We are delighted to welcome a new mentor to our panel of those who seek to encourage and guide anyone who intends to dive into a new venture.
Don’t let the pics scare you, Christophe is a man who seeks to help, his Performer’s Backyard vlog proves this point, and we especially like the one about the Set Bag, the message quite simply is be prepared, and a few tips from an experienced head can go a long way…
Born in Paris, Christophe’s first brush with performance was as a boy-alto, aged 8, with the choir “Les Petites Enfants a la Croix Brulee” (The Little Children of the Burnt Cross). Having caught the performance bug, he later formed a Musical Trio with colleagues, while stationed in New Caledonia with the French Army. After the army, Christophe returned to Paris where he attended the prestigious Cours Simon Acting school before striking out to try his hand at many forms of performance, in France, Germany, Senegal, Ireland, Malta & UK.
After moving to Ireland in 1997 Christophe worked for Il Florilegio circus, then auditioned for and became a member of the Society of Irish Magicians.
Specialising in Acting, Magic and Medieval Combat display, Christophe also studies Astrophysics with the Open University.
For the last five years he has been the owner-operator of Trapdoor Entertainment and has seen the company grow from strength to strength. One highlight was the successful international tour over Christmas 2012, of his self written card based magic show “A La Carte”, working with his fiancée, who designed and managed the show on tour.
2014-15 has been a developmental period for Christophe. After some further education with an incredibly talented tutor in Dublin, Christophe has been focussed on developing new projects for the 2016 season and beyond. With a stage play at the devising stage, Christophe also launched his new initiative, “The Performers’ Backyard”, which aims to work at a grass roots level to support performers of all levels, not only in a professional, but also a personal context. Primarily this work has taken the form of a vlog, but further projects are also being explored. Christophe is also currently involved in his first foray into Musical Theatre, playing as Drake in the Mullingar Musical Society’s forthcoming production of “Annie”, which opens in October.
He lives in County Westmeath, Ireland, with his actor & technician fiancée & her assistance dog, four cats, three chickens and two fish. In his rare moments of down time, he loves to cook and is learning to play the piano.