Ruth Calkin

  • Actor
    Female / London
  • Ethnicity
    Caucasian
    Age Range
    38 - 45
    Height
    5' 4" (1m 65cm)
    Weight
    146lb (66kg)
    Hair Colour
    Brown
    Eye Colour
    Blue
    Build
    Medium
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    Spotlight Member
    yes
    Equity
    yes

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2020Solo Performer
Theatre
The Bed
Samantha Lane
Little Angel Theatre
Little Angel Theatre
2019Puppeteer
Theatre
Twirlywoos Live
Roman Stefanski
MEI Theatrical
National Tour and Underbelly Festival, South Bank
2019Solo Performer
Theatre
The Bed
Samantha Lane
Little Angel Theatre
Little Angel Theatre
2019Puppeteer
Theatre
Clementine's Christmas Cracker!
Mark Mander
Mark Mander Productions
The Rosemary Branch Theatre
2018Puppeteer
Theatre
The Clementine Show
Mark Mander
Mark Mander Productions
Monthly residency at The Crazy Coqs, Live @ Zedel!
2018Puppeteer
Theatre
The Twirlywoos Live! R&D
Roman Stefanski
Millenium Entertainment International
Polka Theatre
2018Actor Puppeteer
Theatre
Siyanda, Protector of Plants
Sue Buckmaster & Joy Haynes
Theatre Rites
The Temperate House, Kew Gardens
2018Puppeteer/Swing
Theatre
Sarah & Duck's Big Top Birthday
Roman Stefanski
Polka Theatre / MEI
West Yorkshire Playhouse
2017Puppeteer
Site Specific
A Moomin Winter's Eve as part of the Tove Jansson weekend
Peter Glanville
c/o Polka Theatre
Dulwich Picture Gallery
2017Puppeteer
Theatre
Clementine's Christmas Special
Mark Mander
Mark Mander Productions
The Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel
2015 - 2017Development of Puppetry
TV
Moon and Me
Andrew Davenport
Foundling Bird
Foundling Bird
2017Puppeteer
Workshops
Clockwork Canaries Puppet R&DTheatre Royal Plymouth
2016 - 2017Puppeteer
Theatre (Tour)
Clementine's Fabulous Roadshow
Mark Mander
Mark Mander Productions
Norwich Puppet Theatre & Tour
2016Actor Puppeteer
Theatre (Tour)
The Walthamstow Mysteries
Steve Tiplady
What's More Productions
The Stafford Hall, Walthamstow and Tour
2014 - 2015Actor/Puppeteer
Theatre
Dogs Don't Do Ballet
Andrea Sadler
Little Angel Theatre
New Wolsey Theatre Studio
2014Puppetry Consultant
Theatre
Jack and the Beanstalk
Andrew Pollard
Greenwich Theatre
Greenwich Theatre
2014Moominmamma / Little My
Theatre
Moominsummer Madness
Peter Glanville / Dani Parr
Polka Theatre / Royal and Derngate
Polka Theatre / Royal and Derngate
2014David Bowie the Cat
Theatre
The Cat in the Cupboard
Anna Tolputt
Tiny Light
Little Angel
2013 - 2014Actor/Puppeteer
Theatre
The Night Before Christmas
Ben Glasstone
Little Angel Theatre
2013Puppetry Director
Theatre
In the Night Garden Live 2013
Will Tuckett / Helen Eastman
Minor Ent./ BBC Worldwide/Ragdoll
The O2 and Tour
2012 - 2013Bat Cat - Actor/Puppeteer
Theatre (Tour)
Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play
Roman Stefanski
Watershed / Polka / BBC Worldwide
2012Puppetry Director
Theatre
In the Night Garden Live 2012Minor Ent./BBC Worldwide/Ragdoll
The production tours in it's own inflatable theatre.
2012Actor/Musician
Theatre
The Adventures of Thunder and Coal
Ben Glasstone
Nonesuch Theatre @ LAT
2012The Mother
Theatre
The Gingerbread Man
Caroline Bowman
Rainbow Collectors @ LAT
2011 - 2012The Nosey Neighbour - Actor/Puppeteer
Theatre
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Mike Shepherd
Little Angel Theatre / Kneehigh
Little Angel Theatre, Islington
2011 - 2012Actor/Puppeteer
Theatre
The Tear Thief - R&D
Peter Glanville
Little Angel Theatre / Manchester Royal Exchange
Research and Development
2011 - 2012Actor/Musician
Theatre
The Adv.s of Thunder and Coal - R&D
Ben Glasstone / Steve Tiplady
Nonesuch Theatre
Research and Development
2011Trinculo / Gonzalo
Theatre
The Tempest
Peter Glanville
Little Angel / RSC
Swan Theatre, Stratford and Little Angel Theatre, Islington
2010Actor/Puppeteer (& Puppet Captain)
Theatre (Tour)
In the Night Garden Live
Will Tuckett
Minor Ent/BBC Worldwide/Ragdoll
The production toured in it's own inflatable theatre.
2010Bat Cat - Actor/Puppeteer
Theatre (Tour)
Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play
Roman Stefanski
Watershed / Polka / BBC Worldwide
Tour Spring 2010 and residency at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington Christmas 2010
2008 - 2010Rabid Rebecca, Miss Tutu, Beefy Bert and as cast
Theatre (Tour)
Horrid Henry - Live and Horrid!
Hannah Chissick
Watershed Productions/MJE Productions
No.1 Tour & Trafalgar Studios 1
2009Narrator
Radio
Barry! The Dirty Habit Goblin
Jack Bowman
Wireless Theatre Company
2009Mrs Peach
Radio
Popplejoy and the Girl Who Thought She Was a Telephone
Andrew Ward
Wireless Theatre Company
2009Actor
Workshops
Screen Directors Training
Ruth Torjussen
Film Directing 4 Women
2007 - 2008Doctor Spencer
Theatre (Tour)
Danny - The Champion of the World!
Phil Clark
Birmingham Stage Company
No.1 Tour
2007Actor/Musician/Puppeteer
Workshops
Rehearsal and Development
Steve Tiplady
Monstro
2006 - 2007Tilly Mouse
Theatre
The Mouse Queen
Steve Tiplady
Monstro/Little Angel/Not So Loud Productions
The Unicorn/Hampstead Theatre
2005 - 2006Fairy Fanciful
Theatre
Sleeping Beauty - The Rock 'n' Roll Panto
Peter Rowe
The New Wolsey Theatre
2005Mother/Woman
Theatre (Tour)
Hansel and Gretel
Colin Blumenhau
Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal
2004 - 2005Hoopoe
Theatre (Tour)
Conference of the Birds
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour incl. Polka Theatre, Wimbledon For young people with PMLD/ASD
2003 - 2004Bun
Theatre (Tour)
Baking Time
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
UK Tour incl. New Wolsey, Ipswich Canada Tour incl. Lorraine Kimsa Theatre, Toronto
2003Twirl
Theatre (Tour)
Moving Pictures
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour - For Young People with PMLD, performed on Trampolines
2002 - 2003Hop
Theatre (Tour)
Jumpin' Beans
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour incl. Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
2002Twirl
Theatre (Tour)
Boing!
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour - For young people with PMLD, performed on Trampolines
2001 - 2002Hat
Theatre (Tour)
Under Your Hat
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour incl. Royal Festival Hall
2001Fan
Theatre (Tour)
Waving
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour - For young people with PMLD, performed in Hydrotherapy Pools
2000 - 2001Ruby Onions
Theatre (Tour)
Knock! Knock! Who's There?
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour incl. Royal Festival Hall
2000Diva
Theatre (Tour)
Dreams and Secrets
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour - For young people with PMLD, performed in Hydrotherapy Pools
1999 - 2000Sniff
Theatre (Tour)
Playhouse
Tim Webb
Oily Cart
Tour incl. Half Moon YPT
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    19983 year Drama DegreeUniversity of Hull

