Richard Newnham

Apprentice

Richard was born in Caerphilly and studied drama and performing arts in St Cenydd School (when he wasn’t thriving on Caerphilly cheese). Richard always wanted to be an actor and a comedian with his first stand-up routine being on stage in the main hall in front of his drama class. He graduated in Drama, media studies and creative writing at the University of South Wales in 2010 (then the University of Glamorgan).

He has written and acted some of his own projects, along with some television work on Belonging, Pobol Y Cwm, and Casualty. He joined the Caerphilly Youth Theatre in Blackwood for eight years. This lead to joining with Disability Arts Cymru in 2009, and the Natural Theatre Company in Bath.

Richard first joined Hijinx Academy 1 in autumn 2013 after being told about it by Disability Arts Cymru and has been part of the group ever since. Since then Richard has been involved in countless performances with Hijinx and saw it as a window to his dreams. His highlights of performing with Hijinx include Flatmates (a sitcom he co-wrote and co-starred with actor Daniel Sean) and Meet Fred (they were Fredding around Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Czech Republic and Germany). Now, as well as an actor, he works as an apprentice for Hijinx where he gains a lot of pleasure getting to work in and know more about the different academies, learn new skills, meet new people, and happily play the role as both actor and apprentice.

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