Ryan’s performance interests sprang from a childhood of mimicking silent screen clowns, particularly Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laruel, and Buster Keaton. Growing up in the magical and mysterious land of ‘Eastbourne’ - where youngsters invent their own forms of entertainment to remain sane - Ryan developed a passion for surrealist humour and visual oddities. His playful mentality generated a philosophy that all objects can become tools of play. He fell into the world of circus with all the deliberation of a narcoleptic seagull, discovering opportunities to further explore balance, juggling, and naturalistic clowning.
This fascination led Ryan to study for two years at Circomedia (Academy of Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance) before studying for a final year at Circus Space (Centre for Circus Arts).