Iain 'Tid' Tidbury - Head of Theatre for Community and Education

Tid is a interdisciplinary theatre maker and teacher. When making shows he works in
roles traditionally recognised as director, dramaturg, writer, movement director and
choreographer. He trained initially at East 15 Acting School where he received the Henry
Cotton Award for Acting. He then received training in Bodyweather movement practises
handed down by Butoh Dancer Min Tanaka through Richard Harding. Following this he
went on to work with a Lecoq based theatre company, where he trained intensely in
physical theatre, movement, visual storytelling and techniques inspired by Jacques

Tid was a director and teacher while at Bristol Old Vic (2005 – 2011) working on
productions across the Theatre Royal, Studio and outdoor stages. While at Bristol Old Vic
he created a graduate/emerging artist development programme entitled ‘Made In
Bristol’ which led to the formation of ‘The Wardrobe Ensemble’.

As Artistic Director of Fairground (2007-2013) Tid created and directed all of Fairground’s
productions in collaboration with a range of artists. He received a nomination for an Off
West End Theatre Award (OFFIE) as Best Director for his work on Fairground’s Bonnie
and Clyde, which was later published by Oberon books.

In 2011 Tid became the Theatre Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme and in 2012
became the Artistic Director of Lakeside Theatre where he re-imagined the
organisational vision and strategy and led a complete re-brand. While there he
introduced an engagement strategy which included a student and community theatre
company, a youth theatre company, a writing programme, and open mic nights.

Since 2013 Tid has worked closely with Superbolt Theatre both in a creative capacity as
associate director and dramaturg, and in a facilitative capacity helping them develop
their overall vision and strategy. With Superbolt he wrote and directed the
multi-award-winning sell-out hit The Jurassic Parks. He worked again with Hannah
Osborne as consultant director on Licensed To Ill which also enjoyed critical acclaim and
sell-out success at Camden People’s Theatre and Southwark Playhouse.

Most recently Tid wrote and directed Mental for Kane Power Theatre which won the
Edinburgh Fringe Mental Health Award for Outstanding Mental Health Play, presented by
the Mental Health Foundation and The Scotsman.

Tid is also a PhD candidate (and Lecturer) at University of Winchester researching
Applied Theatre and Liberal Arts Education.