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Chris Bianchi

What shows or projects have you done with ETT? 


Finish the sentence: Touring is important because… 

People all over the place get to experience live performance.  

Where is home for you? 

Currently Bristol 

Where is your home away from home? 

Anywhere with a kettle and a cosy bed. And table tennis always helps.  

How did you bring home with you on tour? 

In a bag with wheels on. 

Which city was your favourite to visit on tour with ETT? 

Several in the North 

What gem did you discover on tour with ETT (could be a landmark/park/cafe/pub etc)? 

XVA cafe, Old Town, Dubai 

 What are your touring essentials?   

Toothbrush. Travel table tennis. 

What’s your go-to recipe whilst on tour? 

Pasta with a rich mushroom sauce 

Touring is important because people all over the place get to experience live performance.

Touring: No two days are the same, no two venues are the same. Embrace it to meet brilliant, interesting people and wonderful, interesting places. ETT: Best company I've ever toured with. 

Which artist(s) do you most admire and why? 

Tim Crouch (makes it happen), Julia Davis (makes it happen), Daisy May Cooper (makes it happen) . Jack Grealish (beautiful touch and balance). Stacks of others. 

What music inspires you? 

Ida Daugaard, Thom Yorke (and Radiohead), Jungle (the band), Ella Fitzgerald, Philip Glass, Mari Kvien Brunvoll. Stacks of others! (changes all the time) 

What image or video inspires you? 

Jack Grealish in full flow 

What piece of writing or quote inspires you? 

Riddley Walker (Russell Hoban) 

What, for you, makes a good piece of art? 

It changes me, even if only for a moment 

What have been your career highlights so far? 

Other than touring with ETT:) – Touring Aesop’s Fables, Lucky in Godot, Orgon in Tartuffe 

If you were cast away on a desert island, which 5 plays would you take with you and why? 

I would ask 5 people I respect to choose one each for me, plays I don’t yet know. I’d have plenty of time to study and rehearse them (I’d have to learn all the parts) – the only way I can understand a play is to rehearse it (I’m a bit thick). 

Please can you tell us what you would say to emerging artists to encourage them to take their work on the road or join an ETT tour? 

Touring: No two days are the same, no two venues are the same. Embrace it to meet brilliant, interesting people and wonderful, interesting places. ETT: Best company I’ve ever toured with. 

Window or aisle seat? 


Favourite way to travel? 


If you could have any superpower, which would you choose? 

An insatiable desire to tidy up. 

Chris Bianchi’s biog:

For ETT: Othello (in a co-production with Tobacco Factory and Oxford Playhouse). 

Christopher recently completed a run at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, playing Cardinal Richelieu and Planchet in The Three Musketeers. 

Theatre credits include: Othello, Tartuffe, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Living Quarters, As You Like It, Arcadia, Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Cinderella (MAC, Birmingham); The Boy Who Cried Wolf, No Loud Bangs series, The Rivals, Penetrator, Aesop’s Fables (Bristol Old Vic); The Last Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor, A Christmas Carol, Alice through the Looking Glass, Waiting For Godot (Tobacco Factory); The Nutcracker (Bath Theatre Royal); The French Detective and the Blue Dog (Egg, Bath); A Flying Visit, The Crowstarver, Bonjour Bob, The Ministry of Fear (Theatre Alibi); King Lear, The Provok’d Wife, The Seagull, Filumena (Peter Hall Company); The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Charlotte’s Web (Duke’s, Lancaster); Clown (Travelling Light); Blue/Orange (Plain Clothes) and Instant Wit; Desperate Men.