Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari
Nigel & Louise create epic visual performance and socially engaged events. They have received commissions from Tate Britain, Science Museum, Edinburgh Art Festival, ICA, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Museum of London, National Theatre Wales, Liverpool Biennial, Beaford Arts, Terrestrial, and New Wolsey Ipswich.
They come to Torbay as part of Eyeview to research and develop a new performance project with dogs and dog-walkers, culminating in a show after dark at Goodrington Sands - Dog Ballet.
Louise had a career as a playwright at the Royal Court and Birmingham Rep, before co-founding pioneering cult performance collective 'shunt' in 1998. Nigel is an award-winning performer and shunt collaborator. He is also an associate director with Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre, with whom he made The Arabic Shakespeare Trilogy for The RSC, Peter Brooks Bouffe du Nord Theatre and BAM New York.
Nigel and Louise are building a reputation as artists making exceptional, unique work with and for local communities. They've spent the last 6 months creating a game with 480 primary school children taking over the town of Weston Super Mare. They won the 2019 Stobbs New Ideas Fund at Cambridge Junction to make “supermarket” with local supermarket workers. Commissioned by Manchester International Festival & Shoreditch Town Hall, they created “Party Skills For The End Of The World” with more than 150 local participants. “A pretty impressive piece of theatre in terms of scale, ambition and imagination.” (What’s On Stage).