Richard Newnham is an actor who has worked in various productions promoted by Disability Arts Cymru as well as being active in production and performance prior to this. He has taken part in TV productions and short films such as
“The Hunt for the New Bob Crutch” as well as taking Shakespearian roles such as Benvolio and Macbeth for The Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly.
I was born on 14th April 1989 and ever since I’ve been playing wise men and shepherds in nativity plays in Ynysowen Primary School near Aberfan. I’ve always had a fond love of drama and performing. The first big project I was involved with was a school production of Calamity Jane in 2001. Other school productions I participated in included My Fair Lady in 2003 and Amazing Grace in 2007. As well as doing history plays for the school Eisteddfod I went on to do drama as part of my GCSEs and A levels with both results ending in a merit and continuing it on as part of my Combined Degree in university.
I worked as an extra in the first film I’ve ever been involved in called ‘Gangstars’ (2003) as well as being an extra in three series of ‘Belonging’ (2004 – 2007). As well as that I also had the opportunity to be an extra in the S4C TV series ‘Pent Alar’ (2009/2010) while in university.
As a prefect for Sensory Needs in St. Cerydd School I managed to put on shows such as variety shows, comedy shows for Comic Relief and once a version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ with Doctor Who in it. Even after I left school I returned to perform a fairy tale I wrote called ‘The Swog Prince’(2008).
In 2005 I performed in a Battle and Banquet pageant in Castle Usk and a year later I had a walk on part in an ‘It’s My Shout’ short film called ‘The Hunt for a New Bob Crutch’ (you can find it on YouTube) where basically I had to run into a brick wall. (Not as painful as it sounds…honest.) It was via this film as well as playing Benvolio, Macbeth and Henry V in Shakespeare plays for the Big Cheese and playing an eagle in a play in Llanchiach Fawr that I joined the Caerphilly County Youth Theatre.