David Clarkson & Rachael Swain


Both New Zealanders, Rachael Swain and David Clarkson are founding partners and artistic directors of Stalker Theatre, arguably Australia’s finest physical theatre company. While originally established in New Zealand over 20 years ago, for most of its life Stalker has operated from Sydney. The work of its associated company of artists, Marrugeku, has been profoundly influenced by Australian indigenous culture and many indigenous artists have been involved as collaborators. All their productions are planned with an expectation of extensive international presentation. Despite constant struggles to find adequate funding, David and Rachael and their shows tour the world constantly to great acclaim.

Audio Extracts

David Clarkson

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Elements of physical theatre

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Performing as a mature artist

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Celtic dreams and the sub-conscious

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Theatre and what it is to be human

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Context and traditions of physical theatre

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Partnership values

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Communication processes

Rachael Swain

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Touring Mimi for Marrugeku

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Maori influence in education

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Privilege of funding to allow expression of ideas