Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Colm O’Grady

Colm O’Grady was born in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. He’s been professionally creating circus theatre shows for over 20 years, touring over 30 countries with theatre companies, circus troupes, cabarets, with numerous duos, as a solo circus performer and clown.

Since 2011 he studies the clown pedagogy of master teacher Michel Dallaire biannually, which he still continues to this day.

Before that Colm studied for 2 years with Philippe Gaulier at l’Ecole Philippe Gaulier. He has followed a series of master classes over a 6 year period with movement and theatre maestro Monika Panyeaux culminating in her book ‘Inside, Outside’.

Colm is currently Co-Director with Maximilian Rambaek for Palazzo (Berlin, Germany) whilst also playing one of the main protagonists for their production Glücksjäger for the fifth winter season running in one of their beautiful Spiegel Tents. 

Among other projects in Summer 2019 he will be touring festivals with his solo street theatre shows- Yodel and Cirque de Sally.

Colm is one half of the renowned duo Naked Lunch with Kevin Brooking, (www.ouch-zirk.com) with collectively over 30 million hits on Youtube. This coming year will be their 11th year collaborating and touring the world having crazy adventures together.

 O’Grady is a co-founder of Clowns Without Borders Ireland (2007), where he is the director of the organisation since its conception. (www.cwbireland.com)

 

Photo: Benard Boccara

Shows

Glücksjäger                 Palazzo (Germany/Austria)    Max Rambaek
Scandalo                   Ohlala (Switzerland)             Cal McCrystal
Hot Potato                Ouch                                 Colm O’Grady
Naked Lunch               Ouch-Zirk Co-production       Brooking/ O’Grady
Cirque de Sally         Ouch Entertainment             Louis Spagna
Shake Shake Shake   Pakipaya (Belgium)              Jean-Pierre Pagali
Delicious O’Grady     Ouch Entertainment             Cal McCrystal
Yodel                        Ouch Entertainment             Colm O’Grady
Crazy Love                Circus Price (Spain)             Antonio de Mesa
Circus                         Barabbas the Co.                        Raymond Keane
Lunar Circus                Lunar Circus (Australia)        Matt Yates
The Tiny Top               The Tiny Top (Australia)       Tony Rooke
Camel Show              Ouch Entertainment             Colm O’Grady
Quality Furniture      Quality Furniture                 Fanning/ O’Grady
The Great Innuendo  Ouch Entertainment             Colm O’Grady
Other Brothers          Eile and Ouch Co-prod          Eile/ O’Grady
Tumble Circus          Tumble Circus                     Ken Fanning
The Grandmother      Monkeyshine Theatre           Pennefeather/O’Grady
A Red Day                 Ishka Theatre Co.                Elaine Bastible
Home of the Brave   Tremendom Theatre (UK)     Alexis Kahn

Education

Ecole Philippe Gaulier           2 Years                      London
Dublin School of Acting         2 Years (Part time)      Ireland

Masterclasses

Michel Dallaire 2011-2018 Biannually
Monika Pagneaux (6 Years)
Pierre Biland, Jos Houben, Angela D’Castro, Micheline Vanderpole, Kevin Brooking, Francy Begasse

Cabaret

La Clique, The Gaiety Grand, Tassel Club, No Fit State, Crazyhorse- Paris

TV

Mystic Knights     Stuntman   Saban Entertainment   Bob Hughes
Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde, France
Signe Talosh- Belgium
Supertalent- Germany
Rire sur la Ville -Belgium
Fuji-TV- Japan
Night at the Palladium -ITV-UK
Americas Got Talent- USA
Iumour Romania
International Festival of Comedy- Columbia

Skills

Clown, Acrobatic Bicycle, Slapstick, Juggling and Object Manipulation, Giraffe Unicycle, Ariel

Music

Musical Saw, Musical Horns, Bells, Clarinet, Ukulele, Singing