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Kneehigh Theatre

Kneehigh is a Cornwall-based theatre company with a local, national and international profile. It has been creating vigorous, popular and challenging theatre for over 30 years, and performs with a joyful anarchy that audiences have come to expect from this ground-breaking company.

In 2010 Kneehigh launched The Asylum, a beautiful, flexible, nomadic structure which has now become home for the company.

It also runs Connections, a programme which aims to engage creatively with communities in Cornwall and beyond.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £352,628
  • 2013-2014: £360,738
  • 2014-2015: £370,118

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Join Us!

Kneehigh is celebrated as a bold and big-hearted theatre company committed to creating magical, transporting, inventive and entertaining theatre for all!

But it can sometimes be tricky to reach the ‘all’ we dream of. Many people have barriers to hurdle before they can share our wondrous fun. These can be financial, social or cultural – and we want to break them down! Our Kneehigh Rambles continues our proud tradition of working with communities by providing free tickets, running workshops and offering opportunities to work with artists.

We are a registered charity, so we need and want to work with you to make the brave work you love – and to share it with even more people. We want to be a beacon of pleasure, welcoming people from all walks of life to be listened to, excited and delighted.

Join our Friends Scheme today
http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/support-us.php

Asylum 2014

The Asylum is our award winning, long-awaited, much dreamed about, jaw-dropping, spirit-lifting nomadic theatre space. A place of fun, playfulness and sanctuary, The Asylum is a purpose built tent, a home and "a place predisposed to magic". With theatre, live music, and great food and drink, the Asylum is a great night out.
http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/the_asylum_kneehigh.php

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)
A New Beggar’s Opera
Written by Carl Grose
Music by Charles Hazlewood
Directed by Mike Shepherd
http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/show/dead-dog-in-a-suitcase-and-other-love-songs.php
Video by Daryl Waller @DarylWaller with music by Ian Ross and the Dead Dog Company and Discharge

The Kneehigh Tristan & Yseult Company jamming at Berkeley Rep, CA

The Kneehigh company is a talented group of actor-musicians. When performing Tristan & Yseult at Berkeley Rep in January 2014, they had a little jam session, which Mike Shepherd, Joint Artistic Director of Kneehigh, managed to film. Enjoy!

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/show/tristan_yseult.php

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Kneehigh Rambles Pop Up Shows

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/kneehigh_rambles.php

The Rambles Programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, West Cornwall Youth Trust, The Joyce Carr Doughty Charitable Trust, The John Thaw Foundation, FEAST and Rob & Jane Hartley, alongside donations made by members of the Kneehigh Family and bookers for Asylum seasons

Happy Christmas from the Brief Encounter Company in Australia

a little festive treat from the Brief Encounter company, filmed at the Regal, Perth

What We Do

A short video of Artistic Directors Mike and Emma, and Chief Executive Paul, talking about our history, our current touring shows, and the Asylum

The Wild Bride at the Kneehigh Barns

Rehearsing The Wild Bride at the Kneehigh Barns

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/show/the-wild-bride.php

Betrayed by her father, our heroine has those 'cross-road' blues. She chooses to walk into the wilderness rejecting not only the Devil, but also her home and trusting heart as well. In the wilds she meets a Prince and becomes pregnant, but when he is called to war, her heart breaks as she finds herself at those pesky cross-roads again.

In the cool green of the forest, she brings up her child, and - wonder of wonders - her broken heart grows back. Perhaps this is happily ever after, perhaps there is even more joy to come...

This epic and poetic wondertale is classic Kneehigh stuff. Charting a life from child to adult, you can expect instinctive storytelling, devilish humour and a heady mix of live blues music and devilish humour. The Wild Bride is a grown up, spring bud, dustball of a romance for brave children and adults alike.

Hansel & Gretel at Bristol Old Vic

Let the irrepressible Kneehigh Theatre take you by the hand and lead you into deepest part of the forest! Prepare for a world of darkness, wit and wonder, of earthy delights and crooked shadows. A world that is sweet but never sugary.

This tender, tasty and terrifying re-telling of the classic story is told through lively music, rough poetry, the most amazing gadgets and gizmos... and with the help of some rather unlucky rabbits.

Join Kneehigh for temptations impossible to resist. For children and brave adults everywhere.

Hansel & Gretel at Heligan Gardens

Let the irrepressible Kneehigh Theatre take you by the hand and lead you into deepest part of the forest! Prepare for a world of darkness, wit and wonder, of earthy delights and crooked shadows. A world that is sweet but never sugary.

