UniSmart draws on the talents of a group of international performers, each of whom come with a range of skills. Professionally trained and incredibly experienced, each performer delivers a well-rehearsed, impeccably timed and tightly scripted presentation in a way that bubbles with energy, enthusiasm and spontaneity.
Conrade Rivalland, David Ladderman, Lizzie Tollemache, Darren Thorpe, and James Ward represent a veritable league of nations – Mauritius, Australia, UK and New Zealand – and an abundance of theatre, comedy and performance skills.
Conrade, a veteran of fifteen UniSmart tours is undeniably one of our most valuable company assets. The former student of cartography long ago shelved his mapping skills in favour of a life on stage. He subsequently studied drama, mime, physical theatre and screen acting. Amidst a hectic career performing at international festivals, Conrade schedules UniSmart presentations as his number one priority.
David began his career as a street performer, later moving into theatre roles. He was on the UniSmart directors’ radar for several years before the stars finally lined up. In 2013 this Australian-born, top street performer and actor premiered on stage in front of a UniSmart audience to grand applause. UniSmart is proud to include one of Australasia’s most innovative and artistic performers as part of the team.
Lizzie, is an award-winning entertainer whose love of the carnival tradition influences her approach to producing and performing original shows. A veteran of the improvised and scripted theatre and stage scene, Lizzie has been wowing crowds on pavements and performance venues throughout the world ever since she left the school where her careers counsellor advised her “Drama is a nice hobby, but you can’t make a living off it. Go to university and get a real job.” Original, feisty and fantastic, Lizzie is used to surprising people (including her careers advisor).
Darren, a young actor, fresh out of drama school is eager to add the role of ‘UniSmart Presenter’ to his performance curriculum vitae. The West Yorkshire boy is not completely green, as a veteran of two Edinburgh Fringe festivals and a number of stage performances. He is also a talented writer and producer and since graduating from drama school last year, has gone on to write for radio and theatre.
James William Ward
Born in Doncaster England James’ stage debut was in primary school when he played the part of a French waiter. Ever since that first performance, he has dedicated his life to reaching people as a performer, musician and educator. James trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In addition, he is a qualified teacher with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Bolton.
"The Presenter was lovely and very calm (even when I wasn’t!)."
Jenny Owen | Director of Education and Student Experience School of Arts and Creative Industries | London South Bank University 2017
"Amazing Presenter, not the usual boring talk, awesome guy - loved it."
| Student | Bath Spa University 2017
"It was hilarious and informative at the same time. The Presenter understands student experience."
| Student | University of Exeter 2016
“This presentation was engaging, especially due to the charismatic lead presenter. Very vital information."
| Student | Bath Spa University 2017
Join the UniSmart Crew
We are always on the lookout for talent. If you are a top theatre or street performer wanting to extend yourself, then please contact us for an interview and audition.
We accept experienced performers who are fit, vocally proficient, confident and smart. You must be able to take direction and act in an ultimately professional way - even under stress. Theatre, improvisation, comedy and physical theatre skills are an advantage. Experienced travellers get extra points.