GEORGE DILLON BIOG
In a 30 year professional career acting in films, TV and on stage, including 29 productions at 16 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, George Dillon has become known for his association with Steven Berkoff and for his seven highly acclaimed solo shows – including: Berkoff’s Graft - Tales of an Actor, The Gospel of Matthew and The Man Who Was Hamlet - which have all toured extensively in the UK and abroad.
As a director, as well as five of his own solo shows, George directed the world première of Berkoff’s Brighton Beach Scumbags; directed and starred in Hamlet at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh; and conceived and directed Guy Masterson's internationally acclaimed solo Under Milk Wood and Jade Blue’s solo Against the Odds for which he won the Outstanding Direction award at the Atlantic Fringe in Canada.
His association with Steven Berkoff dates back to 1979 when, as a student at Manchester University George first acted in Berkoff’s East. On graduation he formed his own company and toured Berkoff's Decadence and Greek from 1983-1986 before working with the man himself on Sink the Belgrano! Since then he has worked on 13 productions of Steven Berkoff's work, including assisting Berkoff on Salomé, Acapulco, Brighton Beach Scumbags and Requiem for Ground Zero. He has also appeared (as Gregor Samsa) in a platform production of Metamorphosis at the National Theatre.
For his own Vital Theatre, George Dillon has staged 4 world premières of Berkoff’s writing, among them his solo performances of Hell & Other Tales and the award-winning Graft – Tales of an Actor. In June 2011, Berkoff arranged for George’s latest solo show, The Man Who Was Hamlet, to transfer to the Riverside Studios in London and that November, when filming commitments prevented Berkoff from leading a creative writing course in Cuba, George was Berkoff’s first choice to step in to fill his shoes.
George Dillon trained to teach English as a Foreign Language in 1987 and then taught for 18-months at a language school in Brighton. Returning to professional theatre in 1989 he was invited by the National Theatre Education Department to give workshops on Berkoff's Metamorphosis, and since then he has led more than 200 workshops with students and professional of various age groups, in schools and Arts Centres in the U.K. and abroad.
Founded upon his experience as performer, director and teacher, George Dillon's workshops are, like his performances, intense, enjoyable and provocative. The primary objective is always to allow the students to make their own discoveries, leaving a lasting and even life-changing impression.
"During my EFL teacher training I was struck by the maxim - "We cannot teach anything - we can only create the conditions in which things are learned". Or at least that's how I remembered it, and how I applied it in my classroom practise and later in my workshops.
"You cannot teach anyone anything;
you can only help them to find it within themselves."
- Galileo Galilei
George Dillon's Tour Dates
(as of Thursday, 12 December 2019)
9th January 2020
Manchester Grammar School
22nd January 2020
24th January 2020