Jack Dean performing

Jack Dean is preparing for his R&D residency

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 29, I’m from Exeter, I’m a vegetarian humanist anarchist (+400 Waitrose points). I have a cocker spaniel called Panda who’s just turned 4. I like hiking, video games, hip-hop and Italian hard cheeses.

How would you describe the work that you create?

I write stories and music. Mostly in the form of live shows. Generally about the way we think about the past, whether that’s through history, memory or mythology. Usually I like to collide all three together, with some sort of monster involved. I like to use fun new technologies, like live looping or animation.

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

I’ll be doing very early work on a new Christmas show with my mate Chris Harrisson. It’s going to be about the last ever Viking expedition to North America, which started optimistically but ended in madness, starvation and murder. It will be fun for all the family, I promise. Maybe the older kids in the family.

What elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

We’re going to do some experimentation with live animation, and see what we can make work with the story, and generally plan out the rest of the creative process. We should probably deal with the age suitability question: that’s clear from what I just wrote, too.

What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal space?

Hugs. Closely followed by coffee and sugary snacks.