Arrived in the UK from a teeny village in the Punjab, aged 3, and grew up on a nourishing diet of Marvel comics and ’70s TV. Devouring every book he could get his hands on, he dreamt of escaping Slough by joining the circus.
At 18 he managed the next best thing, joining a small-scale touring theatre company in London. For over two decades Balbeer worked full-time in theatre, as a stage manager, performer, writer-in-residence and Storyteller.
Creating two children’s theatre companies – THE STORYTELLING MACHINE & THE THEATRE OF ORIGAMI – he performed for years for thousands of children aged 3-17, joyously honing his craft of Storytelling.
With stories set in the UK, Scotland, France, Poland, India, China, and even far away planets and dimensions, he has numerous scripts, from micro-budget, social-justice dramas to large scale animations, the largest of which is in preproduction with www.redgodstudios.com.
Having accepted he’ll never be a trapeze artiste, he is happeist when clowning, and now dreams of joining the ranks of the greatest tellers of fantastical tales. And through our collective entertainment, sooner rather than later, we learn to more happily share this rather small world.
LIMBO INNA LONDON is his first feature as a Writer/Director. Contrary to his own expectations, it is not a comedy but a tragedy.
‘LIMBO INNA LONDON’S budget was so meagre, according to the British Film Institute’s definitions, it doesn’t even breach the microbudget category. Thanks however to some of the finest performances I’ve seen in near 4 decades of working with actors, so talented, on some days they left me weeping, and a tiny, yet professional crew of the finest, committed film-makers one could wish for, I think we have a ‘no-budget’ first-feature everyone can be proud of.’