This tender, tasty and terrifying re-telling of the classic story is told through lively music, rough poetry, the most amazing gadgets and gizmos... and with the help of some rather unlucky rabbits.

Join Kneehigh for temptations impossible to resist. For children and brave adults everywhere.

Don John

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/show/don_john.php

England, 1978. The Winter of Discontent. Cold hearts seek comfort and poor souls look for love.

A woman nurses her dying father; a cleaner greedily devours her open university course in the fight for a better life; a career woman seeks the path that her life never took, and the loyal friend, always in the shadows, fears he will disappear one day and no-one will notice. We are in the lonely heart's column of life and ‘Save me' is the silent call that drifts from their aching bodies.

But wait. Help is on hand. Don John is here! Dangerous, naughty and irresistible, Don John is a vessel for all our desires - a delicious chancer. He enters our lives and leaves us changed. Oh yes, he leaves us, for Don John belongs to nobody but himself and the devil!

Asylum 2010

The Opening Season of Kneehigh's Asylum

Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult

Adapted & Directed by Emma Rice
Writers: Carl Grose & Anna Maria Murphy

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/show/tristan_yseult.php

Music: Taki Rari by Yma Sumac (Capitol) & Prelude to Tristan & Isolde by Wagner

"If this show doesn't make you fall in love with theatre, there's no potion on Earth that can help you." ***** The Guardian June 2013

"Spectacular yet intimate... I loved it" ***** The Times June 2013

"I loved it with a passion" ***** The Guardian 2005

Midnight's Pumpkin

Beautifully bizarre and adorably approachable' **** The Times

'Love, a happy ending, balloons, glitter, dancing, singing and dressing up – what more could you possibly want from a Christmas show?' **** Telegraph

'I defy theatre-lovers of any age not to be swept away by the festive party atmosphere.' **** Time Out
**** The Big Issue

TIME OUT's No1 CHRISTMAS SHOW!

Night is falling and preparations are well underway for a Royal Ball, but with a guest list that includes an evil step-mother, ugly sisters and Prince Charming, you are in for a night of mischievous magic all before the clock strikes 12.

Midnight's Pumpkin premiered at the Kneehigh Asylum in 2011, before delighting audiences young and old at the Battersea Arts Centre at Christmas 2012

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/show/midnights-pumpkin.php

The Kneehigh Asylum 2012

The Asylum is our award winning, long-awaited, much dreamed about, jaw-dropping, spirit-lifting nomadic theatre space. A place of fun, playfulness and sanctuary, The Asylum is a purpose built tent, a home and a place - as described by The Guardian as "a place predisposed to magic".

In September 2014 the Asylum will be at the Lost Gardens of Heligan and we'll be presenting the Cornish première of our brand new show Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

More info: http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/kneehigh_asylum.php

The 504 to Tintagel

A 'moving postcard' of a story collected by Anna Maria Murphy as part of the Kneehigh Connections Programme

kneehigh.co.uk/page/kneehigh_connections.php

Contraption

A fantastic contracption made for us by Rob Higgs, to announce the start of Anna Maria Murphy's story collecting walks - part of Kneehigh's Connections Programme

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/kneehigh_connections.php

WET

A 'moving postcard' of a story collected by Anna Maria Murphy as part of the Kneehigh Connections Programme

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/kneehigh_connections.php

Looe Boots

A 'moving postcard' of a story collected by Anna Maria Murphy as part of the Kneehigh Connections Programme

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/page/kneehigh_connections.php

Tristan & Yseult is returning in 2013...

One of Kneehigh's best loved shows returns for a limited 3 venue UK tour this summer

Booking and more info: http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/show/tristan_yseult.php

Kneehigh’s
Tristan & Yseult
Adapted & Directed by Emma Rice
Writers: Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy

I loved it with a passion.’ ***** The Guardian

Cornish King Mark is at war; he rules with his head not his heart. But he hasn’t counted on falling head over heels for his enemy’s sister, or expected the arrival of the enigmatic Tristan.

This critically acclaimed production catapulted Kneehigh onto the national stage. This is the original tale of forbidden desires, broken hearts and the agony of choosing one human being over another. Seen through the eyes of the 'Unloved', Tristan & Yseult blends comedy, live music, grand passion and tender truths, in an irresistible night of love.

Tristan & Yseult is one of Kneehigh’s most loved shows which critics have called “a triumph”, “deliriously joyful” and “breathtaking in every respect”

"Sink down upon us. Night of love, make me forget I live."

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Contact details

http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/

15 Walsingham Place
Truro
TR1 2RP
Truro
TR1 2RP

50.2621, -5.05182

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