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Robert Southam's artistic journey began at an early age. He started piano lessons
in Germany when he was five or six. At seven, he was discovered at two in the morning,
pen in hand, having just been rescued by seaplane from a remote and unmapped corner
of Labrador in Canada, completing a thousand-
At Oxford Robert read Modern Languages (French and Russian) and acted with OUDS. He is bilingual in English and French and fluent in Spanish.
Piano lessons continued in London, given by his aunt, Iris Du Pré, while her eight-
At the same time Robert's acting skills were developing fast. He played leading parts in school plays, staged his own productions and spent summer vacations acting with the National Youth Theatre. His Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, given at fourteen before his voice broke, was described by a reviewer as 'the best performance to be seen in this city during the last decade… he even succeeded, in the escape from Shylock's house, in looking like a girl disguised as a boy'.
At eighteen, between school and university, Robert taught himself the technique of
Robert's recent writing and theatre work, as well as his plans for future films,
have focused on the poverty and exploitation that blight Africa, Latin America and
many parts of Asia. He has visited the shanty-
When work is done, Robert enjoys the company of friends, at table or on long walks through fine scenery.
After university Robert trained as an actor and spent a decade working in rep, and
for BBC Radio, in companies that included John Nettles, Tim Piggott-
As a teacher, Robert has received many commendations from pupils and colleagues.
For more than a decade he ran his own summer school at Oxford University: young actors
and actresses, musicians, dancers, film-
During the past few years Robert's writing has taken an increasingly important place.
His first novel, Aïsha's Jihad, was published several years ago by fm Books. His
second, The Snake and the Condor, a love story set in South America, was published
in June 2015 by John Hunt Publishing under the Roundfire imprint; it has already
received enthusiastic pre-