Tony is listed as a guest speaker for one of our discussions but he does not work at Cumberland Lodge. We cannot share his contact details and it is not always possible for us to pass on contact enquiries to past speakers.
Tony Bicât has written ten films for Television, including the Award Winning Christmas Present and The Laughter of God, five stage plays (Royal Court, Bush Theatre & Oxford Playhouse) and three pantomimes, including Cinderella at The Oxford Playhouse (2006). He has also directed many films for TV, mostly from his own scripts.
He was the librettist of the multi-award winning live TV event - Flashmob The Opera (BBC3,2005) His work for Cantata Dramatica (all premieres) includes: Beslan with music by his brother Nick Bicât, at St George the Martyr in Southwark (2014); Red Dragon, White Dragon, a semi-opera also with music by Nick, which he staged in the gardens of Cumberland Lodge in 2016, and the brothers' version of the 5th Century Greek Orthodox hymn the Akathistos at St Stephen Walbrook (2019). Subsequently at St Stephen's, he staged Nick Bicât and Nick Pitts-Tucker’s ‘oratorio’ Perpetua (2020). This year he directed South Sea Bubble, a ballad opera by him and Nick in the library of The Reform Club.
Prior to lockdown he was a regular spoken word performer around Oxford and for four years was voted by the audience one of the eight poets in the regional finals. In 2020 as the semi-finalist in the Oxford heat, he performed in June 2020 at the National Finals at the Albert Hall.
During lockdown he wrote a blog A Cotswold Journal of The Plague Year and continued to run his regular screenwriting workshops at the National Film & TV School via Zoom.
In June this year, in the first post-lockdown Hammer & Tongue poetry slam, Tony was joint winner.
With his daughter Amy and her company Artburst, he has written many rhymed stories for young children. The latest of these Marge Monster has recently been published. This story, about rediscovering friendship and play post COVID, has been used to date in Artburst’s Play in a Day Wellbeing workshop with over 400 children.
The brothers are currently working on a new through-sung piece as yet untitled.