About Professor Paradox
Although Professor Paradox was always a clown, he only made it his full-time career 1987. Since then he has been in demand at arts festivals, small theatres, village halls, and has performed at events throughout the UK and beyond. His children’s party show has become a legend.
He’s appeared in TV dramas, live on stage with the English National Ballet, and featured in a documentary with John Nettles. And is the author of several children’s books (see stories page). He is an accomplished singer songwriter and also performs as a one man band (One Man Banned), and is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Although true clowns are born not made, Professor Paradox underwent training in performance, movement and clowning, with a range of well established fools and clowns including Mike Sheppard, founder of Kneehigh, John lee, Johnathan Kay, and Jos Houben of Theatre de Complicite.
His shows incorporate magic, mime, slapstick, audience participation, music, dance, storytelling and lots of laughter. Just so you know, he doesn’t do discos, bouncy castles, balloon modelling, or Punch and Judy.
The Early Years – before he became Professor Paradox
Professor Paradox’s real name is Mike and his early career began as a research scientist, from which he moved on to jointly establishing an organic farm in Wales, after which he became a studio potter and later an art teacher, teaching three dimensional art and design to GCSE level. He has also taught adults in further education. He ten went on to train as an Alexander Technique teacher, and from there developed his performing work.
Videos of Professor Paradox
There are a few short videos that give an impression of the Prof in action on the videos page
Professor Paradox Ben 10
Professor Paradox first performed in 1986 and turned professional a year later. Unfortunately it never occurred to him that anyone would be so unimaginative as to pinch his professional name so although it was registered with Equity, Professor Paradox didn’t register his name as a trademark. But despite being widely known someone nicked it, so there are other characters now called professor Paradox, notably in the Ben 10 game. Such is life …
Priddy Folk Festival
Bath Fringe Festival
Larmer Tree Festival
Cheltenham Town Hall
Malvern Fringe Festival
National Garden Festival
Cardiff Sherman Theatre
Somerset Green Fayre
National Trust Events
Du Maurier Festival
Winchester Hat Fair