The Home-made Circus


A highly anarchic show loosely based on the writings of the American Gary Snyder. The show took place in a tented, walled arena open to the sky, and featured members of the Dutch company Matrogoth.


Old Mary from ‘Angel Mummers’


A winter tour of a version of a mummers play. The tour included a residency in a refugee camp working with ethnic Chinese ‘boat-people’ in a bitterly cold and snowy winter. Two of the performers were Sue Auty and Edward Taylor, who soon after formed the excellent Whalley Range All-Stars.


The Smoke Show


A small-scale outdoor show. In the photograph (from left) Gill Pearson, Bob Frith, Fiona Frank.


Guided Imagery


In 1982 we worked in a Special School and devised an ambitious way of working with people who had special needs. We called this ‘Guided Imagery’ involving large-scale theatre environments and what is now known as Immersive Theatre. This photograph would have been taken in the mid-1980s.


The Whitworth Fire Horse


The early company worked in many different ways – touring, street shows, fire theatre, and so on. We met many travellers, drawn to us by their love of horses. In 1982 we created this centre piece for the travellers Horse Fair near Rochdale. At its culmination this wooden horse was set alight.

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