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Stan Won't Dance was founded in 2003 by Ellie Beedham, Liam Steel and Rob Tannion.
The company's first production, Sinner, premièred in the UK in 2004 to great critical and public acclaim and went on to tour Britain, the USA and Canada, gaining a nomination for the prestigious Toronto Tapa Dora Award.
Stan Won't Dance are currently Artists in Residence at The Lowry, Salford. They were Artists in Residence at the South Bank Centre in London 2005-2008.Continue Reading
ABBI GREENLAND: I am a theatre maker, performer and founder member of RashDash. I make all the shows with Helen. We always give ourselves good parts. At the moment we’re making shows that are big and messy and angry. I like it when the shows come from our guts and our bones. I like it when the process is intense and full on. I’m not good at thinking about more than one thing at once. I like to drown in it a bit. I don’t mind that sometimes it makes me quite stressed and miserable. The good bits are worth it. We work our way out of the knots eventually. I love the company of people we work with. I love having a creative family of talented and lovely people around all the time, especially when they play music in my kitchen. I love having lots of big creative voices in a making room. Sometimes we disagree. I think that’s good. I have made a list of women that I think are wonderful: Lena Dunham, Nazarath Panadero, Katia Buniatishvilli, Meryl Garbus, Lottie Lenya, Amanda Palmer. It keeps growing…
HELEN GOALEN: I am a theatre maker, performer and founder member of RashDash. I love it when we allow our process to be led by impulse and improvisation. I hate over-intellectualising. I love to be surprised by what happens in a rehearsal room. I couldn’t imagine performing in a RashDash show where I wasn’t a breathless, sweaty mess by the end. I am at my most joyful and most miserable when making a show. It is very rarely a mediocre experience. I am not easily satisfied. I always want to be better. I think the people we work with are awesome. I am in awe of all of them. I think people who see our shows are surprised that we’re quite normal in life.
CHARLOTTE BENNETT: I am a theatre producer and director and producer of RashDash. I am a RashDash addict. I have seen all their shows since they graduated and sing their songs all the time. I applied to be the RashDash producer after seeing them perform at Latitude Festival in the summer. Although I already run my own theatre company; Forward Theatre Project, I had a strong insinct whilst sat on that muddy grassbank that this was a company that I just had to work with. RashDash create work which comes from the gut and so this is how I made my decision to get involved. And luckily it worked out. I currently split my time between working as Artistic Director of Forward Theatre Project who are an associate company of Paines Plough, and being the part-time producer for RashDash. I also take on some freelance directing outside of this. A few scrambly thoughts: I love new plays and working with writers in the room. I love people that make things happen instead of just talking about making them happen. I hate meetings which end up being there only to plan the next meeting. I believe in working for people you believe in. People are the thing.Continue Reading
Joseph Alford is Artistic Director of Theatre O. He studied at the Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq and has a BA (Hons) in Drama and English from the University of East Anglia. His directing work includes Delirium at the Barbican and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin; The Bridge at the Laban Centre and on tour; Arsenic and Old Lace at Derby Playhouse; Astronaut at the Barbican and international tour; The Argument at the Barbican, Mexico, Pittsburgh, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour; 3 Dark Tales at the Barbican, New York, Sao Paulo, Berlin and Edinburgh; Bond at BAC and Edinburgh; and What If...? in Barcelona and Edinburgh. His movement directing work included A Woman Killed WIth Kindness, Beauty and the Beast and Cat in the Hat (also Young Vic) at the National Theatre; Play House at Orange Tree Theatre; The Trial of Ubu at the Hampstead Theatre; Idomeneo at ENO; Clemency at ROH2 and the Edinburgh International Festival and Blackta at the Young Vic.Continue Reading
Collective Artistes (CA) is a professional theatre company committed to producing excellent theatrical experiences that tell the stories of the African Diaspora. Inspired by his mentor Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Artistic Director Chuck Mike founded Collective Artistes in Nigeria in 1988 with the aim of producing stunning and vibrant theatre that has a tangible impact in the wider community. CA was incorporated in the UK in 2002 and became a UK registered charity in 2006. Through epic tales that explore common humanity across cultures, CA's plays aim to challenge mythologies of the African Diaspora, encourage social cohesion and create social change. CA believes that only exceptional art creates social change, and therefore strive for artistic excellence in all our projects. CA teams productions with Theatre for Social Change initiatives - drama-based projects that engage young people and community members in identifying and addressing areas of social concern. These projects are designed to empower communities and to promote cultural diversity, tolerance and equality.
