A Glasgow-based Singaporean, Ramesh Meyyappan is a theatre maker who develops performances using an eclectic mix of visual and physical theatre styles. Ramesh continually seeks to develop and extend his theatrical visual vocabulary, for example incorporating circus techniques, bouffon, puppetry and illusion within his work. He enjoys the challenge of creating strong narrative visual work.
Since Ramesh moved to Scotland, he has played an important role in raising awareness of deaf to the Scottish theatre community. He worked tirelessly at making his work mainstream, accessible both to deaf and hearing. He was involved in the programme design team for the BA Performance in BSL and English at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland where he continues to teach the Visual Theatre module.
Over the years, his solo performances and collaborations have toured nationally and internationally (over 20 countries) to much critical acclaim. He has been nominated five times for Best Actor at the Life! Theatre Awards (Singapore) and awarded the accolade twice. In Scotland he was nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Snails and Ketchup and for a CATS (Critic Award Theatre Scotland) – Best Male Performance (2017) for Off Kilter. Off Kilter has been showcased at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, Milan, Paris, Vienna, Reims and Shanghai. This continues to tour.
Ramesh is currently teaching the module he developed – Visual Theatre Module (BA Degree for Deaf) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ramesh is a board member of 21 Common and Vanishing Point theatre companies. Ramesh is an associate artist of Raw Material and represented by Brennan Artists as an actor.
Ramesh’s most recent production was for Riksteatern Tyst Teater (National Theatre of Sweden) – he wrote and directed a modern adaptation of Peter Pan, The Lost Boy makes use of many visual ideas – shadow animation, puppetry, illusion, mask and a multi-functional set. Peter Pan, the Lost Boy is continuing to tour throughout Sweden, Norway and France.
“Ramesh is an artist who seeks out courage, hope and redemptive transformation in his story-telling” HERALD SCOTLAND