    Additional Information

    Reviews of A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS (Little Angel/Kneehigh) included 5 STARS in THE TIMES:

    "Now look, children, don't go getting the idea that stage shows are always this good...this is a little miracle of a show. In its small but perfectly formed way it is as memorable as anything I've seen this year"

    DOMINIC MAXWELL

    Reviews of THE TEMPEST (Little Angel/RSC) included:

    "...delightful...with (Brett Brown and) Ruth Calkin particularly good value as Stephano and Trinculo...this 75 minutes deserves it's place in the Swan..."

    LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN

    "...Ruth Calkin's Trinculo is deliciously absurd..." SUSAN ELKIN, THE STAGE

    "...It's hats off to this innovative team-up between the RSC and the Little Angel Puppet Theatre..."FIONA MOUNTFORD, EVENING STANDARD

    "...touching, funny, lovely to look at and executed with a gossamer touch..." SAM MARLOWE, TIME OUT, **** and Critic's Choice.

    About me

    An experienced actor/musician and puppeteer, Ruth most recently performed the solo show THE BED for Little Angel Theatre, a beautiful production created especially for babies and toddlers and an OFFIES Finalist in the category 'Best Production for Young People 0 - 7'. She was a puppeteer in the national tour of TWIRLYWOOS LIVE! for MEI, which was also resident at the Underbelly Festival, South Bank for August 2019 and is all set for a new national tour throughout Summer 2020. Ruth continues to perform in the sublimely outrageous puppet cabaret THE CLEMENTINE SHOW and performed in a cracking Christmas run at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington.

    Other recent work includes: for Theatre-Rites - SIYANDA, PROTECTOR OF PLANTS, a site specific promenade performance in the iconic Temperate House at Kew Gardens; SARAH & DUCK'S BIG TOP BIRTHDAY (Polka/MEI). Ruth was one of the lead puppeteers in the development of the brand new Andrew Davenport TV production MOON AND ME, now showing on CBeebies and recently nominated for a BAFTA.

    Other credits include the acclaimed DOGS DON'T DO BALLET (Little Angel); MOOMINSUMMER MADNESS (Polka / Royal and Derngate); Puppetry Director for IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE; puppeteer and sound-design for THE WALTHAMSTOW MYSTERIES (directed by Steve Tiplady); A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS (Little Angel/Kneehigh): THE TEMPEST (Little Angel / RSC).

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • White
    Accents (International)
    • African (South)
    • Australian
    • Dublin
    • French
    • Spanish
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Panto
    • Radio
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    Interested in
    • Comedy
    • Commercials
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Panto
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    Musical Skills
    • Clarinet
    • Recorder
    • Sax
    • Ukulele
    Accents (UK)
    • Essex
    • Liverpool
    • Norfolk
    • Northern England
    • RP
    • Scottish, Standard
    • Southern England
    • Welsh, Standard
    Accents (North American)
    • General American
    General Dance Skills
    • Ballet
    • Contemporary
    • Folk
    • Tap
    Hair Length
    • Long
    Specific Singing Skills
    • Alto
    Perform nude?
    • No
    Organisation Memberships
    • Equity
    Stage Combat Skills
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    General Singing Skills
    • Advanced
    Native accent
    • English
    DBS checked
    • Yes (within last 12 months)
    Character Types
    • Geeky
    • Intellectual
    • Professional
    • Scruffy