Writer, Performer, Artist & Filmmaker
Callum Mitchell is a working class writer, performer, artist and filmmaker. He predominantly creates, produces and performs his own work, favouring a hybrid approach to storytelling that dips into various artistic disciplines.
In 2012, he co-founded the theatre company Silly Boys. The company produced four original shows across a three-year period, touring extensively to some of the most rural and economically deprived areas throughout the UK.
His solo theatrical work includes the monologues Ballad Of A Thin Man (2012) and The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls (2016).
Other credits for the stage include collaborations with the likes of o-Region, Cscape, Theatre Damfino, Hall For Cornwall Youth Theatre, and many more.
Callum has collaborated with filmmaker Mark Jenkin on a number of projects over the years, and fulfilled the role of Assistant Director on his films Bronco’s House, Bait (Winner of Best Debut, BAFTAS 2020) and the forthcoming Enys Men.
He has curated two multimedia art exhibitions for Newlyn Art Gallery: Always Changing, Forever The Same (2015) and Homemade (2016). In 2018, he became a Trustee for the gallery.
In 2019, Callum was the lead artist on Gorthwedh, a collaboration between National Trust and Architecture Falmouth, creating a 45-minute film poem that explored the relationships residents from St Just & Pendeen have with the surrounding landscape. The film was screened daily in a purpose-built clifftop cinema at Kenidjack Quarry for a month. Callum also provided the seating for the cinema, producing a series of sculptural typographic benches made from reclaimed materials, with snippets of oral histories recorded with residents laser-cut into their tops.
In 2020 he was awarded the Nick Darke Cornish Talent Award in recognition of the vast body of work he has produced for and inspired by Cornwall. His poetry has been translated into Kernewek, Maltese and French-Breton, and is often taught in schools across Cornwall. Callum is on attachment with the BBC Writersroom Cornish Voices programme throughout 2021, developing scripts for television. His polyphonic poem, Solomon Browne, which recounts the events of the Penlee lifeboat disaster, December 1981, will air on BBC Radio 4 later this year to mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster.
Callum currently has a new live performance work in development supported by Arts Council England.
Callum was born in Cornwall in 1987, and grew up in the fishing village of Newlyn, where he now lives with his wife, son and cat.