Drew's work with puppets in South Africa and the UK has evolved over 30 years. He began with glove puppets and marionettes at the age of 12, gradually becoming interested in what the everyday object could say. His first professional work was from 1995 – 1998 at the Playhouse Puppet Company in Durban, South Africa. Work spanned traditional double-bridge, long-string marionette shows, open stage bunraku-style puppetry, and performances with mixed styles of puppetry, acting, mask work and dance. From this experience Drew developed work over the next three years using open-stage short-string marionettes and rod puppets. The culmination of this period was a performance of “Madiepetsana and the Milk bird” at the 1999 International Festival of Marionette Art in Prague, Czech Republic.
Drew returned to the UK in 2000 and worked at the Little Angel Theatre, notably with Steve Tiplady on “Jonah and the Whale”, in 2002-2003. Drew's fascination with everyday objects grew out of this experience - during this time he created "Little Red Riding Hood", seen at the Battersea Arts Centre, Norwich Puppet Theatre and a summer season at The Little Angel Theatre in 2003, in addition to other prominent London and UK venues and festivals. This performance contained his first work with hand shadows. The show had only one pre-made puppet, and this led Drew to explore “instant puppetry”, where there are no pre-made puppets, simply objects that come to life, most often being conjoined to become characters and scenery. This process naturally led to hand shadow work, which is theatre created out of almost nothing (perhaps the ultimate instant puppetry).
In 2011 Drew was awarded the Puppet Centre Trust professional development bursary to travel to Azerbaijan and work with Georgian hand shadow theatre Budrugana Gagra. Drew has performed in venues and at festivals in Britain, South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Turkey, Czech Republic, France, Finland, Canada, Chile, Austria, Germany, Romania, Slovenia and India.
Drew has created shadow sequences for B&Q, Nintendo, Lodotra, Suso, Sainsburys and the BBC.
Ray DaSilva, founding director of the Norwich Puppet Theatre, commented on Drew's performance of “Shadows of Shakespeare” : “I have seen hand shadows a few times, at various puppet festivals, notably the troupe from Georgia, but the première performance of "Shadows of Shakespeare" was by far the best I have seen in the UK. It was a wonderful memorable occasion –thank you.”