstone Arts Centre (Didcot), AE Harris (Birmingham), Coventry University, Create Theatre (Mansfield), Bexley Grammar school
2017 - 2018Elf (2017) Penguin & Emu Puppeteer (2018)
Theatre (Immersive)
The Lanterns at Chester ZooWild Rumpus
Chester Zoo
2015 - 2018Mariachi Band
Theatre (Immersive)
The Winters Tale
Pawel Szkotak
Teatr Biuro Podróży
Coventry, Hounslow and Poznan
2014Jacob
Film (Student)
The Graduates (Pilot episode)
Charlotte Phelan
The Graduates Documentary
Norwich
2013Musician/Ensemble/News Anchor
Theatre (Immersive)
This is a show about me!
Olivia Winteringham
KILN
EGO Performance Company, Coventry
2012 - 2013Tom Hansen
Theatre
(500) Days of Summer
Ben Richards
Indie Garden
Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
2012Alexander Kalabushkin
Theatre
'The Suicide' by Nikolai Erdman
Joff Chafer
2nd Year Theatre and Professional Practice
Coventry University
2011 - 2012Scene 4
Theatre
'Pornography' by Simon Stephens
Amber Doyle and Kate Thomson
InMotion theatre company
Coventry University
2011 - 2012Musician
Theatre
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Cassey North
Strongbox Theatre
Coventry University
2011Pizza Delivery Guy
Film (Student)
A Slice of Reality
Thomas Barnes
A Sausage Fest Production
Coventry and Nuneaton
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2014Theatre and Professional PracticeCoventry University

    Additional Skills

    Grade 5 Guitar (Merit) Guildhall School of Music and Drama, guitarist (acoustic, electric, bass), Ukulele, percussion, drums, Mandolin, Melodica, Ableton Live, Synthesiser, song writing, composer, sound design, full driving license, Short wheel base van experience, workshop leader, Difference Engine operation, stilt walking, puppetry, basic acrobatics, basic clowning, good range of accents and dialects.

    Additional Information

    I have also held the position of Artistic Director at Noctium, devising music in all of the company productions. These include ‘Animate’ which involved live looping throughout with the use of a guitar and effects pedals and ‘Hymns for Robots’ a devised piece of theatre based on the life of Delia Derbyshire, for the entirety of the Edinburgh Fringe. This project saw me working with a style of music I hadn’t worked with before. It involved the use of digital and electronic sounds but allowed me to be able to play and perform live and manipulate live sounds as well. I’m always looking at new and interesting ways to create music whether it’s playing instruments in unconventional ways or using everyday objects to create sound.

    I enjoy writing music and playing live both professionally and recreationally. I specialise in guitar and bass up to a grade 5 level, and I can also play a range of string instruments, percussion and electronic instruments such as synthesisers. I am also able to use music production software such as Ableton Live. Learning a wide variety of instruments has greatly enhanced my playing and song writing skills, and I use my versatility of styles and musicianship to tailor to the show or audience’s needs.

    About me

    I am freelance actor-musician and my interests lie in the creation and development of music and sound. I have written music and songs for many show and I have worked with established companies such as KILN, Stan’s Cafe, The Fabularium, Noctium, Spectra, Talking Birds, Wild Rumpus, Teatr Biuro Podróży, Theatre Absolute, Open Theatre and Metro-Boulot-Dodo.

    Acting experience

    For three years I trained at Coventry University on the Theatre and Professional Practice course. During this time I learned many key skills within the theatre industry that have helped me shape my own career. As well as acting and performing, the course gave insights into many areas of theatre, including technical skills, costume design, directing and music. This eventually culminated into a final project using all aspects of what the course had to offer.

    During my time at Coventry I performed in many theatrical performances that included plays, devised theatre, a film to stage adaptation and some student films. These include:

    2011

    A Slice of Reality - This was my first film experience and student film whilst studying at University. Based on real experiences if followed the day in the life of a pizza delivery man as he dealt with rude customers, his annoying boss and his car that was forever breaking down, all while trying to see his girlfriend. It was filmed in various locations around Coventry and Nuneaton. It gave me an insight as to how a filmed production works and what is needed to be able to achieve the finished project.

