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5 Lessons With Richard Crawford

Meet the man behind the curtain.


There's theatre and then there's Richard Crawford's theatre. With a focus on interactive, immersive and innovative productions, Richard has been responsible for adapting and directing some of the most unique performances to hit the boards in recent years, including Edward Scissorhands and Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. 


His love for pushing boundaries and bringing the audience a performance they have never seen before led him to found the Secret Theatre London in July 2013, which has taken him across the world and seen him putting on plays at hugely prestigious locations including Edinburgh Festival. 


Here, the acclaimed director talks us through five of the most valuable lessons he has learnt throughout his varied and exciting career. 



Everything in moderation. Including moderation itself. 

Sometimes you have to let go, indulge, taste the edge so you can keep a balance on life.


Buy a dog.

Start your day walking in nature, rather than with your face in a screen. You will get up earlier, clear your mind and listen and see something that will inspire your day.


Don’t take yourself, or life, as seriously as society suggests you should. 

Each day, find the inner child and amuse that part of you. It will help you being an adult for the rest of the day. It will also help you support others, share your love and help those around you who need it. You will feel a lot better about the mystery that is life.


Find what you love, and let it kill you.

Dramatic maybe, but if you are lucky enough to pay your bills through your passion, also accept those times when it drives you into the ground. Accept it. You are lucky to be here.


Avoid taking influence from other people’s life lessons.


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