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Bureau of Silly Ideas

The Bureau of Silly Ideas is a cross-artform performance group that specialises in turning the mundane into the magical. BOSi’s work is underpinned by the idea of building relationships between audiences and their urban spaces through street art and street theatre.

BOSi was formed in 2001 by Director Roger Hartley, who developed ideas for unique art and theatre installations involving roadworks in London. The company offers bespoke and ready-made installations for commission around the UK.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £40,000
  • 2013-2014: £40,920
  • 2014-2015: £41,984

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Michael Foot

Electric Big Foot Car "Michael"

The Hole Job (Short Version)

Short video from the show "The Hole Job"

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The High Job

The High Job 2005

Barry The Portalloo @ Glastonbury 2011

Barry entertains at Glastonbury 2011 check for more fun .....

Bureau Of Silly Ideas_Breaking The Ground

Bureau Of Silly Ideas: Exhibition Road launch. 11 Feb 2010

Pie Throwing 2012

CLICK TO SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION HERE: The Bureau Of Silly idea's campaign for Pie Throwing to be introduced as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad has been off to a flying start! With stalls, competitions and training sessions appearing all overthe UK , the team are certain that this seriously silly idea will be the start of something BIG!

Whiff of the Past

Asking members of the public to donate samples of their smell, HYDROMA in association with BIO ORGANISM SUBSTRATE INDUSTRIES and BOSI extract molecules associated with smell by using the process of fractional distillation, these samples are placed in an aroma database to serve as a future record of how we smelled in 2009.

The Menagerie: Bins/Cones/pots

BOSi's Menagerie is an ever increasing herd of radio controlled street furniture and odd balls featuring Sid & Nancy the Wheelie Bins, John the Road Cone, Gladys & Annabel the Plant Pots.  Any of the above can be be booked for your festival or event. Please visit the link below to find out more.

Shirt or Squirt

Shirt or Squirt. A fantastic side show and pedal powered amusement from the Bureau Of Silly ideas

Adrian the robot DINO!

Adrian the Dinosaur sculpture built by Alex WreckAGE of Mutoid Waste Fame!

The High Job

The High Job-How many aerialists does it take to change a lightbulb?

The Hole Job

The Hole Job-Road workersdance, fly through the air, and summon a superhero in a draw dropping farce.

Gladys and Annabell the Plant Pot

Talking to the plants is ok but these talk back and chase you.

The Christmas Trees!

Our Animatronic Christmas Trees are coming of hybernation an looking forward to their annual sprucing up - with all the new tricks our super nerd gnomes are going to give them... We can tailior bespoke alterations and sounds as feature - and they always come with great presence!!

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Contact details


Arch 18
Valentia Place

51.462479, -0.109

  • 51.462479 -0.109

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