    2012

    The Twelve Dancing Princesses - This devised piece of theatre was part of a final project at Coventry University and was based on Jeanette Wintersons’ novel ‘Sexing the Cherry’ and tells the story of 12 sisters who married 12 brothers and how they escaped from their forced marriages. This production was my first endeavour as an actor-musician. Along with two other musicians we were responsible for creating the music that underscored each scene, as well as writing the songs that helped to enhance the story. In 2013 the show travelled to the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough.

    ‘Pornography’ by Simon Stephens - This play was part of another final project at Coventry University. This project mainly focussed on my acting abilities with some physical theatre aspects as well and my role within this show was portraying ‘scene 4’ from the script. The monologue was broken up into different sections and would be interwoven with the other pieces of text throughout the show. The script was based around people and the events around the 7/7 bombings that took place in London.

    ‘The Suicide’ by Nikolai Erdman - As part of my second year at University we spent the first term rehearsing and creating an end of term show. Throughout the entire process we were responsible for learning lines and character development. We also spent a lot of time researching and reading about the period of time this play was written and how it portrayed Russia at the time. As well as performing in the show we, as an ensemble, were responsible for the marketing and ticketing of the event.

    2013

    (500) Days of Summer - This film to stage adaptation was part of a final project at Coventry University. In this project I played the lead character Tom Hansen as we see his relationship between Summer Finn set over numerous days. As well as performing live on stage there were elements of filmed scenes interspersed between. This was performed for one night at the Crescent theatre in Birmingham.

    The Winter Forest - This devised piece of theatre was part of a final project at Coventry University and was inspired by Angela Carter’s celebrated stories from ‘The Bloody Chambers.’ With a blend of storytelling and live music three magical and witty witches guide you through a sad story of a young girl’s perilous journey. In this project I played the part of Jack as well as helping to write the music and songs for the show.

    Arabian Nights - This was an outdoor promenade style performance was part of the Theatre and Professional Practice course at Coventry University. Based on the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, One Thousand and One Nights, we performed three tales, including Marouf the Cobbler, Aladdin and Ali Baba and the forty thieves, to school groups around the grounds of Coombe Abbey in Coventry. The project involved puppetry, live music and original songs which I help to co-write along with other musicians, as well as stilt walkers, giant props and pirates!

    This is a show about me! - This devised piece of theatre was in collaboration with KILN who worked final year students of Coventry University’s Theatre and Professional Practice degree to present This is a Show about Me! a Hollywood story. This is a Show about Me! was a devised performance about the life of a Hollywood star who shoots to the lofty heights of celebrity, fame and fortune only to crash into the depths of personal despair, loss and loneliness. Within this production I was responsible for the creation and composition of music, along with other musicians, to create a house band. I was also a part of the ensemble performance as well as taking on an individual role as a news anchor during the show. The show was performed in the round and among the audience with the action changing sides frequently.

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • White
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Musical Skills
    • Bass
    • Bass Guitar
    • Drums
    • Guitar
    • Mandolin
    • Percussion
    • Snare drum
    • Synthesiser
    • Tambourine
    • Triangle
    • Ukulele
    Accents (North American)
    • Boston
    • New York City
    • Texas
    Hair Length
    • Short
    Perform nude?
    • No
    Stage Combat Skills
    • No
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    Facial Characteristics
    • Beard
    General Singing Skills
    • Chorus
    Native accent
    • English
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Character Types
    • Free-spirited
    • Geeky
    • Mischievous
    • Wholesome
    Accents (International)
    • Australian
    • Eastern European
    • French
    • German
    • Irish
    • New Zealand
    Interested in
    • Children's Theatre
    • Comedy
    • Festivals
    • Film (Professional)
    • Fringe
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Immersive)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TV
    • Web-Series
    Accents (UK)
    • Birmingham
    • Bristol
    • Cockney
    • English, standard
    • Hull
    • Manchester
    • Scottish, Standard
    • West Country
    • Yorkshire
    Experienced In
    • Children's Theatre
    • Devised
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Immersive)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    Athletics
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Running
    Additional Skills
    • Actor
    • Stiltwalker