Robert Walton – In Your Hands – Arts House


Robert Walton is a collaborative artist whose work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. His practice is primarily concerned with the conception, development and production of new work created through dialogue and play.  He is a committed teacher and considers the development of performance pedagogies to be part of his artistic practice.

Robert’s core studio practice is as a theatre director. However throughout his career he has also created interdisciplinary live art works that are more difficult to categorise including correspondence projects, durational performances, events for small groups or one-to-ones, interactive encounters and work with portable media devices.  He has created performances and installations for theatres and galleries in Europe and Australia in addition to a range of pieces for less conventional sites including cafes, restaurants, bars, schools, youth hostels, gardens, national parks, public toilets, shops, supermarkets and streets.

Robert was co-founder of UK companies Reader Performance Group (2001-2005) and Fish & Game (2005-).  For a full list of Robert’s art and performance works click here.  He has also worked as a professional software programmer and has a Master of Science degree in Information Technology, Software and Systems.

Robert is Lecturer in Theatre at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.  He also plays an active part in the Melbourne new work scene chairing interviews and Q&As, representing performance on the Next Wave curatorial committee, as a judge for Live Art for Melbourne Fringe, as an Artistic Counsel Member for St Martin’s.  Robert is curating the Festival of New Australian Performance for The XX Commonwealth Games at Tramway in Glasgow 2014.

Selected Press Quotes

Alma Mater ‘The world’s first piece of iPad theatre. Eerie, unsettling and very, very clever’ − The Independent.

Alma Mater ‘A wholly new theatrical experience’ – The List

Alma Mater ‘a striking encounter, a puncture in space, phantasmic’ – RealTime

For Australian press on Alma Mater click here.

These are original and talented thinkers and theatre-makers. I have not been so intrigued or challenged by a new show from Scotland for a long time. – The Times

Glasgow’s Live Art super-group… the excellent Fish & Game. – The Skinny

It’s not every day that you are offered a brand new way of looking at the world, but Eilidh MacAskill and Robert Walton’s piece give you just that. – The Stage


Video from Alma Mater Series

Featured on Newsnight Review

Alma Mater – Arts House Melbourne

Alma Mater – Scotland Street School

Alma Mater – Audience Experience at Scotland Street School