Collective Artistes tours professional theatre production nationally approximately every 18-months. Their work has attracted co-producing partnerships from established venues across the UK, including the Barbican, Young Vic, Royal Court, National Theatre Studio, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and the London International Festival of Theatre.Continue Reading
Mike Tweddle founded touring company Temple Theatre, who create original shows inspired by Ancient Greek culture. Mike is a co-founder and director of BE FESTIVAL. He has directed and performed for Shakespeare’s Globe, Jumbled, Foster and Déchery, Tangram Theatre and CASA Latin American Theatre Fesitval. He has taught and directed for the National Youth Theatre since 2004. Mike is one of the co-founders of Babakas.
Sofia Paschou has performed in theatre productions and concerts both in UK and Greece; her most recent work was Grimm & Grimm directed by Lilo Baur (Porta Theatre, Athens). She performed as an actor/musician in Temple Theatre’s production of Hippolytus, and has also composed music for various plays, the most recent being the City of Darker Skies (London Bubble). Sofia is one of the co-founders of Babakas.
Bert Roman has worked as a performer for United-C (Netherlands), Diecimenodieci (Italy), Andwhatbeside(s)death, De Maan, Cacao Bleu, Joji Inc and Fonkel (all Belgium). As a movement coach and choreographer, he has worked with de Munt/La Monnaie Royal Opera House (Belgium); Temple Theatre (UK); and Theatre Témoin (UK), and he often coaches individual performers in the development of their own work. Bert is artistic director of Birmingham-based company Kiviki Dance and has also worked as Venue Designer and Venue Manager for BE FESTIVAL for the last two years.Continue Reading
Dead Centre make things in theatres. Formed in Dublin in 2012 by Bush Moukarzel, Ben Kidd and Adam Welsh, Dead Centre's first project, Souvenir, was created in Dublin in 2012, and then toured to London and New York. Their second project, (S)quark! happened once in Dublin on Bloomsday, and once in Russia at the Tolstoy Estate. Lippy premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 and won Best Production and Best Design at the Fringe Awards, and Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.Continue Reading
Michael Abbensetts was born in Guyana and spent some of his childhood in Canada. He has written many plays for stage, television and radio, as well as the two television series Empire Road and Little Napoleons. He was winner of the George Devine Award, Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in 1974 and Visiting Professor of Drama at Carnegie-Mellon University, USA, in 1981/82. He is currently Writer in Residence at the University of North London.Continue Reading
Hassan Abdulrazzak holds a PhD in Molecular Biology. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London and Harvard University. In 2006 he co-organised the Iraqi Documentary Film Festival at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Hassan Abdulrazzak's first play, Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre. Hassan was awarded the 2008 George Devine and Meyer-Whitworth Awards and the 2009 Pearson Award.Continue Reading
Jorge Accame was born in Buenos Aires in 1956. He obtained a Master in Letters and moved to San Salvador De Jujuy in North West Argentina in 1997. In 1998 he won the ACE prize for 'Venecia' as best off-Corrientes play and the Florenceio Sanchez prize for best author. In addition to his plays, he has published short stories, novels and poetry.Continue Reading
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight is Peter's debut play, and ran off-Broadway in New York for six months and regionally throughout the US. It was recorded for radio by LA Theatre Works and broadcast on member NPR stations in the US and Canada. Peter has since written The Urn, which ran off off-Broadway and a radio play, I'd Rather Eat Pants. He is co-author of the animated movie, Ice Age, and is currently writting Jumanji 2 for Sony. As an actor he appeared off-Broadway in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and in Visiting Mr Green.Continue Reading
Rodney Ackland was born in 1908 in Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex and studied at London's Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. His first play, 'Improper People', was produced at the Arts Theatre Club, London in 1929. After his 1932 West End debut with 'Strange Orchestra', Ackland went on to have many other successes, but his work then fell into virtual obscurity for three decades until 'The Dark River' (1942) was revived at the Orange Tree, Richmond in 1985. It was acclaimed by Hilary Spurling in The Spectator as "perhaps the one indisputably great play of the past half century in English". The subsequent success of 'Absolute Hell' at the Orange Tree, Royal National Theatre and on BBC TV in the 1990s restored Ackland's reputation as a great playwright. He died in 1991.Continue Reading
About Carlos Acosta: From humble origins in Havana, Acosta’s soaring athleticism and emotional magnetism has transformed him into a global star. Since graduating from the National Ballet School of Cuba he has graced all the world’s major dance stages; Paris Opera House, the American Ballet Theatre, the Bolshoi Ballet – reaching his peak in 2011 when he, with Tamara Rojo, danced in Romeo and Juliet before 14,000 people at London’s O2 Arena.Continue Reading
Arthur Adamov was born in Russia in 1910, but lived in France from 1922 and wrote in French. His playwriting took various directions through his life, with periods when he was unable to write due to depression. He was a strong supporter of Communism, and some of his plays are seen as belonging to 'Theatre of the Absurd'.Continue Reading