Physical Fest 2016

Client: Tmesis Theatre
Role: Festival Coordinator

Working closely with Tmesis Artistic Director Elinor Randle and colleagues, I coordinated Physical Fest 2016.

Photographs by Mark Loudon.

Performance Programme

FRI 20 MAY – 8PM

Nautilus – Trygve Wakenshaw (New Zealand) – £14

This tour-de-force of high-octane mime comedy is the widely lauded follow-up to cult sell-out physical comedies KRAKEN and SQUIDBOY.

Mad, risqué and uniquely eccentric, Trygve Wakenshaw’s is an award-winning gaulier-trained clown, nominated for Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award, 2015.

The kind of funny you get when not just the rug but the whole floor and foundations are pulled right out from under you’
The Guardian

SAT 21 MAY – 7.30pm


 There are 75 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare, Spymonkey will perform them all – sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns’ (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.

Four of the greatest clowns working in Britain” (Time Out)



You Kissed Me.  Eyes Open.  I Saw You.  Watching.

A surreal and poetic experience of sound and vision, journeying through the home of a strange and unusual woman, telling her story in song.  An exploration of identity and fear, inspired by the photographs of Diane Arbus and Francesca Woodman.  It is made in collaboration with Alex Rigg and Al Seed, and sound artist Guy Veale.

Times: Sunday 22, 24-27th 6 & 10pm

Sat 28 12 and 2pm


Impropriety Moves – Free performance! (UK)

Impropriety, Liverpool’s own Improv Theatre Company, creators of the annual marathon spectacular Liverpool Improvathon (not usually known for their litheness of physicality) team up with the Physical Fest Participants to create an hour long performance that blends physical theatre and Impropriety’s spontaneous play into something mad, magical and (hopefully) moving!


Blind Man’s Song – Theatre Re (International) – £12

Following sell-out hits at the 2015 London International Mime Festival, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre Re presents a wordless tale about the power of imagination blending physical theatre, mime, illusions and a live musical score.

Superb…Full of fear and tenderness” The Stage

A wordless dreamlike tribute to love” Edinburgh Guide

FEST LIVE WED 25 MAY – 8PM – £10

Fest Live is a selection of extracts of new and exciting work from local, national & international artists, featuring..

Hilary Chaplain – Classically Trained Artistes

A duo who struggle to maintain their dignity in the face of all odds from one of the USA’s foremost physical comediennes.

Mary Pearson- FoMO, mofos! (Fear of Missing Out, motherf***ers!)

Pervasive anxiety, exponentially compounded by social media, that something better is always happening somewhere else. New solo based on 5 duets

Irreverent Sideshows – Reservoir Ducks, ruffles the feathers of Tarantino’s chauvinistic tipping scene from his iconic film ‘Reservoir Dogs’, an investigative and playful reading of popular culture.

Joanne Tremarco (2016 MDI/Physical Fest Bursary award)

Midwives bring us into this world but who will help us find our way out?

“Death Wife” draws on Tremarco’s experience of trying to do just that for her mother.It’s a journey down the River Styx with a philosopher, a fool and a heartbroken little girl.

Sean Kempton – Stuff

“Stuff” is a love story but not the one you’ve seen a million times before, this is another kind of love story, maybe everybody’s love story. Using clown, mime, dance and the audience “Stuff” is playful, fun, sad and familiar. For over 20 years Sean has been working as a performer and director for contemporary circus and physical theatre.He was a founding director of the Generating Company and has been long term performer/creator for Dragone and Cirque Du Soleil.

THURS 26 &FRI 27 5.30 pm

b.y.o.b. Onur Orkut (Turkey/UK)

(bring your own beat) is an experiment on the effect of music on dance and on our everyday lives. Bring along a playlist of 12 minutes (this could include music of any kind or spoken word), your personal music player devise and your headphones, and watch the piece with your own soundtrack. Onur Orkut is a lecturer in acting at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

THURS 26 MAY – 8pm

Origins – Animiki Theatre (UK) – £8

The untold story of the world’s first murderer.

After murdering his brother, in cold blood, we meet Cain, living out his life exiled from his homeland. Afflicted by his memories and haunted by figures from the past, Cain must now retrace his steps back to Eden in pursuit of answers.Origins is a psychological thriller that plunges into the heart of darkness.

Animiki Theatre are a Manchester-based physical theatre company run by Adam Davies (Tmesis Theatre) and Henry McGrath (Song of the Goat Theatre).



FRI 27 MAY 8pm (Double Bill) – £12

Oog – Al Seed (Scotland)

This intensely physical performance, driven by a blistering soundtrack, is a visual poem about violence and its aftermath, leading audiences deep into the fractured mind of a shell-shocked soldier, who, against all odds, comes to terms with the demons of his past and re-imagines his future.

Al Seed is a director – performer based in Glasgow, and has been a pioneer of physical theatre in Scotland, winning Fringe First and Herald Angel awards.

An experience that will leave no-one who sees it completely unchanged.” The Scotsman.

Cabaret from the Shadows (UK)

Out in the hills live a group of misfits; existing amongst the shadows. Once in a while – when the moon is full– we allow them back to entertain us.  For one night only, let devilry, illusion and mischief seize your heart and soul at the Cabaret From The Shadows, from an international ensemble of artists specialising in an electrifying blend of clowning and bouffon.


Stupid Women – Wendy Houston (UK) – £14