About

Photographed by Angela Watt

Photographed by Angela Watt

 

Conrad Murray is an actor, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, singer and theatre maker. Based in Mitcham, South-West London, He is passionate about making work which tells the story of working class and marginalised people. He uses his mixed Indian heritage to address issues such as race and heritage.


He believes collaboration is his main craft, and his first full ensemble was developed in 2006, and consisted of 10 people from many diverse backgrounds, including Chinese, India and Caribbean. Collaborating with , and creating platforms for artists that would not usually be given the opportunity is part of his practice. This has led to lots of ensemble work and experimenting with new forms and voices.


Since 2003 he has been pioneering new forms of theatre, experimenting with hip hop culture and theatre. He's been writing and performing regularly around the UK at venues and events such as; Battersea Arts Centre, Tate Britain, Roundhouse, Camden People’s Theatre, Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, The Lowry, Jazz Cafe, Latitude, WOMAD, Gloucester Guild Hall and the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as having his music showcased on the BBC Asia Network. He has written and performed in Denmarked as well as co-writing and performing in the critically acclaimed No Milk For The Foxes (Beats&Elements, 2015).

Conrad has led the BAC Beatbox Academy since 2008. He has developed a musical and theatrical devising practice to create new forms of performance and theatre. They have created many different theatre productions over the years. (The First Instrument, Home, Rave,) finally leading to a BAC Production in 2016, starting off with a devising process, going through loads of different ideas and leading to the 5 star rated (Observer, The Stage) Frankenstein, which sold out the Traverse theatre at the Edinburgh Festival 2019, and was rated no.1 reviewed show in the list.

In 2017 Conrad Murray was selected by the British Council and People’s Palace Projects to travel to Brazil as part of a an artistic residency. He joined 9 other Brazilian artists from a range of cultural organisations from Rio de Janeiro on an extraordinary trip to the Xingu Indigenous Reserve in Mato Grosso State, central Brazil, where the group worked for 15 days in the Ipatse village at the invitation of the Kuikuro Indigenous Association, AIKAX.  On the artists’ return to Rio de Janeiro, Conrad worked at Casa Rio, PPPdoBrasil-run artists’ residency centre, and with community development and arts NGO Redes da Maré. There was a public sharing of the results of the exchanges and collaborations at the end of his stay. His work culminated in the production of a song and music video filmed in the sub-Amazonian jungle.

Currently, Conrad Murray is directing and performing in High Rise eState of. Mind, a Beats and Elements production. The show has been performed at Battersea Arts Centre, Wilderness Festival and Camden Peoples' Theatre.

Conrad is represented as an actor, writer and director by The Avenue LTM

No one ever hears our stories from our side, what it is like to grow up in social housing where everyone speaks a different language, and yet at the same time a shared one. We all have a shared narrative, and the main tenet of my practice is that we should own these stories and the way we tell them. I like to rap my stories and emotion. That is the lexicon of my creative tool box.