Kneehigh Theatre

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Kneehigh was started in 1980 by Mike Shepherd. Early productions were performed in village halls, marquees, cliff-tops and quarries. Their productions are often based around mythological tales such as the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale The Red Shoes, The Bacchae and the Cornish legend Tristan and Yseult. Their artistic director Emma Rice won Best Director 2002, Barclays Theatre Awards.

Their productions often have a nightmarish, surrealist, mythical feel and are often performed outside in locations such as Restormel Castle, the Minack Theatre and the Eden Project. Kneehigh are currently trying to raise money to build The Asylum, a tent that can be configured in 5 ways and pitched in 1 day on any surface. They use a variety of theatrical elements including puppetry, live music (often played with folk instruments such as ukeleles and dulcimers) and an emphasis on visual imagery.


Connected mandy members:

Kate Foster
Kate Foster
Stage Manager
2019, Kneehigh's Ubu: a singalong satire, Stage Manager
Kneehigh's Asylum on the beach
Kate Foster
Kate Foster
Stage Manager
2019, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), Stage Manager
UK and China tour
Adam J Rainer
Adam J Rainer
Wardrobe Manager
2019, Dead Dog in a Suitcase, Laundry Call/Maintenance
Lyric Hammersmith
Millie Jones
Millie Jones
Stage Manager
2018, Ubu Karaoke, ASM
Charlie Simpson
Charlie Simpson
Sound Operator
2018, UBU Karaoke, Production Sound Engineer
Kneehigh Asylum
Elizabeth Westcott
Elizabeth Westcott
Musician - Violin
2018, Tristan and Yseult, Musician
Touring UK
Kate Foster
Kate Foster
Stage Manager
2018, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Stage Manager
UK Tour
Chris Swain
Chris Swain
Lighting Designer
2018, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Re-lighter
Uk Touring
Jennifer Browne
Jennifer Browne
Set Designer
2018, The Flying Lovers of Vietbsk, Get in/our crew & Lightig operator
Wilton’s music hall
Charlie Simpson
Charlie Simpson
Sound Operator
2018, The Dancing Frog, Production Sound Engineer
Kneehigh Asylum
Nathalie Perthuisot
Nathalie Perthuisot
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, FUP - A Modern Fable, SM & Tech Shadowing
The Asylum
Ben Smith
Ben Smith
Sound Operator
2018, Fup - A Modern Fable, Sound Operator
Asylum & UK Tour
Chris Peterson
Chris Peterson
Company Stage Manager
2018, Fup, CSM
UK Tour
Samantha Mallinson
Samantha Mallinson
Stage Manager
2018, Fup, DSM Cover
Nottingham Playhouse
Gemma Gale
Gemma Gale
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, Fup, Deputy Stage Manager
UK Tour
Charlie Simpson
Charlie Simpson
Sound Operator
2018, FUP, Production Sound Engineer
Kneehigh Asylum & UK Tour
Charlie Simpson
Charlie Simpson
Sound Operator
2018, Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Sound No.1
International Tour
Millie Jones
Millie Jones
Stage Manager
2018, Dancing Frog, SM
Liv Kerslake
Liv Kerslake
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, DSM
Empire Cinema, Haymarket, London
Megan Hipkiss
Megan Hipkiss
Wig Master / Mistress
2018, Brief Encounter, Wigs Mistress
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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Alternative Company Names

Kneehigh, Kneehigh Theatre Company, Kneehigh Theatre Company in ass with RSC, Kneehigh/Northern stage