Benji Reid

    Benji Reid is a an award-wining visual theatre director, who has been the recipient of the Nesta Dreamtime award, runner up for Art05 Award and currently the recipient of the Welcome Trust award for exploring the relationship between physical theatre and sports.Benji was a member of Broken glass street crew before formally training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, lighting design and choreography at the Northern School of Contemporary dance. Benji currently holds the position of Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange Manchester.

    As an actor with Denise Wong and David Glass, following his years as a freelance performer he formed physical theatre company Breaking Cycles. In theatre Benji has worked widely with such highly regarded companies as the David Glass Ensemble, Trestle Theatre, Theatr Clwyd and Black Mime Theatre. It was with Black Mime Theatre that Benji first became interested in directing.

    Benji Reid has been creating visual theatre since 1994. His first production was directing Jonzi D’s solo of ‘Aeroplane Man’ circa 94/95, in 1996 and in he toured ‘Paper Jackets’, a one-man show he wrote and starred in. In 1998 Benji went on to direct his first main stage play, hip hop musical ‘Avalanche’ for Nottingham Playhouse – this became the foundation for Breaking Cycles the company.

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