Welcome to the website of Renato Pires, an Actor, Director, Film and Theatre Producer, originally from Lisbon in Portugal and now living in the South Coast of the UK.

One of the busiest and most popular working actors around, Renato always has multiple projects in progress and is currently working on a number of ideas and is in pre-production for his next movie.

As well as continuing with his acting and filming career with several films and theatre productions under his belt, Renato has also started and built up Acting Moon Events a highly successful event management company.

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A Portuguese Director and Actor in Eastbourne

When writer, film director, actor and circus performer, Renato Pires originally came to Eastbourne to be with family members and near the sea, which he loves, he didn’t realise what a vibrant and exciting creative scene he was stepping in to. Coming from Portugal, he didn’t really know much about Eastbourne other than what he’d been told by his relations and all he knew was that there was a good selection of theatre and musicals on offer. What he discovered, when he got here, is that there are a huge number of creative people, artists, actors, musicians and other performers desperate to expand their repertoires so Renato rose to this demand by bringing them his combined expertise in circus skills, slapstick comedy and film direction.

The Circus Comes to Town

Having studies Acting and Circus Performing Arts for three years, Renato was keen to bring his skills to the people of Eastbourne and noticed there was something of a gap in the market. So, he started his Acting Moon Events company to provide circus type performers for all kinds of events around Sussex. Through this company, he also teaches the people of Eastbourne circus skills including aerial classes where people can learn how to perform on the trapeze, ropes, silks and more. For people’s viewing pleasure, he created two unique circus based theatrical productions called Animarum, at the Hippodrome, and Deadly Sins at the Underground Theatre.

For the Love of Slapstick

Renato’s real passion in life is slapstick comedy. He loves the way that everyone can enjoy it regardless of age or nationality and is a great admirer of the late great Jerry Lewis as well as the physical comedy antics and rubber faced humour of Jim Carrey. Teaming up with his friend, Steve Price, Renato plans to bring slapstick back to life with a number of films including his recent feature, Impatient Patient Disorder and future production Stone Camp, a comedy about an IT company’s team building outing going horribly wrong and ended up as a kind of survival weekend (magic mushrooms are involved!).

The Perfect Setting

Impatient Patient Disorder premiered at the Hippodrome last year and Renato was surprised that Eastbourne didn’t host more film premiers as he thought it was an ideal place. It also turned out to be the perfect setting to shoot the film. This madcap comedy was filmed primarily at Eastbourne’s All Saint’s Chapel as well as other locations around the town. Renato acted in, directed, wrote and produced this film which was about a young medical student being treated for psychosomatic disorders by a psychiatrist who secretly thinks he’s Dean Martin. Britain’s Got Talent finalist and ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and celebrity voice over artist Drew Cameron also featured in the film.

Charity Support

As Renato’s father and grandfather very sadly passed away due to cancer, Renato donated half the proceeds of the film premier to St Wilfred’s Hospice. He donated the other half to the Hippodrome itself as he believes it is a wonderful venue for such events.

It was family that originally brought Renato to Eastbourne but the lively culture and thriving creative scene that kept him here. As he now has a young family of his own and an established place as a provider of excellent and unusual entertainment, it’s fairly certain that he’s here to stay. To learn more about Renato Pires as either a film director, actor or producer you can contact Renato’s agent, Stuart Dawes, by emailing:


A high pressure and high-stress world, it’s not just balance between work and family that’s hard to find. Balance is an issue for all, a life of a circus artist subsisting one day at a time with little regard for the future on a daily basis.