Nick Downes is a graduate of Oxford University. In one of his earliest roles, he embodied Simple Simon at St Luke’s C of E Primary School, Thurnby, Leics. Quite why he was so readily chosen for the role of such a twit remains a complete mystery to this day. Since then he has hardly looked back. He is an experienced actor, director, writer, workshop leader and teacher of theatre. He co-founded SCAT Theatre Company with Clive Holland in 1981 and he and Clive have been long-standing partners in theatrical crime.
Nick has worked professionally for SCAT, Forest Forge, Oxfordshire Touring, Trading Faces, Solent People’s Theatre Company, Full Belt, Titchfield Festival and Cogs Theatre. His theatre roles include: The Baron (The Lower Depths) and Flavius (Timon) for Cogs Theatre Co.; Clarence (Richard III) and Polonius (Hamlet) for The Shakespeare Actors; The Fool (King Lear) at The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth; Vladimir (Waiting for Godot) Solent People’s/Full Belt (National Tour); Feste (Twelfth Night) and Duke (Measure For Measure) for Titchfield Festival; Ben (The Dumb Waiter) and Egeus (Comedy Of Errors) for Ropes End Theatre Co.
Nick can also be seen in a number of short films. In addition he has directed: Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing for the Shakespeare Actors; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Titchfield Festival Theatre and Bicycle Clips for Forest Forge Theatre Co. Nick has written extensively for stage, as well as a number of short stories.